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Dr. Hanif Hussaini is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He earned his BS from Duke University and MD degree from Saint Louis University. He then returned to North Carolina to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Afterward, he completed a subspecialty fellowship in the Washington DC area with the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center, before returning to the Triangle with his family to join Wake Orthopaedics.

Dr. Hussaini has a strong clinical interest in all aspects of foot and ankle care, including fracture care, trauma, sports medicine, arthritis treatment, bunion and hammertoe care, complex foot reconstruction, and joint replacement. He has extensive experience with minimally invasive techniques for a wide variety of conditions, including bunion and hammertoe correction, ankle arthritis, ankle instability, and Achilles’ tendon disorders.  He seeks to provide his patients with the most thorough, up-to-date, personalized, and effective care, so that they can get back to their active and pain-free lifestyles as quickly as possible.  As an avid basketball player, Dr. Hussaini’s interest in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery first developed while undergoing treatment for his own basketball-related foot and ankle injuries in college, and his interest in this field has continued to this day.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Hussaini has presented his research in the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery at several national and state conferences.  He has published multiple peer-reviewed papers and co-authored a book chapter on the use of synthetic graft for the treatment of peroneal tendon disorders.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Dr. Hussaini’s outside interests include spending time with his wife and two daughters, playing basketball, reading, hiking, cycling, and traveling.  He is ecstatic to be back in the Triangle area to raise his family.


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Provider Type: 
  • Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, NC, Bachelor of Sciences, Mathematics
  • Medical School: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, Doctor of Medicine
  • Internship/Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Fellowship: Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, The Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center, Falls Church, VA
Honors and Awards: 
  • Oct 2018     Best Opioid Session Research Award – North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
  • Jul 2018      Chief Resident – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • May 2014    M.D. with Distinction in Research Award – Saint Louis University School of Medicine 
  • Mar 2011    Research Fellowship Award – Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Memberships & Publications: 
  • Hussaini SH, Wang KY, Luo TD, Scott AT. Effect of the Strengthening Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act on Opioid Prescription Practices After Ankle Fracture Fixation. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics 2019 4:4.
  • Hussaini SH, Jackman JM, Cannada LK. Comparison of length of stay after isolated femoral and tibial shaft fractures at two level 1 trauma centers. Curr Orthop Pract. 2014 Dec; 25(6):568-572.
  • Chitano P, Wang L, Degan S, Worthington CL, Pozzato V, Hussaini SH, Turner WC, Dorscheid DR, Murphy TM. Ovalbumin sensitization of guinea pig at birth prevents the ontogenetic decrease in airway smooth muscle responsiveness. Physiol Rep. 2014 Dec 11;2(12).
  • Neufeld SK, Cuttica DJ, Hussaini SH. “Synthetic Graft Augmentation (Polyurethane Urea) for Reconstruction of Peroneal Tendon Injury.” The Peroneal Tendons: A Clinical Guide to Evaluation and Management. Accepted for publication April 2020.