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Patrick W. Whitlock, MD, PhD

  • Co-Director Hip Preservation Center
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery
I strive to always provide evidence-based care that is personalized, detailed and the result of shared decision-making with our team and the patient or family.
Patrick W. Whitlock, MD, PhD



As a hip surgeon and co-director of the Hip Preservation Program at Cincinnati Children’s, I treat children, adolescents and young adults with orthopaedic trauma, hip dysplasia, Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). I also perform hip arthroscopy. I strive to always provide evidence-based care that is personalized, detailed and the result of shared decision-making with our team and the patient or family.

My career is driven by the opportunity to have a positive impact on patients’ lives. I’m focused on the hip because it plays an important role in the development and the lives of our patients. By addressing diseases and conditions of the hip in young patients, we have the greatest possible impact on them throughout their lives, in our own and extended communities.

Within the Hip Preservation Program at Cincinnati Children’s, our team spends many hours reviewing imaging studies, therapy reports, notes from other physicians and our own exams. When a patient sees one team member, they benefit from the opinion of our entire hip-preservation team.

In addition to helping patients, I’m also involved in research. As a surgeon scientist, I have worked with our team to develop a multidisciplinary effort to advance the development, characterization and translation of naturally derived biomaterials to treat orthopaedic injuries and pathologies in children, adolescents and young adults. These conditions include avascular necrosis, large osteochondral defects and growth plate injuries, all of which represent a critical need for a clinically effective solution where none currently exists. Our Angela S. M. Kuo Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) recently funded our research into bioinductive scaffolds created by additive manufacturing for the treatment of large osteochondral defects.

My research has been presented at numerous national and international professional meetings, and I have authored multiple book chapters and publications related to both my clinical and translation research. Other awards include several patents related to the development of naturally derived biomaterials.

I was honored to receive the 2013 Maurice E. Muller Traveling Fellowship in Hip Reconstruction. I also received the 2017 POSNA-SLAOTI Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Traveling Fellowship, which took me to Chile, Argentina and Brazil to learn new techniques and exchange ideas. I was named an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors with my son and my wife, who is also a local physician. As a family, we enjoy music, movies, travel, mountain biking, fishing, climbing, rowing and surfing.

PhD: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.

MD: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2005,

Residency: Wake Forest Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC, 2012.

Fellowships: Maurice E. Muller Foundation of North America European Traveling Fellowship in Hip Reconstruction, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, 2013; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.


Hip preservation; SCFE; developmental dysplasia of the hip; Legg-Calves-Perthes disease; femoro-acetabular impingement

Services and Specialties

Orthopaedic Surgery, Hip Preservation


Regenerative medicine; biomaterials; musculoskeletal development; naturally-derived tissue scaffolds; clinical outcomes research

Research Areas


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Direct 3D printing of decellularized matrix embedded composite polycaprolactone scaffolds for cartilage regeneration. Gruber, SM S; Murab, S; Ghosh, P; Whitlock, PW; Lin, CY J. 2022; 140:213052.

The corona mortis: is it a rare and dangerous anomaly in adolescents undergoing periacteabular osteotomy?. Hu, AW; McCarthy, JJ; Breitenstein, R; Uchtman, M; Emery, KH; Whitlock, PW. Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. 2022; 8:354-359.

Pediatric and Adolescent Fractures of the Acetabulum Treated With ORIF: What Are Their Functional Outcomes?. Southam, BR; Schumaier, A; Ramalingam, W; Avilucea, F; Rice Denning, J; Whitlock, PW; Archdeacon, MT. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2022; 36:137-141.

What's New in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Andras, LM; Whitlock, PW; Abousamra, O. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2022; 104:299-306.

Tissue Engineering Strategies for Treating Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head. Murab, S; Hawk, T; Snyder, A; Herold, S; Totapally, M; Whitlock, PW. Bioengineering. 2021; 8:200.

In Response. Lai, R; Nazareth, A; Schur, M; Schroeder, AJ; Whitlock, PW; Skaggs, DL; Goldstein, RY. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2021; 35:e526-e527.

Obesity as a Predictor of Outcomes in Type III and Type IV Supracondylar Humerus Fractures. Nazareth, A; Schur, M; Schroeder, AJ; Whitlock, PW; Skaggs, DL; Goldstein, RY. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2021; 35:e418-e422.

Fibrinogen activates focal adhesion kinase (FAK) promoting colorectal adenocarcinoma growth. Sharma, BK; Mureb, D; Murab, S; Rosenfeldt, L; Francisco, B; Cantrell, R; Karns, R; Romick-Rosendale, L; Watanabe-Chailland, M; Mast, J; et al. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 2021; 19:2480-2494.

Pragmatic comparative effectiveness study of multimodal fascia iliaca nerve block and continuous lumbar epidural-based protocols for periacetabular osteotomy. Albertz, M; Whitlock, P; Yang, F; Ding, L; Uchtman, M; Mecoli, M; Olbrecht, V; Moore, D; McCarthy, J; Chidambaran, V. Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. 2021; 7:728-739.

Improved osseointegration using porcine xenograft compared to demineralized bone matrix for the treatment of critical defects in a small animal model. Jinnah, AH; Whitlock, P; Willey, JS; Danelson, K; Kerr, BA; Hassan, OA; Emory, CL; Smith, TL; Bracey, DN. Xenotransplantation. 2021; 28:e12662.

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