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Welcome to pediatric orthopaedics at the Chicago Shriners Hospital

The pediatric orthopaedic surgery service at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago includes board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons from the faculty of first-class teaching institutions in the Chicagoland area who specialize in the following areas:

  • General pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Complex spine surgery
  • Upper extremity and hand surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Rheumatology

Management of orthopaedic conditions

We provide surgical and non-surgical management of pediatric orthopaedic conditions with state of the art techniques. In addition to orthopaedic care for stable fractures in children, we provide specialized multidisciplinary teams for rare orthopaedic conditions.

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Collaborative approach to care

Our Chicago pediatric orthopaedic staff works collaboratively with primary care physicians, parents and the patient to develop comprehensive treatment plans that meet the individual needs of each patient. Through innovative pediatric care, we instill confidence and teach patients that there are no limits to what they can do. Regardless of your child’s medical condition or needs, you can expect to benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the needs of your child. Our hospital helps ensure patients receive an optimal outcome by providing all aspects of inpatient and outpatient pediatric orthopaedic care including surgery, on-site rehabilitation, treatment and psychological support.

Orthopaedic surgical procedures include:

  • General pediatric orthopaedic procedures
  • Clubfoot surgery
  • Hand and upper-extremity reconstructive surgery
  • Hip reconstructive surgery
  • Limb lengthening
  • Neurosurgical procedures
  • Reconstructive surgery to improve gait
  • Spinal deformity surgery
  • Stable fractures

Orthopaedic conditions treated include:

Hand and upper-extremity conditions

  • Arthrogryposis contractures
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Constriction band syndrome
  • Polydactyly, syndactyly
  • T.A.R. syndrome
  • Ulnar/radial deficiencies

Lower-extremity conditions

  • Femoral-acetabular impingement (surgical hip dislocation)
  • Hip dysplasia/dislocation, DDH
  • Perthes
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)

Knee conditions

  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL), meniscus injury, discoid meniscus
  • Blount’s disease, bowed legs, knock knees
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesion
  • Patella-femoral instability

Foot conditions

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, cavovarus foot deformity
  • Cleft foot, polydactyly
  • Clubfoot (Ponseti casting)
  • Flatfoot
  • In-toeing/out-toeing
  • Tarsal coalition
  • Toe-walking
  • Vertical talus

Spinal deformity and neurosurgery

  • Infantile scoliosis, syndromic scoliosis
  • Juvenile/adolescent idiopathic, neuromuscular and congenital scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis, kyphosis
  • Skeletal dysplasias

Spinal cord injury (SCI)

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered cord, syrinx
  • Traumatic SCI

Limb length discrepancy

  • Congenital, acquired conditions
  • Dwarfism
  • Hemihypertrophy/hemiatrophy

Benign bone tumors

  • Exostosis
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Ollier disease
  • Osteiod osteoma, osteoblastoma
  • Simple-unicameral bone cyst

Skeletal dysplasia

  • Achondroplasia, pseudoachondroplasia, spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia

Neurologic conditions

  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Congenital neuromuscular disorders
  • Microcephaly
  • Transverse myelitis

Cerebral palsy

  • Contractures, hip dysplasia, scoliosis
  • Gait disturbances, gait analysis

Spina bifida

Muscular dystrophy (MD)

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Osteogenesis imperfecta

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis




Orthopaedic syndromes and diseases treated include:

  • DiGeroge syndrome
  • Diastrophic dysplasia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fascioscapulohumeral dystrophy
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Freeman-Sheldon syndrome
  • Gaucher disease (orthopaedic and hip problems associated with this disease only)
  • Goldenhar syndrome (hemifacial microsomia)
  • Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome
  • Klipple-Feil syndrome
  • Larsen syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mobius syndrome
  • Nail-Patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis-tibial pseudoarthrosis
  • Poland syndrome
  • Polymyositis
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • Schwartz-Jampel syndrome
  • Stickler syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Werding-Hoffmann disease
  • Williams syndrome

The medical team

Orthopaedic Surgery
Jeffrey Ackman, M.D.
Haluk Altiok, M.D.
Peter Smith, M.D.
Kelsey Elaine Davidson, M.D.

Spine Surgery
Kim Hammerberg, M.D., Chief, Spine Surgery
Purnendu Gupta, M.D., Chief of Staff
Michal Szczodry, M.D.

Hand Surgery
Michael S. Bednar, M.D.
Felicity G.L. Fishman, M.D.

Marianne Larsen, M.D.
Kenneth Silver, M.D.

Arthur DiPatri, M.D
Tadanori Tomita, M.D.

Linda Wagner-Weiner, M.D.
Melissa R. Tesher, M.D.

Physician Assistants
Katie Aukstik, PA-C
Allison R. Ragins, PA-C
Katrina Vogel, PA-C

Nurse Practitioners
Elana Blivaiss, MSN, APN, CPNP
Consuelo Fuentes, MSN, APN, CPNP, CRRN, WCC
Molly J. Grant, MSN, APN, CPNP
Ashley A. Wilkens RN, APN, FNP-BC

To make an orthopaedic appointment:

New patients:
773-385-KIDS (5437)

Current patients: