Annunziato Amendola, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of the Duke Division of Sports Medicine. An internationally recognized leader in orthopaedics and sports medicine, Amendola focuses his research on two main areas: improving the understanding, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports and activity-related problems of the lower extremity; and evaluating joint injury and osteoarthritis in the early stages with the hope of intervening before advanced changes occur in the joint. These areas of research are designed to allow patients to participate in activity and sports, while trying to prevent the development of future arthritis. Amendola’s research team has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Van Doner Vaughn Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), O’Donoghue Award, Excellence in Research Award and the Cabaud Memorial Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM); the Achilles Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Award from the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS); and the Roger A. Mann Award and the J. Leonard Goldner Award from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). Amendola has held leadership positions in numerous regional, national, and international orthopaedic and sports medicine societies.