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Top Doctor 2023


Adult & Pediatric Fracture Care
Orthopaedic Trauma

Justin Kauk, MD

Orthopaedic Trauma Services

Dr. Justin Kauk is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeon dedicated to restoring patients to pre-injury level of function through collaborative, high-quality care. His clinical interests include orthopaedic trauma and program development, streamlining processes to provide more cost-conscious and efficient patient care.

Dr. Kauk believes strongly in partnering with patients throughout their entire treatment and recovery process, working together to obtain an optimal outcome. In a collaborative approach, he and his patients identify the best treatment option for their injury. He strives to facilitate patient access to resources that impact healing and recovery following complex orthopaedic trauma including PTSD, addiction and food, housing and job insecurity.

Outside of work, Dr. Kauk enjoys spending time with his family, photography, biking, water skiing and snow skiing.

  • Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
  • Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowship: Reno Orthopedic Clinic & Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • Undergraduate: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2023 NC Top Doctor Award
  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association


  • Healthcare fundamentals. Kauk J, Hill AD, Althausen PL.J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Jul; 28(7 Suppl):S25-41. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000140.PMID: 24918828
  • Anterior iliopsoas impingement and tendinitis after total hip arthroplasty. Lachiewicz PF, Kauk JR, J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009 Jun;17(6):337-44. doi: 10.5435/00124635-200906000-00002.PMID: 19474443
  • Orthopaedist-hospital alignment in a community setting. Kauk JR, Bray TJ.Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Jun;471(6):1837-45. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-2805-1.PMID: 23430719
  • Operating Room Efficiency: Benefits of an Orthopaedic Traumatologist at a Level II Trauma Center. Althausen PL, Kauk JR, Shannon S, Lu M, O'Mara TJ, Bray TJ.J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Dec;30 Suppl 5:S15-S20. doi: 10.1097/01.bot.0000510720.85008.87.PMID: 27870669
  • Operating room efficiency: benefits of an orthopaedic traumatologist at a level II trauma center. Althausen PL, Kauk JR, Shannon S, Lu M, O'Mara TJ, Bray TJ.J Orthop Trauma. 2014 May;28(5):e101-6. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3182a59d6b.PMID: 23899770

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4/11/2023 Dr K was great explaining everything about my mother s surgery!!! We had. Great experience!


3/31/2023 I appreciate Dr. Kauk advising me to schedule next appointment (6months) and if I feel that it is unnecessary, can cancel at that time

3/30/2023 Everyone’s kindness and their concerns about you. Very friendly and upbeat environment

3/30/2023 All the care is excellent

3/24/2023 Everything

3/24/2023 Both Willie who took out my staples and Kelley who did my X-rays provided excellent care. Dr. Kauk was not only outstanding himself, but his team did well as well.

3/24/2023 I feel very fortunate that Dr Kauk and WakeMed Ortho ended up as my surgeon and recovery team after my original surgeon was unable to care for me.

3/23/2023 The doctors, nurses and other staff members are very professional and shows care to all patients. Very thankful to have a medical staff like Apex office. Very grateful for all of them serving our community.

3/19/2023 Yes - my aunt was seen!

3/17/2023 Kristen was excellent. Friendly and compassionate and overall a wonderful person.

3/13/2023 All of the staff were very friendly and courteous.

3/10/2023 It was a great experience--I am completely satisfied.

3/7/2023 How concerned and attentive the staff was for with me. Every time I needed anything at anytime they were there on the spot

2/24/2023 Diana - Dr Kauk’s medical team assistant was very responsive & informative of process for communication to facility receiving the future PT care.

2/10/2023 Dr Kauk was at Novant and I followed him to WakeMed. I will continue treatment with him as my experience with the Dr at novant was not good. I will follow Dr Kauk wherever he goes. His bedside manners are excellent. I feel secure and trust him intensely.

2/7/2023 Everything and everyone was fantastic

1/30/2023 Dr. Kauk is outstanding!!

1/30/2023 Costumer services Well prepared Well trained. From the front desk receptionist to the check out over all thank you very much

1/22/2023 I appreciated everyone from the police officer who helped unlock my wheelchair and hold the elevator door to everyone in the Wake Ortho office. This has been very stressful and I feel that the doctor and all other staff are giving me the best care possible. Thank you.

1/15/2023 Extremely thankful that my fall resulted in Dr Kauk and this practice being my surgeon and team!! Thank you!!!

1/7/2023 Took ample time with me/not rushed at all

1/4/2023 the dr and staff was very professionaland caring

1/2/2023 My doctor did such a good surgery that i am able to walk without assistance

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