A photo of Junich Tamai.

Co-Director Hip Preservation Center

Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery



My Biography & Research


Dr. Tamai completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at The George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. and was fellowship trained in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In September of 2002, Dr. Tamai joined the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics.   

Dr. Tamai’s clinical interests include Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia and other pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, clubfeet and other pediatric foot disorders and pediatric fractures.

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Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Spina Bifida, Hip Preservation, Colorectal Disorders

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My Education

MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1996.

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, The George Washington University Medical Center, 2001.

Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2002.

Certification: Board Certified - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

My Publications

Eismann EA, Stephan ZA, Mehlman CT, Denning J, Mehlman T, Parikh SN, Tamai J, Zbojniewicz A. Pediatric Triplane Ankle Fractures: Impact of Radiographs and Computed Tomography on Fracture Classification and Treatment Planning. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jun 17;97(12):995-1002.

Lykissas MG, Crawford AH, Eismann EA, Tamai J. Ponseti method compared with soft-tissue release for the management of clubfoot: A meta-analysis study. World J Orthop. 2013 Jul 18;4(3):144-53.

Parikh SN, Jain VV, Denning J, Tamai J, Mehlman CT, McCarthy JJ, Wall EJ, Crawford AH. Complications of elastic stable intramedullary nailing in pediatric fracture management: AAOS exhibit selection. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Dec 19;94(24):e184.

Pierce TR, Mehlman CT, Tamai J, Skaggs DL. Access to care for the adolescent anterior cruciate ligament patient with Medicaid versus private insurance. J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Apr-May;32(3):245-8.

Tamai J. Hip ultrasounds: where do we go from here? J Pediatr. 2012 Feb;160(2):189-90.

Kunkel S, Cornwall R, Little K, Jain V, Mehlman C, Tamai J. Limitations of the radiocapitellar line for assessment of pediatric elbow radiographs. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Sep;31(6):628-32.

Bowman EN, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Tamai J. Nonoperative treatment of both-bone forearm shaft fractures in children: predictors of early radiographic failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):23-32.

Ricchetti ET, States L, Hosalkar HS, Tamai J, Maisenbacher M, McDonald-McGinn DM, Zackai EH, Drummond DS. Radiographic study of the upper cervical spine in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004 Aug;86-A(8):1751-60.

Book Chapters

Ozek MM, Erol B, Tamai J. Spina Bifida: The Management of Extremity Deformities in Myelominingocele. Spina Bifida – Management and Outcome. Ozek MM (Ed.). New York, NY: Springer Milan Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.

Tamai J, Herrera-Soto J, Crawford AH. New Orthopaedic Trends. Neural Tube Defects  Oppenheimer S (Ed.). New York, NY: Informa Healthcare, 2007.