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James A. Nunley, MD, MS

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Faculty Portrait

Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot and Ankle

Mailing Address:
DUMC 2923 Durham, NC 27710


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MD, Tulane University School of Medicine (Louisiana), 1973

Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1979-1980

General Surgery, UCLA Medical Center (California), 1973-1975
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1975-1979

Clinical Interests:
Foot and ankle surgery, arthritis and sports injuries of the foot and ankle, ankle replacement

Research Interests:
My current research interests are both clinical and basic science. Currently, in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, we are investigating the biomechanical properties of the deltoid ligament in the ankle. This is a clinically relevant problem and we will hopefully identify ways to improve the correction of the adult relaxed flat foot. We are also performing a preliminary investigation into the blood supply of the distal tibia to look for a vascularized bone transfer.

We have recently completed a biomechanical study looking at the strength of fixation for proximal metatarsal osteotomies in the correction of hallux valgus and that information has been submitted for publication.

Clinical projects have looked into nerve palsies after total elbow replacement and to reconstructive upper and lower extremity surgery.

Allen, DM; Nunley, JA. Measurement of the first/second intermetatarsal angle following proximal oblique metatarsal osteotomy. Foot and Ankle International. 2002;23:64-67.

Coughlin, MJ; Saltzman, CL; Nunley, JA. Angular measurements in the evaluation of hallux valgus deformities: a report of the ad hoc committee of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society on angular measurements. Foot and Ankle International. 2002;23:68-74.

Easley, ME; Vertullo, CJ; Urban, WC; Nunley, JA. Total ankle arthroplasty. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2002;10:157-167.

Nunley, JA; Vertullo, CJ. Classification, investigation, and management of midfoot sprains: Lisfranc injuries in the athlete. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2002;30:871-878.

Rizzo, M; Nunley, JA. Fractures of the elbow's lateral column radial head and capitellum. Hand Clinics. 2002;18:21-42.

Vertullo, CJ; Easley, ME; Nunley, JA. The transverse dorsal approach to the Lisfranc joint. Foot and Ankle International. 2002;23:420-426.

Vertullo, CJ; Nunley, JA. Acquired flatfoot deformity following posterior tibial tendon transfer for peroneal nerve injury : a case report. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume. 2002;84-A:1214-1217.

Vertullo, CJ; Nunley, JA. Participation in sports after arthrodesis of the foot or ankle. Foot and Ankle International. 2002;23:625-628.

Kelly, IP; Glisson, RR; Fink, C; Easley, ME; Nunley, JA. Intramedullary screw fixation of Jones fractures. Foot and Ankle International. 2001;22:585-589.

Kelly, IP; Nunley, JA. Treatment of stage 4 adult acquired flatfoot. Foot and Ankle Clinics. 2001;6:167-178.

Kolodziej, P; Nunley, JA. Outcome of subtalar arthrodesis after calcaneal fracture. Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association. 2001;10:129-139.

Nunley, JA. Fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal: the Jones fracture. Orthopedic Clinics of North America. 2001;32:171-180.

Coles, RE; Clements, FM; Lardenoye, JW; Wermeskerken, GV; Hey, LA; Nunley, JA; Levin, LS; Pearsall, AW. Transesophageal echocardiography in quantification of emboli during femoral nailing: reamed versus unreamed techniques. Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association. 2000;9:98-104.

Ruch, DS; Glisson, RR; Marr, AW; Russell, GB; Nunley, JA. Fixation of three-part proximal humeral fractures: a biomechanical evaluation. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2000;14:36-40.

Spinner, RJ; Morgenlander, JC; Nunley, JA. Ulnar nerve function following total elbow arthroplasty: a prospective study comparing preoperative and postoperative clinical and electrophysiologic evaluation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2000;25:360-364.

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