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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.
Peter F. Sturm, MD, MBA



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.

MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1981.

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 1986.

Fellowship: Russ Spinal Surgery, Ottawa Civic Hospital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1987; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1988.

Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990, 1999, 2010.

MBA: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2014.


Spine deformity, scoliosis, early onset scoliosis and pediatric orthopaedics

Services and Specialties

Orthopaedic Surgery, Colorectal Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Spine, Chest Wall, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations


 Research interests in spinal deformity and early onset scoliosis.


Research Areas


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Is spinal height gain associated with rod orientation and the use of cross-links in magnetically controlled growing rods in early-onset scoliosis?. Hosseini, P; Akbarnia, BA; Pawelek, JB; Tran, S; Zhang, J; Johnston, CE; Shah, SA; Emans, JB; Mundis, GM; Yaszay, B; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Part B. 2023; 32:531-536.

Utilizing two surgeons for neuromuscular scoliosis suggests improved operative efficiency. Menapace, B; McCarthy, J; Schultz, L; Leitsinger, N; Jain, V; Sturm, P. Spine Deformity. 2023; 11:985-992.

Maintenance of curve correction and unplanned return to the operating room with magnetically controlled growing rods: a cohort of 24 patients with follow-up between 2 and 7 years. Marquez-Lara, A; Bachman, D; Noble, M; Preston, G; Gilday, S; Ihnow, S; Jain, V; Sturm, PF. Spine Deformity. 2023; 11:715-721.

Comparison of Distal Spine Anchors and Distal Pelvic Anchors in Children With Hypotonic Neuromuscular Scoliosis Treated With Growth-friendly Instrumentation. Ahmady, A; Rosenthal, L; Abraham, AC; Parker, B; Brooks, JT; Cahill, PJ; Smith, JT; Sponseller, PD; Sturm, PF; Li, Y. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2023; 43:e319-e325.

Does Transitioning to a Brace Improve HRQoL After Casting for Early Onset Scoliosis?. Henstenburg, J; Heard, J; Sturm, P; Blakemore, L; Li, Y; Ihnow, SB; Shah, SA. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2023; 43:151-155.

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. 2023; 11:205-212.

Re-evaluating consensus and uncertainty among treatment options for early onset scoliosis: a 10-year update. Matsumoto, H; Fano, AN; Quan, T; Akbarnia, BA; Blakemore, LC; Flynn, JM; Skaggs, DL; Smith, JT; Snyder, BD; Sponseller, PD; et al. Spine Deformity. 2023; 11:11-25.

Lengthening Behavior of Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods in Early-Onset Scoliosis: A Multicenter Study. Heyer, JH; Anari, JB; Baldwin, KD; Mitchell, SL; Luhmann, SJ; Sturm, PF; Flynn, JM; Cahill, PJ; Abdulfattah Abdullah, AS; Ahn, E; et al. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2022; 104:2186-2194.

Best Practice Guidelines for Surgical Site Infection in High-risk Pediatric Spine Surgery: Definition, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Badin, D; Leland, CR; Matsumoto, H; Roye, B; Vitale, M; Flynn, J; Samdani, A; Larson, AN; Yaszay, B; Pahys, J; et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2022; 42:e1008-e1017.

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. Pediatric Anesthesia. 2022; 32:926-936.

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