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Pediatric Orthopaedics

UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery | Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric Orthopaedics Program Approach

The UCLA and Orthopaedic Hospital pediatric orthopaedic program offers world-class care for children and young adults with congenital, developmental, neuromuscular and post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions. Our physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children. Our program is one of the busiest in the country with state-of-the-art care centers in Santa Monica, Westwood and downtown Los Angeles.

Comprehensive treatment is available for conditions in:

  • Arthrogryposis
  • Blount's disease
  • Bone tumors
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital limb deficiency and deformity
  • Fractures
  • Foot problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Sports injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Skeletal Dysplasia/Dwarfism
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spina bifida
UCLA pediatric orthopaedics

Our Physicians

Dr. Bowen examining pediatric patient

Anthony A. Scaduto, MD
Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Charles LeRoy Lowman Professor

William L. Oppenheim, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Director, Center for Cerebral Palsy

Jennifer Beck, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nicholas Bernthal, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Richard E. Bowen, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Mauricio Silva, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Lewis E. Zionts, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Affiliated Physicians and Team Members

Susan Bukata, MD Orthopaedic Oncology
Maria Bautista-Durand, NP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Benjamin Bengs MD Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Dysplasia
Angela Cha, NP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Francis Cyran MD Orthopaedic Oncology
Jeffrey Eckardt MD Orthopaedic Oncology
Joshua Goldman, MD Adolescent Sports Medicine
Barbara Habell, NP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Erica Hassan, MD Physiatry
Deborah Krakow, MD Musculoskeletal Genetics and Fetal Medicine
James V. Luck, Jr., MD Orthopaedic Oncology and Hemophilia
Lauren Nelson, NP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Marinda Tu, MD Pediatrics
Sean Warnock, NP Family Nurse Practitioner

Special Programs

Dr. Scaduto with pediatric patient

Spine Program
The spine program provides coordinated comprehensive care for children and adolescents with routine or complex spine disorders. Our expert team is known for its innovative treatment of scoliosis including less invasive thoracoscopic surgery, complex spine reshaping (osteotomies), and growth- and motion-sparing surgery including the VEPTR and vertebral body stapling techniques. Clinical studies to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes are ongoing and include research into reducing surgical blood loss, minimizing the effect of early surgery on height and lung development, and reducing pain after scoliosis surgery.

Center for Cerebral Palsy
Our nationally recognized multidisciplinary team includes specialists in physiatry, neurology, psychology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, orthotics, and nutrition with extensive experience in treating children and adults with cerebral palsy. Innovative treatment is available and research is ongoing in gait training with robotic assistance. There is also a highly productive Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory supported by numerous research and training grants.
http://www.uclaccp.org/ »

Comprehensive Hip Care Program
Whether the patient is a newborn or young adult, our physician team provides care for hip disorders utilizing the latest techniques. Complex femoral and pelvic osteotomies are performed routinely to address a variety of conditions including hip dysplasia, Perthes' disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and femoral-acetabular impingement.

Foot and Ankle Program
Headed by Dr. Lewis Zionts, the pediatric foot and ankle program is one of the few programs on the west coast recognized as a qualified provider of the Ponseti minimally-invasive method of clubfoot treatment. The team includes therapists, orthotist and cast technicians. Studies to improve outcomes through the use of synthetic casting materials and novel braces are underway.

Bone and Soft-tissue Tumor Program
Exceptional care is available for children with bone and soft-tissue tumors through the combined expertise and resources of UCLA and Orthopaedic Hospital. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Eckardt, UCLA's orthopaedic oncology program has been a pioneer in the development of limb-sparing surgical strategies. Established in 1962, Orthopaedic Hospital's oncology program was one of the first of its kind in the Western United States offering a multidisciplinary team approach with special expertise in tumors affecting infants, children and young adults.

Spina Bifida Program
Our multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic is a CCS-recognized treatment center and includes a pediatric orthopaedist, pediatric neurologist, pediatric urologist, pediatrician, physical and occupational therapists, pediatric nurse specialist, social worker, dietician and orthotist specializing in congenital disorders. Consultations are also available with audiologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists and genetic counselors.
http://www.ortho-institute.org/content/spina-bifida »

For over 35 years, the Hemophilia Treatment Center at Orthopaedic Hospital has pioneered the concept of providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach to the management of children and adults with bleeding disorders. In 1970, the Center was designated as an International Hemophilia Training Center by the World Federation of Hemophilia, one of the first four in the world. We are the largest adult (ages 14 +) hemophilia treatment center in Southern California.

Contact Us

Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Renee and Meyer Luskin Children's Clinic

1250 16th Street, Suite 2100B
Santa Monica, CA 90404

(424) 259-6593

Orthopaedic Institute for Children »
403 West Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 741-8330

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