Orthopaedic Second Opinions

Would you like a second surgical opinion from a CHOP expert?

Hearing that your child needs surgery can be overwhelming. A second opinion or consultation, whether remote or in person, can give you the information you need to help make informed decisions about treatment.

Maribeth Magarity Our dedicated referral nurse navigator, Maribeth Magarity, MSN, RN Pediatric orthopedic specialists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are available to you or your physician to provide remote or on-site second opinions or consultations. We work with families from all over the country and around the world to help guide options and determine if travel to CHOP might be helpful for an assessment.

To improve your experience, CHOP’s Division of Orthopedics has a dedicated referral nurse navigator, Maribeth Magarity, MSN, RN to guide you every step of the way. She can walk you through the process to make sure your family has timely access to world-renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeons in every specialty.


U.S. residents have two options:

  1. For an in-person second opinion related to orthopedic surgery, complete the Orthopedics Referral Nurse Navigator form to connect with our Orthopedics Referral Nurse Navigator. You will receive a response in 2-3 business days with next steps. Not sure or have questions? That’s ok. Complete the form and we’ll help you figure it out.
  2. For an exclusively online experience for surgical or medical orthopedic treatment, see if your child is a candidate for our Online Second Opinion/Consultation Program.

Non-U.S. residents can contact our Global Patient Services team to learn more about options.

How our Orthopaedic referral nurse navigator can help with second opinions

Maribeth is here to ensure your experience at CHOP goes smoothly. Her role is to:

Gather all the information necessary to guide next steps:

When you contact Maribeth, she will speak with you about your child’s diagnosis and the surgery proposed by others, as well as CHOP orthopedic surgery experts who may be able to help you.

If indicated, get you scheduled for an in-person visit with the expert best matched to your needs:

If together you determine that CHOP Orthopedics is the right place, Maribeth will schedule an evaluation with one of our experts.

Make the transition to CHOP Orthopedics easier:

She will assist you in gathering insurance information, records, studies and imaging as needed to determine if our orthopedic doctors can meet your family’s needs.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to review our son’s information, images, and put together a viable alternative … Your time, dedication, and effort toward finding a surgical solution for my son has demonstrated true professionalism and a genuine desire to help.

Coordinate care between departments:

In addition to Orthopedics, your child may need to see multiple specialists at CHOP, and Maribeth will help to coordinate those appointments and guide you through the process. She will ensure that your questions are answered, and you understand any treatment recommendations.

Support you throughout your visit:

Maribeth will serve as your primary contact throughout your visit. She can coordinate housing and transportation, provide additional support as needed, and answer any questions you may have.

Honestly I can't thank you enough … from making the appointment to seeing your friendly smile. It was well worth the drive and the entire experience was wonderful... Walking out we felt confident and beyond trusting.

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Why Choose Us

Children's Hospital's Division of Orthopaedics is one of the largest and most active pediatric orthopaedic centers in the world.

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