About

Stephen Duncan, MD, is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic hip and open hip surgery. He delivers leading-edge surgery for conditions such as hip impingement and labral tears. Duncan also has specialized training in open hip surgery, such as the periacetabular osteotomy, to treat conditions such as hip dysplasia.

Duncan has specialty training in adult hip and knee reconstruction. He performs anterior THA, MIS-posterior THA, and revision THA. He also performs UKA, TKA, and revision TKA. He currently works to help design and evaluate new implants in order to meet the demands of his patient population.

As the author of multiple publications in the fields of hip preservation and joint reconstruction, Duncan lectures and teaches courses for other surgeons around the country. He continues to give talks at national meetings and is actively involved in the research and development of new techniques involving the hip and knee. He is also engaged in health policy, traveling to Washington, D.C., throughout the year to enable orthopedic surgeons continue to be able to provide quality healthcare in today’s economy.

As an avid cyclist, Duncan also understands the importance of being active. He takes a patient-specific approach focused on reducing hospital-stay length and getting you back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Personal Statment

The thing I want patients to understand about hip and knee arthritis is knowing when you need to seek treatment. Pain lasting for more than 4-6 weeks is probably not going to respond to ibuprofen. There's different treatments depending on your age and what's exactly going on. I want to get to know you and figure out what's the best treatment for you, whether that's doing medication or physical therapy or surgery. Seeing patients from start to finish is important, that way you can have continuity of care so that you know exactly what's going on during their entire treatment process.

My core reason for going into medicine is to offer personalized treatment. I'm not a "operate first, meet you second" kind of doctor.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
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  • Awards & Recognitions

    John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship

    In 2018, Dr. Duncan was selected to participate in the John N. Insall Traveling Fellowship, traveling to 11 centers in 10 cities, across two countries to learn more about orthpaedic surgery and research. This prestigious fellowship allowed Duncan to learn from "top gun" providers, develop his surgical technique and improve his skills as a physician and researcher.

  • Patient Stories

    Karen Douglas

    “The best move I've made”

    As a barefoot water skier, Karen Douglas had to trust her body—until she couldn’t.

    Karen relies on her knees to keep her active and doing what she loves. But when an old knee injury flared up, and cortisone shots weren’t enough to manage her pain, she came to UK HealthCare for a more permanent fix. There she met with Dr. Stephen Duncan, an athlete himself. Dr. Duncan recommended a new type of knee replacement that was a better fit for Karen’s active lifestyle, with a much shorter recovery time. It was the right choice: Within a year Karen was back out on the water out of pain and doing what she loves most.

    Read Karen Douglas' story »


    Doug Morris

    172 Triathlons. 50 States. 6 Continents.

    At the age of 57, Doug Morris became the first person to complete triathlons in all 50 states and on six continents. However, years of pushing his body took its toll. After seeing several doctors, he was told he would not be able to run or do triathlons again. But his life changed after reading about Patty Lane, a triathlete who had been treated by UK HealthCare orthopaedic surgery & sports medicine surgeon Stephen Duncan, MD, who is also an athlete.

    Read Doug Morris’ story »


    Donna Martin

    “I want to keep moving; we’ll keep you moving”

    After retiring from teaching, Donna Martin looked forward to being active with her friends and playing pickleball, but she soon realized that she didn’t want to get up and walk, much less do anything else because of the pain she was experiencing. Working together, orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Duncan, MD and sports medicine trainer, Cody Begley developed a treatment plan for Donna to get back to doing the things she looked forward to in retirement.

    Read Donna Martin’s story »


    Patty Lane

    After hip surgery at UK, triathlete pursues her passion without limits

    When Patty Lane’s orthopaedic surgeon told her that her time as an endurance athlete was over, she was so upset she didn’t even tell her family.

    Read Patty Lane's story »

     

     


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Training & Education

Degree

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Residency

University of Kentucky

Fellowship

Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

Insurance Information

Insurance policies can vary widely. Please check with your doctor/clinic for specific insurance information before your visit or procedure to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    Physician was excellent. Staff kept getting mixed up on which joint I was see the Physican for.

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    I will definitely recommend Dr Duncan and his partners

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    Dr. Duncan provided excellent surgical care, encouraged questions and explained treatment options.

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    Dr. Duncan has been great ever since I became his patient. I never feel like my concerns go unnoticed or gets looked over. He does a very good job explaining in detail what is going on.

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    I was told I would only be seen by Dr. Duncan only. When I was in the exam room the first person I saw was a doctor in training. He was unaware of my reason for seeing Dr. Duncan. He asked me what brought me into to see Dr. Duncan today? He was unaware that an MRI and X-rays were loaded into the chart. I felt I didn't have much time with the actual doctor. He didn't listen to my concerns. He went by the diagnosis of the doctor in training.
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      Dr. Duncan is very kind and professional. Always willing to answer any questions
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      Dr. Duncan and his resident were both polite, friendly, and provided clear explanations of options including providing pictures of my xrays.
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      Dr Duncan and the Dr who came in right before him were both very patient and thorough and good.
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      Always listened to and everything explained in detail.
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      Good.
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      Dr. Duncan is excellent. His care & the outcome with my Mother, in the past, can only be described miraculous. I am equally pleased.
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      Very good care & concern.
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      Both the resident and Dr. Duncan were exceptional. Answered all questions and did not rush the appointment. Excellent!
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      Dr Duncan and staff are world class
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      Would recommend to family and friends.
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      Dr. Duncan and the resident I spoke to were both kind, they listened and addressed concern, and seemed to truly care about me as a person past my injury.
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      Dr. Duncan is the best! If I have any further ortho needs, I will see him first.
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      The doctor explained where he thought my pain was originating and why he didn't believe it to be cause by my hip. He did give me two choices in pursuing pain relief. He did not, however, discuss with me any measures to help alleviate my pain before getting an injection. I wish he had taken into consideration what my occupation is that is directly increasing my pain.
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      Good experience.
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      Straight up answers & practical solutions to my questions & issues.
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      I've known Dr. Duncan for about 5 years and he is always helpful and willing to explain everything.
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      Great experience
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      Excellent!
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      *Dr. Duncan is very compassionate concerning his field. You can just tell.
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      Very satisfied. Felt like he really cared
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      Dr Duncan is top notch. I am very pleased with my tx plan.
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      Dr. Duncan I found to be a wonderful doctor and would definitely recommend him!!
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      If anyone wants excellent Orthropedics care they should consider UK Samaritiam
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      Dr Ducan did an amazing job fixing my leg from someone else mess