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, helps investigators access and manage pre-and post-award funding from industry, foundation, and federal sources and develops 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 and Staff

TOPPS Division Chief; Director, Orthopaedic Clinical Research Unit; Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Research Practice Manager

RASR

Grants and Contracts Administrator; Industry Funded Research; Industry Pre-Award and Post-Award
Grants and Contracts Manager (RASR)
Fresh Tissue Lab Agreements

Arthroplasty

Clinical Research Coordinator, Senior
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Foot and Ankle

Clinical Research Coordinator I
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hand and Upper Extremity

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Basic and Translational Science

Clinical Research Coordinator II
Clinical Research Specialist, Sr

Trauma/Hip/Physical Therapy

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Sports

Clinical Research Coordinator, Sr
Clinical Research Coordinator
Research Practice Leader Senior
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Pediatrics/Oncology

Clinical Research Coordinator I