Steven Zachary George
Laszlo Ormandy Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. George’s primary interest is research involving biopsychosocial models for the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders.  His long term goals are to 1) improve accuracy for predicting who is going to develop chronic pain; and 2) identify non-pharmacological treatment options that limit the development of chronic pain conditions.  Dr. George is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, United States Association of the Study of Pain, and International Association for the Study of Pain. 

Dr. George’s research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Brooks Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, University of Florida, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. George and his collaborators have authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications in leading medical, orthopaedic, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and pain research journals.  He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Physical Therapy and is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Pain and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. George is also involved with clinical practice guideline development for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and the American Psychological Association. 

Dr. George  has been recognized with prestigious research awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain.  In 2016 was selected as the  21st John H.P. Maley Lecturer by American Physical Therapy Association and in 2017 he was recognized as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association.  

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Contact Information

  • 200 Morris Street, Office 6510, Durham, NC 27701
  • 200 Morris Street, Office 6510, Durham, NC 27701

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