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Duke Orthopaedics Hosts 25th Annual J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professor, Dr. Lori Karol


On Wednesday, April 19, Duke Orthopaedics hosted the 25th Annual J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professor, Dr. Lori Karol, who gave the grand rounds lecture on, “Early Onset Scoliosis: Why We Don’t Do What We Used to, and What We Do Now.” Dr. Karol is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas-Southwestern, and assistant chief of staff at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, where she has practiced pediatric orthopaedic surgery in Dallas for 23 years. She graduated with her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, where she was enrolled in the six-year Inteflex combined premedical and medical program. She then completed her residency at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in 1990, and was a Dorothy Edwards fellow in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in 1991. In addition to her clinical duties at TSRH, she is also the medical director of the Movement Science Laboratory, and the chair of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Committee.

Dr. Karol is the immediate past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, where she served as the first female president. She is also active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and was a Leadership Fellow in 2006. Dr. Karol has chaired the public relations and the education committees of the Scoliosis Research Society, and is the treasurer of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank. She served as the pediatric section editor of JAAOS for the past ten years.

Dr. Karol has authored 83 peer reviewed articles, and lectures nationally and internationally on such topics as idiopathic scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, developmental dislocation of the hip, and gait analysis. She has received the Arthur Heune award from POSNA for her research in gait analysis in clubfeet.

Presentation of the Annual Awards for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research

After Dr. Karol's talk, Dr. Alman presented the Annual Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research to:

  • Julia D. Visgauss, MD, “Precision Medicine for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma: ATRX Deficiency Predicts Enhanced Sensitivity to rTRAIL.”
  • Brian T. Nickel, MD, “Battling the Opioid Epidemic with Prospective Pain Threshold Measurement.”
  • Mitchell R. Klement, MD, “What Should Define Preoperative Anemia in Today’s Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty?”

About J. Leonard Goldner, MD

November 19, 1918 – December 20, 2005

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. J. Leonard Goldner received a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska in 1943. He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

He received his orthopaedic residency training at Duke University from 1946 – 1950 and subsequently he joined the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery staff. Dr. Goldner served as Chief of that Division from 1967 through 1984 and was awarded the distinguished James B. Duke Professorship in 1979. He retired formally from surgery in 1988 but continued to teach and attend orthopaedic conferences and clinics until two months prior to his death.

Dr. Goldner had the unique distinction of serving as President of both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He was President of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Southern Medical Association and the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association.

In 1981, Dr. Goldner received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Army and in 2004, he was awarded the American Orthopaedic Association-Smith & Nephew Distinguished Clinician Educator Award which “acknowledges hard work and dedication to the Orthopaedic Community.” 

Dr. Goldner was a self-disciplinarian, dedicated teacher, tireless surgeon, respected leader and above all, a humanitarian. He was unparalleled as a teacher and defined the Socratic Method and as a result all of those who trained under him became better teachers. His attitude was confident, positive and optimistic and it carried over to all of his trainees. As a mentor, his enthusiasm was infectious and he stimulated his trainees and faculty to higher accomplishments than they ever thought were possible.

Whether family member, friend, colleague or student, his sound principles will carry us for decades to come.