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Stephen A. Mendelson, MD

Job Title Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma, Benedum Trauma Center
Job Title Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5530 Phone
412-692-6088 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1989 University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


1994 Rush Presbyterian, St. Lukes Medical Center, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


1995 Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Interstate Orthopaedic Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Spina Bifida Association of Greater Pittsburgh
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Provost’s Scholar, University of Pittsburgh
  • University Scholar, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kraft Medical Fellowship in Nutrition, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Chief Administrative Resident, Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children Chicago Unit
  • Jorge O. Galante Award for Orthopedic Research, Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center
  • Honorary Chairman and Spokesperson, Tod Children’s Hospital “Light Up a Life” Campaign
  • Spinal Deformity Advancement Award, Spinal Deformity Education Group


  • E.J. Harris, J.V. Vanore, J.L. Thomas, S.R. Kravitz, S.A. Mendelson, R.W. Mendicino, S.H. Silvani. Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Flatfoot. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2004, volume 43:341.
  • R. S. Rohde, S. A. Mendelson, J.S. Grudziak. Acute Synovitis of the Knee Resulting From Intra-Articular Knee Penetration as a Complication of Flexible Intramedullary Nailing of the Pediatric Femur Fractures: Report of Two Cases. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2003, volume 23: 635
  • S. A. Mendelson, D. Musgrave. Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma: Principles in Management. Journal of Trauma Nursing, Volume 10, Number 2, 2003.

Research Interests

  • Pediatric trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle physiology

Biography Summary

Dr. Mendelson was raised in upstate New York. He first came to Pittsburgh in 1981 as an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mendelson was both a University Scholar and a Provost’s scholar. It was at the university where he met his wife Jill.

Dr. Mendelson completed his medical training and residency in Chicago. He then moved to Seattle for fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

After completing his education he became the first pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Youngstown, Ohio. As the Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Tod Children’s Hospital he developed a busy clinical practice.

In 1997, an opportunity to return to the University of Pittsburgh became available and Dr. Mendelson joined the staff at Children’s Hospital in August of that year.

Dr. Mendelson, his wife and their two children live in O’Hara Township. When not at work, Dr. Mendelson enjoys spending time with his children, as well as exercising and boating.

Clinical Specialties

  • Scoliosis and spinal deformity
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Neuromuscular disorders of the musculoskeletal system
  • Pediatric foot deformities
  • Pediatric hip deformities
  • General pediatric orthopaedics
Last Update
June 15, 2012
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Last Update
June 15, 2012