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Alison Toth Appointed Executive Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Dr. Alison Toth has been appointed the department’s Executive Vice Chair. Dr. Toth replaces Dr. David Attarian in this role. The Executive Vice Chair represents the chair and department when the chair is not available, and helps with the development and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, and strategic goals. 

Dr. Toth is a native of New Fairfield, CT. She graduated from Yale University, where she played varsity basketball, and then attended the Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1994. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University, and her sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City in 2001. She returned to join the Duke faculty in 2001, where she has been since.

She in her 19th year as a Team Physician for Duke Athletics, and has been the Head Team Physician for North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC since 2005.

Dr. Toth specializes in the surgical treatment of knee and shoulder conditions, especially for athletes, with a focus on arthroscopic surgery and joint preservation. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. Her research interests include the use of grafts for rotator cuff repairs, articular cartilage reconstruction, and the use of biologics for orthopaedic applications including prevention of post-traumatic arthritis. 

Her administrative roles in the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at present include: Vice Chair for faculty, associate program director of the orthopaedic residency, executive director of quality and safety, head of the quality co-management committee, PDC Board of Managers at-large member, and representative to the PDC credentials committee.

Alison relates that the most rewarding aspect of her career is training Duke residents and fellows to be great orthopaedic surgeons and dedicated physicians.

After many years of service, David Attarian will be transitioning from his administrative duties in the department over the next 12 months. Alison and I will work on detailed job descriptions and a process to fill his roles of: Vice Chair Clinical; Access Champion; and Medical Director for Page Road/Arringdon. David will continue to perform his current duties as he works with the department on a transition plan. He will continue in his role as CMO for the PDC, in his clinical practice, and will help the new leaders as they transition to these roles.