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Derek James Clewley

Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy
311 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Clewley is an educator, clinical researcher, physical therapist, and mentor in the DPT program. His specific area of expertise and training is orthopaedics and manual physical therapy.  He has achieved board certification in orthopaedics, and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has a PhD with primary research interests in health seeking behavior, pain science, manual therapy, clinical practice guideline development and implementation, and dry needling.  Dr. Clewley has extensive experience in the development of continuing education, residency, and fellowship post graduate training programs.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery · 2021 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery

Education, Training & Certifications

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions · 2018 Ph.D.
Shenandoah University · 2007 D.P.T.