Malcolm L. Ecker, MD

Malcolm L. Ecker, MD, is an attending surgeon at CHOP with a focus on spine disorders in children, fractures and general orthopedics.

Areas of Expertise: Disorders of the Pediatric spine, Fractures, General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Scoliosis
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.


    Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa.


    Boston City Hospital, Boston, Mass.The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending surgeon

    Associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Departments and Services
  • Publications




    Ecker, ML. Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the distal femur. In: Sims FH, editor. Instructional course lectures. Vol. 50. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2001.

    Lotke PA, Ecker ML, Lonner J. Spontaneous osteonecrosis. In: Insall JN, Scott WN, editors. Surgery of the knee. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone; 2001.


    Ecker, ML. Back pain. In: Drummond DS, editor. Spine: state of the art reviews. Strategies in the pediatric spine. Vol. 14. Philadelphia, PA: Hanley & Belfus, Inc; Jan 2000. p 233-48.


    Ecker ML. Arthrodesis: techniques and results. In: Lotke PA, Garino JP, editors. Revision total knee arthroplasty. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven Publishers; 1999.


    Lotke PA, Ecker ML. Deep venous thrombosis after total knee surgery. In: Rand JA, editor. Total knee arthroplasty. New York: Raven Press Ltd; 1993.
    Ecker ML, Lotke PA. Wound healing complications. In: Rand JA. editor. Total knee arthroplasty. New York: Haven Press;1993.  


    Ecker ML. Treatment of the infected total knee replacement. In: Lotke PA, editor. Postoperative infections in orthopaedic surgery: prevention and treatment. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Monograph Series; 1992.  


    Ecker ML. Arthritis surgery sections on spine, ankle, foot, And soft tissue. In: Katz WA, editor. Diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott; 1988.  


    Goll SR, Lotke PA, Ecker ML. Failure of continuous passive motion as prophylaxis against deep venous thrombosis after total knee arthroplasty. In: Rand JA, Dorr LO, editors. Total arthroplasty of the knee. Aspen: Rockville, MD; 1987: p 299 - 305.

    Goll, SR, Lotke PA, Ecker ML. Failure of continuous passive motion as prophylaxis against deep venous thrombosis after total knee arthroplasty. In: Rand JA, Dorr LD, editors. Total arthroplasty of the knee, Proceedings of the Knee Society, 1985-1986. Rockville, Maryland: Aspen Publishers; 1987.  


    Ecker ML. Surgery - introduction and surgery of the ankle and foot. In: Utsinger PZ, Zvaifler NJ, Ehrlich GE, editors. Rheumatoid arthritis. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott;1985.

    Ecker ML. Orthopaedic problems in pediatrics. In: Orthopaedics for the primary care physician, a self-instructional program by the Office for Continuing Medical Education of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; 1979.



    Auerbach JD, Ahn J, Zgonis MH, Reddy SC, Ecker ML, Flynn JM. Streamlining the evaluation of low back pain in children. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Aug;466(8):1971-7. Epub 2008 Jun 16. Cited in PubMed: PMID 18553213.  Read the article

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    1993-present, Associate Editor, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery