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Helping children, inspiring women

Q & A with Corinna Franklin, M.D.

Helping children, inspiring women

Corinna Franklin, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia. After receiving an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard College, she earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Franklin completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Southern California and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Franklin is devoted to her patients; she focuses her practice on sports medicine, cerebral palsy, limb differences, prosthetics and more. She has created a comprehensive program for female athletes called FIERCE. She has a passion for keeping athletes on the field and returning from injury as safely as possible. In addition to her practice, she is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, where she is the chair of the Public Education and Media Relations Committee, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society. She is also on the board of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

We recently spent some time with Dr. Franklin to learn more about her.

Why did you choose to go into medicine?

I was attracted to the idea of being able to provide an essential service while also being consistently intellectually challenged. Specifically, I chose surgery because I like working with my hands, thinking on my feet and immediacy. I decided to focus on orthopaedics because I find issues with the musculoskeletal system most interesting.

Why did you choose pediatrics?

I chose pediatric orthopaedics because, fundamentally, children just want to get better. They have enormous potential to do so and are delightful and surprising at every turn. It’s a privilege to get to be involved in the lives of children in what is often a profound way, and to watch patients grow and evolve into young adults.

What is the best part about working at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia?

The best part is being able to care for the broad variety of patients we see without regard for whether they can pay.

What inspires you each day?

I am inspired by the endless potential of pediatric patients to get better and the hope that I can help them do so.

What is your most memorable experience in your career thus far?

My most memorable experience so far was seeing one of my patients, Festus, walk into the clinic when he had never walked before.

How does it feel to be one of few females working in such a male-dominated field?

It feels as though I have a responsibility to be a good role model for young female surgeons and students, and to be an advocate for women’s and girls’ orthopaedic issues.

What advice would you share with young females aspiring to become physicians and/or surgeons?

Don’t let anyone limit your choices based on your gender. Know that you can hold your own, and cultivate relationships with other women in your field so you can advocate for and support each other.

Doctor Franklin in surgery