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If appointment request is for an injury/condition resulting from a Work Injury, do not use this form. Please follow instructions below:
  • For work injuries, call the Duke WC office at 919-684-2848
  • Once the visits are authorized at this number they will schedule the appointment in our clinic.
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Please bring the following to your appointment:
  • All relevant x-rays, CTs, MRIs
  • List of all current medications
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The Physicians

Paul J.W. Tawney, MD | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Paul J.W. Tawney, MDDr. Tawney completed undergraduate, medical school and internship and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque which he called home from 1968 to 1990. He then left for Charlottesville, Virginia where he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), serving as chief resident his senior year. He remained at UVA for a year and a half as faculty. In 1995, he took a position at the University of North Carolina helping to develop a new department and eventually serving as director of the PM&R residency training program. He also gained subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine. In 2003, he left UNC and joined Duke with his current partners to create the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. Helping Dr. Tawney provide excellent care is his medical assistant, Amy Butterfield.

Dr. Tawney's clinical interests are non-operative musculoskeletal disorders and functional restoration for the most part related to the neck and low back. He also does spinal injections. He continues his interest in spinal cord injury as well.

Dr. Tawney was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of a Pearl Harbor survivor and English WWII bride mother who went through the blitz in London. He has five siblings all born in different places due to his father's military career. He brings this strong sense of family to his patient care.

Dr. Tawney is married with two children and lives in Chapel Hill. His wife, Kathy, has her own business. He enjoys exercise and soccer, most of it played by his kids.