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Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

For children from birth to early adulthood, the pediatric orthopaedic physicians and specialists at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center provide the highest quality treatment and care for a broad spectrum of congenital, developmental and traumatic disorders affecting bones, soft tissues, joints and the neuromuscular system

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics is currently led by Dr. Robert D. Fitch.  The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics is highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report, and  we are nationally recognized for our surgical and non-surgical treatment for even the most complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions. 

We encourage the involvement of families in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and recovery, answering any questions or addressing concerns you might have. We understand that your goal is to obtain the best care for your child—our goal is to guarantee that your child receives that care.


Duke Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics Team 

The orthopaedics team at Duke Children’s is nationally recognized and highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals for our quality of care and excellence in clinical services and outcomes in orthopedics. Because of our national reputation, many of our patients and their families travel from around the state and neighboring regions to receive treatment.

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The Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship is in cooperation with UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.  Fellows will complete a six-month rotation at each hospital, providing them experience to a broader range of clinical experience and hospital practices. Together, we perform roughly 2,000 procedures every year and cover all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics including: spine, hip, sports, trauma, complex deformity, and tumor. 

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Patient Care

Our dedicated team of physicians and specialists understand the particular developmental needs of children and work together to ensure your child receives the comprehensive, individualized care they deserve. We provide surgical and non-surgical treatments for conditions such as scoliosis, club foot, leg length differences, orthopaedic tumors, fractures and cerebral palsy. We also provide a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. In addition to being safer, our use of lower-dose radiation x-rays for scoliosis, the EOS system—which takes front and side views at the same time—gives our physicians a better view of the spine.

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