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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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Modified Clavien-Dindo-Sink system is reliable for classifying complications following surgical treatment of early-onset scoliosis. Roye, BD; Fano, AN; Quan, T; Matsumoto, H; Garg, S; Heffernan, MJ; Poon, SC; Glotzbecker, MP; Fletcher, ND; Sturm, PF; et al. Spine Deformity. 2022.

Re-evaluating consensus and uncertainty among treatment options for early onset scoliosis: a 10-year update. Matsumoto, H; Bs, AN F; Bs, TQ; Akbarnia, BA; Blakemore, LC; Flynn, JM; Skaggs, DL; Smith, JT; Snyder, BD; Sponseller, PD; et al. Spine Deformity. 2022.

Timely completion of spinal fusion: A multidisciplinary quality improvement initiative to improve operating room efficiency. Du, T; Chidambaran, V; Kara, ST; Frazier, M; Anadio, J; Girten, S; Levi, S; Allen, D; Kurth, CD; Sturm, P; et al. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2022; 32:926-936.

Design and implementation of a novel patient-centered empowerment approach for pain optimisation in children undergoing major surgery. Chidambaran, V; Simpson, B; Brower, L; Hanke, R; Mecoli, M; Lane, B; Williams, S; McKenna, E; Bates, C; Kraemer, A; et al. BMJ Open Quality. 2022; 11.

When Will You Succeed Casting Patients With Early-onset Scoliosis? Prospective Evaluation of Predictive Radiographic Parameters. Glotzbecker, MP; Du, JY; Dumaine, AM; Ramo, BA; Kelly, DM; Birch, CM; Sturm, PF. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2022; 42:293-299.

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. 2022; 16:375-385.

Evaluating the Efficacy of Rib-to-pelvis Growth-friendly Surgery for the Treatment of Non-ambulatory Early-Onset Scoliosis Myelomeningocele Patients. Ramirez, N; Olivella, G; Fitzgerald, RE; Smith, JT; Sturm, PF; Sponseller, PD; Karlin, LI; Luhmann, SJ; Torres-Lugo, NJ; Hilaire, TS. 2022; 6.

Mortality in Early-Onset Scoliosis During the Growth-friendly Surgery Era. Guzek, RH; Murphy, R; Hardesty, CK; Emans, JB; Garg, S; Smith, JT; Roye, BD; Glotzbecker, MP; Sturm, PF; Snyder, BD; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2022; 42:131-137.

Surgical Management of Kyphosis in Myelomeningocele. Sturm, PF; Dede, O. The Growing Spine. 2022.

The Effect of Surgeon Experience on Outcomes Following Growth Friendly Instrumentation for Early Onset Scoliosis. Heffernan, MJ; Younis, M; Glotzbecker, MP; Garg, S; Leonardi, C; Poon, SC; Brooks, JT; Sturm, PF; Sponseller, PD; Vitale, MG; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2022; 42:e132-e137.

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