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Julia Dawn Visgauss

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery


I specialize in pelvic resection and reconstructive surgery.  I have a special interest in researching and understanding how people’s gait is affected by pelvic surgery, and how we can improve reconstructive techniques in order to optimally balance restoration of anatomy and function.


My translational research is focused on understanding what drives disease progression and treatment resistance in sarcoma.  Currently my focus is in chondrosarcoma, a subtype of bone sarcoma that produces cartilage, and has extremely limited treatment options beyond surgery.  My lab is working to uncover the cellular derangements and immune interactions that allow these cells to metastasize, and develop targeted systemic therapies to improve patient outcomes.


Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery · 2021 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine · 2012 M.D.