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Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Newsletter | March 3, 2016

Former Duke resident, Norah A. Foster, MD, and Duke Spine Center Making Strides in the study of Intraoperative Radiation Exposure

As the field of spine surgery has advanced in recent years, so too have our intraoperative imaging modalities. From direct visualization, to serial radiography, to C-arm fluoroscopy, to 3-dimensional imaging, our ability to localize levels and properly place implants intraoperatively has evolved at an incredibly fast pace. And while surgeons may have a plethora of intraoperative imaging modalities available, they each come with their respective advantages and disadvantages; including a risk of radiation exposure to the patient and the operating room (OR) personnel. Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Chad Cook, PT, PhD, who co-authored an editorial published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy - Volume: 46, Number: 3 (March 2016): Improving the Reporting of Studies Using Routinely Collected Health Data in Physical Therapy Sinéad M. Langan, Chad Cook, and Eric I. Benchimol
This was a great year for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division at the Combined Sections Meeting! Below are just a few of the highlights:
  • 225 attendees at the Duke Physical Therapy Alumni & Friends Reception, including at least 1 member from each of the last 16 graduating classes
  • 94 Duke presentations, including presentations authored by Duke clinicians, faculty, students, alumni, and graduates of Duke residency and fellowship programs: further break-down- 71 student authors, 39 alumni presentations, 17 faculty presenters, 16 student group presentations
  • Read more highlights here.
On Wednesday, March 2, a group of orthopaedic residents from the department and senior students held a casting and splinting workshop for Duke medical students. This was a great opportunity for the medical students to learn as well as to bond with our current residency class.
We are pleased to introduce Colleen Tuzzolino, MBA, SPHR-SCP, who joins the Orthopaedic Central Administrative Team as our new HR Manager.

Colleen has worked at Duke for 9 years. Prior to joining our Department, she was an HR Generalist in Duke Primary Care, where she was described as “disciplined” and as someone who is “accountable and gets the job done,” with a focus on Employee Relations, Compensation, Recruiting, and HR Information Systems.
From the AAOS, ORS, & ISL&T Newsroom!
Investigator honored for studies of graft placement under in vivo loading conditions 

When Louis E. DeFrate, ScD, joined the department of orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center a decade ago, he and colleague William E. Garrett Jr, MD, PhD, discussed the relative lack of data on how anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft placement affects joint function under in vivo loading conditions. Soon, with the assistance of radiologist Charles E. Spritzer, MD, Dr. DeFrate developed groundbreaking new strategies for assessing ACL graft placement and its effects on joint motion and cartilage thickness. Read more here.
It's not too late! Call for Photos at AAOS!

Please make sure to send all photos and videos taken at the AAOS meeting to Tiffany Nickel at As a reminder, please make sure that any photos or videos you take at AAOS are high resolution. If these are taken with your phone, please send them as "Actual Size." 
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Please share photos, experiences, etc. by tagging: 
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Get out your calendars! This year, you can find all of the Duke Orthopaedics presentations at AAOS, ORS, & ISL&T on our News & Updates site! Just click on the links below:
March 5, 2016 – 7:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, West Building – Room W224
Orlando, Florida
Mark E. Easley, MD, AOFAS President
Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, Program Chair

Get all the details here.  
Erica D. Taylor, MD, will be running a Gladden Society Mentoring Workshop for Medical Students (female and URM) on Thursday, March 3, from 3:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Medical Student Mentoring Reception from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. On Friday, March 4, there will be a Trilogy Breakfast (Gladden Society + Ruth Jackson + AAOS Diversity Advisory Board) from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. All events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, FL. You can register here.
CODING Education Corner | Feb. 2016
Speed Science: A meeting of the minds
First Annual CORE Day

Save the date for the 8th Annual Emily Berend Adult Reconstruction Symposium! Find details for the conference here. Register today!
Join Duke Orthopaedics of Raleigh on May 21, 2016, for a 5k obstacle race that will see if you are fit to walk the path of a ninja warrior. More details can be found here.


Please send all news stories, photos, funding opportunities, faculty updates, faculty promotions, publications, event notices, and faculty and residency awards to Tiffany Nickel at by Wednesday of each week. Thank you!
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