Duke Orthopaedic Surgery

The faculty and staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke welcome you. We hope you will find answers here to the many questions you may have about who we are and what we do.

Our Vision
Be the global standard of excellence today and develop the leaders of tomorrow in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education, and patient care.

Our Mission
REACHING OUT–to put the patient and their family at the center of all we do to provide the highest quality care
STEPPING UP–to serve and to lead our local and global communities with integrity and compassion
MOVING FORWARD–to promote and to develop excellence in education
CLIMBING HIGHER–to inspire through innovations in basic science, clinical, and translational research

Duke's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery cares for all injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. In addition, the Department provides subspecialty clinics in the specific areas of major joint reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, foot, hand, spine, trauma, oncology, reconstructive microsurgery, and rehabilitation.

Our multidisciplinary approach, which links the expertise of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthopaedic nursing insures that each patient receives the most appropriate and responsive treatment.

Duke Orthopaedics is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report, based on measures that include patient volume and outcomes, patient safety, nurse-to-patient ratio, and our reputation among other orthopaedic specialists.

Our orthopaedic doctors, surgeons, sports medicine specialists, non-operative spine specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and physical therapists work together to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Our Orthopaedic Surgeons have been named “America’s Top Doctors” and Duke has been named as one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” Duke Orthopaedics is fifth in the nation in NIH funding, in the Blue Ridge Research Institute for Medical Funding ranking and our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked #7 in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.

We are one of the largest academic orthopaedic departments in the United States.

  • 83 Orthopaedic Faculty
  • 20 Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy Faculty
  • 3 Occupational Therapy Doctorate Faculty
  • 40 Orthopaedic Residents (Trainees)
  • 17 Orthopaedic Clinical Fellows
  • 12 Research Faculty
  • 43 Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
  • 29 Research Trainees
  • 169 employees (not including faculty)

In 2019 we treated 190,224 patients in our clinics and performed 17,514 procedures.

Our clinical faculty are organized across eight surgical subspecialties, including:

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma
Aug 13, 2022  
North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic (NCOC), a community-based faculty practice of Duke Orthopaedics, seeks an academic fellowship-trained, board certified or eligible Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle surgeon. This hybrid academic practice offers teaching and research opportunities for interested candidates.  Hired surgeon will have a ready-made referral base of primary care physicians and a well-established pool of Foot & Ankle patients. Enjoy the advantages of Duke’s resources and reputation within the structure of a private practice financial model.  The practice, comprised of 8 surgeons, 1 physiatrist, 1 podiatrist, and 3 physician assistants, is housed on the Durham/Chapel Hill border just a few miles off campus. There is physical therapy and hand/occupational therapy clinic adjacent to the practice. NCOC’s surgeons operate at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH), a 388 bed level 1 trauma center, and two local ambulatory surgical centers.  Practice call consists of two weekdays per...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC
Jul 23, 2022  
Kernodle Clinic, an affiliate of Duke’s Faculty Practice, the Private Diagnostic Clinic, is seeking a general Orthopedic Surgeon with skills and interests in arthroplasty, trauma, and hand surgery.  The Kernodle Clinic affiliated with Duke’s faculty practice almost 10 years ago and is Duke’s flagship practice in their western market. Kernodle is also their largest community-based multi-specialty practice with more than 95 medical providers in 18 areas of specialty. The practice is adjacent to Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC), a well-equipped, modern facility with 238 beds. The Kernodle Orthopedic Surgeons perform their surgical procedures at two ARMC locations, the main hospital located in Burlington and an outpatient surgery center located in Mebane. The Orthopedics Department consists of four orthopedic surgeons, one non-operative sports medicine physician, and five Advanced Practice Providers (PA/NP). Collectively, the department provides 18,000 office encounters and...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Burlington, NC
Jan 20, 2022  
Candidates must be board eligible or certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as passionate for the care of adolescents and adults with neuromuscular conditions resulting in disability and functional impairments. Candidates are not required to have a non-accredited fellowship training, but training and experience in transitional rehabilitation care is a plus. At Duke Health, we take an interdisciplinary approach to high level care of congenital and childhood-onset physical impairments, including but not limited to children and young adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other congenital and acquired pediatric condition. Candidates must be committed to family-centered care to promote the active participation of the child, youth, and family through the processes of evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the child or youth’s disability. Professional and Interpersonal Characteristics Candidates for this position should...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC
Oct 20, 2021  
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery and Duke Pediatrics are seeking one Pediatric Rehabilitation Physiatrist to join an established Pediatrics Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Service in Durham, NC. Candidates must be board eligible or certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship training and board eligible or certified is recommended, but not required. Candidates without fellowship training must be passionate for the care of adolescents and transition to adulthood and will have the opportunity to grow in their career with current Faculty. At Duke Health, we take an interdisciplinary approach to high level care of congenital and childhood-onset physical impairments, including but not limited to children and young adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other congenital and acquired pediatric condition. Candidates must be committed to family-centered care to promote the active participation of the child,...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC
Aug 26, 2021  
Duke Orthopedic Surgery seeks an experienced, academically oriented, BE/BC orthopedic surgeon fellowship trained in Adult Spine to join its full time faculty. Applicants should be committed to excellent patient care, as well as teaching, scholarship, and research. Teaching responsibilities include interactions with medical students, residents, fellows and trainees in multiple departments. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Excellent research infrastructure in all disciplines is available. Selected candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in Duke's Spine Division, a collaboration between the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, led by Christopher Shaffrey, MD, FACS.  Duke’s Spine Division provides world-class interdisciplinary spine care with operative and non-operative experts in a coordinated care model. The greater Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill offers wide-ranging options in housing and choices...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC
Jun 26, 2021  
The Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery seeks an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon to join the academic division. This faculty position will help expand the foot and ankle service across the health system. Qualified candidates will be ABOS BC/BE and have completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. The successful applicant will be an integral part of the internationally recognized orthopaedic foot and ankle faculty based at Duke University Hospital, a busy level I trauma center. Over the past five years the department has expanded its geographic footprint allowing for multiple practice locations. Applicants should be committed to excellence in research, patient care, education of residents and fellows, and leadership on local, national, and international levels. Applicants will be expected to perform procedures related to complex reconstruction, foot and ankle trauma, ankle arthroplasty, and foot and ankle sports medicine. The Duke Orthopaedics foot and ankle team...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC
Nov 26, 2020  
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine seeks an ABOS certified (or eligible) orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in hand and upper extremity to join the Department at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.  Academic rank and salary will commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in the areas of clinical care and surgery, teaching, scholarly activity, and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic needs of the department.  It is expected that the hired individual contribute to clinical and/or basic science research within the hand and upper extremity division.  The ideal candidate will have a record of academic productivity and scholarly work; have demonstrated competency in managing complex cases, and an interest in teaching residents and fellows. Clinical focus and research experience in Nerve Regeneration and/or Pediatrics and Brachial...
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Durham, NC