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Jocelyn Wittstein, MD
Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgery
Jocelyn Wittstein
Dr. Wittstein is a Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University specializing in the care of adolescent and adult athletes. She cares for soccer, lacrosse, and basketball teams as a team physician and consults with may regional gymnastics facilities for care of high level gymnasts. In Dr. Wittstein’s clinical practice, approximately half of her focus is on adolescent and adult knee injuries, with patellofemoral stabilization being a common procedure. She regularly performs stabilizing operations such as medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and when indicated tibial tubercle osteotomy. Dr. Wittstein has participated as an expert in patellofemoral instability in a Delphi consensus group on management of this condition and has collaborated with Duke musculoskeletal radiology specialists on several projects related to patellofemoral joint alignment. In addition to her clinical and research work on the patellofemoral joint, Dr. Wittstein also is a co-investigator on NIH funded studies of biomechanical and biochemical factors contributing to post-traumatic arthritis after ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery. She is passionate about optimizing patient outcomes and safe return to sport after knee injuries.


  • Undergraduate: BS Cornell Univeristy 2000
  • Medical school: MD Brody School of Medicine 2004
  • Orthopaedic Residency: Duke University School of Medicine 2009
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: Duke University School of Medicine 2010


  • AOSSM Aircast Award for Clinical Research 2010


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), Sports medicine CAQ


  1. McCrum E, Cooper K, Wittstein J, French RJ. Imaging of Patellofemoral Instability. Clin Sports Med. 2021 Oct;40(4):693-712.
  2. Wittstein JR, O’Brien S, Vinson E, Garrett WE Jr. MRI Evaluation of anterior knee pain: predicting response to nonoperative treatment. Skeletal Radiology 2009; 38: 895-901.
  3. Wittstein JR, Bartlett EC, Easterbrook J, Byrd JC. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of Patellofemoral Malalignment. Arthroscopy 2006; 22(6): 643-649.