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Steven A. Olson, MD

Steven A. Olson, MD
Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

As an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Olson's primary focus of research is joint preservation. His primary clinical interests are Orthopaedic Trauma and Hip Reconstruction.

In Orthopaedic Trauma my research interests are: 1) Basic science investigations of articular fractures with two current animal models in use. 2) Clinical research includes evaluation of techniques to reduce and stabilize articular fractures, as well as management of open fractures. 

In the area of Hip Reconstruction, my areas of research are 1) Hip Arthroscopy and treatment of hip disorders and treatment of labral tears in the treatment of hip pain. 2) Periacetabular osteotomy for the treatment of hip dysplasia.


Lab Achievements

Dr. Olson received the 2015 Kappa Delta Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in recognition of his paper entitled, “Therapeutic Opportunities to Prevent Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Lessons from the Natural History of Arthritis after Articular Fracture.”  The 2015 Ann Doner Vaughn Award was presented to Dr. Steven A. Olson and his colleagues, Bridgette Furman, Virginia Kraus, Janet Huebner, and Farshid Guilak. This Kappa Delta award recognizes innovative basic science orthopaedic research. Read more about this prestigious award here.

Selected Publications and Grants




  • Steven A. Olson, MD, Principal Investigator
  • Bridgette D. Furman, BS, Research Analyst II
  • Kelly A. Kimmerling, PhD Candidate, Advisor: Farshid Guilak
  • Daniel Cunningham, Medical Student, Duke University Medical School

Team Olson Alumni (Students, Staff, and Visiting Scholars)

  • Jens Strand, 2004
  • W. Chad Hembree, 2004-2005
  • Benjamin Ward, 2005-2006
  • Troy Swimmer, 2006-2008
  • Dennis Cattel, 2006-2007
  • John S. Lewis, 2008-2009
  • Jonathon Backus, 2008-2009
  • Collin Kent, 2009-2011
  • Evan Zeitler, 2009-2010
  • Josef Stolberg-Stolberg, 2010-2011, 2012
  • Daniel Mangiapani, 2010-2011
  • Craig Louer, 2010-2011
  • Philip Horne, 2011
  • Minna Zhang, 2011
  • Michael Moverman, 2011-2014
  • Karsyn Bailey, 2010-2014
  • Tyler Vovos, 2013-2014


We are always looking for qualified individuals interested in orthopaedic research.  Applications for undergraduate and medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and research staff positions will be considered.  


Mailing Address
Duke Hospital South, 200 Trent Drive, Orange Zone 5th floor, Room 5332
DUMC 3389, Durham, NC 27710

Our laboratory is located on the third floor of the Medical Science Research Building (MSRB) at Duke University Medical Center.
375 Medical Sciences Research Building
Research Dr.
DUMC Box 3093
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710 USA

Phone: 919-668-3000
Email: steven.olson@duke.edu