Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship

Positions: 2 annually

  • Length: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)
  • Each fellow will spend approximately ½ time at each facility (St. Louis Children's Hospital and St. Louis Shriners Hospital) in 2-3 month blocks.
  • Annual stipend will be at the Washington University PGY-6 compensation level.
  • Fellows will be members of the Washington University Department of Orthopaedics at the Instructor level.
  • Each fellow is an integral part of the overall care at each facility (SLCH and SHC) and functions in the role of a junior attending.  The level of activity is commensurate with the level of training and demonstrated ability.

Goals of the Fellowship

  • To provide a comprehensive, advanced surgical and nonsurgical training in pediatric orthopaedics for orthopaedic surgeons planning to specialize in pediatric orthopaedics.
  • To enrich the educational experience of the orthopaedic surgery residents and medical students at both hospitals.
  • To enhance and contribute to the delivery of world-class musculoskeletal care to the patients at both institutions.
  • To contribute to the aim of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in developing top-notch pediatric orthopaedic surgeons to continue its mission in the care of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions worldwide.
  • To develop clinician scientists who can contribute to the advancement of pediatric orthopaedic knowledge through clinical, translational and basic science research.


Washington University Medical Center

St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH)
One Children's Place, Suite 1B
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 514-3500
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  • Level 1 pediatric trauma center (American College of Surgeons – ACS)
  • Regional tertiary-care pediatric referral hospital to Missouri and Southern Illinois
  • 24 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • 75 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • SLCH is currently undergoing a 214,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, 12-story tower expansion onto its existing building.  Expanded services include: diagnostic and outpatient clinic space, 96 pediatric beds, and 22 additional NICU beds.
  • Approximately 2100 orthopaedic operative procedures annually
  • 16900 annual orthopaedic clinic visits

Shriners Hospital for Children – St. Louis (SHC)
4400 Clayton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 432-3600
Applications Contact: Karen Brindell, BSN, RN
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  • This is a brand-new full-service pediatric orthopaedic hospital which opened June 2015 on the Washington University Medical Campus.
  • Approximately 1000 operative procedures annually
  • 9117 annual clinic visits

St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center (CSCC)
13001 North Outer Forty Rd., Suite 1C
Town and Country, MO 63017
(314) 514-3500
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A St. Louis Children’s Hospital outpatient surgery and clinic facility in west county St. Louis, opened June 2015.

Core Faculty: providers care at all three facilities (SLCH, SHC, and CSCC)

Breadth of Care/Experience (partial list):

  • Spinal disorders: idiopathic scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, spinal column tumors, neuromuscular and syndromic spinal deformities, early-onset scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, thoracic insufficiency syndrome
  • Sports injuries: ligament, cartilage and meniscal injuries, peri-articular fractures, hip arthroscopy and reconstruction
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP): hip instability, lower extremity deformity, contractures and instability
  • Hip disorders: developmental and neuromuscular hip dislocations/instability, peri-articular hip osteotomies, surgical hip dislocations
  • Foot and ankle: clubfoot, congenital vertical talus, cavovarus foot deformity, coalitions, bunions
  • Limb deformity: limb-lengthy inequality, growth modulation, 3-dimensional osteotomies
  • Trauma
  • Tumors: benign and malignant
  • Hand



Professor Reinhold Ganz and Fellow Lisa Berglund (left) and Fellow T.R. Lewis (right).

  • Weekly Fellows’ conference by the attending staff, over the entire field of pediatric orthopaedics during the fellowship year.
  • Fellows will attend the IPOS (International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposia) in December or the POSNA annual meeting in April/May.
  • International experience: opportunities exist for international volunteer experiences.
  • Journal clubs are held approximately every other month.  These help hone critical analysis skills about study design, data interpretation and clinical impact.
  • Specialization/Emphasis: during the last 3 months of fellowship the clinical and surgical focus of the experience can be honed towards one or more specific topics (spine, hip, CP, etc.).  This enables the fellow to gain additional expertise as they feel necessary.
  • There are 1-2 visiting professorships annually focused on pediatric orthopaedics. Distinguished professors from around the world have participated.
  • There is a weekly indications/safety conference focusing on surgical cases, preoperatively and postoperatively. Cases are reviewed with attending staff, orthopaedic residents, nurse practitioners, research coordinators, office staff, etc. in a highly interactive educational conference.
  • There are also orthopaedic departmental conferences on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


  • Each fellow is expected to produce one published/presentable project during the fellowship year.
  • Research projects can be one of the fellow’s own hypothesis or can be one of the attendings staff’s projects.
  • Both SLCH and SHC have dedicated Research Coordinators, which will assist in all research projects and can help in all phases of the research process.
  • Statistical analysis can be completed with assistance of the Division of Biostatistics.

Trauma Experience

  • Each fellow will participate in trauma call during the fellowship year and typically consists of 1 weekend/month.
  • On-call responsibilities will be shared with the senior Washington University orthopaedic residents.
  • SLCH is a level 1 pediatric trauma facility (ACS) and is only 1 of 2 in the St. Louis region.
  • The SLCH Emergency Department has over 52,000 visits annually.
  • There is sufficient number, and acuity, of orthopaedic trauma cases annually to provide a wide and deep experience in managing pediatric musculoskeletal injuries.

Recent Past Fellows


  • James Gregory, MD, The Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical center, Oklahoma, OK
  • Adrian Lewis, DO, Promedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH


  • Mark Miller, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Jeffrey Nepple, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


  • Sekinat McCormick, MD, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX


  • M. Rashad Booker, MD, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver, CO


  • Lisa Bergland, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, KS


  • T.R. Lewis, MD, The Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK


For academic year 2018/19, the fellowship is participating in the Pediatric Fellowship Match administered by SF Match (  Simply complete the on-line registration, utilizing the Central Application Service (mandatory for applicants and programs), and provide the required documents as posted.  The fellowship application deadline is December 1, 2016. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the fellowship director. Early applications are encouraged. Orthopaedic residents in their PGY-4 year (in most cases) are encouraged to apply. The fellow must have completed his/her orthopaedic training. The fellow is a member of the orthopaedic surgery faculty at Washington University School of Medicine with an appointment as an Instructor. All fellows within orthopaedic surgery must be eligible for work within the United States as well as a permanent Missouri medical license, BNDD and DEA. For questions regarding eligibility for a permanent Missouri medical license, please contact the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts at (573) 751-0098 ( prior to applying.

For more information on the fellowship, please contact (via e-mail preferred):
Karen Addison
Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship Coordinator
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place
Suite 4 South 60
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 747-4705
Fax: (314) 454-4562











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