NIH Blue ridge ranking sealDuke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery strongly emphasizes research excellence, focused on generating and implementing new knowledge to improve rehabilitation and musculoskeletal care for people worldwide.

Our researchers include:

  • faculty who are primarily focused on research;
  • practicing clinicians who also engage in research;
  • faculty from our Doctor of Physical Therapy division;
  • and scores of trainees

This cutting-edge research spans from fundamental biology to population-based investigations. Many of our researchers have relationships with Duke University’s fundamental science departments and research institutes through joint or secondary appointments, facilitating links to the wealth of high-quality researchers and core facilities throughout Duke’s campus.


Duke Third-Year Medical Student Research Opportunities 

Third Year Research

Our research is broadly grouped into two areas:

Discovery and Translational Science

Clinical, Epidemiology, and Implementation

  • Brian Brigman
  • Anthony Catanzano
  • Chad Cook 
  • John Dickens
  • Jody Feld 
  • Steve George
  • Christine Goertz 
  • Adam Goode 
  • Maggie Horn 
  • Flavia Penteado Kapos
  • Trevor Lentz 
  • Cesar De Cesar Netto
  • Amy Pastva 
  • Christian Pean
  • Laura Pietrosimone 
  • Brett Roccos
  • Corey Simon 
  • Chris Shaffrey

Message from our Research Leadership 

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is working to grow our research programs and to collaborate with existing and developing programs throughout Duke University’s research community. We actively support the development of work that crosses shared interests among the research and clinical faculty. We host a series of seminars in specialty areas of research that support groups within key areas of musculoskeletal research. Our clinical research unit facilitates research among our patients and links to the Duke Clinical Research Institute to support multisite clinical projects.

Our department hosts core facilities for essential work, including mechanical testing, histology and radiographic analysis of musculoskeletal tissues, and the K-Lab, which focuses on motion analysis.

Steven George, PT, PhD, Vice Chair of Clinical Research 
Shyni Varghese, PhD, Vice Chair of Clinical Research 
Matthew Hilton, PhD, Associate Chair of Research 
Steven Olson, MD, Clinical Research Unit Director
Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD, Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Epidemiology and the Director of the Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Research Center
Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, Director of Clinical Research Facilitation