On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Roxboro native William E. Garrett Jr., MD, PhD, was presented with the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Master Orthopaedist Award. Dr. Garrett has worked for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke for 36 years. He has a longstanding interest in orthopaedic sports medicine clinical practice and research and treats patients with a variety of knee and muscle injuries; both athletes and weekend warriors.
Dr. Garrett is past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Herodicus Society and continues to serve in other capacities in both organizations. He has served as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Sports Medicine as well as numerous other organizations. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Research Committee of CONCACAF – Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football-A Continental Confederation of FIFA. For the past 29 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 nearly 300 manuscripts in refereed journals, editor of 6 books and written 67 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. He is currently conducting basic and clinical studies on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes including how non-contact ACL injuries can occur with a hard and awkward landing on the knee and a better understanding in 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.