About Cincinnati Children's

  • We Help Kids Get Back into the Game of Life

    Zoe.Zoe Bruce, a competitive gymnast, was practicing her routine on the high bar two years ago when she fell and broke both elbows. Thanks to surgery performed at Cincinnati Children’s, Zoe was able to return to her sport and win a statewide championship in her age group.

    Whether it’s repairing sports-related injuries, correcting curved spines or lengthening limbs, Cincinnati Children’s is a leader in orthopedic care and surgery for children. Our program ranked third in the country in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report published by U.S. News & World Report.

    “We have seen several years of steady growth as we continue to expand our faculty,” says James McCarthy, MD, director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. “We have a host of outstanding surgeons who are considered experts in their fields and they are constantly seeking to move the bar higher.”

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our Crawford Spine Center assembles a world-class team of experts to diagnose and treat early onset scoliosis and other spine conditions. Our extensive research includes developing the HemiBridge spinal clip, a new device for correcting spinal curves currently in clinical trials.
    • We provide one of the nation’s largest centers for treating brachial plexus injuries, which involve damage to a bundle of nerves in the neck and chest that control arm and hand movements.
    • We have growing expertise in treating cerebral palsy and other muscular disorders.
    • Our Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center helps kids who were born with limb deformities and those with arms or legs damaged by injury.
    • We do more than repair the most complex traumas caused by car crashes, falls and sports injuries; we study and promote ways to prevent such injuries. 

    “Because we have such a large group of surgeons, we are able to develop expertise in many subspecialty areas,” McCarthy says. “If you treat enough rare and unusual cases, you build deep expertise and eventually wind up teaching other surgeons. That’s exactly what has happened for several of our faculty.”