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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 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

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

Chad Cook Designated World Expert by Expertscape

October 20, 2021
Especially during National Physical Therapy Month, we are excited to congratulate Dr. Chad Cook on being the #4 worldwide ranked World Expert in the Physical Therapy Specialty. Expertscape's PubMed-...

Duke OTD at NCOTA Annual Meeting

October 20, 2021
    Duke OTD had great representation at the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Annual Meeting. Dr. Sheila Moyle presented “A Multisource Feedback Approach to Facilitate Student Performance in...

Meet Chanel Copeland, PA

October 20, 2021
We celebrated all of our physician assistants during PA Week October 6–12 and recognized their outstanding commitment to our department. Chanel Copeland, a PA in Sports Medicine shares how she became...

Jason Long and Wendi Guo Receive ASBMR Young Investigator Award

October 14, 2021
    Jason Long from the lab of Dr. Matthew Hilton received an American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Award for presenting his work, “Hypertrophic chondrocytes serve...

An Integrative Approach to Keeping Athletes Healthy

October 14, 2021
An integrative approach to keeping athletes healthy Monday, October 11, 2021, by Morag MacLachlan | Inside DukeHealth ​Duke University's 800 athletes receive treatment from clinicians with a diverse...

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

Sarcoma. 2021 Oct 11;2021:4740924. doi: 10.1155/2021/4740924. eCollection 2021.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Unlike other soft tissue sarcomas, atypical lipomatous tumors (ALTs) are thought to have a low...
Neurosurgery. 2021 Oct 18:nyab352. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyab352. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Few reports focus on adults with severe scoliosis.OBJECTIVE: To report surgical outcomes and...
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Oct 14:S1058-2746(21)00725-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2021.09.009. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Psychological distress is associated with disability and quality of...
Am J Sports Med. 2021 Oct 15:3635465211049434. doi: 10.1177/03635465211049434. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Biologic augmentation via extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds has been...
Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2021 Oct 13. doi: 10.1097/BOR.0000000000000845. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful disease for which drug development has...