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James A. Nunley II, MD, MS

James A. Nunley II, MD, MS
The Goldner Jones Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine

Dr. Nunley's current research interests are both clinical and basic science. Currently, in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, his team is investigating the biomechanical properties of the deltoid ligament in the ankle. This is a clinically relevant problem and they will hopefully identify ways to improve the correction of the adult relaxed flat foot. They are also performing a preliminary investigation into the blood supply of the distal tibia to look for a vascularized bone transfer. 

They have recently completed a biomechanical study looking at the strength of fixation for proximal metatarsal osteotomies in the correction of hallux valgus and that information has been submitted for publication. 

Current Projects

  • Clinical projects have looked into nerve palsies after total elbow replacement and to reconstructive upper and lower extremity surgery.

Selected Publications & Grants




5314 Orange Zone, Duke South, Durham, NC 27710
Box 2923 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
james.nunley@duke.edu  (919) 684-4033