Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are among the top ranked in the Unites States, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2014-15 survey of Best Children's Hospitals. CHOP's Division of Orthopedic Surgery is one of the most active centers for pediatric orthopedic care in the world, with more than 44,000 orthopedic outpatient visits and more than 3,000 hospital stays a year.

Our team of world-renowned orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are ready to treat any orthopaedic problem your child may have, just like we’ve been doing for 120 years.

We provide expert treatment for:

  • Spine disorders. Our internationally renowned pediatric spine disorders team successfully treats all types of spinal conditions. The spinal deformity program also continues to develop new and better techniques to correct spine deformity in children.
  • Sports medicine. Our sports medicine specialists are expert in the unique nature of injuries to children and adolescents. Our goal is to get young athletes back to their sports as soon as and as safely as possible, using conservative management or arthroscopic surgery if necessary.
  • Cerebral palsy. Our expert, caring physicians and staff care for a large number of children with cerebral palsy. As the only cerebral palsy clinic in Philadelphia that offers interdisciplinary services, we work with a range of subspecialists to provide the care your child needs.
  • Musculoskeletal tumors (bone and soft tissue). Our experts in the fields of orthopaedic surgery, pediatric oncology, musculoskeletal radiology and pathology treat both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) bone and soft tissue tumors. As a tertiary children's cancer center, we are active in all areas of tumor treatment, including limb-sparing surgical techniques.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries. We evaluate and treat all musculoskeletal injuries of the limb and spine, including fractures and orthopaedic trauma. Our orthopaedic surgeons practice in the first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in eastern Pennsylvania, here at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Foot and ankle disorders. We treat disorders and deformities of the foot and ankle as well as clubfoot, vertical talus, hallux valgus, fractures and other trauma. Although rarely serious, children also can be evaluated and followed for conditions such as bowlegs, knock-knees and pigeon toes.
  • Leg-length discrepancy. We treat all leg-length discrepancies.
  • Hip disorders. Our expert team treats hip disorders and deformities such as hip dysplasia and dislocation, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, infection and chondrolysis.
  • Hand surgery. We perform hand surgery for traumatic injuries and congenital disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow.
  • Limb deficiency — amputations. Children with limb deficiency, including those with amputations, face a range of physical and psychosocial issues. We work with issues related to residual limb care, prosthetic fit, school and peer activities, sports participation and normal growth and development.

Featured Faculty

Robert M. Campbell, Jr., MDRobert M. Campbell Jr., MD
Director, Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome
Attending surgeon

Dr. Campbell is Director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (CTIS) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an attending physician in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. He is best known as the inventor of the VEPTR (Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib) device, which is used to treat rare diseases of the spine and chest wall, through surgical expansion of the chest and correction of spinal deformity, without inhibiting children’s growth. Read more »

John P. Dormans, MD, FACSJohn P. Dormans, MD, FACS
The Richard M. Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery

On staff at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for twenty 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. Read more »

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