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EDI Spotlight: Oke Anakwenze, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

When Oke Anakwenze, MD, MBA, was a medical student, it was hard for him to find mentors who looked like him. It was even harder once he began training in orthopaedic surgery, a field of medicine that is lacking in racial and ethnic diversity. In this month’s EDI Spotlight, Anakwenze shares how he’s trying to make the experience of finding mentors a bit easier for today’s underrepresented in medicine students, both in his role as shoulder section head in the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and as diversity committee chair for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Christian Pean, MD, to Provide the Keynote Lecture at the JRGOS Annual Event

Christian Pean, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, will provide the keynote lecture for the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) luncheon at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons event on Feb. 15, 2024, in San Francisco. 

The JRGOS is the nation’s largest organization of Black Orthopaedic Surgeons. The title of his talk is “Leveraging Technology to Address Health Inequity: An Ethical and Economic Imperative.” Learn more.

Ned Amendola, MD, Shares Expertise on the JB&JS OrthoEvidence Podcast

Ned Amendola, MD, Virginia Flowers Baker Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine division chief, talks with Dr. Bhandari and Dr. Swiontkowski on the JB & JS – OrthoEvidence+ podcast.

They discuss Achilles tendon ruptures that have hit high-level professional athletes, from Aaron Rodgers to Kevin Durant. Additional conversation topics include existing research on operative & non-operative treatment, turf vs. grass fields, and the [missing] data on high-level athletes. 

Join us! Grand Rounds – Visiting Professor Douglas G. Smith, MD

Join us! Grand Rounds Visiting Professor – Douglas G. Smith, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle

March 20 • 6:30 a.m.

Topic: Amputation/Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR)

In-person: IPE Building, 311 Trent Drive - enjoy coffee!

Join us! Grand Rounds – James R. Urbaniak, MD, Visiting Professor, A. Bobby Chhabra, MD

Join us! Grand Rounds James R. Urbaniak, MD, Visiting Professor 

A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor; chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator – University of Virginia

Feb. 7 • 6:30 a.m.

Topic: Treatment of OCD of the Capitellum in the Competitive Adolescent Athlete

In-person: IPE Building, 311 Trent Drive - enjoy coffee!

Duke Ortho on a Roll!

🎳 Thank you for attending last evening's fantastic and fun annual bowling event at the Bowlero – Durham.

We hope you enjoyed a great time with your family and Duke Orthopaedics colleagues and friends. The smiles and laughter shared were terrific!

View photos from the event.

We look forward to a successful 2024 with you!

New Strategy for Protecting Bones from Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients who receive radiation during their treatment – and about half do -- may face a lesser-known challenge: bone loss. 

The vital treatment for cancers of the head and neck, breast, cervix, prostate, and even eyes can harm the cells that keep bones strong. 

Thorsten Seyler, MD, PhD, Receives NIH SBIR Grant

Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD, associate professor orthopaedic surgery; director, adult reconstruction fellowship; and principal investigator, Orthopaedic Biofilm Laboratory recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. 

He will work alongside Matthew L. Becker, PhD, MA, Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished professor of chemistry.  

Oke A. Anakwenze, MD, MBA, Receives Promotion

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Oke A. Anakwenze, MD, MBA, to professor of orthopaedic surgery as of Dec. 1.

Dr. Anakwenze is a complex shoulder and elbow surgeon, researcher, and innovator. 

  • Fellowship, Shoulder And Elbow Surgery - Columbia University
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery - University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA - University of California - Los Angeles
  • MD - Mayo Clinic, Alix School of Medicine