DPT Faculty Residency Program receives Candidate Status

Faculty Development Residency Team

Congratulations to the Duke DPT divison’s Faculty Development Residency Team (Drs. Carol Figuers and Kyle Covington), who have obtained candidate status from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) for the Faculty Residency Program.

The Faculty Residency Program is committed to preparing future educators for their roles in academic physical therapy. Candidacy marks a significant step closer to the faculty residency program’s full credentialing. The current faculty residents are Dr. Paul Salamh (2nd year) and Dr. Marcus Roll (1st year).

Dr. Robert Butler appointed Director of Performance with the St. Louis Cardinals


Rob Butler

We would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Butler, who has accepted the position of Director of Performance with the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball organization effective February 1, 2016. Dr. Butler’s quest as a clinician and movement scientist has been to translate evidence-based performance models to practice, with a goal to amplify movement of all people at all ages. The opportunity to apply his knowledge and experience within a professional sports team is truly an exceptional opportunity.

While Dr. Butler’s departure is a great loss to the Division of Physical Therapy, it represents an amazing opportunity for him. Congratulation to Dr. Butler and we wish him all the best with the St. Louis Cardinals!

Welcome the newest member of the Ortho Family – Madelyn Noelle Tao

Introducing Madelyn Noelle Tao! Madelyn was born on 12/25/15 at 5:45 p.m., weighing in at 7 lb 3 oz and 18.5″ long. Proud parents, Dr. Matthew Tao & his wife, Shannon, are so excited to have Madelyn join the Duke family. Congratulations to Matt & Shannon!

Duke Orthopaedics at the Pinstripe Bowl!

Duke Orthopaedics at the Pinstripe Bowl


On Saturday, December 26, 2015,  Hap Zarzour, Dr. Jeff Bytomski, Kyle Beatty, Dr. Pat Chasse, Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Kevin Ortega, Dr. Ben Oshlag, and Dr. Trent Christensen (pictured from left to right) were on the sideline at the Pinstripe Bowl caring for those with injuries while Duke topped Indiana in a 44-41 OT victory at Yankee Stadium in NY. Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils for their first bowl victory in 54 years, and thank you to Duke Orthopaedics for keeping the players healthy and safe!

2016 Duke Orthopaedic Central Administration Team Retreat

Duke Ortho 2016 Retreat

Front row (left to right): Mike Gagnon, John Bonini, Erika Blackston, Sheila Walls, Jill Karr, Brenetta Tate, Maria Manson; Back row (left to right): Melanie Frank, Ray Malaguti, Audrey Diane Braswell, John McCall, Robin Otto, Peter Pavlis, Tim Riddle

On December 4, 2015, the Orthopaedic Central Administration Team gathered for their annual retreat. The purpose of the retreat centered on taking inventory of departmental accomplishments across the missions in 2015 while also focusing forward on key objectives and strategic pathways for 2016. Each of the functional heads presented on their areas of responsibility, and both individual and team building exercises were incorporated during the retreat.

Duke DPT Students & Alumni Volunteer at Stroke Camp in Jamaica

IMG_0589A group of 13 Duke DPT 2nd-year students and Duke DPT alumni spent December 12-20, 2015, at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Jamaica participating in a weeklong health care mission trip. The group served as the staff for a stroke camp that provides high intensity physical therapy for members of a rural farming community who have suffered a stroke. Resources and access to rehabilitation and long-term care are virtually non-existent.

The camp is organized four times per year through the non-profit organization Friends of the Redeemer United (FORU) whose mission is to encourage a healing process through awareness and involvement in spiritual, social, educational, and health-related services in rural Jamaica.

RFPs for Pilot Projects in Diagnostics & Devices, Quantitative Approaches to Problems

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for two current funding opportunities sponsored or co-sponsored by Duke MEDx. The first request for proposals (RFP), announced Dec. 10, offers up to $50,000 to each of 6 successful proposals for projects aimed at enhancing collaborations between the School of Medicine and Pratt faculty in the area of diagnostics and devices.  The goal of this opportunity is to catalyze the development of collaborative proposals that will lead to external funding within 12 months of completion of this project.

  • Deadline to have materials loaded on the ORS website: February 15, 2016
  • Award Notice: On or about April 1, 2016
  • Project Start Date: On or about April 15, 2016
  • Period of Performance: Projects must propose a realistic end date. A 12-month or shorter project period is desirable, but longer periods of performance will be considered if well justified.

The second RFP provides up to $50,000 to support “Collaborative Quantitative Approaches to Problems in the Basic and Clinical Sciences” between campus and School of Medicine faculty.

  • Proposal due date: February 1, 2016
  • Award Notice: March 1, 2016
  • Project Start Date: April 1, 2016
  • Period End Date: May 31, 2017