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Christi Abeln, MS, APRN, BC
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner,
Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Specialty
Pediatric Orthopedics

Clinical Interests
Christi joined the Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery Department in 2004 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to working at Washington University Orthopedics, Christi worked as an RN in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department. After obtaining her degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she then worked for 10 years in a primary care setting before transitioning to Orthopedics. She sees patients in an outpatient setting, and has special interests in the acute and chronic care 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. She also has an interest in precepting for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students. Christi is recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the MO State Board of Nursing.


  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, Masters of Science in Nursing 1995
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1995
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1992
  • RN Diploma in Nursing, Missouri Baptist School of Nursing 1988

Professional Organizations

  • Chair of APN Council for Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners
  • St. Louis Area Pediatric Practitioners
  • Missouri Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America


  • Excellence in Nursing Award Finalist, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
  • University of Missouri Alumni Association


  • PNP Conference, Orthopedic Injuries: Physeal and Avulsion Fractures 2013
  • NAON - Common Orthopedic Problems in Primary Care, October 2010
  • PNP Conference, Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Spinal Deformities and Treatments, November 2010
  • ER-PNP’s - How to Examine Common Orthopedic Injuries, November 2010

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Christi Abeln, MS, APRN, BC