About Our Pediatric Orthopaedics Program

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh specializes in problems related to the musculoskeletal system, including inflammatory, congenital, developmental, neoplastic and metabolic problems. Other areas of expertise include:

  • Hip, knee and foot problem
  • Spine deformities
  • Limb-length abnormalities
  • Clinical management of complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions

Experts

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgery team offers several areas of subspecialty expertise, including:

  • Spine Center
  • Sports Medicine Program
  • Hip Preservation Program
  • Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program
  • Cerebral Palsy Program

Research

Pediatric orthopaedic research at Children’s Hospital is focused on outcomes and clinical studies of pediatric orthopaedic conditions. Current projects include:

  • Long-term follow-up of surgery for DDH
  • Comparison of the outcome of non-operative treatment of scoliosis
  • Coagulation abnormalities in spine surgery
  • Rate of symptomatic misplaced pedicle screws
  • Pulmonary compromise in EOS
  • ACL reconstruction in the skeletally immature

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Currently there are five full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeons working at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This ACGME-accredited fellowship accepts only one fellow each year and includes a large volume of tertiary-level surgical reconstructions, as well as a wide exposure to the clinical management of complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions.

The program has a unique focus on the training of the individual and has an especially broad exposure to children with spine deformity, hip preservation requirements, trauma, and sports injuries.

The fellow also participates in the treatment of children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children–Erie Outpatient Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center. These patients often have complex, tertiary-level deformities and receive their hospital care at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Opportunities and requirements for fellow participation also exist in resident education and research.

Pediatric Orthopaedics Publications from UPMC

Pediatric Insights, Orthopaedic Surgery — Spring 2018 (PDF)