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Shalini Ramasunder, MD, Named Chief of Orthopaedic Service at Durham VA

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Shalini Ramasunder, MD, has been named Chief of Orthopaedic Service at the Durham Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. She will begin her role this month. Dr. Ramasunder will also hold a faculty appointment in our Sports Medicine division, where she will focus on Women’s Sports Medicine, collaborating with our other faculty doing work in this area.

“We are impressed with Shalini’s experience and familiarity with the VA. She holds external research support and is universally praised for the quality of her teaching,” said Benjamin Alman, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Please join me in thanking our search committee members–from both Duke and the VA–chaired by Dr. Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan and me, Joe Minchew, Dara Purvis, Steve Olson, Adam Goode (DPT), Chanel Copeland (PA), Gregory Pereira, Charlene Little, Clare Haystead, Curtis Lawson, and John Whited for their excellent work and commitment during this search.”

"We are very grateful for the leadership, excellent work, and dedication showed by Sam Wellman, MD, who has served as the Chief of Orthopaedic Service for over five years. Under his leadership, there was a significant improvement in the quality of our educational programs and clinical care. Please join me in thanking Sam for his many years of exceptional service and leadership in this role. Sam will be devoting more of his time to his arthroplasty work.”

Dr.  Ramasunder grew up between Brooklyn, NY, and East Brunswick, NJ. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, completing majors in both Chemistry and Sociology, with a minor in Economics. She attended medical school at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine followed by her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Drexel University. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Ramasunder attended the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the Miami Sarcoma Center. While there, she received the Florida Orthopaedic Society award for Outstanding Research as well as the university’s award in Humanity in Medicine for her work to bring sarcoma patients from Haiti to Miami for surgery and adjuvant treatment. After completing her musculoskeletal oncology fellowship, she joined the sarcoma team at Duke University, until deciding to return to training to complete a sports fellowship at Wake Forest University several years later. She joined the orthopaedic surgery team at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in late 2015 where she was recently named the Section Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

In 2020, Dr. Ramasunder was elected to a four-year appointment on the Federal Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation, Research, and Development for the VA. Dr. Ramasunder has also served as the volunteer event physician for multiple NC-USA Gymnastics events.