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William E. Garrett Jr., MD, PhD

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Med
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
Where I See Patients
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center - Durham, NC
James R. Urbaniak, MD, Sports Sciences Institute - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center
2400 Pratt Street
Durham, NC 27710-3976
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
James R. Urbaniak, MD, Sports Sciences Institute
Use My Current Location to calculate the distance to this facility.
This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

I'm an orthopedic surgeon with a primary interest in sports medicine. I treat patients with a variety of knee and muscle injuries, both athletes and weekend warriors. When I meet with a patient, I try to get to know them in order to figure out the best treatment for getting them back to the lifestyle they love. I am careful about relying on a previous diagnosis, so I like to investigate everything myself. I work with the patient to try to come up with the best and least risky option, which is not always surgery. One of the nice things about working at Duke is the ability for clinicians to collaborate with researchers that have similar interests to try to solve challenges.

Languages I Speak
English
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Procedures
Procedures I Perform the Most
Sports Medicine Team

The sports medicine team treats joint sprains and strains, arthritis, fractures, tendonitis, and bursitis. When conservative measures aren’t enough, we offer the full spectrum of orthopaedic procedures, including surgery, to treat foot or ankle painknee sprains or tears, shoulder injuries, and elbow injuries. We also offer hip replacement, knee replacement, and shoulder replacement. Please note that not every provider on the team offers all of the procedures listed. For more information on scheduling appointments for specific procedures please call 855-855-6484.

Surgeries Performed by the Sports Medicine Team
21,201

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2018 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes.

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.79 out of 5
182 ratings, 30 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Med
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1982
Education
BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1976
PhD, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Duke University Medical Center, 1976
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

Currently my research involves research on knee and muscle injuries. We have a long record of publications in anterior cruciate ligament research. We have presented work on the mechanism of injury, the anatomy and biomechanics of surgical reconstruction and the process of rehabilitation leading to recovery of function and avoidance of reinjury. Our work with muscle has provided insight into the nature of muscle injury and into the contribution of muscle to both creating and preventing knee injuries.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Ambetter
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC Medicaid
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
  • Optima Health
    • FAMIS
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
  • TRICARE
    • TRICARE Extra*
    • TRICARE for Life*
    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Standard*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare of the River Valley
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Industry Relationships
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