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For more than 90 years, we have partnered with Washington University School of Medicine to attract the top pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the nation and excel in our mission to provide the best care to children. As part of the international Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system, the St. Louis Shriners Hospital and its orthopaedic professionals are renowned for their excellent care.

We are a national and regional leader in pediatric orthopaedics, serving children throughout the country and the world in addition to our nine-state catchment area. We are co-listed as the 11th best pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine department of orthopaedics.

Not only will your child’s medical needs be met by our world-class, board-certified physicians, but we also have outstanding staff and programs to help meet their social and emotional needs through rehabilitative care, individualized care, activities and camps. Learn about some of the opportunities we offer to children with disabilities.

Orthopaedic conditions treated include:

Hand, arm and shoulder

  • Fingers: Syndactyly, macrodactyly, extra fingers, supernumary digits, webbed fingers, trigger finger
  • Hand problems: Radial club hand, congenital abnormalities, VATER syndrome, TAR syndrome (thrombocytopenia absent radius) and radial hypoplasia, amniotic band syndrome
  • Shoulder: Erb’s palsy (brachial plexus injury), Klumpke’s paralysis, birth-related shoulder trauma and dislocation

Read more about hand, arm and shoulder conditions.

Hip, knee and leg

  • Bowed legs: Idiopathic, Blount’s disease, rickets: nonnutritional and nutritional
  • Foot problems: Clubfoot, metatarsus adductus, bunions, vertical talus, cavus, cavovarus, pes planus – flat feet, tarsal coalition, toe-walking
  • Hip deformities: Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, congenital hip dislocation, developmental hip dysplasia
  • In-toeing gait: Femoral anteversion, tibial torsion
  • Knees: ACL, meniscus injury, arthroscopy, knock knees, Osgood-Schlatter disease, patellar instability
  • Limb length problems: Limb-lengthening, limb-shortening
  • Toes: Syndactyly, extra toes, supernumary digits, webbed toes

Read more about hip, knee and leg conditions.

Muscular/neuromuscular disorders

  • Cerebral palsy: Related orthopaedic conditions
  • Spina bifida: Related orthopaedic conditions, tethered spinal cord
  • Nerve, muscular and connective tissue disorders: Charcot-Marie-Tooth, dermatomyositis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, lupus, muscular dystrophy, scleroderma, spinal muscular atrophy, Marfans

Read more about muscular/neuromuscular disorders.


  • Neck: Torticollus
  • Spine: Scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, lordosis, Scheuermann’s disease

Read more about spine conditions.

Other orthopaedic conditions and diseases

  • Amputation: Absence of a bone or part of a limb, congenital (from birth) or acquired
  • Bone defects: Congenital, including psuedoarthrosis/tibia
  • Bone diseases: Genetic, metabolic bone diseases causing soft, dense or brittle bones, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, inherited rickets, and hypophosphatasia. See a comprehensive list of bone diseases we investigate and treat in our Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and Molecular Research
  • Chest: Pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum
  • Dwarfism: Skeletal dysplasia, achondroplasia
  • Fracture care: Nonemergent
  • Juvenile arthritis: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Orthopaedic oncology: Benign bone tumors, malignant bone tumors (osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma), benign and malignant soft tissue tumors and metastatic lesions to the bone (cancer that spreads to the bone from other parts of the body)
  • Sports medicine: Knee, shoulder, elbow
  • Stiff joints: Arthrogryposis
  • Trauma: Nonemergent follow-up, complications related to injury

Other conditions not listed above will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis with consideration given to the expert care provided by this and other Shriners Hospitals for Children. If, during the referral/inquiry process, our clinical team determines the patient’s needs would be best met at another Shriners Hospitals for Children, we will refer the patient to the appropriate hospital.

Read more about other orthopaedic conditions and diseases.

Collaborative approach to care

The specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis provide a comprehensive approach to meeting each child’s individual needs through expert evaluation and treatment. As a team working with parents, our goal is to restore each child physically, emotionally and socially. A team of professionals who coordinate the child’s treatment evaluates every child. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

The medical team

Scott Luhmann, M.D., Chief of Staff

Hand, arm and shoulder
Charles Goldfarb, M.D.
Lindley B. Wall, M.D.

Hip, knee and leg
John C. Clohisy, M.D.
J. Eric Gordon, M.D.
Mark Miller, M.D.
Jeffrey J. Nepple, M.D.
Perry Schoenecker, M.D.

Muscular/neuromuscular (cerebral palsy and spina bifida)
J. Eric Gordon, M.D.
Pooya Hosseinzadeh, M.D.

Neurological Surgery
David D. Limbrick, M.D.
Sean McEvoy, M.D.
Jennifer Strahle, M.D.

Munish C. Gupta, M.D.
Brian Kelly, M.D.
Michael Kelly, M.D.
Scott J. Luhmann, M.D.

Other orthopaedic conditions and diseases
Kevin Baszis, M.D.
Gary Gottesman, M.D.
Martin S. Keller, M.D.
Douglas McDonald, M.D.
Andrew J. White, M.D.
Michael P. Whyte, M.D.