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Duchene is new specialist

Dr. Clark Duchene

Dr. Clark Duchene is the new visiting specialist at the Philip Clinic.

Duchene performs general orthopedic surgery and specializes in sports medicine. His hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. With a full schedule in Rapid City at the Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center, Duchene’s only outreach is the Philip Clinic.

His parents were originally from Highmore and he still has relatives there. Duchene graduated from high school in Sioux Falls, where he liked the sciences and working with his hands, so surgery worked well as a career choice. Specifically, Duchene said, “Orthopedic surgery offers the best instruments and best power tools.”

Duchene’s background is impressive. After graduating in 1994 from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, he continued his medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, until 1998. His orthopedic residency was in Parkland Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, until 2003. Duchene’s fellowship training was sports medicine with the Orthopedic Surgery Associates of San Antonio, Texas, until this year.

Texas was great, but Duchene said, “I found the big city hustle and bustle sucks the life out of you.” Friends in Texas thought he was crazy for coming to South Dakota. Duchene has roots here, likes pheasant hunting, and enjoys working in Rapid City – the most sizable medical center between Sioux Falls and Denver.

Family life and hobbies have been put on hold. “Its just the way things have worked out.” He explained, “There is a big time commitment in medicine, an understanding of its demands.”

He will fly into the Philip airport. That way, if the number of scheduled appointments allow, Duchene can get back to Rapid City to perform more orthopedic surgeries. He will be most often accompanied by Jill Wauer, a medical assistant also with the orthopedic center.

Duchene has been with the Rapid City center since August 16, 2004. He takes patients at the orthopedic center on Mondays and a few hours on Thursdays. He will be scheduled to perform surgeries on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and on Tuesdays when he is not in Philip.

Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center has provided a wide range of bone and joint care since 1976. Some of the sub-specialties include joint reconstruction, physical therapy, carpal tunnel, hip replacement, spine, and more. Along with Philip, outreaches include: Alliance and Chadron, Neb.; Newcastle and Sundance, Wyo.; Belle Fourche, Custer, Deadwood, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Rosebud, Spearfish, and Sturgis, S.D.