About

Stephen Duncan, MD, is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic hip and open hip surgery. He delivers leading-edge surgery for conditions such as hip impingement and labral tears. Duncan also has specialized training in open hip surgery, such as the periacetabular osteotomy, to treat conditions such as hip dysplasia.

Duncan has specialty training in adult hip and knee reconstruction. He performs anterior THA, MIS-posterior THA, and revision THA. He also performs UKA, TKA, and revision TKA. He currently works to help design and evaluate new implants in order to meet the demands of his patient population.

As the author of multiple publications in the fields of hip preservation and joint reconstruction, Duncan lectures and teaches courses for other surgeons around the country. He continues to give talks at national meetings and is actively involved in the research and development of new techniques involving the hip and knee. He is also engaged in health policy, traveling to Washington, D.C., throughout the year to enable orthopedic surgeons continue to be able to provide quality healthcare in today’s economy.

As an avid cyclist, Duncan also understands the importance of being active. He takes a patient-specific approach focused on reducing hospital-stay length and getting you back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Personal Statement

The thing I want patients to understand about hip and knee arthritis is knowing when you need to seek treatment. Pain lasting for more than 4-6 weeks is probably not going to respond to ibuprofen. There's different treatments depending on your age and what's exactly going on. I want to get to know you and figure out what's the best treatment for you, whether that's doing medication or physical therapy or surgery. Seeing patients from start to finish is important, that way you can have continuity of care so that you know exactly what's going on during their entire treatment process.

My core reason for going into medicine is to offer personalized treatment. I'm not a "operate first, meet you second" kind of doctor.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Training & Education

Degree

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Residency

University of Kentucky

Fellowship

Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

Insurance Information

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Ratings & Reviews

4.81 out of 5
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The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    Very pleased with visit and care

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    Duncan is the best

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    Always great

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    Dr. Duncan, the PA with him, and I had a very in-depth discussion about options, risks, benefits, and expectations.

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    Excelente "Excellent"
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      I was impressed with Dr Duncan
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      Dr. Duncan is very mannerly and answers my questions. He referred me to a sports medicine specialist.
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      I had tried every avenue to control my bad knee pain and Dr Duncan listened, then decided I needed a replacement his team had me scheduled very promptly.
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      Dr. Duncan has always been great.
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      Felt very comfortable
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      Dr. Duncan and his staff were excellent. I am very hopeful about my upcoming surgery.
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      I like my choice of choosing UK health care
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      Would recommend him to others, very nice and caring
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      Good communication
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      Would not recommend this office due to staff but the provider was wonderful
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      Dr Duncan is an excellent surgeon. He made me feel more than comfortable and safe at each visit, both pre and post op. He is very easy to communicate with. He listens and explains himself and his procedures very clearly and directly. I have a tattoo on my operative hip. He did a wonderful job to make sure the incision scar didn't ruin the art.. The way he kept it all aligned when stitching and closing it all makes him an artist in his craft.
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      The experience with your office was much better than most I had been in.
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      No complaints whatsoever positive experience
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      I would highly recommend Dr.Duncan and the staff
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      He was amazing and instilled confidence in the care moving forward.
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      Very helpful with answering my questions.
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      Everything was awesome
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      Dr Duncan is very professional. He tailors recommendations to the specific patient and their goals/needs.
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      Dr. Duncan presented options, explained plan of care and answered questions.
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      Excellent.
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      Dr Duncan took his time with me to explain my MRI results and his proposed treatment plan.
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      Dr. Duncan was extremely congenial, provided lots of information, answered all of my questions, compared my current and previous x-rays, and made me feel like my treatment and recovery was of the utmost importance.
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      Everyone was very professional and would recommend
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      Dr Duncan is an excellent physician
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      Very good
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      Dr Duncan has been a great doctor
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      Duncan is the best
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      He is a very thorough and easy to talk to doctor
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      Dr Duncan is a Great physician and it's easy to see he knows what he's doing and he's in shape and practice what he suggests himself.
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      Didn't hesitate to find other treatment Methods for the problem Injury being seen for
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      All staff were very friendly.
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      I had excellent care
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      Dr. Duncan is excellent in providing patient care.
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      Trust Dr Duncan explicitly. Love his sense of humor too.
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      Excellent care.
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      Very good experience
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      Dr Stephen Duncan is a remarkable physician. I have had both knees replaced and I am so grateful for my new knees!
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      Again, all those listed aren't providers. I find your attitude towards staff inappropriate.
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      Good
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      Felt as if it was an inconvenience that I was there.
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      Dr Duncan is very friendly and yet professional and informative
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      Provider is very impersonal. Leaves me feeling that he'd just rather not treat me. Very different experience that his predecessor. I do not feel, nor think, that I would be able to have more than a five second conversation without him becoming very irritated. He truly gives the impression that I should feel grateful he took the time to give me the injections. He also noted in my chart that there was a resident with him and they discussed my case. He was alone. Only him and two nurses from in the door to out the door
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      Great
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      I have seen Dr Duncan over a period oF years and I trust him without reservation.
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      Dr. Stephen Duncan is an amazing physician, surgeon and healthcare provider. He operated on my hip in 2019 due to an injury. My outcome was excellent. This visit/consult was for a new orthopaedic development. I wouldn't trust another orthopaedic surgeon as well as I would Dr. Duncan. UKHC is indeed fortunate to have Dr. Duncan on staff.