Daniel Cavanaugh

Daniel Cavanaugh, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Adult Spine


UNC Spine and Imaging Center
1350 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Phone: (984) 974-4200
Referral Fax: (919) 966-7956

Provider Office
Phone: (984) 843-6172
Fax: (984) 966-6730

  • BS: Biochemistry and Microbiology – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • MD: University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Orthopaedic Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowships: (Adult Spine) University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


  • Adult degenerative Spine
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Infections of the Spine
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Complex deformity
2016-present Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • William C. Patton Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics – May 2015
  • UNC Orthopaedics Chief Resident Research Award, University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics – May 2015
  • Cavanaugh DL, Tan ZG, Norris JP, Hardee A, Weinhold PS, Dahners LE, Orndoff PE, Shirwaiker RA. 2015. Evolution of silver-titanium implants activated by low intensity direct current for orthopaedic infection control: an in vitro and in vivo study. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. (Epub ahead of print).
  • Cavanaugh DL, Berry J, Yarboro SR, Dahners LE. 2009. Better prophylaxis against surgical site infection with local as well as systemic antibiotics. An in vivo study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 91 (8): 1907-12.
  • Cavanaugh DL, Keen M. 2005. The gram stain: an animated approach. American Society of Microbiology. Online publication. http://www.microbelibrary.org/library/gram-stain/3018-the-gram-stain-an-animated-approach