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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

Dr. Banks Anderson and Dr. Helen Kaiser

November 19, 2021
DPT faculty member Dr. Rosie Canizares recently connected with Durham resident Dr. Banks Anderson. Dr. Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology and just celebrated his 90th birthday. Dr....

Rosie Canizares receives Forever Duke Award from Duke Alumni

November 19, 2021
Congratulations to Rosie Canizares PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ('04, DPT '07) on receiving the Forever Duke Award 2021. This is the second time Rosie has received this award–the first time being in 2012 when...

DPT Faculty Elected to APTA Board

November 19, 2021
Congratulations to our DPT faculty members elected to serve on the NC APTA Board (from left to right): Delegates–Dr. Ashley Poole and Dr. Derek Clewley and Director of Communications–Dr. Rosie...

Dr. Emily D'Agostino Receives NICHD Collaboration Award 

November 19, 2021
Congratulations to OTD’s Emily D'Agostino, DPH, MS, MEd, MA, Director of Community-Engaged Research Practice, and her collaborators for receiving the NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and...

Duke Participates in AAHKS Annual Meeting

November 19, 2021
Duke faculty and current and former residents participated in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting November 11–14 in Dallas. More than 4,000 people attended the...

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

Mol Genet Metab Rep. 2021 Nov 11;29:100821. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgmr.2021.100821. eCollection 2021 Dec.ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: A deficiency of glycogen debrancher enzyme in patients with glycogen storage...
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021 Nov 22. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000004300. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTSTUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of a prospectively collected database.OBJECTIVE: To...
Clin Teach. 2021 Nov 21. doi: 10.1111/tct.13439. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Our documentary, Keepers of the House, highlights ways that hospital housekeepers, typically unnoticed care...
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Nov 11:S1058-2746(21)00777-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2021.10.018. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34775039 | DOI:10.1016/j.jse.2021.10.018
J Clin Med. 2021 Oct 21;10(21):4826. doi: 10.3390/jcm10214826.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVES: Cervical deformity morphotypes based on type and location of deformity have previously been described. This study...