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We are delighted to announce that the Duke University Board of Trustees on Saturday approved plans for constructing a new 102,000-square foot facility that will house Duke’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, and School of Nursing. Construction is scheduled to start this month and be completed in the fall of 2019.

"This will be a much-needed new home for Orthopaedics and DPT and will allow us to integrate the multiple parts of our department in one location. Sharing the building with DUSON gives us a unique opportunity to design a world-class structure that will be a true interdisciplinary education neighborhood," said Benjamin A. Alman, MD, James Urbaniak Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Construction on the new health facility is scheduled to start this month and be completed in fall 2019.

“This announcement sends a clear, strong, and important signal that physical therapy plays an important role in the future of health care education, research, and service at Duke; equally important is that this is an opportunity for us to build an incubator of collaborative solutions for future rehabilitation workforce needs of the United States and beyond," said Michel D. Landry BScPT, PhD, Professor and Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division.

The five-story building will replace the one-story, 14,000-square foot Elizabeth C. Clipp Research Building and will connect to the Duke University School of Nursing Christine Siegler Pearson Building. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery administration and Graduate Medical Education offices will occupy roughly half of the building. The School of Nursing will occupy the other 50 percent of the new building, and will be home to the School’s Ph.D. Program, Center for Nursing Research, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Services, Duke Health Center for Inter-Professional Education, simulation suite and more.

Chad E. Cook PhD, PT, FAAOMPT, Professor and Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, explained, “The modern, technologically sophisticated features of our new home will be a worthy compliment to our talented physical therapy trainees and the best physical therapist educational faculty that has ever been assembled.”

“This new building is tremendously important to the continued growth of our nationally recognized Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which has been located off-campus for many years,” said Dr. Mary E. Klotman, dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. “In creating a campus presence, the Physical Therapy students will strengthen important connections to clinical services and campus life, and will allow us to evaluate program expansion in the near future.

The ability to co-locate with the School of Nursing also allows us to focus on a new office of Interprofessional Education which will teach students the value of patient-centered care across multiple medical disciplines.”

Fraser J. Leversedge, MD, Vice-Chair of Education for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, added, "The new home of Duke Orthopaedics provides exciting opportunities for the educational missions of both the DPT and Orthopaedics programs. Our tradition of leadership and innovation in musculoskeletal education is energized by this new environment that provides dynamic spaces for interactive learning, clinical/surgical simulation, and team-building. Advancement of our educational mission of Moving Forward - to promote and to develop excellence in education continues to inspire our Department’s clinical and research missions.”

We are very excited about this new building and look forward to providing updates as construction progresses.