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Peter F. Sturm, MD, MBA

  • Director, Crawford Spine Center
  • Alvin H. Crawford Chair of Spine Surgery
  • Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery
I enjoy the challenge of helping children with complex medical conditions, and I believe in treating each patient and family with dignity and respect.



My career path began after undergoing surgery myself as a child and seeing how much my surgeon helped me and other children. Now, as an orthopaedic surgeon, I specialize in spinal deformities in pediatric patients with a special interest in early-onset scoliosis. I enjoy the challenge of helping children with complex medical conditions, and I believe in treating each patient and family with dignity and respect.

During medical school and residency, scoliosis surgery fascinated me. After practicing for more than 30 years, I have seen the treatment of children with spinal deformity evolve to where it is today. I think we are entering a new and exciting phase in the understanding and treatment of these challenging conditions.

In my research, my colleagues and I are trying to find new and innovative ways to treat early-onset scoliosis. Our team has received Top Poster Awards at many professional conferences for our work in finding better material for implantable growing rods used to brace the spine.

When I have free time, I enjoy hiking and time in the mountains.

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The role of traditional growing rods in the era of magnetically controlled growing rods for the treatment of early-onset scoliosis. Varley, ES; Pawelek, JB; Mundis, GM; Oetgen, ME; Sturm, PF; Akbarnia, BA; Abdullah, AS A; Akbarnia, B; Anari, J; Anderson, J; et al. Spine Deformity. 2021; 9:1465-1472.

Does Implant Density Impact Three-Dimensional Deformity Correction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis with Lenke 1 and 2 Curves Treated by Posterior Spinal Fusion without Ponte Osteotomies?. Lertudomphonwanit, T; Berry, CA; Jain, VV; Sturm, PF. Asian Spine Journal. 2021.

A report of two conservative approaches to early onset scoliosis: serial casting and bracing. Li, Y; Swallow, J; Gagnier, J; Thompson, GH; Sturm, PF; Emans, JB; Sponseller, PD; Glotzbecker, MP. Spine Deformity. 2021; 9:595-602.

Contouring the magnetically controlled growing rods: impact on expansion capacity and proximal junctional kyphosis. Pasha, S; Sturm, PF. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. 2021; 31:79-84.

Case of an Adolescent Male with Back Pain and Poor Posture: Scheuermann’s Kyphosis. Ihnow, SB; Sturm, PF. Back Pain in the Young Child and Adolescent. 2021.

Lung microstructure in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis before and after posterior spinal fusion. Thomen, RP; Woods, JC; Sturm, PF; Jain, V; Walkup, LL; Higano, NS; Quirk, JD; Varisco, BM. PLoS ONE. 2020; 15.

MRI utilization and rates of abnormal pretreatment MRI findings in early-onset scoliosis: review of a global cohort. Williams, BA; McClung, A; Blakemore, LC; Shah, SA; Pawelek, JB; Sponseller, PD; Parent, S; Emans, JB; Sturm, PF; Yaszay, B; et al. Spine Deformity. 2020; 8:1099-1107.

Awake serial body casting for the management of infantile idiopathic scoliosis: is general anesthesia necessary?. LaValva, SM; MacAlpine, EM; Kawakami, N; Gandhi, JS; Morishita, K; Sturm, PF; Garg, S; Glotzbecker, MP; Anari, JB; Flynn, JM; et al. Spine Deformity. 2020; 8:1109-1115.

Characterizing Use of Growth-friendly Implants for Early-onset Scoliosis: A 10-Year Update. Klyce, W; Mitchell, SL; Pawelek, J; Skaggs, DL; Sanders, JO; Shah, SA; McCarthy, RE; Luhmann, SJ; Sturm, PF; Flynn, JM; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2020; 40:e740-e746.

Proximal anchor fixation in magnetically controlled growing rods (MCGR): preliminary 2-year results of the impact of anchor location and density. Meza, BC; Shah, SA; Vitale, MG; Sturm, PF; Luhmann, SJ; Anari, JB. Spine Deformity. 2020; 8:793-800.

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