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Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Newsletter | January 7, 2016
Early Trial Shows Injectable Agent Illuminates Cancer During Surgery
DURHAM, N.C. -- Doctors at the Duke University School of Medicine, including William C. Eward, MD, DVM (pictured left), and Brian E. Brigman, MD, PhD (pictured right), have tested a new injectable agent that causes cancer cells in a tumor to fluoresce, potentially increasing a surgeon’s ability to locate and remove all of a cancerous tumor on the first attempt. The imaging technology was developed through collaboration with scientists at Duke, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lumicell Inc. Read the full story here.
Welcome Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA to the Department of Orthopaedics as an Associate Professor in the orthopaedic surgery department, and the inaugural director of our health policy and implementation research program, the only program of its kind in an orthopaedic department.
Welcome Timothy Sell, PhD, PT, who has joined Duke Orthopaedics as an Associate Professor and the director of the K-lab. He has over 100 publications, and this last year held close to one million dollars in external funding for his research work.
Welcome Drs. Derek Clewley & Marcus Roll to the DPT division

Derek Clewley, PT, DPT

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery would like to welcome Derek Clewley, PT, DPT as a faculty member within the Doctor of Physical Therapy division. Read more here.

Marcus Roll, PT, DPT

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery would like to welcome Marcus Roll, PT, DPT as a Doctor of Physical Therapy Division Faculty Development Resident. Read more here.

Congratulations to Michael Bolognesi, MD; Thorsten Seyler, MD, PhD; PGY-4 resident Daniel Blizzard, MD; & PGY-4 resident Brian Nickel, MD, who have had their research "The Impact of Lumbar Spine Disease & Deformity on Total Hip Arthroplasty Outcomes" published in the January 2016 issue of Orthopedic Clinics of North America.
Update on Parekh Family Foundation’s Annual Foot and Ankle Training Program in India
After 20+ hours of travel, Dr. Parekh, along with boxes of donated shoes & surgical equipment, have arrived in Ahmedabad. The team will begin their work today, so be sure to follow their journey on:
The 26th Annual Merel H. Harmel Lectureship: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 am, Duke University Hospital North (Room 2002)
Mack Ruffin, IV, M.D., MPH, professor and associate chair for research programs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, will present “Integrating Research into a Busy Clinical Practice” from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Hanes House, Room 131.

Sounds of Justice & Inclusion, proudly presented by Duke University MLK Commemoration Committee: A concert honoring Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Page Auditorium at Duke University.


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
Upcoming Events
  • January 16, 2016: 8:00 p.m.: Sounds of Justice & Inclusion at Page Auditorium
  • January 20, 2016: Faculty Mentoring Grant-writing program registration closes. Learn strategies for increasing your chance of success when submitting your first NIH grant, while receiving help to draft and polish your grant application. Find all the details here.
  • January 25, 2016: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Ron Peyton Innovation Lecturer, Dr. John Childs will be presenting his educational model in the Great Hall
  • April 19-21, 2016: SoM course on Leadership Development for Researchers
  • May 20-21, 2016: Save the Date for the Feagin Leadership Forum
News @ Duke
  • Leadership Announcement: Haywood L. Brown, MD, the F. Bayard Carter Professor and chair of the Department of OB-GYN, will be stepping down from his position as chair of the department on June 30, 2016, to dedicate more time to national leadership. Effective July 1, 2016, Amy Murtha, MD, professor of OB-GYN and vice chair of the Office of Research Support in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will serve as interim chair of the department.
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