Dr. Russell Betcher began his practice with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1998 after completing his fellowship in sports medicine with KOC the previous year. Dr. Betcher specializes in sports medicine, focusing on arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Betcher is very involved with the local sports community. He is an orthopaedic consultant to the University of Tennessee Athletics Department and the Tennessee Smokies.

In his spare time, Dr. Betcher enjoys snow skiing and wakeboarding.

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Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Old Weisgarber Road
Fort Sanders West
North Knoxville

Administrative Assistant

865-558-4414 or internal ext 4414


865-244-3029 or internal ext 4616



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What patients say about Dr. betcher

  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I have been able to continue to be active since 2000. Doctor Betcher is simply the best doctor I have ever met. He performed knee surgery for torn meniscus for my right knee in 2000 and for a similar thing in my right knee in 2016. At 58 years old, I was able to play with my son's recreation league basketball team this past season. What a blessing to be able to do that and without the help of Doctor Betcher and his support staff, it would not have been possible! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    – Murray, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can complete a two week trip/vacation throughout Texas and New Mexico to include a steep hike through Carlbad Caverns and numerous museums. Kudos to Dr. Betcher and KOC therapy staff for a quick 3 week recovery prior to vacation.
    – Randal, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my ACL surgery by Dr. Betcher, I was able to recover in just over 4 months and win a state title in wrestling. I am now a junior at the University of the Cumberland where I play DE. I made a 4.0 this past semester in Biology. I am studying to become a PA.
    – Anthony, Pigeon Forge
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I finished a full Tough Mudder today. Since Dec. 31, 2016...this is my third injury I have had treatment from Dr. Betcher for, but by far the worst. I ripped open my left knee severely in a trail running accident New Year's Eve down to the tendons and never got one infection and was able to heal and continue running eventually thanks to Dr. Betcher and Dr. Botero. The next was a severe sternal contusion from a jet ski that took about 5 weeks to heal before being able to do a push-up again. But the latest was slipping on a wet pool deck and laterally dislocating my right knee and chipping the patella 8 weeks ago. For a runner, hiker, part time river guide on the Ocoee, and general adrenaline junky, this injury was a struggle mentally and physically. But thanks to the amazing care I always I completed the 11 mile race with 22 obstacles. To say I am excited is an understatement. Next weekend is my first Spartan race and I have full confidence in myself after today! Thank you to all the KOC staff and especially Dr. Betcher for always helping me heal and being so conscious of my passions so I can get back to what I love. Today was a good day!
    – Kathryn, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can play soccer again! Dr. Betcher and Dr. Rappe were amazing and helped get me back on the field in 6 months. I was 9 years old when I had to have my ACL and meniscus repaired, and I just wanted to go back to being a kid again. Thank you!
    – Caiden, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk these 700 stairs in Amalfi, Italy!
    – Randy, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can... hike to the top of Mt Leconte on the longest, hardest trail! 17 miles! Since Dr. Betcher released me in November of 2013 I have hiked 600 Miles in the Smoky Mountains, working towards my goal of hiking every trail in the Smokies! Thank you Dr. Betcher and team!
    – Amanda, Knoxville
  • "I was playing in a softball game trying to catch a fly ball that was hit to me in left field when my knee popped as I was running. I was in so much pain the entire time before Dr. Russell Betcher did my surgery. I am still on the road to recovery and slowly making progress but I can walk again without any pain and inflammation. I am currently 12 weeks post-op and I am about to begin to gradually start running again!"
    – Mandy, Tellico Plains


  • B.S., Mississippi State University, 1988
  • M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 1992


  • Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1993


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1997


  • Sports Medicine, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, 1998

Began Practice At KOC

  • 1998

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sport Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Sports Medicine and Athletic Injuries