Campion named Chair of Orthopaedics

Edmund R. Campion, MD, professor of Orthopaedics and interim chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, has been appointed chair of the Department of Orthopaedics effective Sept. 25, 2013.

Campion named Chair of Orthopaedics click to enlarge Edmund R. Campion, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedics

Dr. William L. Roper, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, appointed Edmund R. Campion, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedics effective Sept. 25, 2013. He has served as interim chair of the department since Jan. 1, 2013.

“I am pleased that Dr. Campion will lead the department of orthopaedics,” said Dr. Roper. “Since becoming interim chair in January of this year, Dr. Campion has proven that the department will thrive under his direction for years to come.”

Campion, who completed his residency at UNC and fellowship at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Del., earned a BA from Harvard University and an MD from Dartmouth Medical  School. His clinical interests include pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, and trauma. His research explores pediatric/adolescent sports medicine, including anterior knee pain and growth plate modulation and limb malalignment/length inequality.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Campion continue to serve as orthopaedics chair,” said Dr. Marschall Runge, executive dean of the School of Medicine. “He has been a leader within the department and the School for more than two decades.”

“The Orthopaedic Department here at UNC has a long and distinguished history of excellence in teaching, research and clinical care that is the equal of any in the country,” said Dr. Campion.  “We are blessed with a skilled and committed faculty, excellent residents, and a strong team of nurses, techs, admins and support staff. I very much I look forward to serving the Department, UNC Health Care, the University and the people of North Carolina going into the future.”

Campion is founder and board member of COAN (Cooperation Orthopaedica Americana, Nicaraguense), a nonprofit organization working to remake orthopaedic care in Nicaragua. In addition to medical work in Nicaragua, he has provided pediatric orthopaedic care throughout the developing world, including in Panama, Columbia, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Jordan, Kenya and, the Philippines. In 2010, Campion received an honorary professorship at Leon University in Nicaragua for his contributions to the health of their nation from over a decade of service and education.

Dr. Campion joined the department as a faculty member in 1991. In 2001, he received the Frank C. Wilson Resident Teaching Award, among other awards and nominations for his teaching over the years.  He is also Director of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Educator’s Course; a week-long course dedicated to helping educators learn how to teach effectively.

From 1995 to 2012 he served as director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program. He now serves as associate director of the program.

Campion has been named “Best Doctors of North Carolina” by Best Doctors Inc. for twelve years running. He has been fellow and member of societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, among others. He also serves as reviewer for a number of publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.