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Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics is currently led by Dr. Robert D. Fitch (pictured left). 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. We provide surgical and non-surgical treatment 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.

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.

Our dedicated team of physicians and specialists understands the particular developmental needs of children and work together to ensure your child receives the comprehensive, individualized care they deserve. We encourage the involvement of families in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and recovery, answering any questions or addressing concerns you might have.

This expertise is complemented by a full range of associated resources, including physical therapy, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, and orthotic and prosthetic services. We also have clinical support services that enable us to provide 24-hour acute pediatric services, including:

  • Pain and sedation services
  • Surgical intensive care
  • Pediatric anesthesia
  • Rapid response teams
  • Genetic counseling and testing

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.

We treat pediatric patients with:

  • spine and hip disorders requiring surgery
  • clubfoot
  • trauma
  • scoliosis
  • myelodysplasia
  • cerebral palsy
  • amputations
  • limb deformity
  • sports injuries

We offer the following specialized treatments:

  • Ilizarov method for limb lengthening
  • Advanced techniques in scoliosis surgery
  • Ponseti method for clubfoot treatment

We invite you to learn more about our program by visiting: https://www.dukemedicine.org/treatments/orthopaedics

Ready for an appointment? Call today at: 855-855-6484