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Diane Payne

Diane S. Payne, MD, MPT

Director of Hand Trauma

During my first career as a therapist, and now my second career as an orthopedic surgeon, I have found opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives. Whether treating victims of mangling trauma or treating minor sprains, strains or arthritis, I feel a sense of accountability to my patients, to help them work thru their injury. This has become as a sense of purpose for me, which drives me to do the best job I can – to try to help turn the tide what can be a life-changing injury or event for a patient, into an experience of empowerment to persevere and recover. I am constantly awestruck by the power of patients to recover, and often try to work with patients to find the “glass half full”, even thru devastating injury. I feel extremely lucky to to be an orthopedic surgeon, and feel like I have the best job in the world – we have the ability to help patients heal, return to function and return to their lives, which is an incredibly gratifying gift.


  • Orthopedics

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Duke University Medical Center


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2016 American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Young Leaders Program

2018 Piedmont Society, Chairman's Award for best presentation


Overlapping and Concurrent Surgery: A Professional and Ethical Analysis. Levin PE, Moon D, Payne DE. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Dec 6;99(23):2045-2050. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.17.00109.

Current Trends in the Management of Ballistic Fractures of the Hand and Wrist: Experiences of a High-Volume Level I Trauma Center. Ghareeb PA, Daly C, Liao A, Payne D. Hand (N Y). 2018 Mar;13(2):176-180. doi: 10.1177/1558944717697432. Epub 2017 Mar 10.

Indocyanine Green Angiography: A Helpful Tool for Intraoperative Assessment of Upper Extremity Perfusion. Ghareeb PA, Neustein TM, Fang RC, Payne DE. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2017 Sep;21(3):101-106. doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000162.

Outcome of intramedullary fixation of clavicular fractures. Payne DE, Wray WH, Ruch DS, Zura RD, Moorman CT. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011 Jun;40(6):E99-104.

Vascular perfusion of a flexor carpi ulnaris muscle turnover pedicle flap for posterior elbow soft tissue reconstruction: a cadaveric study. Payne DE, Kaufman AM, Wysocki RW, Richard MJ, Ruch DS, Leversedge FJ. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Feb;36(2):246-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2010.10.035.

Cryptococcal abscess imitating a soft-tissue sarcoma in an immunocompetent host: a case report. Gaskill T, Payne D, Brigman B. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Aug 4;92(9):1890-3. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01091.