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Covid-19 is an unprecedented situation we all are facing together. It has transformed every aspect of our department. Our department members are working with an unbelievable level of dedication, teamwork, and understanding to meet evolving challenges. We are providing top quality care while maintaining social distancing, postponing most of our planned surgeries, preparing for a surge of sick Covid-19 patients, winding down much of our research enterprise, delivering top quality education remotely, and adapting to working remotely from home. In addition, we are developing new ways to manage common clinical problems using a team-based approach and are planning research into the implications of Covid-19 on orthopaedics as well as the impact of musculoskeletal health on Covid-19.  

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of a department that has risen to the occasion to go so far above and beyond during this time. You can read about how our department members have contributed here and get information about our departmental policies and procedures here. Remember to use Duke’s websites (Duke Health, Duke University, Duke Research, and PDC) to get the most up-to-date Covid-19 information. As the situation evolves, things will change, and I appreciate everyone’s understanding of this. These sites will provide the most current information.

It is expected to be concerned about Covid-19, but we will get through this. We have faced other disasters, epidemics, financial depressions, and wars. We are resilient, made it through these, and will come through this time, as well. More than ever, we need the teamwork and culture of our department. Coming together as a community allows us to support each other. We have moved our meetings and education to a virtual platform, and I encourage you to “virtually” participate in our rounds. Take some time each day to decompress; don’t be afraid to ask for help and stay a part of our on-line community. By sticking together, we be stronger at the end of Covid-19. Remember, we will get through this.

Stay healthy and all the best

Benjamin A. Alman, MD
James Urbaniak Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University

on behalf of our department executives, administrative leadership, and division heads
Dr. David E. Attarian; Dr. Annunziato Amendola; Dr. Steven Z. George; Dara Purvis, MHA; John McCall; Jason Remhoff; John Bonini; Janna Fonseca, Melanie Frank, MHA; Delores McNair, MHA; Dr. Michael P. Bolognesi; Dr. Mark Easley; Dr. Selene Parekh; Dr. Samuel B. Adams Jr.; Dr. David S. Ruch; Dr. Steven A. Olson; Dr. Christopher L. Shaffrey; Dr. Chad Cook; Dr. Tiffany Hilton, Dr. Barb Hooper, Dr. Chad Mather III, MD; Dr. Alison P. Toth, Dr. Lou DeFrate, Dr. Robert Fitch

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.

Duke Orthopaedics ranks 5th in NIH Funding among orthopaedic departments nationwide in the Blue Ridge Research Institute for Medical Funding ranking.


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 6, 2020
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March 22, 2020
Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked #7 in US News & World Report’s annual rankings, released March 17, 2020. This confirms what we have always known, DPT is one of the best programs...
March 20, 2020
CMS Guidelines TEAM PREPAREDNESS SURVEY Duke Health sent employees a workforce capabilities questionnaire from the Learning Management System, on Thursday, March 19. The data will help DHS assess...
March 20, 2020
Congratulations to the following medical students who have matched into the Duke Orthopaedic Residency Program! We look forward to working with you! Matthew Brown Notre Dame/University of Florida...
March 5, 2020
Laura S. Pietrosimone, PT, DPT, PhD, had her paper “Landing Biomechanics, But Not Physical Activity, Differ in Young Male Athletes With and Without Patellar Tendinopathy” published in the Journal of...

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.

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