Arthritis Foundation – Jingle Bell Run Fundraiser

Dear Friends of Duke Orthopaedics,logo280px

Every year research labs have organized a team of runners entering the “Jingle Bell Run/Walk”, a 1K or 5K race benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. We are indebted to the Arthritis Foundation for everything they do for advocacy and research, especially having supported Duke Orthopaedics with numerous research and fellowship grants in the past few years (now totalling well over $1 million), so we would like to do our part in fund raising for them.

The race is this Saturday in downtown Raleigh. If you would like to enter, please go to the website below and register as part of our team.

With the support of the Department, Duke Orthopaedics was the #1 fundraiser for this race last year, and the team also won the best costume contest. We would like to repeat again this year and we are in a close second place right now. Please consider a contribution to the Arthritis Foundation in the name of Duke Orthopaedics – team name “Duke Orthopaedics ARRR-thritis Buccaneers”.

To donate, go to: and click on “General Team Donation” or support any team member – any amount is appreciated.

Farsh Guilak

2013 AOA North American Traveling Fellows Visit Duke

The 2013 AOA North American Traveling Fellows visited Duke Wednesday and Thursday October 23-24.  Their first day’s itinerary included accommodations at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, a golf outing with Orthopaedic faculty and residents, and a dinner hosted by the department’s faculty, fellows, and chief residents.  The following day began with faculty observations in the O.R. led by Drs. Mather, Taylor, and Zura.  The last afternoon of the traveling fellows’ visit was held in the amphitheater at Duke South where the fellows, Orthopaedic faculty and Chairman presented a number of topics including Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head by Free Vascularized Fibular Graft in 3500 patients (James R. Urbaniak, MD), Surviving the Transition from Volume to Value (Richard C. Mather, M.D.), and Assessing and Improving Physical Performance and Function Following Total Ankle Replacement (Robin M. Queen, PhD).  

The 2013 AOA North American Traveling Fellows are comprised of:2013 AOA Traveling Fellows

  • John Grant, MD – Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Carolyn Hettrich, MD, MPH – University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Sanjeev Kakar, MD, MRCS –  Mayo Clinic  
  • Eric Strauss, MD – NYU Hospital For Joint Diseases
  • Daniel J. Stinner, MD – Vanderbilt Medical Center

AOA Day Awards

Please congratulate our ortho medical students, Jenna McNeill and Nicki Zelenski, who once again, swept the research awards at AOA day! Jenna won the award for best presentation, and Nicki won the award for best poster. Overall, the talks and posters from all the med students were outstanding, making the fact that our students won even more exceptional.


Farshid Guilak, Ph.D.

Laszlo Ormandy Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director of Orthopaedic Research
Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering,
and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science