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About the Department


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery cares for all injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. In addition, the Department provides subspecialty clinics in the specific areas of major joint reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, foot, hand, spine, trauma, oncology, reconstructive microsurgery, and rehabilitation.

Our multidisciplinary approach, which links the expertise of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthopaedic nursing insures that each patient receives the most appropriate and responsive treatment.

Duke Orthopaedics is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report, based on measures that include patient volume and outcomes, patient safety, nurse-to-patient ratio, and our reputation among other orthopaedic specialists.

Our orthopaedic doctors, surgeons, sports medicine specialists, non-operative spine specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and physical therapists work together to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Our Orthopaedic Surgeons have been named “America’s Top Doctors” and Duke has been named as one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” Duke Orthopaedics is fifth in the nation in NIH funding, in the Blue Ridge Research Institute for Medical Funding ranking and our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked #7 in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.

We are one of the largest academic orthopaedic departments in the United States.

  • 83 Orthopaedic Faculty
  • 20 Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy Faculty
  • 3 Occupational Therapy Doctorate Faculty
  • 40 Orthopaedic Residents (Trainees)
  • 17 Orthopaedic Clinical Fellows
  • 12 Research Faculty
  • 43 Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
  • 29 Research Trainees
  • 169 employees (not including faculty)

In 2019 we treated 190,224 patients in our clinics and performed 17,514 procedures.

Our clinical faculty are organized across eight surgical subspecialties, including:

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma