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Pediatric Orthopedics

Whether a child has a congenital deformity of the spine, hip, hand, leg or foot, or experiences a traumatic bone or muscle injury, the pediatric orthopedic specialists at Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis are among the best in the country. With offices at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top 10 pediatric orthopedic centers in the United States, and at our Chesterfield outpatient orthopedic facility, we are able to provide easy access to pediatric orthopedic services for our patients. Washington University pediatric orthopedic surgeons also see patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in St Louis.

For more information on our services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, please contact Kim Cordia, Nurse Manager, at (314) 454-5221 or via email at

Many of our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are listed among the best doctors in the country and are widely recognized for pioneering surgeries and innovative, conservative approaches to a wide variety of orthopedic problems in children and adolescents.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Fractures/trauma of the elbow, femur and knee
  • Nerve, tendon and vessel injuries
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports injuries
  • Spine injuries and deformities
  • Pediatric foot deformities, including clubfoot and vertical talus
  • Adolescent hip deformities
  • Lower extremity deformities
  • Hand and wrist deformities/injuries
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Benign and malignant tumors
  • Blount's disease
  • Bone, joint and muscle infections*

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Patient Education

Crutch Training

Hip Education

Knee Education Overview

Limb Length Discrepancy

Spine Education

Orthopedics/Infectious Diseases Clinic

Pediatric Orthopedics

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Pediatric Physicians Include:

Matthew Dobbs, MD
J. Eric Gordon, MD
Scott Luhmann, MD
Mark Miller, MD
Jeffrey Nepple, MD
Perry Schoenecker, MD

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner:

Christi Abeln, APRN, MSN, BCPNP

Pediatric Hand & Upper Extremity Physicians:

Charles Goldfarb, MD
Lindley Wall, MD

Pediatric Musculoskeletal Oncology Physicians:

Cara Cipriano, MD
Douglas McDonald, MD, MS

Pediatric Spine Physicians:

Keith Bridwell, MD
Michael Kelly, MD
Ronald Lehman, MD
Lawrence Lenke, MD
Scott Luhmann, MD

Pediatric sports medicine physicians: 

Mark Halstead, MD
Jeffrey Nepple, MD