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Timothy Dale Faw

Medical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy
311 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


I am a Medical Instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division with training as a neuroscientist and physical therapist. My translational research investigates the neurobiology of spinal cord injury (SCI) and recovery, including novel interventions to improve outcomes after SCI. To do this, I utilize small animal models of clinically-relevant SCI alongside clinical trials in human participants with SCI. I am specifically interested in the roles of neuroinflammation and rehabilitation in motor learning, myelin plasticity, and recovery of motor function after SCI.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Medical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery · 2020 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2020 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center · 2021 - Present Duke Regeneration Center, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Ohio State University · 2019 Ph.D.
Duke University, School of Medicine · 2009 D.P.T.