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Joe Tommy Minchew

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
3609 Southwest Durham Dr., Durham, NC 27707


I see all conditions and disorders that affect the spine in young adults to older adults. We work very hard to go through their history along with a physical exam to try to determine the cause of their problems. We then look at the best treatments available to relieve their symptoms. I think it’s important for me to establish a relationship with my patient and to figure out what the most troubling aspect of their condition is for them. My favorite part of my job is helping people alleviate their spinal pain and doing it in the way that’s the most appropriate for them. I’m just as excited about a patient whose pain improves with medicine and physical therapy as I am about a patient who needs surgery.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery · 2021 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Science Departments
Associate Professor in Neurosurgery · 2021 - Present Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

Education, Training & Certifications

Johns Hopkins University · 1988 M.D.