Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency is the first national, multidisciplinary program devoted solely to the treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome. This syndrome is most often caused by progressive scoliosis and severe rib fusion, or conditions such as Jeune syndrome (spondylocostal dysplasia), Jarcho-Levin syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), cerebrocostomandibular syndrome, arthrogryposis and VATER syndrome.

Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome Hosts Annual Family Reunion

Why Choose Us?

The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency is led by Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, the medical pioneer who developed the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) to expand the rib cages of children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.

Our Team

Our team includes clinical and research experts from orthopaedics, pulmonology, radiology, genetics and more. Together, the team develops an individual treatment plan for your child.

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Second Surgical Opinion from a CHOP Expert

Our referral nurse navigator can give your family timely access to world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in every specialty.

Why Choose CHOP for TIS?

Each year, our center performs more than 150 VEPTR procedures and other growth-sparing surgeries.