We Help Children Get Back into the Game of Life

U.S. News Ranks Our Orthopaedic Program No. 4 in the Nation

When doctors confirmed that 12-year-old Ellie Fryer has a severe s-curve in her spine, she and her parents feared that corrective surgery would mean the end of competitive swimming. Even her surgeon, Viral Jain, MD, was uncertain she would ever be able to do a flip turn again.

But now, at age 15, Ellie is swimming strong and enjoying her athletic lifestyle. “I just wanted to make sure that I could do everything that I wanted to do. I’m not going to hold myself back just because I have rods and screws.”

Whether it’s correcting curved spines, repairing sports-related injuries, or lengthening limbs, Cincinnati Children’s is a leader in orthopedic care and surgery for children. Our program ranks No. 4 in the country in the 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals report published by U.S. News & World Report.

Our team provides more than 3,000 complex surgical procedures a year. Meanwhile, thousands of families visit our growing Brachial Plexus Center, Orthopaedic Sports Center and other specialty programs for outpatient care.

“We are one of the largest groups of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the country, all with subspecialty training and experience to provide the full range of pediatric orthopedic care, including the only two surgeons in this region with training in both sports and pediatric orthopaedic surgery,” says James McCarthy, MD, director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. “In addition to our deep experience, nearly all our surgeons conduct research, from basic discovery to quality improvement work. This combination allows us to advance orthopaedic care in ways that can further benefit children.”

Why We Stand Out

  • Our Crawford Spine Center assembles a world-class team of experts to diagnose and treat all pediatric spine conditions, including scoliosis and other spine deformities. We are experts in utilizing the MAGEC rod device to reduce the need for repeated scoliosis surgeries as well as providing Mehta casting for early onset scoliosis.
  • Our pediatric orthopaedic sports surgeons work closely with our nationally recognized Division of Sports Medicine to provide comprehensive care for athlete injuries.
  • Our expanding Hip Preservation Program provides comprehensive care for a wide array of hip complexities.
  • We use fully implantable devices at our Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center that eliminate the need for external fixation when helping children with limb deformities from birth or severe injury.
  • We provide one of the nation’s largest centers for treating brachial plexus injuries, which involve damage to a bundle of nerves in the neck and chest that control arm and hand movements.
  • Our state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory and cerebral palsy center help children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders maximize their mobility. In conjunction with our therapists, we focus on preventive and new minimally invasive procedures to avoid the need for surgery or decrease the impact of surgery, while also saving costs.
  • The impact from our published clinical research is one of the highest of any pediatric orthopaedic surgery program.
  • We are leaders in improving patient safety. We teach other hospitals about how we reduced surgical site infections to near zero. Also, our EOS X-ray system for spinal imaging reduces radiation exposure to children by 95 percent compared to standard CT scanning.

Our Scorecard

U.S. News & World Report scored our orthopaedics program on outcomes & experience; numbers of patients & procedures; key programs, services & staff; professional recognition; quality improvement efforts; and patient support. See Details