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John P. Dormans, MD, FACS

The Richard M. Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Chief of Orthopedic Surgery

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

On staff at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for more than 20 years, Dr. Dormans has served as Division Chief for Orthopedic Surgery since 1996. He holds the Richard M. Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Dormans has served as President of the Medical Staff of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was the President of Children's Surgical Associates (CHOP surgical group) for three terms.

Dr. Dormans leads a program marked by outstanding interdisciplinary care for all types of muscular and skeletal conditions. A world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Dormans is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in the area of limb-sparing surgery for sarcomas. He is also widely recognized for his work in treating pediatric spinal deformities, specifically scoliosis.

In addition to his clinical and academic appointments, Dr. Dormans is active in a number of national and international organizations. He is currently the vice president of the Scoliosis Research Society and vice president of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). He has served as president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and was past chairman of the Board of Directors of Orthopaedics Overseas.

Dr. Dormans has published more than 280 peer reviewed articles, 180 abstracts, and 130 editorials, reviews and chapters, and has written or edited five textbooks on orthopedic surgery. He and his team welcome the opportunity to provide the most advanced care for children from all parts of the world.

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Limb-sparing Orthopaedic Surgery for Pediatric Cancer

Watch as Dr. Dormans and his colleagues discuss the advancements in limb-sparing surgery at CHOP»