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Rady Children’s Announces Christopher Souder, MD, as Rady Children’s Hospital Chief of Orthopedic Trauma Service and Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — July 1, 2024Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, one of the nation’s top pediatric health care systems, and the University of California San Diego are pleased to announce Christopher Souder, MD, has joined as the Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Rady Children’s Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Christopher Souder, MD

In this role, Dr. Souder will augment the work accomplished by Rady Children’s top-ranked pediatric orthopedics program, working to expand its groundbreaking limb lengthening and complex limb reconstruction surgeries. Dr. Souder’s background involves advanced surgical methods that include internal and external fixation options to reconstruct congenital and traumatic limb deformities. A prolific researcher, Dr. Souder has presented his findings nationally and internationally.

“Dr. Souder has quickly made his mark in pediatric orthopedic surgery and trauma,” said Maya Pring, MD, Surgery Department Chair and Senior Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Rady Children’s and Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “He not only understands the fast-paced evolution of this field but will further position us to succeed from a technical and leadership perspective.”

“Dr. Souder is a world-class surgeon and his commitment to advocacy and academics makes him the perfect fit to lead our doctors both in surgery and the classroom,” says Peter Newton, MD, chief of the Division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis, surgeon-in-chief at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Pediatric orthopedic surgery is rapidly advancing, providing new treatment avenues for patients with fractures, traumatic injuries, and conditions such as limb deformities. At Rady Children’s, an integrated team of specialists delivers cutting-edge and vital surgeries such as limb lengthening and reconstruction, greatly improving recovery timelines and quality of life for patients and families.

“The chance to join Rady Children’s and UC San Diego is an unmissable opportunity,” said Dr. Souder. “Children with orthopedic trauma and congenital conditions deserve to live a life filled with physical activity, and I’m passionate about helping them to do so. The team at Rady Children’s shares this passion and is committed to ensuring their patients and their families thrive. I couldn’t be more excited to help patients in San Diego County while furthering the work I first started during my fellowship training at Rady Children’s years ago.”

Dr. Souder completed his orthopedic surgery fellowship at Rady Children’s and his internship and orthopedic surgery residency training at Scott & White Memorial Hospital/Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University and his medical degree at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Ranked as one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 2023-2024, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego includes a 511-bed pediatric hospital that serves as the largest provider of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. With more than 40 locations, Rady Children’s is the only health system in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric health care and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission.

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Carlos Delgado
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