Joseph Steven Fernandez-Moure

Joseph Fernandez-Moure

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Contact Information

  • Office Location: DUMC 2837, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: +1 919 681 3784
  • Email Address:


  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2019
  • Cornell University, Weill Medical College, 2017
  • M.S. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2011
  • M.D. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Medical School, 2009
  • B.A. Middlebury College, 2003

Research Interests

I am an academic surgeon with a practice in trauma, critical care and acute care surgery with an active research program focused on the development and translation of therapeutic strategies to improve the healing of acute traumatic injuries. My motivation for this works lies in the lack of available therapeutics for acute traumatic wounds which are often left to heal without intervention. Rib fractures exemplify this problem. I want to provide treatment solutions to the trauma patient where none exist. As the principle investigator of the Duke STAT lab my work is focused on enhancing the innate capacity of the body to heal broken bones and acute traumatic wounds through the use of engineered scaffolds, nanomaterials, and drug delivery systems. We are applying biomedical engineering principles to common traumatic injuries and in particular, rib fractures. We lack minimally invasive approaches to rib fracture repair and I have focused my lab on developing therapeutic solutions to this common injury. Using biologically derived materials we have studied the innate immune response to wound healing.As the Medical Director of the Duke Thoracic Injury Program,  I have been actively involved in the development of instruments and devices to improve the safety and reduce the invasiveness of surgical approach to thoracic injuries. 

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow of the Year . National Hispanic Medical Association. 2019
  • INVEST-C Research Hackathon Awardee . Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. 2019
  • Junior Faculty Award. Surgical Infection Society. 2019
  • Second Place Best Basic Science Paper . Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of ACS. 2018
  • National Institutes of Health/National Hispanic Medical Association Scholarship for Academic Development. NIH-NHMA. 2017
  • Rice Education in Management for Physician (REMP) Trainee Scholar. Rice University. 2017
  • Best Scientific Presentation Annual John F. and Carolyn Bookout Symposium. Houston Methodist Hospital. 2017
  • Raleigh R. Ross Scholar in Surgery . Texas Surgical Society . 2016
  • Resident Teaching Award. Houston Methodist Hospital. 2016
  • American College of Surgeons Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery Finalist. American College of Surgeons. 2016
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award-Trauma Rotation. Memorial Herman Hospital . 2015
  • Second Place Best Podium Presentation . South Texas American College of Surgeons. 2015
  • The Chairs’ Seed Grant Award in Cardiovascular Sciences . Houston Methodist Hospital. 2014
  • Best Podium Presentation. South Texas American College of Surgeons. 2014
  • Best Poster Presentation. International Anesthesia Research Society . 2013
  • Methodist Associate Training Academy Travel Award. Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute. 2012
  • American Hernia Society Research Resident Award. Americas Hernia Society. 2012
  • William and Courtenay Bass Research Resident Scholarship Award. Houston Methodist Hospital. 2011
  • National Cancer Institute Cancer Education Program- Summer Research Program. National Cancer Institute- New Jersey Medical School. 2006
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholar. Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health . 1998

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Kawano, B; Grisel, B; Wischmeyer, P; Holsman, M; Agarwal, S; Fernandez-Moure, J; Haines, KL, Racial and ethnic demographics in malnutrition related deaths., Clin Nutr ESPEN, vol 60 (2024), pp. 135-138 [10.1016/j.clnesp.2024.01.018] [abs].
  • McMillian, N; Fernandez-Moure, JS; Hudson, T, Isolating compact bone-derived mesenchymal stem cells from rodent and rabbit femurs (2023), pp. 37-43 [abs].
  • Kawano, B; Agarwal, S; Krishnamoorthy, V; Raghunathan, K; Fernandez-Moure, JS; Haines, KL, State Firearm Laws and Rate of Assault-Related Firearm Death., Journal of the American College of Surgeons, vol 237 no. 3 (2023), pp. 409-418 [10.1097/xcs.0000000000000753] [abs].
  • Schmidt, L; Kang, L; Hudson, T; Martinez Quinones, P; Hirsch, K; DiFiore, K; Haines, K; Kaplan, LJ; Fernandez-Moure, JS, The impact of hypertonic saline on damage control laparotomy after penetrating abdominal trauma., European journal of trauma and emergency surgery : official publication of the European Trauma Society (2023) [10.1007/s00068-023-02358-x] [abs].
  • Wang, TY; Tabarestani, TQ; Mehta, VA; Kranz, PG; Gray, LL; Brooks, K; Brown, DA; Fernandez-Moure, JS; Schwab, J; Than, KD, Enterothecal fistula as a rare cause of adult pneumocephalus and meningitis: a case report., J Spine Surg, vol 9 no. 2 (2023), pp. 201-208 [10.21037/jss-22-89] [abs].