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The nationally ranked Orthopedics & Scoliosis Center of Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego focuses on the unique musculoskeletal needs of growing children and adolescents. Expert care is provided by the Division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego. Our renowned pediatric orthopedic specialists treat the full range of orthopedic disorders and conditions, including traumatic injuries.

Orthopedic surgeon Salil Upasani, M.D., (pictured right) watched former patient Keane Hayes throw out the first pitch at the Padres game on July 2, 2019. Dr. Upasani was part of the surgical team that operated on Keane, who was attacked by a shark and had multiple injuries. Read Keane’s incredible story in the Summer issue of Healthy Kids magazine.

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At our state-of-the-art facility, all orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine services are in one central location, under one roof: the 20,000-square-foot space houses 34 exam rooms, two cast rooms, kid-friendly X-ray suites, the groundbreaking EOS orthopedic imaging system, which provides significantly less radiation exposure than standard X-rays, a rehabilitation assessment room and a spacious reception area.

As part of our comprehensive services, we offer various specialty programs and clinics, including the Spine Center, International Center for Hip Disorders, Cerebral Palsy Center and 360 Sports Medicine. For our full list of clinics and programs, click here.

Our center is also a leader in innovative and cutting-edge research. Research investigating common congenital deformities of the spine and complex joints — while exploring novel methods of fracture fixation and surgical correction — occurs at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center. Clinical studies are conducted on site at our Clinical Research Centers.

Center Achievements:

  • Peter Newton, M.D., Andrew Pennock, M.D., and Eric Edmonds, M.D., won the following 2021 Pediatric Society of North America Awards: Dr. Newton: Presidential Guest Speaker; Dr. Pennock: Best Clinical Paper; Dr. Edmonds: Arthur H. Huene Award. Drs. Edmonds and Pennock were also part of the group that won Best Trauma Paper.
  • Peter Newton, M.D. and colleagues received the prestigious Thomas E. Whitecloud Award at the Scoliosis Research Society’s 28th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques  for their abstract “The Harms Study Group Retrospective Comparison Study on Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering (AVBT) versus Posterior Spinal Fusion (PSF) for Primary Thoracic Curves.”
  • Scott Mubarak, M.D., received the 2020 Nicolas Andry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. The award recognizes Dr. Mubarak and Alan Hargens, Ph.D, director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Physiology Lab at UC San Diego, for their research on pressure measurement using the wick catheter, which has important clinical applications in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic compartment syndromes.
  • Burt Yaszay, M.D., and a team of researchers (including Tracey P. Bastrom, M.A., Salil Upasani, M.D., and Peter Newton, M.D.) received the 2018 Russell A. Hibbs Best Clinical Research Paper Award from the Scoliosis Research Society. Learn more.
  • Peter Newton, M.D., is the current president (2018-19) of the Scoliosis Research Society.
  • Kathleen Rickert, M.D., and Division members received the award for best video presentation at the 2018 annual AAOS meeting.
  • Dennis Wenger, M.D., and Division members are the editors of the 4th edition of “Rang’s Children’s Fractures.” 
  • Peter Newton, M.D., is a recipient of the Scoliosis Research Society’s 2017 Whitecloud Award. He received the clinical award for his paper “Two-Year Outcomes of Spinal Growth Tethering vs. Posterior Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis Flexibility vs. Reliability.”
  • Rady Children’s Hospital Gains in National Rankings, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features  Peter Newton, M.D.
  • Dennis Wenger, M.D., is the recipient of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award, given to a surgeon who has made important contributions to the field of children’s orthopedics.
  • Salil Upasani, M.D., is the recipient of the POSNA 2016 St. Giles Young Investigator Award, given to a leading young researcher in the field of pediatric orthopedics.
  • The Center is a leader in spinal growth tethering surgery, a new procedure to correct scoliosis.
  • The Center was first in the nation to implant magnetic growing rods in scoliosis patients. Read the news release and story in U-T San Diego.
  • The Center was the first pediatric program in the nation to install a groundbreaking orthopedic imaging system that provides significantly less radiation exposure than standard X-rays. Learn about the EOS Orthopedic Imaging System.

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