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Founded in 1912, the mission of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society is to optimize the science of the physical examination as the central component in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and to educate society on orthopaedic issues impacting patient care.

James Elmer Nix, MD

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The Clinical Orthopaedic Society mourns the passing of Dr. James Elmer Nix, our former president, colleague and friend.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Nix and his family.

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COS 2014 Annual Meeting 102nd Annual Meeting
September 11-13, 2014
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO

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Dr. and Mrs. J. Elmer Nix Award – 2014 Honoree

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James R. Urbaniak, MD
Orthopedic Surgery (Retired)
Durham, NC

James Urbaniak, MD, is the Virginia Flowers Baker Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke. He served as chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery from 1985 to 2002. He is the recipient of the Duke Medical Alumni Association’s 2012 William G. Anlyan, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Renowned as a pioneer in replantation and microvascular reconstruction of injured extremities, Urbaniak has held numerous national leadership positions in orthopedic surgery, including serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and as president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He currently serves as president of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand.

For two years after graduating from Duke, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Medical Corps as an attending physician to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

After completing a surgical internship and an orthopedic residency at Duke, he joined the faculty in 1969.

He and his wife Martha, live in Durham, North Carolina and have three children.


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