About the Providers

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W. Alexander Huff, MD

Dr. Huff grew up in North Carolina and attended medical school at ECU School of Medicine, graduating with highest honors. He completed his internship and a five-year orthopaedic surgical residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. He then completed an additional fellowship year of training in arthroscopy and joint replacement at The Florida Knee Center in Clearwater, FL. In June of 1998 he opened his practice in Clinton, NC. Dr. Huff is married and has three children. Dr. Huff is board certified in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He is one of less than 2000 surgeons in the US that hold both certifications. Dr. Huff operates daily at Sampson Regional Medical Center with over 12,000 surgeries to date.


Practice Commenced 07-20-1998
Huff Orthopaedics 520 Beaman Street Clinton,NC 28451

Fellowship August 1st, 1997 through July 17th, 1998
The Florida Knee and Orthopaedic Centers
Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Arthroscopy

Orlando Regional Medical Center
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
July 1st1992 Through June 30th, 1997

Medical School
East Carolina University School of Medicine
MD May 1992
Undergraduate School
David Lipscomb University
BS in Biology June 1987

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Status: Board Certified July 13, 2000-December2020
Chicago, Illinois
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Status: Sub Specialty in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
November 4th, 2010- December 31st, 2020

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John B McElhinney PA-C

John McElhinney joined Huff Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine as a practicing Physician’s Assistant in January of 2018. John sees patients in clinic Monday thru Friday and shares hospital rounds / on call duties with the other Huff Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine providers. John has six years’ experience in general surgery practice and over 12 years’ experience in orthopaedics as well as first assist in all types of orthopaedic surgery. John received his Physician’s Assistant Certification from Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of New York’s Physician Assistant Program in June of 2000. John volunteered as a researcher in the Endocrinology Department at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in 1993 & 1994. John lives with his wife, two daughters and their French Bull Dog. John enjoys Hockey, Baseball, Cycling, Fishing and Kayaking.


Physician’s Assistant Certification
Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of New York Physician’s Assistant Program Staten Island, New York – June of 2000

Bachelor of Arts
Mount Saint Mary’s College Emmitsburg, Maryland – 1987

Professional Affiliations

NACPA – National Academy of Physician Assistants
AAPA – American Academy of Physician Assistants


Daniel Hawkins PA-C

We are excited to welcome Daniel Hawkins PA-C to Huff Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Daniel joined Huff Orthopedics& Sports Medicine in July of 2021 as a practicing board certified Physician Assistant. Daniel sees patients in clinic Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm and 8:00am to 12:00pm on Fridays and shares hospital rounds / on call duties with Dr. Huff. Daniel grew up in Sweetwater Tennessee. He graduated from Wesleyen college in Tennessee. He attended PA school at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate Tennessee. He completed the PA program and has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies,

Daniel did his clinic rotations in Crystal River Florida. He has always had an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine. He began his career working as a physician assistant in an emergency room and later transitioned to pain management. He was recruited by Dr. Huff and took the opportunity to join Huff Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Daniel moved to Clinton in July 2021. He is a board-certified physician assistant, licensed through the North Carolina medical board. He is enjoying our community here in Clinton and is thrilled to be a team member here at Huff Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He enjoys traveling, hiking and playing his saxophone.


Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens Tennessee Bachelor of Science Majored in Biology Minored in Chemistry, Graduated 2012.

Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Harrogate Tennessee.
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Graduated 2016.


Alpha Chi Honor Society
Tennessee Wesleyan College Deans Lift

Licenses and Certifications

Board Certified PA-C, BLS

Professional Affiliations

NCCPA - National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants
AAPA - American Academy of Physician Assistants

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Jeb Cleveland, PA-C

Jeb Cleveland grew up in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He attended college at The Citadel, graduating in 2002. He enlisted in the Army in 2005 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, where he served with the 3rd Special Forces Group. After two deployments to Afghanistan and nearly eight years of military service, he decided to pursue a civilian career in the medical field. He attended the Physician Assistant Program at Methodist University and graduated in 2016. He spent nearly five years at Cape Fear Valley working in the Emergency Department and then as part of the Trauma/Surgery Service.

He joined Huff Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine on 1 November, 2021.

He currently lives in Fayetteville with his wife and two children.


Methodist University | Fayetteville, NC,December 2016
Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Citadel | Charleston, SC May 2002
Bachelor of Science Business Administration
Minor: Spanish

Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge

Certifications and Training

NCCPA Physician Assistant-Certified, December 2016
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), 2014 - present
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS), 2014 – present
PALS, 2019 – present
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), 2020 – present

Professional Experience

Cape Fear Valley Hospital, February 2017 – Present

Physician Assistant – Trauma/Acute Care

  • Evaluate patients in Emergency and Inpatient setting for surgical needs
  • Concise and timely communication with attending surgeons regarding admissions, consultations, progress, and discharges of patients on service
  • Take patient histories, conducting physical exams, explaining results of findings and recommended treatment to patients
  • Pre and post operative evaluation and care; develop treatment plans, order necessary tests/labs/imaging, and discharge planning
  • Coordination and consultation with specialists as needed across entire spectrum of capabilities available in hospital
  • Skills: Laceration repair, Incision and Drainage, Splint application – unsupervised. Central lines, endotracheal intubation, chest tubes – direct supervision

Physician Assistant – Emergency Department

  • Provide patient care under formal supervision of physician
  • Diagnose medical problems and prescribe necessary treatment; provide services for quality patient care
  • Take patient histories, conduct physical examinations, record data in the medical record, and prepare patient workups
  • Order and schedule laboratory studies, diagnostic imaging, and treatments. Explain the necessity, preparation, and effects of procedures and treatments
  • Prepare discharge plan of care, to include writing prescriptions and referrals, for post Emergency Department follow up
  • Skills: Laceration repair, Incision & Drainage, Splint application - u

Physician Assistant – CPCU (Chest Pain Center Unit)

  • Performed services under supervision of CFV Hospitalist Physicians
  • Performed daily rounds with attending physician
  • Responsible for admitting patients from the Emergency Department
  • Ordered appropriate testing for admitted patients, to include Nuclear Stress Tests, laboratory studies, and consults
  • Took histories, performed physical exams, wrote admission notes, progress notes, and discharge plans for all patients admitted to the unit

United States Army, August 2005 – March 2013

18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant, 2009-2013

  • Served as Senior Medical NCO, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), 2012-2013
  • Extensive training in TCCC: Emergency Airway Management to include surgical airway and endotracheal intubation, chest tube placement, needle decompression, hemorrhage control
  • Operation Enduring Freedom XV & XVII – Deployed to Afghanistan 2010 and 2011
  • Created and implemented Program of Instruction for Afghan National Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant Course, including Live Tissue Training
  • Provided medical care for team members on Operational Detachment Alpha-3333, host nation forces, and local indigenous population during combat deployments
  • Top Secret Security Clearance

Military Education

Special Forces Medical Sergeant Course – Distinguished Honor Graduate Class 6-07, Special Operations Combat Medic Sustainment Course, PHTLS, Warrior Leader Course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster, SERE

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