Xavier A. Duralde, M.D.

A native of East Point, Georgia, Xavier A. Duralde, M.D., joined Peachtree Orthopedics in 1993. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Practice Type

  • Shoulder Surgery


Residency; Fellowship

  • Columbia University, shoulder and elbow surgery, New York, NY

Medical School

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D., 1983, New York, NY


  • Harvard University, A.B., 1979, Cambridge, MA

Education and Training

Dr. Duralde earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 1979 and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983. He remained at Columbia University for his orthopedic training and fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Dr. Duralde served his country as a major in the United States Air Force from 1988 to 1992. While in the Air Force, he served as chief of surgical services and chief of the department of orthopedics at the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing Hospital at RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England.

As an active member of Peachtree Orthopedics’ volunteer team, Dr. Duralde visits Haiti annually to offer his services at the Hospital Albert Schweitzer and outlying clinics. He has authored many publications regarding the shoulder, including primary research papers and book chapters. Dr. Duralde is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally on various subjects of the shoulder.

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Dr. Duralde Named 2022 Top Doctor by Castle Connolly

Dr. Duralde has been chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. Castle Connolly identifies Top Doctors based on an extensive nomination process. The national physician-led research team reviews and rigorously screens all nominated physicians before selecting those regarded as the most outstanding healthcare providers in the country. Dr. Duralde has been named as a top orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta from 2010 - 2022.

Dr. Duralde Elected President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society

Xavier Duralde, M.D. was recently elected as president of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society (ASES). The society is a forum for top national and international shoulder surgeons to discuss new ideas and present scientific material; membership is by invitation only. Dr. Duralde will lead these preeminent surgeons in fostering and advancing the science and practice of shoulder and elbow care.

Dr. Duralde Named Among Top Docs in U.S.

Dr. Duralde has been named one of the top 66 outstanding shoulder surgeons by Becker's Orthopaedic, Spine and Pain Management Review.

Dr. Duralde Authors AAOS Article

Dr. Xavier Duralde and Dr. Walter McClelland were featured in a recent American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) publication (AAOS Now) debating the treatment approach to bicep tendon pathology. This prestigious publication is read by a global network of over 39,000 orthopedists. Click here to read the article on tendodesis vs. tenotomy.

Dr. Duralde Receives Montague Boyd Award

Piedmont Atlanta recently announced that Xavier A. Duralde, M.D. is a 2013 physician winner of the Montague Boyd Excellence in Publishing Award.

Dr. Duralde’s article entitled “Humeral Head Resurfacing for Glenohumeral Arthritis Associated with Dysplasia,” published in the renowned American Journal of Orthopaedics, impressed the Boyd Award Committee with its scholarship and contribution to medical practice and knowledge.

The Montague Boyd Excellence in Publishing Award is a writing award given annually to both physicians and other clinical staff to recognize clinical research and publishing achievements. The Sauls Memorial Library and the Montague Boyd family sponsor this award.

Professional Affiliations

  • Orthopedic surgeon to the Atlanta Braves 1998-2016; lead orthopedist from 2006-2016
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society, President
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons; President, 2018
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Major League Baseball Physicians Association
  • Associate adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Medicine

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