The Department of Orthopedics at Nationwide Children’s is committed to innovation in care, research and education. We offer specialized care from fellowship-trained faculty in the following key areas: hand and upper extremity, hip reconstruction, limb-lengthening, orthopedic-oncology, spine, sports medicine and trauma.
Whether it’s a baby with a congenital condition or a teenager with a sports-related injury, our team specializes in diagnosing, evaluating and treating problems of the musculoskeletal system in children of all ages.
As a high-volume center, we average 2,400 surgical procedures and 59,000 outpatient visits per year. Additionally, our limb deficiency program is one of the highest volume programs in the United States.
In 2016, the department reached a significant milestone by going more than 1,100 days without a single surgical site infection in spinal fusion operations. This three-plus year streak is just one example of how dedication to quality is improving outcomes for patients in a very tangible way.
Areas of research range from identifying radiographic indicators of hip labral avulsion to using MRI to define norms for the pediatric patellofemoral joint; from using soft constraint directed therapy for infants and toddlers to gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
As a high volume orthopedic program with a dedicated orthopedic trauma block in a Level 1 trauma center, orthopedic fellows gain a breadth and depth of experience that uniquely equips them to practice pediatric orthopedics.
Allan Beebe, MD, director of Orthopedic Trauma, leads the team in a nontraditional surgical management process. An operating room, orthopedic surgeon and surgical support staff are dedicated to treating the orthopedic cases that come in through the Emergency Department every day, streamlining the clinical management of trauma patients. In cases where extremity trauma is severe, the orthopedic team includes experts in plastic and reconstructive surgery, micro-vascular reconstruction and limb reconstruction and salvage. More patients are transferred to Nationwide Children’s for inpatient orthopedic care than to any other pediatric hospital in Ohio.