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Michael E. Zychowicz, DNP, ANP, ONP, FAAN, FAANP

Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program
(919) 613-4692
2025 Pearson Building

Dr. Michael Zychowicz is Associate Professor and Director of the MSN Program at Duke University School of Nursing. He is certified as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner. His specialty is orthopedic nursing, with subspecialties in sports medicine, spine surgery, and general orthopedics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Zychowicz graduated from Orange County Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1990 and from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a BSN in 1995. After working as a critical care and emergency room nurse, he earned a Master of Science as a Nurse Practitioner from Syracuse University in 1997. While at Syracuse, he taught anatomy and physiology and performed a primary care/rural health internship with the National Health Service Corps. He completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2006 at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Zychowicz taught nursing and practiced as a nurse practitioner at Mount St. Mary College (Newburgh, NY) from 1999 to 2008. While in Newburgh, he also practiced in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. During this period, he was selected as New York State NP of the Year (2004), received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Award for Excellence in 2007, and received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership in Academic Nursing Fellowship (2007-2008). He also served as an Army Reserve Officer in the Army Medical Department between 1991 and 2005.

Dr. Zychowicz has published a book titled Orthopedic Nursing Secrets, in addition to articles and chapters on a variety of orthopedic topics. He is frequently invited to lecture at conferences and seminars across the country where he shares his expertise and passion for orthopedic topics locally and nationally to nursing and nurse practitioner organizations. He is on the editorial advisory board for the journal Advance for Nurse Practitioners and is a contributing editor for Clinical Advisor. His research and clinical interests include occupational back injuries and the impact of health beliefs on return to work time. His research interests include occupational back injuries and returning to work after an occupational injury. In 2010 he joined the journal Orthopedic Nursing as a columnist writing about orthopedic pathophysiology.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • DNP - Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • MSN - Syracuse University
  • BSN - State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Research Interests

Research interests include:
• Work related back injuries
• Time to return to work following a back injury
• Self-efficacy and health beliefs
• Factors affecting chronic back pain

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 || Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2007 || AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellowship, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2007 || AANP Award for Excellence, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2007 || Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2004 || Nancy J. Macintyre New York State Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State
  • 1997 || Primary Care/ Rural Health summer internship, National Health Service Corps

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Health

Areas of Interest

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Back Pain

Representative Publications

  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24574068 Zychowicz, M. E. Viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. March, 2014 26(3); 163-75
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24651138 Roberts, C. L. and Meyering, C. D. and Zychowicz, M. E. Improving the management of tibia stress fractures: a collaborative, outpatient clinic-based quality improvement project. Orthop Nurs. March/April, 2014 33(2); 75-83
  • 2014 -- Zychowicz, M. E. Musculoskeletal problems. In Primary Care: The Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing edited by Dunphy, L. M., Winland-Brown, J. E., Porter, B. O., & Thomas, D. J.. 2014, in press; : F.A. Davis Co.. 2014, in press
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23695764 Zychowicz, M. E. Pathophysiology of heterotopic ossification. Orthop Nurs. May-June, 2013 32(3); 173-7
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23416341 Zychowicz, M. E. A closer look at hand and wrist complaints. Nurse Pract. March, 2013 38(3); 46-53
  • 2013 -- Zychowicz, M. E. Musculoskeletal system. In Health Assessment and Physical Examination edited by Estes, M. E.. 2013; : Delmar Cengage Learning. 2013
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23076235 Zychowicz, M. E. Pre-participation physical evaluations for athletes. Nurse Pract. 37(11); 41-5
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22658263 Vorderstrasse, A. A. and Zychowicz, M. E. Case studies for an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pathophysiology course. J Nurs Educ. June, 2012 51(6); 358
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22551336 Freeman, M. and Zychowicz, M. and Feldman, G. and Gordon, S. The roles of self-efficacy and pretest counseling in type 2 herpes simplex virus screening in asymptomatic adults. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. May, 2012 24(5); 313-23
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21934587 Zychowicz, M. E. Gout: no longer the disease of kings. Orthop Nurs. September/October, 2011 30(5); 322-30


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Orthopedic Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty

    Health Resources and Service Administration
    07/2011 to 06/2014
    Role: PI
Friday, April 20, 2018

Michael Zychowicz was recently elected to serve as a member of the 2018-2019 board of directors for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting high quality nurse practitioner education at the national and international levels.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Michael Zychowicz was nominated for and selected to continue participation on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Clinical Subcommittee. The focus of this "Wave-2" group will be cost measure development for non-spinal musculoskeletal disease management. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Michael Zychowicz serves as editor of a book recently published entitled "An Introduction to Orthopedic Nursing, 5th edition." The target audience for this book is the bedside nurse providing direct patient care in a clinical setting however this is a solid reference for others in the continuum of care including clinical nurs

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Michael Zychowicz and Angela Richard-Eaglin recently joined colleagues from the Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) Janet Campbell and Bich Nguyen to attend a national nurse practitioner residency meeting in Washington, DC, held by the Office of Academic Affiliations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monday, February 5, 2018

For the Spring 2018 semester, master’s students at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have the opportunity to enroll in a new major: Psychiatric Mental Health. It’s the eighth and latest major offered for nurse practitioner students, following closely on the heels of the Women’s Health major, which was added three years ago.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Michael Zychowicz was recently invited to be a panelist at The Future of Online Education at Duke. The panel discussion involved discussion about how online education is evolving at Duke: where we've been, what's changed and what we think is coming in the future. The panel featured Duke instructors and administrators with experience teaching online courses and developing online programs to advance their educational missions. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Michael Zychowicz recently received the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse Practice Award at its 37th annual Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The award recognizes a NAON member who has provided high quality healthcare to the orthopaedic patient and has made outstanding contributions over his or her career to the field of orthopaedic nursing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Michael Zychowicz was nominated for and selected to participate on a technical expert panel for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Episode-based Cost Measures Musculoskeletal Disease Management Clinical Subcommittee. CMS stated that Zychowicz was chosen because of his perspective, experience and expertise would provide valuable input to the development of episode-based cost measures.

The MACRA is a bipartisan legislation signed into law on April 16, 2015.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) joins the nation as we celebrate the exceptional work of nurse practitioners (NPs). The School is extremely proud of its involvement and commitment in educating these nursing leaders who provide exceptional care from birth to end of life.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Michael Zychowicz was chosen to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Wharton School of the the University of Pennsylvania leadership development program for nursing leaders. He recently attended the four-day program, which is taught by Wharton faculty, who present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.

The program is open to dean/directors and associate deans/directors from AACN member schools who currently serve as the chief or associate chief nursing academic officer.