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Welcome to Duke Orthopaedic Surgery

Developing the leaders of tomorrow in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education and patient care


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The faculty and staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke welcome you to our website. We hope that you will find answers to the many questions you may have about who we are and what we do.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery cares for all injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Our subspecialty clinics in joint replacement/reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, foot, hand and upper extremity, spine, trauma, oncology, reconstructive microsurgery, and rehabilitation are integrated to provide efficient, effective, and individualized care.

Our multidisciplinary approach, linking the expertise of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthopaedic nursing, ensures that each patient receives the most innovative and comprehensive care for his or her condition.

Our Vision

Be the global standard of excellence today and develop the leaders of tomorrow in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education, and patient care.

Our Mission

REACHING OUT - to put the patient and their family at the center of all we do to provide the highest
quality care
STEPPING UP - to serve and to lead our local and global communities with integrity and compassion
MOVING FORWARD - to promote and to develop excellence in education
CLIMBING HIGHER - to inspire through innovations in basic science, clinical, and translational research

Latest News & Articles

September 26, 2016
Duke joint replacement surgeon, Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD, has been featured by The Wall Street Journal answering the question, "Are you healthy enough to have surgery?" About 80% of patients who...
September 26, 2016
From left to right Dr Steve Olson – President OTA, Dr. Anthony Maina – 2016 OTA scholar, and Dr. Jun Valera – 2016 OTA scholar On Thursday September 22, 2016, Steve Olson, MD, acting as President of...
September 22, 2016
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Duke medical student, Riikka Nomides, presented her project, "Nonunion and unplanned reoperation rates in adult proximal femoral fracture: a meta-analysis," in front...
September 22, 2016
Dr. Jim Urbaniak (left), pictured with Dr. Ben Alman (right), was featured as a “Legendary Leader” at the 85th Anniversary Celebration of the PDC on Saturday, Sept 17, 2016.  The event recognized the...
September 22, 2016
We would like to congratulate PGY-3 resident and co-founder of the Coalition of Black Physicians at Duke, Dr. Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, who was featured in the newly released “Black Men in White Coats...

Upcoming Events

October 8, 2016: Bassett Society Meeting in Steadman Auditorium (Agenda currently being finalized)

October 14, 2016: Feagin Leadership Session 2 - University Club 

October 20, 2016: Duke Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Seminar Series

November 9, 2016: Pediatrics Visiting Professor: Charles Price, MD, Orlando Health    

November 12-13, 2016: Mobilizations with Movement "Nags, Snags" DPT ConEd Course

December 7-10, 2016: 2nd Annual Fellows & Residents Summit

December 9-10, 2016: Feagin Leadership Session 3 - Vail, CO 

September 11, 2016: Strike Out for Sarcoma

January 27, 2017: Feagin Leadership Session 4 - Alumni Event at JB Duke Hotel

February 24, 2017: Feagin Leadership Session 5 - TBD 

March 14-18, 2017: AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA

March 29, 2017: Fifth Annual George S. E. Aitken Lectureship will be presented by Dr. James R. Urbaniak 

April 19, 2017: 25th Annual J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professor: Lori A. Karol, MD

May 10-13, 2017: 65th Annual Piedmont Orthopedic Society Meeting at The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

May 19-21, 2017: Feagin Leadership Forum Weekend

Recent Publications

Related Articles Midtarsal Reconstructive Arthrodesis Using a Multi-Axial Correction Fixator in Charcot Midfoot Arthropathy. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Dec;8(6):472-8...
Related Articles Single-Stage Bipedicle Local Tissue Transfer and Skin Graft for Achilles Tendon Surgery Wound Complications. Foot Ankle Spec. 2016 Sep 23; Authors...
Related Articles Median Nerve Compression by Radial Head Osteophyte. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Sep 20; Authors: Glener AD, Gandolfi B, Desai MJ, Ruch DS Abstract...
Related Articles The Changing Landscape of Orthopedic Practice: Challenges and Opportunities. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2015 Dec;44(12):E530-2 Authors: Halawi...
Related Articles Sagittal Balance Correction in Lateral Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Scoliosis. Int J Spine Surg. 2016;10:29 Authors: Blizzard DJ, Gallizzi MA...