Call Us: (314) 514-3500
PrintEmailBookmark and Share

Meet Our Clinicians


Top row, from left: Mark Miller, MD; Jeffrey Nepple, MD; Jennifer Ledbetter, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Lindley Wall, MD; Charles Goldfarb, MD, Chief of Service; Christi Abeln, MS, APRN, BC
Middle row, from left: Scott Luhmann, MD; Matthew Dobbs, MD; Terra Blatnik, MD; Catherine Dezort, MS, CPNP-PC
Front row, from left: J. Eric Gordon, MD; Perry Schoenecker, MD
Not pictured: Brian Kelly, MD; Pooya Hosseinzadeh, MD

Charles Goldfarb, MDCharles Goldfarb, MD, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery, Co-Chief of Hand and Wrist Service, Vice Chair of Pediatric and Adolescent Musculoskeletal Diseases
Dr. Goldfarb is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, the Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery, and the Co-Chief of Hand and Wrist Surgery. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery, Dr. Goldfarb graduated from Williams College and earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL in 1996. He served a residency in orthopedic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2001 and completed a fellowship in hand and wrist surgery at the University of Cincinnati/Hand Surgery Specialists in 2002. Dr. Goldfarb's clinical interests include surgery of the hand, wrist, and elbow, particularly pediatric orthopedic surgery focusing on congenital hand conditions, fractures, and reconstruction, as well as arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries and arthritic conditions of the elbow, wrist, and hand. Listed in America's Top Doctors since 2007, Dr. Goldfarb also specializes in minimally invasive treatment, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Learn more about Dr. Goldfarb.

Terra Blatnik, MD
Dr. Blatnik is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She specializes in both pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, and has clinical interests in the nonoperative treatment of all musculoskeletal sports-related conditions in the pediatric and adolescent patient, including overuse injuries, sports-related concussions, female athlete triad, shin splints, pain in the upper and lower extremity and fractures. Dr. Blatnik received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She then completed a Pediatric Residency and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Prior to arriving at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Blatnik served as a Pediatric Physician for Cleveland Clinic Children's in Cleveland, OH.  

 Matthew Dobbs, MDMatthew Dobbs, MD
Dr. Dobbs is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. A pediatric orthopedist specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Dobbs specializes in the treatment of pediatric spine and foot deformities and has been listed in Best Doctors in America. He is nationally recognized for his skill at treating all pediatric foot disorders, including the use of the Ponseti method of clubfoot correction, as well as for a minimally invasive approach toward the treatment of congenital vertical talus. Additional clinical interests include the surgical management of scoliosis, limb length discrepancies, and the treatment of pediatric orthopedic trauma. He and his team are actively searching for the genetic factors responsible for clubfoot and other musculoskeletal anomalies. Dr. Dobbs earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1995. Following a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, he completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

J. Eric Gordon, MDJ. Eric Gordon, MD
Specializing in pediatric orthopedics, Dr. Gordon is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He is particularly interested in children’s hip and lower extremity problems, including orthopedic leg deformities and the evaluation and treatment of limb length discrepancies. Additional clinical interests include hip congenital and developmental problems, Blount’s disease, and the treatment of complex pediatric fractures. Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree from the University of California in 1988. Following a residency in orthopaedic surgery in Omaha, NE, he completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. Dr. Gordon is listed in Best Doctors in America.

Pooya Hosseinzadeh, MD
Dr. Hosseinzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He has clinical interests in the evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular conditions in children. He specializes in the operative and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. Other clinical interests include hip dysplasia, general pediatric orthopedic surgery, lower extremity deformities, and traumatic injuries. Dr. Hosseinzadeh received his medical degree from Isfahan University of Medical Services in Isfahan, Iran. He did a residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, WV and completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky. Additionally, he completed a research fellowship at the University of California Irvine. 

Brian Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He specializes in the non-operative and surgical treatment of pediatric spinal deformities of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis), including congenital, neuromuscular, and early-onset scoliosis, and surgical treatment of the growing spine. His interests also include conditions of the pediatric hip, lower extremity and foot, as well as pediatric trauma. Dr. Kelly earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He did both a research fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Scott Luhmann, MD
Dr. Luhmann is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Luhmann’s clinical interests focus on reconstructive spine surgery to treat a wide range of pediatric spinal deformities, including scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis. He also specializes in spinal tumors, fractures, congenital and neuromuscular disorders and early-onset scoliosis. Dr. Luhmann earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis, MN in 1991. After serving a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Luhmann completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. He also completed an additional fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Mark Miller, MDMark Miller, MD
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric orthopedics, and has clinical interests in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric lower extremity problems about the hip, knee and foot/ankle, upper and lower extremity trauma, angulatory and rotational deformities of the lower extremities, limb length inequality and limb lengthening, circular external fixation, pediatric hip disorders, hip dysplasia in infants, adolescents and young adults, adolescent and young adult hip reconstruction, perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), congenital and developmental foot abnormalities, clubfoot-Ponseti method, flatfoot and cavus foot reconstruction, and neuromuscular problems in children. Dr. Miller received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He did his residency in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington, then completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Washington University School of Medicine.

Jeffrey Nepple, MD Jeffrey Nepple, MD
Dr. Nepple is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the Director of the Washington University and St. Louis Children's Young Athlete Center. He specializes in both pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, and has clinical interests in adolescent and young adult hip disorders, including femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears and slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) with a specific focus on minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for the treatment of hip disorders. Dr. Nepple also has clinical interests in pediatric and adolescent knee disorders, including osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, meniscal tears and patellar instability/dislocations. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He did a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, then went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Steadman Clinic/Steadman-Philippon Research Institute as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Washington University School of Medicine.

Perry Schoenecker, MDPerry Schoenecker, MD
A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Schoenecker specializes in pediatric orthopedics. A Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine/St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Schoenecker also serves as Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. A nationally recognized pediatric orthopedist, Dr. Schoenecker has been listed in Best Doctors in America. His clinical interests include hip deformity treatment and lower extremity problems of the knee, foot, and ankle. Dr. Schoenecker earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Lindley Wall, MD
Dr. Wall is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree and also completed her residency at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Wall then completed the Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship in Cincinnati, OH in addition to a Pediatric Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. Dr. Wall's sees both pediatric and adult patients, and her pediatric clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of congenital and upper extremity abnormalities, pediatric upper extremity trauma, and birth brachial plexus.

Christi Abeln, MS, APRN, BCChristi Abeln, MS, APRN, BC

Christi Abeln is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Washington University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include acute and chronic are of infants, children and adolescents with an emphasis on fracture care, spinal deformities and developmental concerns, including treatment of flat feet, in-toeing, knock knees, bow legs and torticollis. Christi received her Diploma in Nursing from the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in 1988. She then went on to receive both her bachelors of science in nursing in 1992 and masters of science in nursing and nurse practitioner degree in 1994. She is now a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Catherine Dezort, MS, CPNP-PC
Catherine Dezort is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Washington University School of Medicine. She has clinical interests in pediatric and adolescent fracture care, following normal developmental variations, sports injuries, spine deformities and developmental concerns, including the treatment of flat feet, in-toeing, knock knees, bow legs and torticollis. Catherine received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Marquette University, School of Nursing, then completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Nursing. Catherine has worked as a Registered Nurse in Children’s Memorial Hospital in numerous settings, including cardiology, pediatric surgery and procedural sedation. She then worked as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Epilepsy Center at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, before transitioning to Orthopedics at Washington University School of Medicine. 

Jennifer L. Ledbetter, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Jennifer Ledbetter is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Washington University School of Medicine. She has clinical interests in pediatric spine deformities including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, syndromic scoliosis, scheuermann’s kyphosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, infantile scoliosis, juvenile scoliosis, neurogenic scoliosis and Magec growing rods. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Drury University. She later went on to complete a degree in Nursing at Jewish Hospital College of Nursing, then a Masters of Science Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Maryville University. Prior to joining Washington University Orthopedics, Jennifer has worked in numerous settings including the operating room, plastic and reconstructive surgery, anesthesia and orthopedics, managing pre-and post-operative patient care.

Request an Appointment

* Patient's First Name
* Patient's Last Name
* Email Address
*Required Field

Services