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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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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

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day 2021

March 26, 2021
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness and today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Our team at Lenox Baker proudly showed their support! During the month of March, individuals living with cerebral...

Welcome, PGY-1 Class of 2021

March 26, 2021
We are excited to announce our matched Orthopaedic Residents for 2021. Congratulations and welcome to Duke Orthopaedics!               

ATs are Essential!

March 26, 2021
ATs are essential to health care and our ATs are among the best in the nation. National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic...

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2021

March 22, 2021
Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety. During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions...

Section of Orthopaedic Surgeon Clinician Scientists (SOsCS)

March 22, 2021
Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery places a strong emphasis on research excellence, focused on generating and implementing new knowledge to improve rehabilitation and musculoskeletal care for...

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 Spine Surg. 2021 Mar;7(1):37-47. doi: 10.21037/jss-20-598.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The decision upper-most instrumented vertebrae (UIV) in a multi-level fusion procedure can dramatically influence...
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Apr 2:S1058-2746(21)00343-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2021.03.143. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Malnutrition is associated with poor postoperative outcomes...
Foot Ankle Int. 2021 Mar 31:10711007211002807. doi: 10.1177/10711007211002807. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPathology of the navicular can be a difficult entity to treat, particularly when the...
JBMR Plus. 2021 Feb 4;5(3):e10457. doi: 10.1002/jbm4.10457. eCollection 2021 Mar.ABSTRACTDespite the availability of various osteoporosis treatments, adherence remains suboptimal. One contributing...
Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2021 Mar 29. doi: 10.1007/s00590-021-02920-6. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPURPOSE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of absolute stability (AS)...