Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Duncan selected for prestigious fellowship

Dr. Stephen Duncan

First-time applicants for the John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship aren’t often chosen to participate, but that’s exactly what happened for Dr. Stephen Duncan, an orthopaedic surgeon at UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.

Beginning in October, Duncan will travel across two countries to 11 centers in 10 cities to learn more about orthopaedic surgery and research as one of four 2018 fellows. This prestigious fellowship will allow Duncan to learn from leading providers, develop his surgical technique, and improve his skills as a physician and researcher.

Join Dr. Duncan on Thursday, March 22 at the Lexington Public Library, Beaumont Branch for a free information session about hip and knee pain. The event is free, but please call 800-333-8874 to reserve your seat. 

If you’d like to make an appointment at UK HealthCare now, call 859-257-1000.

Since 2002, a group of four international surgeons has traveled around North America for one month to the most recognized total joint replacement programs to foster education and research between the traveling fellows and The Knee Society members.

When a mentor suggested Duncan apply for the fellowship, which will allow him to learn more about leadership and to meet innovators in the field, he wasn’t sure of his chances of being selected. Each year, only four fellows are chosen from applications that are submitted from across the country and around the world.

During his fellowship, Duncan will be responsible for developing and completing a research project, which he will then present at national meetings. He’s interested in pursuing research related to the benefits and detractors of traditional and contemporary total knee designs. He hopes to identify which design patients say feels more “normal” or similar to a healthy knee.

Being away from patients for a little over a month will be difficult, he said.

“The hard part will be going from a treating role to a watching role,” Duncan said.

However, he knows his patients will be taken care of in his absence thanks to his resident, physician assistant and partners at UK HealthCare who will continue to see and treat patients.

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