About Lacy Eugene Thornburg, MD
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon in Asheville, NC
Lacy Eugene “Gene” Thornburg, MD graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Medical School prior to completing his orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa and a hand surgery fellowship at the Indian hand Center in Indianapolis.
Dr. Thornburg is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has received the Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
Gene was born in Sylva, North Carolina, and developed a strong work ethic under the influence of legendary coaches Charles “babe” Howell and Boyce Dietz at Sylva-Webster High School. Mentor and blacksmith instructor Jack Hoyle’s stories of working in logging camps in the American west during the Great Depression inspired Gene to seek adventure in Alaska after high school graduation.
After working in logging camps for a few years and witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of upper extremity injuries on workers’ lives, he felt led to pursue a career in hand surgery.
Dr. Thornburg and his wife are thankful to be able to raise their family on a farm near Asheville. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, woodworking, bladesmithing, bluegrass gospel music, and playing the mandolin.