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Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Alvin Crawford Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics

Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery



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My Biography & Research


Dr. McCarthy is a professor for the Department of Orthopaedics Surgery at the University of Cincinnati as well as the director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Alvin L. Crawford chair in pediatric orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is a former president of the Pediatric Orthopaedics Society of North America (POSNA) and Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS). He was initially trained as an engineer at the University of Wisconsin, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina and completed his residency in at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He recently completed his master’s degree in health care management at Harvard School of Public Health. He has over 150 publications, including chapters in every major textbook, he has won numerous grants awards, including funding from the NIH and is currently the medical director of the motion analysis laboratory.

Clinical Interests

Cerebral Palsy including motion analysis and scoliosis; limb deformity correction; hip disorders including hip preservation

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations, Neuromuscular Disorders, Hip Preservation, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics

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My Education

MD: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991.

Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1996.

Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO, 1997.

Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

MHCM: Harvard School of Public Health.

My Publications

A Dedicated Fracture Reduction Room: A Cost-Effective Alternative to the Operating Room. Whitlock, PW; Little, KJ; Singleton, SS; Mahmoud, M; Ngamprasertwong, P; McCarthy, JJ. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2019; 27:e887-e892.

Infantile Supracondylar Humeral Fractures (Patients Less Than Two Years of Age) Twice as Common in Females and a High Rate of Malunion with Lateral Column-Only Fixation. Mehlman, CT; Denning, JR; McCarthy, JJ; Fisher, ML. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2019; 101:25-34.

The Use of triphasic bone graft for the treatment of pediatric bone cysts: Experience at 2 institutions. Zhang, T; Price, CT; McCarthy, JJ; Nguyen, J; Noonan, KJ. Orthopedics. 2018; 41:E705-E712.

Proximal Femoral Growth Modification: Effect of Screw, Plate, and Drill on Asymmetric Growth of the Hip. d'Heurle, A; McCarthy, J; Klimaski, D; Stringer, K. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2018; 38:100-104.

Radiographic and Respiratory Effects of Growing Rods in Children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Lenhart, RL; Youlo, S; Schroth, MK; Noonan, KJ; McCarthy, J; Mann, D; Hetzel, S; Sund, SA; Halanski, MA. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2017; 37:e500-e504.

Complication Rates after Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Use in Orthopaedic Surgery in Children: A Concise Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Garg, S; McCarthy, JJ; Goodwin, R; Kolmodin, J; Sankar, WN; Franklin, C; Armstrong, D; Fryzel, D; Hassenbein, S; Meder, C. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2017; 37:e375-e378.

Quality, Safety, and Value in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. Glotzbecker, MP; Wang, K; Waters, PM; McCarthy, J; Flynn, JM; Vitale, MG. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2016; 36:549-557.

Etiology of lower limb deformity. Jain, VV; Zawodny, S; McCarthy, J. In: Sabharwal S, Ed. Pediatric Lower Limb Deformities: Principles and Techniques of Management. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2016.

POSNA quality, safety, value initiative 3 years old and growing strong POSNA precourse 2014. McCarthy, JJ; Alessandrini, EA; Schoettker, PJ. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2015; 35:S5-S8.

Emergency Department On-Call Status for Pediatric Orthopaedics: A Survey of the POSNA Membership. Smith, BG; Kanel, JS; Halsey, MF; Thometz, JG; Rosenfeld, SR; Epps, HR; McCarthy, J. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2015; 35:199-202.