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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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The faculty and staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke welcome you to our website. We hope that you will find answers to the many questions you may have about who we are and what we do.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery cares for all injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Our subspecialty clinics in joint replacement/reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, foot, hand and upper extremity, spine, trauma, oncology, reconstructive microsurgery, and rehabilitation are integrated to provide efficient, effective, and individualized care.

Our multidisciplinary approach, linking the expertise of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthopaedic nursing, ensures that each patient receives the most innovative and comprehensive care for his or her condition.


Our Vision

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

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

Latest News & Articles

April 18, 2019
Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD, FAANS, has been named president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The association announced his appointment during the 87th AANS Annual...
April 18, 2019
Dean C. Taylor, MD, who was honored to be invited as a Visiting Professor for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at...
April 17, 2019
For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University partnered with the Perry Initiative to host an outreach program to mentor young female students on April 12-...
April 17, 2019
Image: Dr. Lou Defrate working with the middle school students on National Biomechanics Day 2019.    Members of the DeFrate Lab within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery celebrated National...
April 17, 2019
Image: Brian Brigman, MD, PhD and Alexander "Alex" Lazarides, MD.   Alexander "Alex" Lazarides, MD, PGY-3 resident, was presented with the Annual William S. Ogden, Jr. Piedmont Traveling Fellowship...

Upcoming Events

EVERY WEDNESDAY! Duke Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (Click for schedule)

*Please note all Grand Rounds take place in 103 Bryan Research Building unless otherwise noted*

April 3, 2019: Department Photo Day 

April 10, 2019: Grand Rounds Patient Safety Conference 

April 12-13, 2019:  Perry Initiative Outreach Program

April 22, 2019: Leaving the Duke Nest

April 24, 2019: Duke Orthopaedic & Rehabiliation Seminar 

April 26-27, 2019: 11th Annual Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium (EBARS)

April 30-May 1, 2019: Twenty-seventh Annual J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professor

May 8-11, 2019: 67th Annual Piedmont Orthopedic Society meeting

Recent Publications

Related Articles Ulnar Nerve Transection in an Orthopaedic Surgeon Sustained During Surgery: A Case Report and Commentary. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 01 03;100(1):e2...
Related Articles Tumors of the Epiphyses. JBJS Rev. 2017 05;5(5):e4 Authors: Grimm NL, Tainter DM, Eward WC, Brigman BE PMID: 28538290 [PubMed - indexed...
Related Articles Predicting survival for metastatic spine disease: a comparison of nine scoring systems. Spine J. 2018 10;18(10):1804-1814 Authors: Ahmed AK,...
Related Articles Prognostic significance of hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase) promoter region mutations C228T and C250T for overall survival in spinal chordomas...
Management of Recalcitrant Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Apr 09;: Authors: Lauder A, Mithani S, Leversedge FJ Abstract...