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A Message from Benjamin A. Alman, MD

The current pandemic is an unprecedented situation we all are facing together. It has transformed almost every aspect of our department and lives. Our faculty, staff, and trainees are working with an unbelievable level of dedication, teamwork, and understanding to meet the evolving challenges. COVID-19 will be with us for a while, but so far we have been fortunate. Our hospitals are not overwhelmed and given our geography and economics, we are in a good position for recovery. As such, we are now re-engaging in our clinical, research, and educational activities in a new reality. 

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of a department that has risen to the occasion to go so far above and beyond during this time. You can read about how our department members contributed here and get information about our departmental policies and procedures here. Remember to use Duke’s websites (Duke Health, Duke University, Duke Research, and PDC) to get the most up-to-date Covid-19 information. As the situation evolves, things will change, and I appreciate everyone’s understanding of this. These sites will provide the most current information. 

We still need appropriate modifications to our activities as we continue to have COVID-19 in our community, and will for some time. However, it’s now appropriate for us to focus on the path forward, building on our strong Duke culture to strengthen our faculty, trainees, staff, and department over the coming months and years. 
I’m incredibly proud to be a part of a department that has risen to the occasion to go so far above and beyond during this time. Coming together as a community allows us to support each other. Our meetings and education are now on a web-based platform, and I encourage you to participate “virtually” in our departmental activities. More than ever, we need teamwork and the culture of our department to enhance morale and collaboration; by sticking together, we are stronger. Take some time each day to decompress and don’t be afraid to ask for help. We are resilient, having made it through other disasters, epidemics, financial depressions, and wars – we will come through this time as well.

Stay healthy and all the best,


Benjamin A. Alman, MD
James Urbaniak Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University


On behalf of our department executives, administrative leadership, and division heads
Dr. David E. Attarian; Dr. Annunziato Amendola; Dr. Steven Z. George; Dara Purvis, MHA; John McCall; Jason Remhoff; John Bonini; Janna Fonseca, Melanie Frank, MHA; Delores McNair, MHA; Dr. Michael P. Bolognesi; Dr. Mark Easley; Dr. Selene Parekh; Dr. Samuel B. Adams Jr.; Dr. David S. Ruch;  Dr. Steven A. Olson; Dr. Christopher L. Shaffrey; Dr. Todd Cade; Dr. Tiffany Hilton, Dr. Barb Hooper, Dr. Chad Mather III, MD; Dr. Alison P. Toth, Dr. Lou DeFrate, and Dr. Robert Fitch