At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston, we know that children have different needs than adults. Their young bodies are still in the process of maturing so they require unique, specialized care. Our team in Houston has the expertise and resources to focus on individual conditions in the growing child to provide skilled and personalized non-operative and operative treatment. In orthopaedics, we have surgeons dedicated to the care of children with complex musculoskeletal conditions, involving the upper extremities, lower extremities and spine. Our expert team treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions from simple fractures to the most complicated congenital anomalies and deformities.
Specialists with pediatric expertise in the following fields support our team of orthopaedic surgeons in the comprehensive care management of patients’ underlying orthopaedic problems:
The Houston Shriners Hospital has outstanding physical and occupational therapy and orthotics and prosthetics departments. Our nationally recognized, state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory rounds out the care we provide to our orthopaedic patients.
Our treatments and innovations have evolved over the past 90 years, but our philosophy has never changed – to provide the best orthopaedic care and patient service possible in order to improve the quality of life for our patients. As a team working with parents, our goal is to assist each child physically, emotionally and socially. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. We are committed to supporting children and their families every step of the way.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston hand and upper extremity program provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of complex hand and upper limb conditions (shoulder, arm, elbow and wrist).
We provide multidisciplinary care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for conditions, which include:
In the upper extremity clinic, we deliver care in a compassionate, reassuring environment considering the needs of the child and family as a whole. We strive to help children with upper limb conditions become active, independent individuals.
Learn more about the hand and upper extremity program.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and non-operative and operative management for infants, children and adolescents with complex disorders of the lower extremities. No matter the cause of a lower extremity condition, our goal is to provide comprehensive care that improves all aspects of life.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers an extensive spinal deformity program. Treatment for a spinal condition, including scoliosis, varies depending on the cause of the disorder and progression of the spinal curve.
The medical staff includes two orthopaedic surgeons; highly skilled and highly trained in spinal deformities. They are from the faculty of first-class teaching institutions in the Texas Medical Center. They specialize in procedures including:
Scoliosis and spine care conditions treated include:
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston offers treatment for all orthopaedic injuries in athletes up to 18 years of age. Specialists are available for consultation in the following areas:
Services provided by our hospital’s sports medicine program include:
Other conditions not listed above are considered on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to the expert care provided by this and other Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.
We understand that each child is special and we care for each accordingly. For every patient, our physicians aim to improve the body or limb's appearance and function, including alignment, strength and range of motion, with as little pain as possible. Highly individualized treatment plans consider the child's age, specific disorder and growth potential and patterns – both now and in the future. We combine compassionate care with conservative treatment, standard surgical procedures and cutting-edge technologies.
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Lower Extremities
Douglas Barnes, M.D., Chief of Staff
Allison Scott, M.D.
Lindsay Stephenson, M.D.
Scott Rosenfeld, M.D.
Hand and Upper Extremities
Gloria Gogola, M.D.
Charlotte Alexander, M.D.
Courtney Amor, M.D.
Idris Gharbaoui, M.D.
Courtney Amor, M.D.
Scoliosis and Spine
Rex Marco, M.D.
Darrell Hanson, M.D.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta/Brittle Bone Disease
Tom Parr, M.D.
Mary Ruppe, M.D.
Byron York, M.D.
Thoracic/Chest Wall Deformities
Laurens Pickard, M.D.