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Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Newsletter | January 28, 2016

Find out why Aubrey Parks calls pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Robert Lark, MD, her best friend. 

Spinal Implant Helps Girl With Early-Onset Scoliosis
Aubrey Parks’ parents thought their 7-year-old daughter would need at least eight surgeries over the next three years to treat her early onset scoliosis. Instead, the newly FDA-approved MAGEC rod was implanted in her back to lengthen her spine in tiny increments via remote control. This innovative technology is one of the best treatment options available for scoliosis. Read more here.
Carolina Hurricanes forward, Erik Cole; William Richardson, MD; and the 10-year Anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Victory
As the Carolina Hurricanes approach their 10-year anniversary of winning the Stanley Cup, Tripp Tracy sat down with 9-season (2001-2011) Hurricanes forward, Erik Cole. After suffering from a fractured vertebra in his neck, Erik was able to make a quick return in Game 7 due to the exceptional care and treatment from Duke Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, William Richardson, MD. Read the full story here.
TODAY: RegenerationNEXT Community Meeting
Faculty, staff, fellows, and students are invited to attend an inaugural community meeting to learn more about RegenerationNEXT today:
January 28, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center

Get the details here.
@DukeOrtho Twitter at #AAOS2016 and #ORS2016

Calling all Tweeters! This year at AAOS and ORS, you will be able to find updates on presentations, awards, and everything else you need to know via the @DukeOrthoTwitter feed!

We also encourage everyone to share their photos, their experiences, etc. by tagging: 
AAOS: @DukeOrtho #AAOS2016
ORS: @DukeOrtho #ORS2016
REMEDY at Duke

John Lohnes, PA-C, coordinates a program at Duke called REMEDY. REMEDY is a volunteer-run program within the Duke University Health System, which was organized to recover usable surplus medical supplies and distribute them via Duke-affiliated and other non-profit global health projects to areas of need. To learn more about REMEDY or to request supplies for your next trip, please click here.
DSSI Celebrates 1-Year

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, the Duke Sports Science Institute (DSSI) celebrated its 1-year birthday. To celebrate, the faculty and staff had a cake contest, which was judged by Ned Amendola, MD, and Claude T. Moorman III, MD. Please enjoy photos from the event here.

Effective February 1, 2016, Duke University Health System will join the national Open Notes initiative to help improve patient-physician communication and support our ongoing work to promote patient-centered care. Specifically, outpatient progress notes documented in Duke Maestro Care will be shared with patients via Duke MyChart. 

The Open Notes initiative is not meant to alter the way you document your care or communicate to other providers. Data suggests that after Open Notes implementation, few clinicians altered the way that they wrote their notes, and few experienced any change in the total volume of e-mails they received from patients.

There are resources available to provide guidance and recommendations for writing fully transparent notes.


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!
Funding Opportunities
  • RFPs for Pilot Projects in Diagnostics & Devices, Quantitative Approaches to Problems
  • Proposals due February 15, 2016Education & Research Innovations in China (ERIC)
  • Proposals due February 1, 2016Burroughs Wellcome Collaboration Travel GrantsCollaborative Research Travel Grants (CRTG) for biomedical researchers. The grant provides up to $15,000 for domestic or international travel to visit labs at other institutions to learn new research techniques, or to begin or continue research collaboration.
  • Proposals due February 15, 2016: The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) is an interdisciplinary shared resource providing researchers with high quality and cost effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities (see This program will offer vouchers in amounts ranging from $500 to $7,000, redeemable for SMIF fees. A summary of SMIF’s capabilities and equipment can be found at: Researchers interested in exploring how SMIF can enable or enhance their research are encouraged to contact Nan Jokerst ( or Mark Walters ( to discuss SMIF’s capabilities and facilitate introduction to potential collaborators.
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