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Clinical Research Unit

The Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) plays a critical role in realizing the mission and vision of Duke Orthopaedics. The CRU oversees and supports all clinical research projects undertaken by Duke Orthopaedics faculty, and helps investigators access and manage pre-and post-award funding from industry, foundation, and federal sources and develop strong research partnerships across disciplines.

Duke Orthopaedics is enjoying an expansion of our research programs across all areas of expertise, including our core focus areas of engineering; cellular, developmental, and genome sciences; whole-body kinematics; and population biology. Clinical research has always been the central focus and strength of our Duke Orthopaedics surgical faculty – and the CRU is instrumental in facilitating and advancing this important work.

Recently, a traditional focus on retrospective review-based projects, driven in part by our residency program, has shifted toward more industry-funded research due to our industry partners’ need to understand the function of medical devices we implant in patients. The CRU facilitates these partnerships while also striving to grow the Department’s portfolio of federally funded clinical research.

Several Duke Orthopaedics faculty have joint appointments with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, providing enhanced opportunities for cost-effective collaborative research.

    Orthopaedic Surgery CRU Faculty and Staff


    Steven Olson, MD, Director   
    DUMC Box 104002
    311 Trent Drive, Office 5289
    Durham, NC 27710 
    steven.olson@duke.edu
    W: 919-668-3000
    F: 919-668-2933                   
     


    Carrie Killelea

    Research Practice Manager    
    Duke IPE Building, 311 Trent Drive, 5th Floor, Room 5255
    Durham, NC 27710
    carolyn.killelea@duke.edu
    W: 919-681-8778

     

     


    Peter Pavlis

    Financial Practice Manager
    DUMC Box 104002
    Duke IPE Building, 311 Trent Drive
    Durham, NC 27710
    peter.pavlis@duke.edu
    W: 919-681-3360

     

    Arthroplasty


    Jennifer Friend
    Clinical Research Coordinator, Senior
    Duke Arringdon
    5601 Arringdon Park Dr., Suite 300
    Morrisville, NC 27560
    jennifer.friend@duke.edu
    W: 919-668-4373/919-666-0289

     

     


    Megan McKinnie

    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    Duke Medical Plaza Page Road
    4709 Creekstone Drive, Suite 200
    Durham, NC 27703
    megan.mckinnie@duke.edu
    W: 919-660-5520

     

     

    Foot & Ankle

    Kalyn Purnell

    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    Duke Arringdon
    5601 Arringdon Park Dr., Suite 300 
    Morrisville, NC 27560
    kalyn.purnell@duke.edu
    W: 919-668-9175

     


    Amanda (Martha) Robertson

    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    Duke Arringdon
    5601 Arringdon Park Dr., Suite 300
    Morrisville, NC 27560
    martha.roberston@duke.edu
    W: 919-668-9175

     

     

    Hand


    Carrigan Creech

    Clinical Research Coordinator II
    Duke Arringdon
    5601 Arringdon Park Dr., Suite 300
    Morrisville, NC 27560
    carrigan.creech@duke.edu
    W: 919-660-9343

     

     

    Hip Preservation, Basic Sciences

     

    JaNell Dupree
    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    DUMC Box 104002
    311 Trent Drive, Office 5255
    Durham, NC 27710
    janell.wylie@duke.edu
    W: 919-660-4025

      

     

    Basic Sciences


    Stephanie Thompson

    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    Medical Sciences Research Building 1
    203 Research Drive, Suite 372
    Durham, NC 27710
    stephanie.d.thompson@duke.edu
    W: 919-684-5241

     


    Kelley Seebeck

    Clinical Research Specialist, Sr
    DUMC Box 104002
    311 Trent Drive, Office 5255
    Durham, NC 27710
    Kelley.seebeck@duke.edu 
    W: 919-681-4000

     

    Sports Medicine

    Suzanne Finley

    Clinical Research Coordinator II 
    Duke Sports Science Institute
    DUMC Box 3615
    3475 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    suzanne.finley@duke.edu
    W: 919-684-5431

     

    Courtney Pyles
    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    Duke Sports Science Institute
    DUMC Box 3615
    3475 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    courtney.pyles@duke.edu
    W: 919-684-6260

     


    Emily Reinke, PhD

    Research Practice Leader Senior
    Duke Sports Science Institute
    DUMC Box 3615
    3475 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    emily.reinke@duke.edu
    W: 919-684-8997
     

     

    Trauma, Oncology, Pediatrics

     

    Elizabeth Sachs
    Clinical Research Coordinator I
    DUMC Box 104002
    311 Trent Drive, Office 5255
    Durham, NC 27710
    elizabeth.sachs@duke.edu
    W: 919-660-9849