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Robert Douglas Fitch

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Box 2911 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Lenox Baker CHLDRN Hosp, Durham, NC 27710
Office hours 7:30am-4pm  


My research interest center around limb lengthening and external fixation. Much is known about the biology of distraction osteogenesis. However, little is known about the effects on the soft tissues with limb lengthening techniques. In a dog model, we are investigating the effects of limb lengthening on muscle function, analizing amount of muscle lengthened per segment of bone lengthening, contractility, and strength. We also hope to begin studies assessing the effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatories on the quality of bone regenerate formed with distraction osteogenesis.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery · 1995 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Science Departments
Associate Professor in Pediatrics · 2007 - Present Pediatrics, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 1976 M.D.