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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

January 11, 2018
We would like to conratulate Robert K. Lark, MD, MS, who has been selected to participate in the upcoming AAOS/ORS Research Symposium on The Physis: Fundamental Knowledge to a Fantastic Future...
January 11, 2018
We would like to recognize Dr. Chad Cook, who was published in the following journals with co-authors Drs. Steven George and Maggie Horn as well as a student CAPSTONE group: 1. Cook CE, O'Connell NE...
January 11, 2018
This past weekend, Duke Sports Medicine specialists Jocelyn Wittstein, MD, and Melissa Raddatz, APRN, BSN, FNP-BC, MSN, RN, attended the Orangetheory Fitness Grand Opening in North Hills. They had a...
January 5, 2018
We are pleased to announce that Sam Adams has been named the Associate Program Director for our residency program. In this role, he will work with our Program Director on all aspects of residency...
January 3, 2018
We would like to congratulate PGY-4 resident, Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, MD, who was selected to join the J. Robert Gladden Society Board of Directors as a Resident Board Member. The mission of the J....

Upcoming Events

EVERY WEDNESDAY! Duke Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (Click for schedule)

January 17, 2018: Grand Rounds - CANCELLED

January 18, 2018: Ortho Rehabilitation Seminar Series - CANCELLED

January 21, 2018: Faculty Retreat | 8am-4pm at the Washington Duke Inn

February 26, 2018: 6-8pm | Leaving the Duke Nest: Evidence based answers to your job search questions!

March 9, 2018: Piedmont Orthopedic Society, Mid-Winter | New Orleans, LA | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 6:30 - 8:30pm

March 21, 2018: 6th Annual George S. E. Aitken, M.D., Lectureship by Steve Poletti, M.D. | Durham, NC

April 6-7, 2018: 10th Annual Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium (EBARS) | Durham, NC

April 13-14, 2018: Perry Initiative at Duke

May 1, 2018: All-Day Research Symposium & J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professor, Mohit Bhandari, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC

May 9-12, 2018: 66th Annual Piedmont Orthopedic Society meeting | Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL

June 23, 2018: Chief Resident Dinner

Recent Publications

Related Articles Muscle versus Fasciocutaneous Free Flaps in Lower Extremity Traumatic Reconstruction: A Multicenter Outcomes Analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 01;141(1):...
How to Use a Graft in Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears: A Literature Review Update of Interposition and Superior Capsule Reconstruction Techniques. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med...
Related Articles Are All Periprosthetic Joint Infections the Same? Evaluating Major vs Minor Criteria. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Dec 14;: Authors: Klement MR, Siddiqi A...
Related Articles Important clinical descriptors to include in the examination and assessment of patients with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome: an international and multi-disciplinary...
Related Articles Physical therapy vs. internet-based exercise training for patients with knee osteoarthritis: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Osteoarthritis...