Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist
Dr. James A. Nunley II, MD

Dr. James A. Nunley is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist award. He is the J. Leonard Goldner Endowed Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Nunley was born in Charleston, WV. He attended Duke University for his undergraduate degree and Tulane University for his MS and MD, after which he completed two years of general surgical residency at UCLA before returning to Duke to complete his orthopaedic residency. In 1980, Dr. Nunley joined the full-time teaching faculty at Duke as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He progressed to full professor in 1992 and became Chair of the Orthopaedic Division in 2002.

Dr. Nunley’s research is related to sports injuries and arthritis of the foot and ankle, and vascularized bone grafting. He has had a prolific career as a researcher, author and educator, and has served as President of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association, the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Hand Forum, and the Southeastern Hand Club.