Dr. Louis C. Almekinders is a native of the Netherlands where he attended Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for both undergraduate and medical studies. Following the completion of his studies he moved to the USA. While in North Carolina, he completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and a research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the ensuing 14 years worked as a team physician for the varsity athletic teams and became a tenured, full professor at UNC. In addition, Dr. Almekinders spent a considerable amount of his time in basic, orthopaedic research focusing on acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. In 2003 he resigned his position to start the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham, NC as part of the Duke University Health System. He is clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University.

He continues to be active on the editorial board of several national journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He also serves the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in preparing orthopaedic board examinations.

Specialty Reference: Sports Medicine