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Daniel N. Bracey, MD PhD

Daniel N. Bracey, MD PhD

Joint Replacement

I am an adult reconstruction surgeon specializing in primary and complex hip and knee replacement. In my practice, I also perform revision hip and knee replacement and manage prosthetic joint infection. I joined the UNC faculty in September of 2020 and look forward to serving our community. In practice, my goal is to educate patients as much as possible so they can make informed decisions regarding their non-operative and operative care.

Education and Experience


  • Wake Forest University


  • Wake Forest University
  • Area: Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Colorado Joint Replacement
  • Area: Adult Reconstruction


  • University of Virginia


  • Wake Forest University
  • Area: Molecular Medicine and Translational Science


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified

Current Appointments

  • 2020-present Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine

Honors, Awards & Achievements

  • Frank E. Pollock Academic Excellence Award, Wake Forest Department of Orthopaedics, 2019
  • AOA-OREF Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum Travel Award, 2018
  • Gold Medal in Basic Research Science, 2017
  • AAOS Now Featured Research: “Xenograft-derived Bone Scaffold Shows Promise”, 2017
  • Young Investigator Travel Award: AAOS Biologic Treatments of Orthopedic Injuries Symposium, 2015


  • Bracey DN, Jinnah AH, Willey JS, Seyler TM, Hutchinson ID, Whitlock PW, Smith TL, Danelson KA, Emory CL, Kerr B. Investigating the Osteoinductive Potential of a Decellularized Xenograft Bone Substitute. Cells Tissues Organs.2019 Oct 25:1-17
    PMID: 31655811
  • Thönnes S, Shelton P, Bracey DN, Van Dyke M, Whitlock P, Smith TL, Moghaddam A, Tuohy C. Success and efficiency of cell seeding in Avian Tendon Xenografts – A promising alternative for tendon and ligament reconstruction. J Orthop. 2019 Sep 12;18:155-161
    PMID: 32021023
  • Bracey DN, Seyler TM, Jinnah AH, Smith TL, Ornelles DA, Deora R, Parks GD, Van Dyke ME, Whitlock PW. A porcine xenograft-derived bone scaffold is a biocompatible bone graft substitute: An assessment of cytocompatibility and the alpha-Gal epitope. Xenotransplantation. 2019 Jul 25:e12534
    PMID: 31342586
  • Bracey DN, Seyler TM, Lively MO, Willey JS, Smith TL, Van Dyke ME, Whitlock PW. A Decellularized Porcine Xenograft-Derived Bone Scaffold for Clinical Use as a Bone Graft Substitute: A Critical Evaluation of Processing and Structure. J Funct Biomater. 2018 Jul 12;9(3).
    PMID: 30002336
see entire list available at PubMed


UNC Orthopaedic Clinic at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC)
102 Mason Farm Road
Second Floor
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - 27514