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James Sanders, MD
James Sanders, MD
James Sanders, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, effective April, 2019. Ed Campion, MD, who has served as Chair since 2013, announced in March that he would retire after 33 years at the UNC School of Medicine.

Sanders currently serves as a Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Surgical Services and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester and Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Before joining the University of Rochester, Sanders spent ten years as Chief of Staff at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Sanders is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio before moving on to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas where he completed a fellowship in Pediatrics and Orthopaedics.

“I am excited to join the outstanding faculty at the UNC School of Medicine,” said Sanders. “I look forward to the opportunity to lead this great department and build relationships with clinicians and researchers from across the University.”

Sanders’ clinical specialty is pediatric orthopedics with a special interest in children’s spinal deformities. His research has focused on children’s growth and how it relates to musculoskeletal disorders. He also has an interest in international care and has been working for many years to build a sustainable spinal deformity program in Honduras.

A national leader in the field of pediatric orthopaedics, Sanders has won numerous research and clinical awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Scoliosis Research Society, has held multiple leadership roles in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and serves as Associate Editor of the Spine Deformity Journal.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Sanders and his wife, Tricia, to Chapel Hill. He is a well-respected clinician, surgeon, and leader and we are confident that our Department of Orthopaedics will continue to thrive under his direction,” said Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “We would also like to congratulate Dr. Campion on his retirement and thank him for his decades of exemplary service to the UNC School of Medicine.”