William R. Barfield


Address: Silcox Center #213
Office Hours: M-W-F 10:00-11:00 AM and Th 8:30-9:15 AM
Phone: 843.953.6746
E-mail: barfieldw@cofc.edu

William R. Barfield, completed his Ph.D., at Auburn University in 1993 in biomechanics. Prior to completing his terminal degree Dr. Barfield was a college soccer coach for 20 years. Most of those years he coached at The Citadel. He also coached at Brevard College and UNC-Asheville. Barfield teaches kinesiology, biomechanics, research methods, and personal and community health. Dr. Barfield is a reviewer for 9 different journals, is an adjunct professor at MUSC and in Bioengineering at Clemson University and publishes in the areas of sport biomechanics and orthopaedic injury. Barfield is an avid runner and reader.


  • Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama
    August 1993, Doctorate of Philosophy - Ph.D. Biomechanics
  • Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC
    Graduation Date:  August 1974, M.A. Degree
  • Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC
    Graduation Date:  June 1973, B.S. Degree
  • Brevard College - Brevard, NC
    Graduation Date:  May 1971, A.A. Degree

Research Interests

Toning Shoes

Compartment Syndrome

Biomechanics of Bone Fracture and Repair

Achilles Tendon Injury and Repair

Bone Quality

Skeletal Risk with Chronic Bisphosphonate Use

Heterotopic Ossification

Courses Taught

EXSC 330

EXSC 433

EXSC 440

HEAL 216


Peer Reviewed Articles

Demos, H., Lin, Z., Barfield, W. R., Wilson, S., Robertson, D., Pellegrini, V. D. (2017). Process Improvement Project Utilizing Tranexamic Acid is Cost Effective in Reducing Blood Loss and Transfusions After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty (accepted-February, 2017)

Schultz, S. S., Gass, H. M., Barfield, W. R., Demos, H. A., Hartsock, L. A. (2017). Surgical Complications Associated with Atypical Femur Fractures Attributed to Bisphoshonate Use. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. (accepted November, 2016)

Traven, S., Chiaramonti, A., Barfield, W. R., Kirkland, P., Demos, H., Schutte, H. D., Drew, J. (2017). Fewer Complications Following Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in Patients with Normal Vitamin D Levels. Journal of Arthroplasty (accepted Journal of Arthroplasty-March, 2017)

Boutin, R., Netto, A., Nakamura, D., Bateni, C., Szabo, R., Cronan, M., Foster, B., Barfield, W., Seibert, A., Chaudhari, A. J. (2017). Knuckle Cracking:Can Blinded Observers Detect Changes with Physical Examination and Sonography. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 475:1265-1271.

Murphy RF, Nunez L, Barfield WR, Mooney JF. Evaluation of Pediatric Questions on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination-An Update. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Epub ahead of print in December  2016.

Barfield, WR, Holmes, RE, Hartsock, LA. Heterotopic Ossification in Trauma. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America. Available online 28 October, 2016.

Bowman SH, Barfield, WR, Slone HS, Shealy GJ, Walton, ZJ. The Clinical Implications of Heterotopic Ossification in Patients Treated with Radial Head Replacement for Trauma: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Journal of Orthopaedics, 13: 272-277, 2016.

Barfield, W. R., Holmes, R. E., Slone, H., Walton, Z., Hartsock, L. A. (2015). Multiligamentous Knee Injuries:A Review of the Literarture Since 2009. Current Orthopaedic Practice.

Horst, T., Mooney, J., Barfield, W. R., Hooker, J., Glaser, J. (2015). Comparison of Intraoperative C-Arm Fluoroscopy to Postoperative Radiographs in Operative Fixation. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 

Slone, H., Walton, Z., Daly, C., Chapin, R., Barfield, W. R., Leddy, L., Hartsock, L. A. (2015). The Association of Race and Gender with the Development of Severe Hetertopic Ossification Following Acetabular Fracture Surgery. Injury.

Holmes, R. E., Barfield, W. R., Woolf, S. K. (2015). Clinical Evaluation of Non-Arthritic Shoulder Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment.  Physician and SportsMedicine (Ed.),

Barfield WR, Holmes, R, Hartsock LA, Slone, HA, Walton Z. Acute versus Staged Intervention in Multiligamentous Knee Injuries:A Review of the Literature Since 2009. Current Orthopaedic Practice.26(5):530-535, 2015.

Horst T, Mooney JF, Hooker, JA, Barfield, WR, Glaser, JA.Comparison of Intraoperative C-Arm Fluoroscopy to Postoperative Radiographs in Operative Fracture Fixation. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 24(3): 180-183, 2015.

Kokko KP, Lipman AJ, Sapienza A, Capo JT, Barfield WR, Paksima N. Hand Surgeons Probably Don’t Starve:Patient Perceptions of Physician Reimbursements for Performing Open Carpal Tunnel Release. HAND. 2015.

Netto AP, MacFall TA, Bacro TR, Barfield WR, Kokko KP. Biomechanical and Range of Motion Analysis of a Distally Fixed Locking Plate versus a Proximally Fixed Conventional Plate for Proximal Humerus Fractures. Current Orthopaedic Practice.26(2): 142-147, 2015.

Kilroy EA, Crabtree OM, Crosby B, Parker A, Barfield WR. The Effect of Single-Leg Stance on Dancer and Control Group Static Balance. International Journal of Exercise Science. Accepted for publication March 2, 2015.

Klous M, Altman G, Engel J, Barfield WR. Differences in Kinetics and Coordination Between Walking Barefoot and Walking in Rocker Bottom Shoes. Journal of Sports Research. 2(3): 77-88, 2015.

Slone H, Walton Z, Daly C, Barfield WR, Leddy L, Hartsock LA. Incidence of Heterotopic Bone Formation Based on Race and Injury Mechanism Following Acetabular Fracture. Injury. 46: 1069-1073, 2015.

Holmes, RE, Barfield, WR. Woolf, SK. Clinical Evaluation of Non-Arthritic Shoulder Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment. Physician and SportsMedicine. 26: 1-7, 2015.

Stacey S, Pietrykowski L, DesJardins J, Barfield WR, Mooney J. Biomechanical Evaluation of Fatigue Characteristics of Cannulated Screws for Fixation of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Journal of Childrens Orthopaedics (submitted for review-March 2015.