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Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD

Attending Surgeon

Director, Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome


2007, Invited Testimony for Senate Committee of Health at Hearings on Pediatric Device Development Bill

2006, Heune Award, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

2006,  VEPTR project cited as exemplary of safe medical device development in Institute of Medicine Report to Congress "Safe Medical Devices for Children"

2006, 2007,  Marquis Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care, Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering

2005-2007, Marquis Who's Who in America

2005,  American Orthopaedic Association

2005,  San Antonio Science and Technology Hall of Fame

2005,  San Antonio Business Journal Health Care Community Hero's Award for Innovation

2005,  Therapeutic Achievement Award, National Organization for Rare Disorders, for inventing the titanium rib for treatment of rare pediatric thoracic diseases

2004,  FDA Approval of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib device under Humanitarian Device Exemption

2004,  Best Doctors List



Campbell RM. Operative strategies for thoracic insufficiency syndrome by vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib expansion thoracoplasty. Operative techniques in orthopaedics. Vol 15: 315-325. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Williams; 2005.


Campbell RM. Fractures, elbow. In: Stockman III A, Lohr JA, editors. Essence of office pediatrics. Pg 153. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2001.

Campbell RM. Child abuse. In: Beaty J, Kasser J, editors. Fractures in children. Philadelphia: Lippincott; 2001.


Campbell RM. Congenital scoliosis due to multiple vertebral anomalies associated with thoracic insufficiency syndrome. In:  Drummond DS, editor. SPINE: state of the art reviews, strategies in the pediatric spine, 1st ed. Vol 14, No. 1. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, Inc.; 2000. 

Akbarnia BA, Campbell RM. The Role of the orthopaedic surgeon in child abuse. In: Morrissy RT, Weinstein SL, editors. Lovell and Winter's pediatric orthopaedics, 5th ed. Vol II, Chap 33, Pg 1423. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000.


Campbell RM. Problem injuries in unique conditions of the musculoskeletal system. In: Rockwood CA, Wilkins KE, Beaty, editors. Fractures in children. 4th Edition, Philaelphia-New York:  JH Lippincott-Raven; 1996.


Campbell Jr RM. Orthopaedic complications of metabolic bone disease. In: Epps Jr CH, Bowen JR, editors. Complications in pediatric orthopaedic surgery. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Co; 1995.


Campbell RM. Problem injuries in unique conditions of the musculoskeletal system. In:  Rockwood CA, Wilkins KE, King RE, editors. Fractures in children. 2nd edition. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. Philadelphia; 1991.

Editorial and Academic Positions

2004-present, Member, American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Device Development Task Force

2000-present, Member, Medical Advisory Committee, National Organization of Rare Disorders

1987-present, Consultant reviewer for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Original Papers


Ramirez N, Flynn JM, Emans JB, Betz R, Smith JT, Price N, St Hilaire T, Joshi AP, Campbell RM. Vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib as treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome in spondylocostal dysplasia. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep;30(6):521-6. Cited in PubMed: PMID  20733413. Read the abstract.


Skaggs DL, Choi PD, Rice C, Emans J, Song KM, Smith JT, Campbell RM Jr. Efficacy of intraoperative neurologic monitoring in surgery involving a vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib for early-onset spinal deformity. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Jul;91(7):1657-63. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19571088. Read the abstract.

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