Meet the Medical Staff of Richmond Spine!

Dr. Irby

Dr. E. Claiborne Irby, Jr.

I have practiced with West End Orthopaedic Clinic, now OrthoVirginia, since 1987 and specialize in thoracic and lumbar spine surgery. I am board certified as an orthopaedic surgeon and completed my recertification in 2000 and 2009.


washington-lee-logoWashington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 1977 (B.S.)

Medical School

med-college-logoMedical College of Virginia
Richmond, VA 1981 (M.D.)


evms-logoEastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA 1982

Orthopedic Residency

carolinas_medical_centerCarolina Medical Center
Charlotte, NC 1986

Spine Fellowship

baylorBaylor / St Luke’s Hospital
Houston, TX 1987


  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • Several Quality Assurance and Credentialing Committees
  • Hospital Board of Trustees
  • Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Associate Director 2006 – 2007
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine (RAM) Board Member 2002 – 2009
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine (RAM) President – 2008, Chairman – 2009
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, VCU/MCV 1989 – present
Dr. Irby at Work


Lindsey C. Townsend, PA-C

Lindsey C. Townsend, PA-C is a Richmond native who received a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise graduating Cum Laude from Virginia Tech.  She then received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, where she also served as class historian.  Lindsey has worked as Dr. Irby’s PA almost exclusively since she began practicing in 2008.  Her voluneer experience includes a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, serving in her church, and helping with the Womens Auxillary of Abington Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Lindsey is a licensed Physician Assistant through the Virginia Board of Medicine, is NCCPA certified and a member of the American Acadaemy of Physician Assistants.  She enjoys spending time on the water with her husband and two sons.


What is a PA?

A physician assistant is considered an “allied health professional.” This means that I have been trained similarly to a physician and am capable of providing routine care in the clinic. This can include talking to you and taking your history, examining you, ordering x-rays and other tests, writing prescriptions for medications and physical therapy as appropriate, applying and removing casts, and removing your sutures or staples. I also assist Dr. Irby during his surgeries and try to field most phone calls pertaining to your care.
Sometimes you may be scheduled to see me in the office instead of Dr. Irby. Other times, you may see both of us during the same visit. Dr. Irby and I work as a team to provide you with the best health care experience possible.


Felecia Morgan, CCMA

I joined Dr. Irby’s team in 2017 as his Surgical Scheduler. I have been a Medical Assistant for over 10 years. I enjoy making sure patients are well taken care of during their surgical process. I am nationally certified through the NHA. In my spare time, I love to  travel and spend time with my son and daughter.

Sara Taylor, CMA

In 2014 I received my Associates Degree in Medical Assisting, and shortly after I started working at OrthoVirignia. In 2016 I joined Dr. Irby’s team, and I could not be happier. I look forward to helping you and providing a pleasant experience within our office. I am nationally certified through the AAMA, and have received many different medical certifications throughout my career. In my spare time, I love to read and watch movies with my family. We also love to travel, making as many memories as we can.