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MD, Karola Marcinkowskiego University of Medical Sciences Poznan, Poland PhD, Karola Marcinkowskiego University of Medical Sciences Poznan, Poland
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA Karola Marcinkowskiego University of Medical Sciences Poznan, Poland
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Jan S. Grudziak, MD, PhD, was born and raised in Poland. He completed his pre-med undergraduate education, as well as medical graduate school, at the K. Marcinkowski University School of Medicine in Poznan, Poland. At the medical school he met his wife, Aleksandra. After completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery and trauma, he took a position equal to assistant professor at the Department of Pediatric Orthopedics at his alma mater. His special interests included congenital hip and foot deformations, adolescent scoliosis, and adolescent and pediatric sports medicine. In 1991, he finished and defended his PhD thesis about genetic, demographic and treatment variables influencing the final treatment outcome of congenital clubfeet. His PhD thesis was ranked nationally by the Polish Ministry of Health as one of the best five PhD theses in Medical Sciences in the years 1991–1993.
After four years in academic practice in Poznan, Dr. Grudziak and his wife came to Pittsburgh to participate in research projects at the University of Pittsburgh. He spent four years at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a member of the active provisional staff. In 1993 he passed all required medical exams in order to be licensed in the United States and, in 1994, he completed his Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Together with Dr. W. Timothy Ward, Dr. Grudziak has popularized a unique surgical approach to the treatment of the dysplastic hip—the Dega transiliac osteotomy—a method he learned and had used in Poland for the treatment of congenital hip dysplasia. The doctors’ videotape program, Dega’s Approach to the Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, won an award at the 62nd Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and this operative technique has become one of the standard procedures in the treatment of the dysplastic hip. Pittsburgh’s experience with the Dega osteotomy will be published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Dr. Grudziak repeated his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, making him board eligible by the standards of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In early July 2000, Dr. Grudziak rejoined the Pediatric Division of the Department of Orthopedics, University of Pittsburgh, as a faculty member.
Dr. Grudziak and his wife, herself a physician specializing in pediatrics, live in O’Hara Township. They have two daughters. In his free time, Dr. Grudziak enjoys extreme skiing, volleyball, soccer, tennis and improving his computer skills.
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Total Comments: 181
Dr. Grudziak provided my daughter with the most excellent care possible.
He was the best doctor we have been to and very understanding
The doctor was extremely nice and explained things very well.
the doctor is very up front and honest and to the point. makes sure you understand everything at every appointment.
Dr. Grudziak is fantastic! I would highly recommend him!
really appreciate the care my daughter receives with Dr. Grudziak and at Children's Hospital
professional, punctuatal, and answered all questions without making us feel rushed.
made sure we knew all the options that we had concerning our child's care. was very thorough in explaining answers to our questions
This was our final discharge appointment after 2 years of an ACL tear and surgical repair for my now 18 year old son. From day 1 we both loved Dr. Grudziak. He was funny, kind, knowledgeable and engaging. He was also very good at explaining every step of the process. After surgery, therapy and plenty of appointments we are finally done and healed thanks to him. We are forever grateful for having him been our doctor throughout this process.
Dr. Grudziak was very thorough. His instruction were quite clear. He always makes my daughter feel comfortable asking questions.
everyone was extremely nice and got things done in a timely manner .
Seen quickly and received a phone call next day as promised. Surgery scheduled within 6 days of the appointment.
We love Dr. Grudziak! He was recommended to us by 2 other families. We are not disappointed in the decision to come see him. He explained everything to us so we could understand it. He put off surgery for my daughter as long as he could. But she will be having surgery after this visit. I feel confident in him doing my daughter's surgery. His staff is wonderful as well!
Dr Grudziak was GREAT with our daughter. He was patient in answering all of our questions and was joking and laughing with us. :)
Doctor gave less then 8 minutes. was not willing to answer any questions. just felt he was making fun of my child's health condition too.
Really like Dr. Grudziak. He takes time and explains everything. With a little joking on the side!
My son has been a patient of the orthopedic department literally since before he was born. we saw Dr Deeney for consultation during pregnancy when we saw clubfoot on ultrasound. this is the second time we have seen Dr. Grudziak since Dr Deeney retired and I am not happy with how rushed he was. we drove an hour to get to appt and I definitely understand drs run behind as I've worked in medical field my whole life but he barely gave us 5 minutes and made no effort to connect with my son. it's a god thing I have done my own research and new what to expect at this visit because someone with less knowledge would've not known what was going on. I will be requesting our follow up next year to be with a different physician.
excellent care and knowledge from Dr Grudziak and staff!
I am very sure that this provider is knowledgeable and very busy. But, from the second I walked in, he acted like he couldn't wait to finish the appointment. He would ask me questions and then interrupt me and cut me off. He didn't talk to my child. He didn't look at her past medical history to refresh his already busy mind. He dismissed her to the pain management clinic and didn't take the time to explore other options. Highly disappointed. No bedside manner. I'm sure that my comments will be disregarded since UPMC only seems to take the time to post the positive comments about providers on their website. I also expressed my concerns to the desk staff but was dismissed. Will never see this provider again and very disappointed with Children's Hospital. This has not been our first poor experience.
We were very happy with the care that we received
our family loves Dr.Grudziak! trust him fully with my son! wonderful man! send many recommendations his way!
Dr Grudziak is fast and straight to the point. we like him a lot
Dr Grudziak is thoughtful in sharing triumphs with progress but also makes you cautious of concerns.
We Like Him! He could slow down. I always feel rushed with him.
our son thought Dr Grudziak was great. He liked that he was so personal with him and cared about what was going on with him.
The experience was great. I want to provide clarity in regard to receiving feedback on x-rays. the feedback was provided at the actual visit. A follow up call was not needed.
Dr. Grudziak is always direct, but kind. I appreciate his willingness to refer my daughter to another CHP specialist for detailed follow-up on a related issue.
We had a great experience
He is very thorough.
excellent care- would highly recommend
Dr.Jan Grudziak is an excellent Doctor you couldn't get any better than him. Me and my wife felt good after talking to him. My son was in a lot of pain when coming in emergency room. You can tell he loves what he does and my son really like him.
everyone was helpful. everyone made my child's visit comfortable for him.
very good experience
Love Dr. Grudziak!!!!
Seemed very knowledgeable although he will not be the provider doing the surgery. Seems our pediatrician did not refer us to the correct specialist. it would have made the process smoother if we were seen by the correct specialist. Dr. Grudziak will refer us but with a review of her x-ray prior to her visit, it seems that he could have referred us to the correct surgeon without seeing us. He did order and MRI and after it is reviewed he will refer us appropriately.
He has an awesome personality.
Dr. Gruzuak is a very goid Dr, friendly kind. We waited 1hour 15 min after out appt time to be seen. It was not the first time. The last appt, we waited 50 minutes.
The doctor was knowledgeable and understanding. Made my daughter feel comfortable.
The office was very busy. This was not good or bad but it did make our appointment take longer because we had to wait.
Dr. Grudziak is a great physican/surgeon. Happy to have him in charge of my daughter's knee injury. I've already referred him to a friend.
Dr. Jan Grudziak is a great provider, very informative & knowledgeable.
Dr. Grudziak was wonderful! he answered all my questions related to my 6month old daughter who was injured. he spent ample amounts of time with us. Love Dr. grudziak!
It was our first experience with Pitts Childrens and Dr. Grudziak and we are pleased with both.
Dr. Grudziak is extremely knowledgable and listens to all of our questions. He takes the time to be sure we understand his answers to our questions.
Our appt flowed smoothly despite there being a number children in the waiting room. Dr. Grudziak was welcoming, informative and engaging with us all. He answered my questions candidly and in a way that I could understand being a layperson with no medical background. Dr. Grudziak is one of the best doctors my children see at UPMC/Children's. I highly recommend him to any friends or family whose kiddo needs to see and orthpedic doctor. I am so glad he keeps appts at Children's East, though I would travel to the main hospital if needed....he's that good and we trust him that much!
Dr. Grudziak is excellent!
Was a pleasant visit. Wonderful staff and Jan Grudziak MD is very thorough, and shows compassion and genuine concern not only for his patient, but also for their family members.
I think this doctor is the very best in his field
The provider didn't ask the relevant questions that one would expect in order to properly evaluate the situation. He rushed through the evaluation with the pre intention to order an MRI, despite his acknowledgment that there are no present symptoms that necessitate one. His evaluation was incoherent.
Dr. Grudziak is amazing. i would recommend him to everyone I know!
excellent doctor very helpful
Dr.Grudziak is the best orthopedic doctor
He was very patient and positive, even while having to give my daughter disappointing news.
My experience is always good from the receptionist to the doctor.
Dr. Grudziak is an outstanding physician with strong interpersonal skills and a pleasant, positive nature. He is a great reflection of UPMC and Children's.
I do not want to see this provider again. i feel like he should have checked my daughter out and he didnt.
Dr. Grudziak was wonderful! He talks a little too fast sometimes but overall great experience!
It appeared as if Dr. G. had not looked over Not sure if Dr. G. had reviewed the information I brought from past treatment to the injury as it appeared to be new to him when I showed him one of them.
appointment was at 2:50 seen at 4:00 that is unacceptable
Wonderful experience and we felt very well taken care of.
excellent doctor. computer went down but he worked around it
no listen to patient problem or no touch his legs or no review the X-rays .not at all helpful.
I have 4 children and when I need an ortho I always see Dr. Grudziak. I also recommend him to anyone who needs a pediatric orthopedic.
We feel very fortunate to have access to UPMC Childrens Hospital and especially Dr. Grudziak.
We met Dr. Grudziak through the emergency room at Children's Hospital. He was very helpful and kind through diagnosing my daughter's condition to surgery to follow-up care.
Our experience with Dr. Grudziak was very positive. He took the time to interact with my daughter, and remembered details about her accident and surgery. He and his staff were top notch, and I will forever be grateful for his talents and all the staff of the hospital that care for my daughter in her brief stay there.
Dr. Grudziak is awesome. He is our favorite Doctor.
Everyone in the Er department were amazing! They were very informative and friendly
my child taken care of right away
The care provider was exceptional and had a great personality and was able to put things in perspective and give a very clear understanding of the issue at hand.
We have been in treatment since April 2018. This is the first appointment where my daughter has actually been examined. The Dr was accommodating during this appointment, but acted like the concern was a new development when it has been present since June when original cast was removed. We had to fight for this appointment. Dr and Physical therapy do not collaborate/coordinate. They have opposite opinions of lingering issues. Its very frustrating and concerning as we do not know what to do other than consider a second opinion.
I honestly couldn't ask for a better Doctor.
Dr Grudziak is beyond professional and I trust his advice/car for my son. he's an amazing physician and I have recommended him to multiple friends that need his specialty. amazing! I feel like my son is in the BEST possible hands.
the visit was a good visit
Dr. Grudziak clearly cares about his patients and wants to provide the best care possible. He appears to have a great relationship with his office staff and is extremely friendly.
provider was on his cell phone arranging his tractor to be repaired while in the room with my daughter. then he called his wife. he also cursed on the phone while speaking with his wife. when all done he spent less than 30 seconds examining my daughter. I had records with me that he didnt look at. she had imaging done that I am ot sure if he looked at prior to coming in the room. he didnt discuss them with me. I was there for a second opinion. we were told to rest for 3 months and follow up then. could or couldn't continue PT and that was up to us. when asked if he had a particular PT that was better for her he suggested I talk to her pediatrician! I am an medical office administrator X 30 years and I have NEVER experienced this type of disappointment from a doctor visit.
He is a very great doctor who truly cares about his patients.
I have to admit that I was skeptical about my child's broken arm healing properly without the need of a surgical procedure. Dr G and the doctors at the Children's Hospital ER were very confident that due to her age this would heal properly. At our last visit it was confirmed that she has healed %100. I'm very happy that I put my trust into these professionals. I will most definitely consult with these networks in the future.
Dr. Grudziak is wonderful. Knows my child's history well and we let the office with pending tests that we were hoping he'd order
We love Dr. Grudziak. He is a wonderful doctor.
I can confidently say after many surgeries and years of injuries between my siblings and I, Childrens hospital is extremely fortunate to have Dr Grudziak on their staff. I would recommend Dr Grudziak to anyone that would need orthopedic attention.
Dr Grudiak provided excellent care for my daughter over the past year for a fractured elbow. She was released from care now that she has completely healed. I would definitely recommend him to family and friends.
Great Orthopedic Doctor!
Doctor is helpful and knowledgeable about my son's condition. He took the time and listened to my concerns. He came up with a concrete medical plan and assured me that we did the right thing by having our son's knee looked at again by specialist. Appointment was easy to schedule.
Dr Grudziak went above and beyond at this appointment. it was a follow up appointment for a broken leg, but with a recent visit to Childrens Ed for hand injury, Dr Grudziak pulled up the X-ray on my child's hand. turns out, we were given incorrect information at Childrens. we were told by Childrens that the hand was sprained and the child could resume activity in a week. Jan quickly saw on the X-ray that the hand was broken. Actually broken!!!!! The child is not to resume activities so quickly. We were thankful for his time and knowledge. This is why we insist on Dr Grudziak for any orthopedic problem with our children. He is the best, hands down!
satisfied with the experience, this was our first time to children's south location, very easy check in process using the iPads
Appointment very felt rushed.
he was very professional & very helpful in her after care.. also knew that we had seen someone else in the practice! (when she got the boot)
Dr. Grudziak is always kind, respectful, and knowledgeable about my child's condition. His plan is to take the course of action that is most effective while also inconveniencing my child least. His care and concern are why we've stayed with him rather than going to another provider.
Dr. Gruziack is extremely patient, knowledgeable, and patient focused
Dr. Grudziak is the best. We've always received excellent care from him and his staff. I have sent many families to him over the years and wouldn't hesitate to do so in the future.
Dr.was very nice. very pleased...
Long wait but very good physician.
Wasn't sure how to answer some of these questions as we see Dr. Grudziak for follow up to surgery. We were happy with him.
Very knowledgeable surgeon!
thank you for the wonderful experience! we drive 2 hours for her follow up appointments and it is worth it because of the exceptional care from everyone there!
I'm so glad we were able to get in so quickly! Dr. G really put our minds at ease with our son not walking yet!
Excellent doctor ... he takes great care of my daughter.
Dr. Grudizak was excellent!
Dr.Grudziak is an amazing doctor. I would recommend him to anyone. he has done three of my knee surgeries and they have turned out great!
Dr Grudziak is a great Dr! Great personality and very thourough!
the provider was fine, this was a follow up visit after fractured bones in foot. no complaints.
Dr. Grudziak was knowledgeable, informative and polite. Very friendly and spoke well with my son regarding his injury and the upcoming surgery.
We became a patient through the emergency room for my daughters fractured tibia and fibula which required surgery. As an "add on" patient, we literally met the dr as our daughter was wheeled into surgery and saw 2 other orthos in her hospital room. I only had a picture of the dr's name tag from the recovery room to know who he was. I was hoping to spend more than 5 minutes with him at this appointment so that I could know my daughter's prognosis, etc. I understand his time is very valuable. It would be nice if there was a nurse or anyone that could at least meet with parents to discuss the condition, prognosis, etc. She is a competitive gymnast and we have a lot of questions/concerns about what she may/may not be able to do and the timelines for recovery and going back to the gym (if that's even a possibility for her). I was able to ask a question about what would happen at our next appointment. The dr was kind and entertained my question, but it was obvious that he had a lot of other patients he needed to see.
The doctor only seems to give me information when I ask questions. if I don't look things up on there internet before my appointment and ask questions I would not have any information about my child's condition. He seems to know his information but forgets that I am unfamiliar with all of it.
Provider asked a question and proceeded to the next item when I was halfway through a one-sentence response.
doctor was very knowledgeable and spoke to my son in words he could understand .He took time with us and answered all of our questions
Love this man. He did a wonderful job with my son and was very informational through out his care
Dr. G was excellent with my son.
Ee Liked this Dr very much. He made my daughter feel very comfortable and helped her understand her injury and how to treat it.
I would highly recommend Dr.Grudziak to family and friends. He showed care and concern with my 16 year old son.
Dr. Jan is fantastic. he takes the time to listen to the parent and the patient and develop a plan that works for everyone.
Dr. Grudziak was excellent with our son. Our son actually plans to go to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon because of this experience. Dr. Grudziak's attitude, knowledge and confidence made a big impact on our son's decision. Also, we expected that he would have a lot of pain from this surgery. He never had any! :)!
dry grudziak is very thorough and caring
the office manager helped me schedule the appointment. she was amazing. the doc was very knowledgeable and understanding.
best ortho EVER!!!
Excellent experience and physician has excellent bed side manor and very attentive to my daughter and myself. Would recommend.
Everyone is always courteous and helpful when I come to CHP and make me feel welcome.
Dr. Gruziak was wonderful. I would highly recommended him.
he is great and right to the point.
I like how he communicates with my daughter asking her questions about what sports she participates in and how she is doing overall and in general. It's hard to explain - he just has way about him. I also really like when he pulls up my daughters past x-rays to show us how far we have come.
doctor was able to answer the questions we had.
Doctor was fine. Very succinct. I had just a couple of quick questions and he was able to answer them. All the check in staff were great.
He was excellent. Kind, thorough, and succinct.
The doctor was prompt and respectful. He did a physical exam and diagnosed a muscle strain, and prescribed PT. Later in the day, we had PT scheduled for scoliosis and asked for assistance with the shoulder problem. The therapist did a more thorough physical exam and a strong suspicion of a labrial tear that would require imaging to diagnose. She thought it would be helpful and important to get a definitive diagnosis and recommended that we seek imaging. My daughter was first seen in the ER, who had also recommended imaging.
my daughter loves this doctor. he explains everything to her and treats her with respect. She has been cleared by the doctor and my daughter will miss him!
The Doctor is always great with my child.
good experience all the way around
Dr Grudziak is an excellent physician.
Dr gruziak has been amazing with my daughter. Her recovery was better than I expected!
He was awesome. would recommend him to everyone
The doctor was great!
Dr. Gruziak is kind and easy to talk to and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Grudziak always gives the best care. He is excellent physician.
very courteous, funny with kids, energetic. Does whatever it takes to explain the diagnosis and treatment to make it understandable to parent and child.
medical care was good &treatment services.
My daughter and I really had a positive experience with the provider Dr. Grudziak. He was friendly, down to earth, explained her medical condition in layman's term for both my daughter and I. I would refer Dr. Grudziak to friends and family. Awesome customer care and knowledge.
very knowledgeable & confident & experienced
Dr. Grudziak is a great doctor and in my opinion really knows his stuff. My child is an exceptional case and he takes the time to get her in asap when she needs to be seen and he explains to me what is going on and the plan for her continuing care. I am very happy with his care and would highly recommend him to friends and family.
Dr Grudziak is wonderful.
Dr. Jan is a wonderful doctor!! He takes time to talk to your child and answer any questions they have. He is wonderful with kids and has a great personality. The best thing about this office is how the doctor's speak straight to the children, and not just to the parent. This is one doctor my son enjoys going to.
everyone was very nice and helpful
very good provider
this was our first visit to this doctor there was no way for him to know about my child's medical history. office staff were amazing very very fast and efficient. we would recommend this doctor for others needing this kind of care!
Everything was fine, in all ways, with both the doctor, and all other medical, and office personal working there.
Dr Jan was a straight shooter, knew what he was doing and answered all of my questions. I feel he knew more then the other 2 dr's we saw at Children's ER who set my daughter's leg and the other one cut it down both sides the next day. The bones shifted and that's how we ended up w/Dr Jan. I wish we would have had him 1st in the ER so my daughter wouldn't have had to go from Sun-Thurs in such pain!? I would recommend Dr Jan to everyone!!
Dr. Grudziak is awesome!
He was professional, attempted to listen to both my opinion and child's opinion on injury.
We were very satisfied with the care provided by the Doctor.
Dr Grudziak is a wonderful and knowledgable doctor. I wouldnt go anywhere else. It seems that we have a long wait in the wexford office and the Hospital office is usually on time.
We have been to this clinic many times over the years and Dr. Grudziak was the best doctor we have seen as far as bedside manner and communication skills. He had a good sense of humor. Seemed relaxed and interested in my daughter and us. We felt very comfortable with him and we felt like the level of care was great as well.
We love Dr Grudziak, and drove 4 hrs to seek his professional care for our daughter.
We have always had very kind and attentive service.
I know that I received expertise in my child's care.
I just felt like for the amount of time it took to see the physician that he could of spent more time & had a little compassion or a better bed side manner than he did.
This Dr has very good bed side manners, sat and talked with us about my child care. If my children need any orthopedic in future i will be using him
the doctor was fantastic and funny, made me feel genuinely at ease.
Wonderful experience with the staff- great people!
Received excellent care from Dr. Grudziak and his medical and office staff were extremely efficient.
We highly recommend Dr. G!
Dr.Grudziak and his staff are always caring and polite. I feel my son has received the absolute best care he can receive for the surgery he had to have.
felt dr could have examined child more.
We are very thankful for the medical care that Dr. Grudziak has given our son. We don't feel that he would have gotten better care from any other doctor. He has made it possible for son to compete in sports and activities that we though may never have been possible. Excellent!
my child's provider was very proffesional
Excellent treatment and care
Love the Doctor.
Dr. Grudziak is great! It's wonderful to now have a children's office closer to our home, and everybody is friendly and efficient in the office. Thank you as always!
We also saw the doctor fairly quickly once arriving, and he was always very good at explaining anything we asked, and seemed to know our daughter's record very well, and showed genuine interest.
The visit just seemed rushed and not very thorough.
Dr. Gruziak has been caring for my daughter since she was 2 weeks old. He has always been professional with us and very nice to our daughter. We have never had any issues with the staff or complaints with his care. He is the only doctor we will see and we refer everyone we know to him.
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