Scott Duncan, MD, MPH

Scott Duncan
Ochsner Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Hwy. New Orleans, LA 70121  1-866-OCHSNER

Specialties Offered

Dr. Duncan is the Chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Department for the Ochsner Health System.  He received a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Harvard University.  He went on to receive a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine and a Master’s Degree of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health.  Dr. Duncan then completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Campbell Clinic – University of Tennessee.  He received his fellowship training in hand surgery, upper extremity surgery, and microsurgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery – Cornell Medical College in New York City. 

Dr. Duncan worked at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota for almost 10 years before joining Ochsner in 2011.  He was also an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.  Dr. Duncan is board certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery.

Dr. Duncan has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to upper extremity surgery.  He recently completed editing the textbook “Reoperative Hand Surgery” which will be utilized as a resource for Hand Surgeons worldwide for complex reoperative hand surgery cases.  Dr. Duncan’s primary research interests include:  recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome and joint replacement surgery in the hand, elbow and shoulder.  He serves as a reviewer for a dozen medical journals. 

In addition, Dr. Duncan has served as a leadership fellow in 2004 for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  In 2008 he was chosen to be a leadership fellow for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  Dr. Duncan is a member of the American Orthopedic Association and was chosen in 2006 to spend a month in Japan lecturing at various medical schools throughout that country about his research interests.  He is also a Vanguard Member of the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Duncan’s clinical subspecialty practice involves hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery, as well as microsurgery. 

Titles Held

System Chairman, Orthopedics, Ochsner Health System

Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Hand, Elbow, Shoulder and Microsurgery

Languages Spoken


Certifications Held

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Internship: University of Tennessee Hospitals, Memphis
  • Residency: Campbell Clinic Foundation/University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York