Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) and Team Physician for Duke University
Dr. Garrett has a longstanding interest in orthopaedic sports medicine clinical practice and research. He has been especially interested in conditions affecting exercise and performance of the knee including anterior cruciate ligament, meniscus, cartilage, and patellar injuries.
He is past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has served as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, both of which he continues to serve in other capacities. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Sports Medicine. He also serves on committees for the International Olympic Committee. For the past 16 years he has served as the Medical Director of the United States Soccer Federation and Chairman of the Physical Fitness, Sports Medicine and Research Committee. He has served as team physician with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams in World Cup competition.
Dr. Garrett is the author of over 100 manuscripts in refereed journals, editor of 13 books and 50 book chapters. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Citation Award for the American College of Sports Medicine, and the George D. Rovere Award for Education in the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has won teaching awards at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
His clinical activities focus on arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery on the knee and shoulder. He is currently conducting basic and clinical studies on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes, particularly in better understanding the difference between ACL injuries in men and women. He is also working on new instrumentation for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery to create a more anatomic reconstruction with more normal biomechanics. His goal for the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory, otherwise known as the K-Lab, is to conduct research in injury prevention and performance enhancement for elite and recreational athletes.