Crawford Spine Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's is home to specialists with a variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Director

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    Peter F. Sturm, MD
    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    513-636-4785

    peter.sturm@cchmc.org

    Peter F. Sturm, MD

    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    Alvin H. Crawford Chair of Spine Surgery

    Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: peter.sturm@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spine deformity, scoliosis, early onset scoliosis and pediatric orthopaedics

    Education and Training

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1981.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 1986.

    Fellowship: Russ Spinal Surgery, Ottawa Civic Hospital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1987; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1988.

    Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990, 1999, 2010.

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    Faculty

    Steven S. Agabegi, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: steven.agabegi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Scoliosis; complex spinal deformity; cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions; revision surgery; spine trauma; spine tumors

    Education and Training

    MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Fellowhip: Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

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    Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FACS
    Professor Emeritus

    513-636-4785

    alvin.crawford@cchmc.org

    Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FACS

    Professor Emeritus

    Emeritus, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: alvin.crawford@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Deformities of the immature spine with intervention and instrumentation via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery; neurofibromatosis; bone tumors; hip disorders

    Biography

    Alvin H. Crawford, MD, one of the nation's foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and neurofibromatosis, is the co-director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Since joining the staff of Cincinnati Children's in 1977, Dr. Crawford has completed a teaching module in Pediatric Orthopaedics, which includes a 1000-slide and syllabus packet widely used as a teaching instrument in U.S. residency programs, as well as in 33 other countries.

    Dr. Crawford has also co-authored a handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics for pediatric house officers and primary care physicians, as well as assisted in the development and publication of an atlas on Pediatric Orthopaedic radiology.

    Dr. Crawford has authored a monograph on neurofibromatosis in children, a field in which he is considered the leading expert, achieving internationally renowned status. His publications include more than 200 articles and abstracts, six books, and 52 chapters.

    Dr. Crawford's multiple visiting professorships, in addition to the United States, include Canada, West Africa, the Middle East (Jordan and Saudi Arabia), Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Brazil, Colombia, England, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Argentina and Ireland. He has trained 25 fellows in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Dr. Crawford earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Tennessee A and I University in 1960, with a minor in Music. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1964.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1964.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, US Naval Hospital, Boston, MA: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

    Fellowships: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Carl-Berg International Fellowship; Constructive Surgery of the Hip, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA; Pediatric Orthopaedics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Alfred I. DuPont Institute, Wilmington, DL.

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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    Viral V. Jain, MD
    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    513-636-4785

    viral.jain@cchmc.org

    Viral V. Jain, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: viral.jain@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Spinal deformitie; minimally invasive spine surgeries; limb lengthening and reconstruction; pediatric hip disorders

    Research Interests

    Growth of immature spine; health of intervertebral disk

    Education and Training

    MD: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India.

    Residency: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College & Sheth V.S. General Hospital, Ahmedabad, India.

    Certification: Spine Surgery.

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

    513-636-4785

    charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH

    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children

    Research Interests

    Pediatric outcomes: quality of life following traumatic injury, traction and casting versus flexible intramedullary nailing of femoral fractures in children; brachial plexus injuries; effectiveness of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in the management of pediatric spinal deformity biomechanical study of Nancy nails, outcomes following pediatric thoracolumbar spinal trauma; medical soft-tissue release and petrie casting for the treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; perioperative complications associated with operative treatment of supracondylar humeral fractures in children; undisplaced fractures of the distal radius and ulna in children -- risk factors for displacement; talus fractures in children; complications associated with the use of meniscal arrows in children; effectiveness of halo-femoral traction in the management of severe spinal deformity; orthopaedic injuries in children secondary to airbag deployment; buckle fractures of the distal radius and ulna -- risk factors for displacement; hip problems associated with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and effectiveness of flexible intramedullary nailing of pediatric tibia fractures

    Education and Training

    DO: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, Ohio; 1989.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 1998.

    Internship: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio; 1989-1990.

    Residency: Internal Medicine; Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; Akron General Medical Center; Akron, Ohio; 1990-1991; Orthopaedic Surgery; Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio, 1991-1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Children's Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, Ohio; 1995-1996; MPH: Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, MPH; Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, Mass., 1996-1998.

    Certification: Board-certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998-2008.

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    Eric J. Wall, MD
    Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

    513-636-4785

    eric.wall@cchmc.org

    Eric J. Wall, MD

    Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

    Director, Orthopaedic Fellowship

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: eric.wall@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Endoscopic non-fusion scoliosis correction with guided growth; sports growth plate arrest overuse syndromes; patella dislocations; anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in patients with open growth plates; osteochondritis dissecans treatment

    Research Interests

    Hip disorders; open pelvic osteotomy and endoscopic pelvic osteotomy

    Biography

    A professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Eric J. Wall, MD, specializes in sports medicine and scoliosis treatment.

    Dr. Wall completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is fellowship trained in biomechanics and spine research at the University of California, San Diego, and pediatric orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  In addition, Dr. Wall holds a certificate in Sports Medicine and is recognized as a national leader in pediatric sports medicine.  Dr. Wall’s clinical interests include endoscopic pelvic surgery, osteochondritis dissecans, scoliosis, sports-related injuries, orthopaedic basic science research and orthopaedic management of myelomeningocele.

    Eric Wall, M.D. has rapidly established himself in pediatric sports medicine, as well as endoscopic surgery. He has made important contributions to endoscopic surgery through his basic science research efforts in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and his innovative creation of an endoscopic pelvic osteotomy technique.  Dr. Wall has developed new techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, the treatment of patella dislocations and osteochondritis dissecans in young patients. He also co-founded Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK), the multidisciplinary OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) Study Group of North America.

    Dr. Wall stepped down as the division director in August 2010. His focus will now be to concentrate on his revolutionary treatment of early onset scoliosis using spine staples, which were recently FDA approved and is the first and only approved by the FDA.  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.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California, San Diego, Calif.,1986.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, Calif., 1986-1992.

    Fellowship: Biomechanics/Spine Research, University of California, San Diego, Calif., 1988-89; Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992-1993.

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 1995.

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