For more than 90 years, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University has attracted the best and brightest physicians, researchers, residents, fellows, and trainees to deliver world-class orthopaedic care, education, and research. Since 1930, our goal has remained the same–to be the global standard of excellence today and develop the leaders of tomorrow in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education, and patient care. Our academic department has been a leader in surgical innovation, designing, improving, and pushing forward-thinking technologies and surgical techniques and performing cutting-edge research in orthopaedics. Our clinicians deliver both surgical and non-surgical, thoughtful care to patients from around the world. With generous support from the NIH, we are proud of our multiple active studies with emphasis on orthopaedic trauma, bone healing and regeneration, 3-D biomechanics and joint replacement, and more. Our education programs are among the most highly rated in the US with the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy ranking 7th and our residency program at 6th. Welcoming students in the fall of 2021, our Occupational Therapy Doctorate, envisions educating tomorrow’s leaders in an inclusive world where all people flourish in meaningful, health-supporting occupations. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, across all of our missions, works daily to foster a culture of respect and well-being.
Our Vision Be the global standard of excellence today and develop the leaders of tomorrow in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education, and patient care.
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
2020 State of the Department
Watch the State of the Department presentation and celebrate
the many accomplishments over the last year and hear about our new beginnings.
Top Ranked in the United States