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William F. Hefley, Jr., M.D.

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


Specialties: Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine,



Dr. Bill Hefley specializes in minimally invasive surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder.  His interests include arthroscopic surgeries, total joint replacements and sports medicine.

Dr. Hefley’s lifelong love of sports as an athlete and marathon runner, youth sports coach and father of high school and college athletes has fueled his passion for treating patients who play sports and returning them to the game they love.  In addition he enjoys serving other patients who simply want to be able to lead active lifestyles free of pain.

As a native of Little Rock, Dr. Hefley earned an undergraduate degree from Harding University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UAMS and received additional training in sports medicine and joint replacement surgery from St. Mary's Hospital System and the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in London, England. Dr. Hefley has practiced in Little Rock since 1990.  

Dr. Hefley has been chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in Arkansas” by AY magazine and has been voted “Best Orthopedic Surgeon” by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.  Dr. Hefley has consulted with leading orthopedic implant manufacturers to design new hip and knee implants. He has traveled to lecture and teach courses on joint replacement to surgeons from around the United States and abroad. He has served as team physician and sports medicine director for schools and organizations at the high school, collegiate, and professional level.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. He is a member of the following organizations:

      • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

      • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

      • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

      • Arthroscopy Association of North America

      • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 

      • Arkansas Medical Society

      • Arkansas Orthopaedic Society

      • Pulaski County Medical Society


Dr. Hefley and his wife Lisa have two daughters and two sons.  In his free time he enjoys running, biking, and most of all spending time with his family which often includes cheering for his kids at sports events and performances.   


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