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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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Doctor of
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 40 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. With 62% of our OTD students from under-represented minorities, 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

2021 State of the Department
Watch the State of the Department presentation and celebrate the department’s many accomplishments over the past year and learn about plans for a new beginning and bright future. 

Latest News & Articles

Dr. Jim DeOrio Presents in Toronto and Santiago

May 16, 2022
Dr. Jim DeOrio presented five papers on two continents in April. First, as a guest on numerous panels as the Visiting Professor at the 14th Biennial Canadian Foot and Ankle Symposium in Toronto, and...

The Perry Initiative: A Game Changer

May 13, 2022
There are more than 20,000 practicing orthopedic surgeons in the United States. Orthopaedic surgery has been cited as being one of the least diverse specialties. Despite over 50% of medical students...

DPT Class of 2022 Graduation

May 12, 2022
DPT Class of 2022 Graduation Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2022! New grad Pia Salcedo was presented with the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Inclusive Excellence Award at graduation. Grace ...

Rebecca Wadlinger, DO Joins the Sports Division

May 12, 2022
We are excited to welcome Rebecca Wadlinger, DO, to our Sports Division. Dr. Wadlinger comes to Duke most recently from Penn State University where she has been working as a team physician for...

Warren Hammert, MD Joins Hand Division

May 12, 2022
Please join in welcomeing Dr. Warren Hammert to the Hand Division Hammert. Dr. Hammert started last week and has hit the ground running! Warren was most recently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery...

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

Front Immunol. 2022 May 6;13:856254. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.856254. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTNeuroinflammation is a growing hallmark of perioperative neurocognitive disorders (PNDs), including...
Transplant Cell Ther. 2022 May 17:S2666-6367(22)01310-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jtct.2022.05.018. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) is a...
J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 May;19(5S):S53-S66. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2022.02.019.ABSTRACTShoulder arthroplasty is a common orthopedic procedure with a complication rate reported to be as high as 39.8% and...
Evol Med Public Health. 2022 Apr 29;10(1):221-230. doi: 10.1093/emph/eoac016. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hepatocellular carcinoma occurs frequently in prosimians, but the...
J Neurosurg Spine. 2022 May 13:1-5. doi: 10.3171/2022.4.SPINE22373. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTDr. Ruth Jackson, born in 1902, was the first female spine surgeon on record. Her story of remarkable...