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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

October 19, 2017
We would like to congratulate Drs. Kyle Covington and Elizabeth Ross, who were both awarded DukeAHEAD Grants. In addition the her DukeAHEAD Grant, Dr. Ross was also presented with the DukeAHEAD ...
October 19, 2017
We would like to congratulate those who represented the Feagin Leadership Program (pictured left to right), Dr. Jim Urbaniak; Dr. Devin Lemmex (Feagin Scholar and Duke Sports Medicine fellow); ...
October 19, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Richard C. Mather III, MD, was inducted as President of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) during the 2017 NCOA Annual Meeting, which took place October...
October 17, 2017
We would like to recognize former Duke Orthopaedic resident, Vani Sabesan, MD, who was highlighted by AAOS Now for her research on long-term TSA success. With support from a 2015 Orthopaedic Research...
October 17, 2017
We would like to recognize Lakis Nikolaou, who served as President of the 70th Annual Meeting of Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (HAOST) in Athens. Pantelis (Lakis)...

Upcoming Events

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

October 19, 2017: 

Duke Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Seminar Series f. Tamara Alliston, PhD (click for details)

October 20, 2017: Duke Sports Medicine will host Visiting Professor, Jim Carey, MD (click for details)

October 25, 2017 Grand Rounds: Guest Speaker – James P. Stannard, M.D. from Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Columbia, Missouri. Title : "Biologic Replacement of the Knee” | 103 Bryan Research Building - Click here for details!

October 30, 2017: 11:30am - 12:45pm | 

Psychologically Informed Practice for Musculoskeletal Pain: Where we have been and where we should be going (click for details)

November 1, 2017: Patient Safety Conference – Dr. Edward Hendershot – Infectious Disease – DUMC – title:  “Sticks and Stones will Break my Bones………But is that Wound Infected?” | 103 Bryan Research Building

November 6, 2017: Leaving the Duke Nest | 6pm at Parizade

November 8, 2017 Grand Rounds

  • A&P - Dr. Jordan Grier
  • Dr. Thomas Lefebvre
  • Dr. Peter Casey

November 15, 2017 Grand Rounds

  • Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Akyaw
  • Dr. Alex Lazarides
  • Dr. John “Jack” Steele

December 9, 2017: Orthopaedic Faculty Holiday Party

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

March 9, 2018: Piedmont Orthopedic Society, Mid-Winter | New Orleans, LA

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

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

Rehabilitation management of low back pain - it's time to pull it all together! J Pain Res. 2017;10:2373-2385 Authors: Tousignant-Laflamme Y, Martel MO, Joshi AB,...
Related Articles Cost-Effectiveness of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Versus Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair for Symptomatic Large and Massive Rotator Cuff Tears....
Related Articles Does the Hip Capsule Remain Closed After Hip Arthroscopy With Routine Capsular Closure for Femoroacetabular Impingement? A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis in Symptomatic...
Related Articles Hip Arthroscopy Surgical Volume Trends and 30-Day Postoperative Complications. Arthroscopy. 2016 Jul;32(7):1286-92 Authors: Cvetanovich GL,...
Related Articles Capsulotomy Size Affects Hip Joint Kinematic Stability. Arthroscopy. 2016 Aug;32(8):1571-80 Authors: Wuerz TH, Song SH, Grzybowski JS, Martin HD,...