Blake K. Montgomery, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Montgomery specializes in pediatric and adolescent orthopedic spine surgery. He has special expertise in treating spine curvatures, such as idiopathic, congenital, neuromuscular, early-onset and syndromic scoliosis, birth defects such as spina bifida, vertebral anomalies, spinal fractures, disorders of the cervical spine, skeletal dysplasia, metabolic disorders, spine tumors and disc herniations.

Following his pediatric orthopedic fellowship, Dr. Montgomery travelled to Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, for a pediatric spine fellowship. He is one of only a few surgeons in the world who has completed a fellowship dedicated to treating complex pediatric spine conditions. 

Dr. Montgomery's goal is to provide compassionate, patient-directed care with shared decision making and open communication. His priority as a pediatric spine surgeon is to listen and provide up-to-date, evidence based, personalized medical advice, and he strives to help children and adolescent patients attain a balanced, functional spine that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Achondroplasia
  • Disc herniations
  • Disorders of the cervical spine
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Pediatric spinal deformities, including:
    • Scoliosis (idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, early-onset scoliosis, syndromic scoliosis)
    • Kyphosis
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Torticollis
  • Vertebral anomalies

Common Procedures

  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Growing rods (traditional and magnetic)
  • Halo
  • Hemivertebrae excision
  • Lumbar interbody fusion
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Navigation-guided spine surgery
  • Revision spinal surgery
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion (including occiput, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and pelvic regions)
  • Spine cast
  • Spine osteotomy
  • Technology-enhanced spine surgery
  • Thoracoscopic spine surgery
  • Vertebral growth modulation

Clinical Office Locations

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital for Children - St. Louis

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

View Dr. Montgomery's complete list of publications on PubMed.

Research Interests

Dr. Montgomery's research interests include adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, kyphosis, early-onset scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, syndromic scoliosis, achondroplasia, spina bifida, vertebral anomalies, spine fractures, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, disorders of the cervical spine, torticollis, skeletal dysplasia, metabolic disorders, neurofibromatosis and spine tumors.


Dr. Montgomery earned a medical degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO, and then completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics from Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. Additionally, he completed a pediatric spine fellowship from Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Montgomery is one of only a few of surgeons in the world who has completed a year-long fellowship dedicated to complex pediatric spine conditions.

Board Certifications

  • Board-eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Medical Degree

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery, Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program Research Fellowship

Honors and Awards

  • AAOS Video Award Recipient for creation of surgical technique video “Elongation, Derotation, Flexion Cast on Jackson Table”, March 2020
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, May 2015
  • Gold Humanism National Honor Society, December 2015 - Present
  • Farley Award in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Selected by Harvard orthopaedic surgery residents as top pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellow mentor, December 2021
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation/J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society Research Grant, July 2019
  • Robert R. Slater Jr. MD Orthopaedic Travel Grant, August 2018
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, May 2016
  • Sarah Morrison Research Grant, August 2012

Professional Societies and Organizations

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS)

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