My Locations

Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
120 E Carver St
Durham, NC 27704-2700
Duke Orthopaedics at Page Road
4709 Creekstone Dr
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27703-0016
Duke Regional Hospital
3643 Roxboro St
Durham, NC 27704-2702
Duke Spine Center - Clinic 1B/1C
40 Duke Medicine Cir
Clinic 1B/1C
Durham, NC 27710-4000
Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710-4699

About Me

I am an orthopaedic spine surgeon who provides surgical management of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Among the conditions I see are cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy, disc herniations, lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and spinal deformity, spinal tumors and trauma. I perform open procedures, and when appropriate, minimally invasive and motion-sparing procedures. My primary focus is reestablishing function and relieving pain related to the human spine. I aim to work with each patient individually to best understand his or her symptoms and to provide a personalized and effective treatment plan with the patient's goals in mind. As a former educator, I take great pride in educating my patients about the spine and their diagnoses in order to best involve them in the decision making process and provide them with the best outcomes possible.

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Duke Spine Services

I am part of a team of spine orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons that offers a full spectrum of spine surgery options, including disc replacement to relieve pain and swelling, complex reconstructive surgeries for scoliosis, and procedures to remove spinal cancer lesions.

Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team


My surgical specialties
Posterior spinal fusion
Posterior spinal fusion
Posterior spinal fusion surgery fuses together vertebrae in the lower back from the back.
Laminectomy and laminotomy
Laminectomy and laminotomy
Laminectomy and laminotomy, also known as spinal decompression surgery, is the total or partial removal of the lamina to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Anterior spinal fusion
Anterior spinal fusion
Anterior spinal fusion surgery fuses together vertebrae in the neck or back from the front.
Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
Placement of rods, screws, and or plates to fix spine fractures, correct spinal deformities, and to remove bone fragments.
Spinal bone graft
Spinal bone graft
Spinal bone grafts are procedures to insert a bone implant into the spine.
Microsurgery is surgery that requires a surgical microscope to repair blood vessels and nerves.

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes.

Procedures I perform the most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes.


MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2010
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2015
Spine Surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, 2016
Board Certifications
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - General

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I have been actively involved in medical research since beginning medical school in 2006. Since that time I have been involved in many research projects including assessing medical transport of spinal trauma patients, evaluating spinal alignment of adolescent patients with scoliosis, and most recently, looking at the radiation exposure of imaging systems used in the operating room during spinal surgery. Modern technology has provided us with new ways to image patients during surgery which can be very helpful and improve our accuracy, but we must ensure we are utilizing any new technology as safely as possible. Working at such an amazing institution as Duke Health allows me to continue to pursue my academic interests while providing outstanding clinical care to my patients.


View Norah Foster's publications on PubMed

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