Atlas Orthopaedics

Dr. Duncan Wells, M.D

Dr. Duncan Wells, Orthopaedic Surgeon

970 Woodstock Parkway, Suite 310
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: (770) 517-2257

Education and Training:

  • Royal Perth Hospital Perth, Western Australia, Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship 1993
  • Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Orthopaedic Residency 1988 - 1992
  • Los Angeles County - USC Center Los Angeles, CA Orthopaedic Internship 1987 - 1988
  • Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, GA M.D. 1987
  • University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. Pharmacology 1983

Professional Experience:

1996-present: Founder and CEO of Atlas Orthopedics.

1993-1996: Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

2007: Interim Chief of Hand Surgery, VA hospital, Atlanta

Academic Affiliations:

Associate Clinical Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery.

Staff Privileges:

  • Northside Hospital - Cherokee
  • Marietta Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Southwestern Orthopaedics Society
  • American Society of Hand Surgery
  • Southern California Permanente Medical Group Panorama City, CA 1993 - 1996
  • Full-Time Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Created and Managed Hand Clinic
  • Responsible for Most of the Group's Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Research Experience:

  • Wells, D., Dall, D. : " The effect of stem cross-sectional geometry on cement stresses." Presented at the LAC - USC Research Day, 1992.
  • Wells, D., Waters, R. : " Hetertopic Ossification about the Hips Following Closed Intramedullary Nailing of the Femur in Brain-Injured Adults." Submitted for Publication, 1990.
  • Wells, D., Buchanan, W. : "Anterolateral Compartment Syndrome Following Avulsion of the Peroneal Muscles." Submitted for Publication, 1990.
  • Wells, D., Ecker, J. : "Neurovascular Island Pedicle Flaps for Coverage of Fingertip Injuries." Submitted for Publication, 1993


  • Lowman Award, 1992. Given each year to the outstanding research paper of the graduating class of the LAC - USC Medical Center Orthopaedic Residency.
  • Rancho Los Amigos Award, 1990. Given each year to the outstanding rehabilitation paper at this Hospital.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1981. Lambda Chapter, University of Santa Barbara.
  • Summa Cum Laude, 1982.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • Wells, D., King, J., Roe, T., and Kaufman, F. : " Review of Slipped Capital Femoral Ephysis Associated with Endocrine Disease." Published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 1993.


  • Board Certified, American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1996.
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1987.
  • Medical License: Georgia Medical License, 1996.
  • California Medical License, 1988.


  • Fluent in Spanish and French.

Continuing Medical Education Credits (1992 - 2005)

  • July 1992: Hand Surgery Review Course ( American Society for Surgery of the Hand), Los Angeles, California
  • January 1993 - July 1993: Hand & Micro Surgery Fellowship, Perth, Western Australia
  • February 1994: Annual meeting of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, Florida
  • March 1994: Annual meeting of the Southern California Permanente Group, Huntington Beach, California
  • April 1994: Aged Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Course, Palm Springs, California
  • October 1994: Total Knee Arthroplasty Update (Sponsored by Ostenics), Catalina Island, California
  • February 1995: AAOS 62nd Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • February 1995: America Society for Surgery of the Hand Specialty Society Day, Orlando, Florida
  • July 1995: The orthopaedic Surgery review course. The Osler Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
  • October 1995: Total Joint Arthroplasty Review (Sponsored by Intermedics), Carmel, California
  • July 1996: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board Certification
  • August 1996: State Board Workman's Compensation Review, Atlanta, Georgia
  • January 1997: Annual Meeting American Association for Hand Surgery, Boca Raton, Florida
  • January 1997: Hybrid Ring Fixation in Trauma, Atlanta, Georgia
  • February 1997: Survive and Thrive-Improving Surgical Practice Management, Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 1997: 4th Annual Master Series-Techniques in Arthritis Surgery, Los Angeles, California
  • August 1997: Southern Medical Association-Taking Control in Managed Care, Atlanta, Georgia
  • November 1998: Knee Lecture and Laboratory, AANA, Palm Springs, California
  • November 1998: Shoulder Lecture and Laboratory, AANA, Palm Springs, California
  • January 1999: McVey & Associates, Reimbursement & Coding for Orthopaedics, Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 1999: 6th Annual Master Series-Techniques in Arthritis Surgery, Pasadena, California
  • January 2000: Arthroscopy and Reconstruction Surgery 2000, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • January 2001: McVey & Associates, Medicare and Private Insurance Coding, Atlanta, Georgia
  • March 2001: Annual Meeting of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, California
  • April 2002: 9th Annual Masters Series - Techniques in Arthritus Surgery, Pasadena, California
  • October 2002: Annual Meeting of The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Phoenix, Arizona
  • July 2003: Annual Meeting of The Kaiser orthopaedic Departments, Maui, Hawaii
  • May 2004: 9th International congress on surgery of the shoulder, Washington, D.C.
  • February 2005: Annual Meeting of the Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons, Washington D.C.

Dr. Duncan Wells
Orthopaedic Conditions
Shoulder & Elbow Disorders
Hand Conditions
Hip & Knee Surgery
Foot & Ankle Treatment
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