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Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH

  • Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
  • Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
  • Professor, UC Department of Surgery


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

MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1998.

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

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

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

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


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

Services and Specialties

Orthopaedic Surgery, Colorectal Disorders, Injury Prevention, Brachial Plexus, Fanconi Anemia, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction


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

Research Areas


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Length Unstable Femoral Shaft Fractures in Children: It's Time for a New Definition. Mehlman, CT. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2022; 36.

Transphyseal Distal Humeral Fractures: A 13-Times-Greater Risk of Non-Accidental Trauma Compared with Supracondylar Humeral Fractures in Children Less Than 3 Years of Age. Crowe, M; Byerly, L; Mehlman, CT. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A. 2022; 104:1204-1211.

Nonunion of the Clavicle Among Children: A Review of the Literature and a Report of Three New Cases. Yahya, A; Mehlman, CT; Kim, J; Little, KJ; Parikh, SN. Orthopedics. 2022; 45:e190-e195.

Assessing Skeletal Maturity: Searching for the Holy Grail: Commentary on an article by Ryan J. Furdock, MD, et al.: "Systematic Isolation of Key Parameters for Estimating Skeletal Maturity on Anteroposterior Wrist Radiographs ". Mehlman, CT. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A. 2022; 104.

Unicolumnar Pin Fixation of Type III Supracondylar Humeral Fractures Is Associated With Over 3 Times Higher Odds of Lost Reduction. Jenkins, SM; Mehlman, CT; Denning, JR. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2022; 36:e30-e34.

Transphyseal Humeral Separations: What Can We Learn? A Retrospective, Multicenter Review of Surgically Treated Patients Over a 25-Year Period. Hariharan, AR; Ho, C; Bauer, A; Mehlman, CT; Sponseller, PD; O'Hara, N; Elliott, M; Abzug, JM. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2020.

Validation of Pediatric Self-Report Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Measures in Different Stages of Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease. Matsumoto, H; Hyman, JE; Shah, HH; Sankar, WN; Laine, JC; Mehlman, CT; Schrader, T; Kelly, DM; Rosenfeld, SB; Janicki, JA; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2020; 40:235-240.

Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Injury Before Versus After 6 Months of Age: Results of the Multicenter Treatment and Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Injury (TOBI) Study. Bauer, AS; Kalish, LA; Adamczyk, MJ; Bae, DS; Cornwall, R; James, MA; Lightdale-Miric, N; Peljovich, AE; Waters, PM; Plexus, TO B. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A. 2020; 102:194-204.

Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST): Development and Validation of a Prognostic Model in Untreated Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using the Simplified Skeletal Maturity System. Dolan, LA; Weinstein, SL; Abel, MF; Bosch, PP; Dobbs, MB; Farber, TO; Halsey, MF; Hresko, MT; Krengel, WF; Mehlman, CT; et al. Spine Deformity. 2019; 7:890-898.e4.

Pediatric Proximal Radial Shaft Fractures Treated Nonoperatively Fail to Maintain Acceptable Reduction up to 70% of the Time. Wacker, EM; Denning, JR; Mehlman, CT. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2019; 33:e378-e384.

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