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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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Therapy Doctorate

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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

Duke Orthopaedics 6th in US for Reputation in Care

July 28, 2021
Duke University Hospital is now ranked 6th in the nation for its reputation in orthopaedic care. Over the past decade, Duke Orthopaedics has consistently ranked in the top 10 in this measure. In...

Amy McNulty Chosen as Speaker Spotlight at 2022 ORS Meeting

July 26, 2021
Amy McNulty, PhD has been selected as one of the Spotlight Speakers at the ORS Annual Meeting in February 2022. Featuring top experts presenting state-of-the-field talks and presentations, the...

John Feagin, MD, Honored as AOA Pillar of Orthopaedic Profession

July 15, 2021
John A. Feagin, Jr., MD, FAOA has been honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession for his orthopaedic military career and significant contributions to sports medicine, leadership in...

Orthopaedic Faculty Research on Biomaterial Implants

July 15, 2021
Duke Orthopaedics faculty Shyni Varghese and Ken Gall were interviewed in the Duke Chronicle about their research into biomaterial implants. Healing wounds and regrowing bones: Duke faculty develop...

DSSI Sports Performance Team at TJ Warren Bounce Back

July 15, 2021
DSSI/Sports Performance participated in ​TJ Warren's Bounce Back event at​ Riverside High School last weekend. The event adds to a busy schedule for the Sports Performance team as they have been...

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

Nat Commun. 2021 Jul 27;12(1):4558. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24867-2.ABSTRACTPatients with advanced stage cancers frequently suffer from severe pain as a result of bone metastasis and bone destruction...
Injury. 2021 Jul 15:S0020-1383(21)00625-2. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.07.020. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: Regional anesthesia (RA) may be used in femoral shaft fracture surgery to...
Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2021 Jul 7;207:106801. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2021.106801. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVE: For individuals with severe disability requiring spine surgery, appropriate...
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Jul 14:S1058-2746(21)00541-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2021.06.004. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of...
Am J Sports Med. 2021 Jul 16:3635465211025003. doi: 10.1177/03635465211025003. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: A primary goal of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is to...