Refer a Patient to the Division of Orthopedics

The staff in the Division of Orthopedics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is here to assist you in providing the best care for your patients.

To discuss a potential referral, schedule a comprehensive evaluation or seek a second opinion, please call or contact us online. Our orthopedic specialists are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Information we need 

About the referring physician/healthcare provider

  • Name
  • Contact information (including cell phone or beeper number, and email)

About the patient and family

  • Name of patient
  • Age of patient
  • Name of the patient's parent or guardian
  • Phone number(s)
  • Brief summary of the patient’s condition (i.e. symptoms, suspected diagnosis)
  • What you are seeking (i.e. patient evaluation, second opinion)

We recognize this can be a stressful time for families facing an uncertain diagnosis and prognosis. We strive to schedule all patients as quickly as possible. If you feel a patient needs to be seen more urgently, please let us know and we will work with you.

What happens next

We contact the patient's family

Our orthopedic coordinator will contact the patient to gather additional details such as:

  • The patient’s medical history and access to medical records
  • Any diagnostic tests or images that have been completed
  • Insurance information
  • Any special situations or issues that need to be addressed immediately

Scheduling an appointment

The patient’s initial visit will be scheduled with an appropriate orthopedic physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The patient will be seen at the Main Hospital or one of our CHOP Specialty Care Center locations, depending on clinical needs and family preferences. 

See our service locations for details about which orthopedic physicians and specialty programs are available at each site. 

After the patient’s visit

After your patient’s visit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of our orthopedic specialists will contact you with the results of the patient’s examination, diagnostic tests and counseling session. In non-emergent cases, the consultation report will be faxed or mailed to you (please let us know your preference) within a week.

If your patient’s condition is more serious, a CHOP orthopedic specialist will contact you by phone or email within 48 hours to discuss next steps.


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is experienced in working with many insurance plans to facilitate care for families who seek our services. We are always happy to discuss individual situations and needs.

Reviewed on March 19, 2014