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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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Physical Therapy

Therapy Doctorate

A Message about Covid-19 from Benjamin A. Alman, MD

James Urbaniak Professor and Chair Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Duke University

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

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. Our department is 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. Our research programs, many of which are funded by the NIH, continue to advance orthopaedic research in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pain management, rehabilitation, and more. Our education programs include our orthopaedic residency and fellowships, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). Our residency programs prepare doctors and physician assistants for productive careers in orthopaedic surgery through rigorous clinical training, extensive education, and progressive and graduated responsibility under supervision. We work side by side with our fellows to provide orthopaedic subspecialty training knowledge, clinical, and surgical skills to ethically practice in an academic or community setting at the highest possible level of competence. With accomplished faculty, close teacher-student relationships, consistently high rankings, and association with one of the world’s great medical schools, our DPT program offers prospective students unique opportunities available within the field of physical therapy. Welcoming its inaugural cohort of future occupational therapists in August 2021, Duke OTD envisions an inclusive world where all people flourish through access to and participation in meaningful, health-supporting occupations, the activities of everyday life. Duke OTD is committed to weaving student’s personal and professional development together to shape leaders with a focus on eliminating human suffering caused by barriers to occupation. 

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

2020 State of the Department
Watch the State of the Department presentation and celebrate the many accomplishments during 2020 and hear about our new beginnings.

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Latest News & Articles

Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA Named Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 3, 2021
Dr. Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been named as the Director of...

Novel 12-week Physical Rehabilitation Program shows Movement Matters

June 1, 2021
Older patients hospitalized with acute heart failure who participated in a novel 12-week physical rehabilitation program customized to address their individually-specific physical deficits had...

2021 Chief Resident Research Presentations

April 28, 2021
Congratulations to all of our graduating residents on their exceptional papers delivered at our Chief Resident Research Presentations Grand Rounds on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Bill Levine, MD, and...

Harry Stafford, MD joins Duke Orthopaedics

April 21, 2021
Join us in welcoming Harry Stafford, MD, to Duke Orthopaedics! Dr. Stafford will have a joint appointment in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr. Stafford received his undergraduate degree from...

Jeff Bytomski, DO, Named Team Physician USA Basketball AmeriCup Team

April 21, 2021
Congratulations to Jeff Bytomski on being named as the team physician for USA Basketball’s AmeriCup team. Dr. Bytomski will attend the team trials in South Carolina April 18–21, 2021 and also the...

Grand Rounds

Please note: Due to Duke Health recommendations regarding COVID-19, Grand Rounds will be held via ZOOM. ZOOM invitations to join will come via email communication.
Click here for the schedule.

Recent Publications

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Jun 9:S1058-2746(21)00480-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2021.05.013. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: As of January 1, 2021 total shoulder arthroplasty was removed from...
Phys Ther Sport. 2021 Jun 2;50:217-225. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2021.05.012. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVES: To examine associations between preoperative fear-avoidance model (FAM) risk...
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Jun 15;29(12):518-525. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00998.ABSTRACTTriangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears, whether acute or chronic, can result in persistent ulnar-sided...
Injury. 2021 May 20:S0020-1383(21)00465-4. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.05.026. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: Opioid sparing protocols should be formulated with appropriate demand....
Neurosurg Focus. 2021 Jun;50(6):E4. doi: 10.3171/2021.3.FOCUS2164.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVE: Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) has been shown to increase fusion rates; however, cost,...