• Research Faculty

  • A photo of James J. McCarthy.

    James J. McCarthy, MD, MHCM Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Dr. McCarthy's primary clinical and research focus is on the treatment of pediatric hip disorders, complex limb and spine deformities (e.g., scoliosis), as well as gait analysis in children with neuromuscular disorders.


    A photo of Steven Agabegi.

    Steven S. Agabegi, MD

    specializes in scoliosis, complex reconstructive spine surgery for children and adults, cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions, degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, spinal stenosis, spinal trauma and tumors.


    A photo of Donita Bylski-Austrow.

    Donita I. Bylski-Austrow, PhD Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory

    directs research in pediatric orthopaedic biomechanics. Dr. Bylski-Austrow’s research focuses on mechanical effects on skeletal growth, including the design, development and testing of innovative surgical techniques in spine and limb deformities, and bone and joint injury mechanisms.


    A photo of Roger Cornwall.

    Roger Cornwall, MD Clinical Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    investigates the neurological control of postnatal muscle growth and development. The goal of his research is to identify novel physiological treatments for pediatric neuromuscular contractures.

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    A photo of Viral V. Jain.

    Viral V. Jain, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon

    specializes in spinal deformities, minimally invasive spine surgeries, cervical spine and neck disorders, trauma, degenerative and neoplastic conditions and manages complex limb deformities and limb-length-discrepancies that require surgical intervention.


    A photo of Kevin Little.

    Kevin J. Little, MD Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Center

    focuses his research on understanding the mechanism of neuromuscular junction degeneration and regeneration following peripheral nerve injuries. By understanding the regulation of these processes, he hopes to determine treatments that may decelerate degeneration and/or augment regeneration of the motor end plate, resulting in improved functional outcomes from nerve injuries including neonatal brachial plexus palsy.


    A photo of Charles Mehlman.

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    completed his outcomes research and clinical epidemiology training at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1996, Dr. Mehlman became a member of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Clinical interests include, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, brachial plexus palsy / Erb’s palsy, scoliosis and spine-related disorders, fractures and sports trauma, limb lengthening and limb reconstruction.


    A photo of Shital Parikh.

    Shital N. Parikh, MD, FACS Co-Director, Orthopaedic Sports Center, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    has clinical expertise and research interests that include management of complex patellar instability, pediatric ACL tears, shoulder instability, arthroscopic joint surgery, hip arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy, and pediatric trauma.


    A photo of Joel Sorger.

    Joel I. Sorger, MD Co-Director, Sarcoma Program

    clinical interests include pediatric orthopaedic oncology and hip and knee replacement surgery. In collaboration with the Divisions of Human Genetics, Rheumatology, Pain Management and Physical Therapy, has plans to develop a Total Joint Center at Cincinnati Children’s. 


    A photo of Peter Sturm.

    Peter F. Sturm, MD, MBA Director, Crawford Spine Center

    is fellowship trained in pediatric orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital Boston and had a spine fellowship at Ottawa Civic Hospital at the University of Ottawa. Clinical interests include, spine deformity, spine disorders as well as early onset scoliosis.


    A photo of Junich Tamai.

    Junichi Tamai, MD Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    is interested in Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia and other pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, clubfeet and other pediatric foot disorders and pediatric fractures.


    A photo of Eric Wall.

    Eric J. Wall, MD Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

    concentrates on his revolutionary treatment of early onset scoliosis using spine staples, which were FDA approved. The technique can eliminate extensive spinal fusion to correct an abnormal curvature by stapling together the growth plates on the actively growing side of the deformity to allow the other side of the spine to catch up.