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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, Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center, Hip Deformity Center, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center, Best Doctors 2017-18, 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

Glotzbecker MP, Wang K, Waters PM, McCarthy J, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. Quality, Safety, and Value in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016;36:549-57.

Lenhart RL, Youlo S, Schroth MK, Noonan KJ, McCarthy J, Hetzel S, Sund SA, Halanski MA. Radiographic and respiratory effects of growing rods in children with spinal muscular atrophy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sept 15.

Cobb L, McCarthy JJ. Simple technique for anterior hemi-epiphysiodesis with cannulated screws does not violate knee cartilage. Orthopedics Today. 2016 Jun 7.

Garg S, McCarthy JJ, Goodwin R, Kolmodin J, Sankar WN, Franklin C, Armstrong D, Fryzel D, Hassenbein S, Meder C. Complication Rates After Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Use in Orthopaedic Surgery in Children: A Concise Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sep 3.

DHeurle A, McCarthy J, Klimaski D, Stringer K. Proximal femoral growth modification: effect of screw, plate, and drill on asymmetric growth of the hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 May 19.