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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 Medical School Pittsburgh, PA Karola Marcinkowskiego University of Medical Sciences Poznan, Poland University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA Karola Marcinkowskiego University of Medical Sciences Poznan, Poland
University of Pittsburgh Medical School Pittsburgh, PA University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
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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: 125
Dr Grudziak repaired my daughters knee when several other doctors could not even give a correct diagnosis. I cannot give enough praise for his experience, knowledge and abilities.
I appreciate Dr. Grudziak's honesty and candor about my daughter's health. He looks at her entire "health picture" before recommending any treatment.
Dr Grudziak always give the best possible care for my son.
I know we are in the right place with Dr Grudziak and the staff. He excellent and my son is very comfortable with him.
wonderful doctor and staff. my daughter actually wants to go to the doctor. very relatable to children.
I would recommend this MD and his staff to anyone. they are not only great with your child but great with the emotional aspect that the parent feels.
Thus was the best visit to the doctors with my son I have had in a long time. The doctor took time to speak with my child on a personal level before we discussed his injury. The doctor pulled all of his x rays and showed us the healing process. he made my child feel safe and as if he was part of the conversation, not just the topic of a conversation. I would recommend him in an instant. he went above and beyond all of my expectations. if we would need to see an orthopedic doctor again he would be my first choice.
best provider ever !
this was our first experience with children's, it was refreshing compared to the Doctors and staff I had delt with outside of Children's
Very good Doctor!!!
It was a good visit for my child, just praying that she doesn't have to have surgery. Have a blessed day.
we have seen Dr. Grudziak since a few weeks after my daughter was born. Best Pediatric Orthopediac Doctor/Surgeon ever!!
love Dr. Grudziak
everyone there was so wonderful and caring especially to my son.
I thought Dr. Jan was awesome! He was very thorough and seemed exceptionally knowledgeable in this area. We feel very comfortable with the next steps in treating our daughter.
Dr. G is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always recommend him when my associates ask about bone doctors for the kids
Very good visit. Only issue was that our appointment was 3:15pm but we did not see the doctor until after 4pm.
Dr Gruziak is a very good doctor. We have had to use him a number of times due to injuries. We appreciate the care he has provider to our child. He has a calmness about him that helps our son a lot. He relates well to athletic teenage boys and makes them understand what is necessary for their care. Also, I would like to point out that his administrative assistant Gretchen is top notch as well. She goes above and beyond to make sure that his patients are taken care of through dealing with all the red tape of insurance to what you need to do for surgeries to scheduling follow ups. I can't say enough good things about Dr Gruziak and Gretchen. They really try to ensure smooth experience for both the parents and the patient.
Dr. G was very personable and had a great sense of humor. He was able to put my daughter at ease.
Dr. Grudziak is an extremely good surgeon and caring person who takes his time and is willing to listen and talk about my care and my options. I would highly recommend him.
This was a follow up appointment for a problem my child was diagnosed with a year ago. The doctor made it seem like he had no idea we had been to see him before for the same condition. He wanted me to fill out paperwork as if my child was a new patient, even though the MA tried to tell him my child was not a new patient.
I am always amazed at how well this office stays on schedule and their prompt attention to patients.
The physician was so amazing. Very nice and helpful in explaining my daughters situation.
I loved this dr. we have been dealing with this issue since sept 25. this dr told us what was wrong and we won't mess around with dr in our area when it comes to my kids. def will come back when we think something is wrong. you guys get it right the first time not 8 weeks later so disgusted with the drs at home
very friendly, and related well with granddaughter.
It has been a good experience working with my care provider.
Dr Grudziak and his staff are always efficient and caring. We are blessed to have them.
he seemed to want to talk over me and not listen until he was ready. he was very informative and asked questions and responded to answers
we always get treated so great when we have to come to see her doctor. Him and his staff are always wonderful.
I cannot express the gratitude I have for Dr. Jan Grudziak. When my son broke his hip and was rushed to the ER, we knew there would be a chance an attending physician would perform the surgery. However, my husband and I requested Dr. Grudziak because he treated our son for a knee injury, he performed the surgery and made us extremely comfortable.
Provider is always 1 hr or more behind schedule and moves quickly during visit.
He is wonderful
We felt our provider was great! He was great with our daughter, even funny, to keep her relaxed, and he related well with my husband and I on a personal level as well. He explained well all we needed to do for our daughter's care, and we were very pleased!
did not listen to my child's concerns.
Dr. Grudziak is a surgeon who operated on my son. We did not know him before the accident. He is a very capable doctor with a very pleasant manner.
all the staff was wonderful,
He is an amazing doctor that will do anything to help his patients.
Dr Grudziak is the absolute best in orthopedics!!!we will see no one else and the amount of time he gives is amazing!!!!
They are the best
extream compassion and respect snd support for my daughter and treats her like an individual
doc was very informational and helpful
dr grudziak was amazing. all of his staff was also. there was just a connection with him. my son liked him very much. he doesn't like just anybody.
Dr. Grudziak talks very fast. Since this is a follow-up to an injury and surgery and things have changed each visit during the recovery process, it would help to have a brief written summary of instructions given at each visit.
I was very impressed with Dr. Grudiak we always come to him with an injury. We haven't seen him in 3 years but he still remembered my daughter and treated her very well and provided her with excellent care.
absolutely love Dr. Grudziak!
excellent provider. already recommended doctor and upmc north. very comfortable setting and pleasant helpful workers
Dr. Grudziak is wonderful! He took time with us to thoroughly assess our child's needs and explain everything we needed to know. We would highly recommend him to anyone!
We love Dr. Grusiak. He was great with my daughter.
Dr. And staff addressed and communicated well with my child
We were pleased with the overall visit, Dr. Grudziak was great!
we waited 2 hours to see the doctor. we were forgotten about in xray.
The doctor was absolutely wonderful making my daughter and i feel comfortable and explaining everything to us in words we understand. Joking with us to help my daughter relax and talking to us and taking time with us is greatly appreciated! Thank you again !
Dr. Jan was wonderful. He not only explained things very clearly to my husband and I, he was very personable with my son. He had a wonderful demeanor with children. My son had a bad experience in the weeks prior associated with his condition. Dr. Jan really did a great job explaining to him what was going on, and reduced his anxiety regarding the situation/condition.
He tries to get to know patient a little which is nice. At times can be blunt with treatment plan which can catch child patient off guard. but we do appreciate him being straight forward with what we are dealing with.
Great, Love this Dr. and his treatment plans
xray techs were extremely helpful and did a wonderful job taking my sons xrays. receptionist was courteous and helpful with scheduling follow up appt. doctor was very informative on what the plan is for my son.
the dr was delayed only because radiology was delayed. he was waiting for us/radiology. my daughter absolutely adores dr Grudziak!
Dr. Grudziak is outstanding! Truly... I would recommend him to anyone that ever needed services that he provides. His bedside manner is unmatched and he is so knowledgeable. I trust him completely.
My daughter has been a patient of Dr. Grudziak since she was 13 y.o. and has had undergone 3 surgical procedures with him at the main hospital. All three experiences were very positive and her recovery has been outstanding. We have recommended Dr. Grudziak to our friends. We have been very pleased with the care that she has received from Dr. Grudziak and his staff over the years and we feel very blessed that we had him and Children's Hospital to rely on for our daughter's care.
dr was friendly and funny- engaged well with our child
Dr Grudziak was wonderful. he talked to our child and to us. Best visit with Dr
The Doctor was amazing and helped our daughter understand how important the surgery is and how important it is to follow the recovery procdure in order for her to heal properly, and how soon she will be able to return to her sports.
Dr. Grudziak has an excellent manner with parent and child. He is very thorough and reassuring.
Dr. Grudziak is an awesome Doctor. He is very knowledgable.
Other than some confusion over the use of the kiosk upon entering, I have had extremely good experiences with Dr. Grudziak and all of the nurses.
Dr Grudziak is the only Doctor we have been to who understood our daughters knee problem and offered a solution.
Very pleased with Dr. Grudziak and his staff
Very Good Experience all around.
Dr. Grudziak was exceptional from start to finish! He and his staff made a very hard situation as easy as possible, and the entire process was so well organized. Dr. Grudziak kept us informed throughout the surgery and explained everything in a manner in which we could understand.
Dr. Grudziak is a very knowledgeable man. He was very caring regarding my child's feeling about her pain. Severs disease.
dr. G was super pleasant, positive & kind towards us.
Dr,Grudziak was wonderful and a comfort to have as my Daughters DR. I AM so glad our homeorthopedic recommended him! A very pleasant Dr.
Dr. Grudziak is fantastic. He is our first choice if either of our children have an orthopedic issue.
I was late for the appointment due to traffic conditions beyond my control and Dr. Grudziak was still more than happy to see my daughter upon our arrival.
Appreciated Dr. Grudziak's time.
This was our first visit with Dr. Grudziak and we are very satisfied with how he and his staff cared for my son. After calling to schedule his initial foliow-up, Dr. Grudziak reviewed the x-rays taken during our E.R. visit and scheduled us earlier to check the progress of his healing. During our visit, we waited only a few minutes before being called back for an x-ray and then taken directly to our room. He thoroughly explained everything we needed to know, and I felt as though he listened carefully to my questions and concerns. The staff was also very pleasant to deal with during the check-in process, scheduling our next visit, and providing additional information.
The doctor was very friendly and personable. He made us feel at ease with him, which makes this experience easier.
The Dr. has always been awesome with my children
our experience was very good
I cannot think of one negative thing to say about the folks in this office. They are wonderful. The staff is courteous and welcoming. The doctor is on time. Great experience from start to finish!
was very happy with the provider, he was very nice and helpful
Excellent care from the surgeon. He's the best!
I had written a letter the dr with my concerns that I did not necessarily want my child to be privy to. They were all addressed during the visit with out alerting my son to the issues I had raised. It was very much appreciated.
We would recommend Dr. Grudziak's and his team to anyone in need of his service.
Dr. Grudziak is the best! He always takes time to answer all of my questions and he always lets me look at my X-rays with him. He listens to me and talks to me, not just my mom. He's great.
We have been coming to Dr. Grudziak for about 3-4 years and he is excellent in every way. We won't go to anyone else.
Dr Grudziak is an amazing doctor
Everyone is very nice and professional. J
Love him!!! Best doctor ever!!
He was very helpful about our concerns about our daughter.
My husband and I were extremely satisfied with care my son received. The doctor listened carefully to our concerns, explained everything in a way we understood, and showed genuine concern for our son's health. The nurse went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed before we left, even though we did not finish with our visit until it was about time for the office to close.
We would recommend him without a doubt. He has done an excellent job in taking care of me.
Dr. Grudziak and his staff are excellent. He has been working with my son's knee for 3 years now and we get the best care possible each time.
I absolutely love Dr. Grudziak he is awesome with my kids and very kind, polite & informative with me.
Dr. Grudziak was very funny and made my daughter and I laugh which made our appointment a pleasant experience.
When my child needed surgery with this provider, I was worried and anxious. I did not feel comforted by Dr G's approach. Now that the surgeries are done, and my child is better, I know that there is no one I would trust more than Dr G. He never wavered from giving us concern and care. I am grateful for him.
Great Visit! My child was having her x-ray within 10 minutes of arriving and we were a half hour early! She then went right in to see Dr. Grudziak - who is great with her! He showed us the x-ray and answered any questions we had.
Dr. Grudziak knows my child inside and out, always listens to our concerns and is quick, efficient and conscience of my daughter's limitations. Something I readily appreciate.
Excellent staff and practitioner!
Dr. was wonderful! So was all the care we received.
The experience was wonderful.
Overall, our experience with the doctor and staff was wonderful. I only gave the doctor a 9 out of 10 rating because I cant really gauge a 10 in one visit. He was great with our son and with us. The nurse was also very friendly and joked around with us a little about filling out the paperwork.
Dr. Grudziak spoke to my son directly and with humor and seriousness. This really went over well with him. I think it made him listen more to the important instructions the dr and his assistant were giving to him. I cannot say anything negative about this experience.
Dr. Gruziak and Gretchen are awesome and helped me tremendously. Thank you again,
Dr. Grudziak is good at what he does , he just makes you feel a little rushed with your questions & concerns. I know that the way a lot a medical places are run they put a lot of pressure on their employees and therefore you get these results sometimes.
very efficient, knowledgeable and friendly.
after this routine visit, a problem was detected by the doctor that could be life threatening; the doctor and staff were amazing at keeping in close contact, coordinating our care and testing and providing unparalleled care for our daughter. Dr.Grudziak and staff are amazing health care providers and we are grateful for their amazing care.
We had a great experience at Children's Hospital.
Dr. Grudziak is fantastic. He is enthusiastic, personable, and an expert in his field without parallel. I would recommend him without hesitation,
We had a very good experience during our last visit. Everything was clearly explained. We left satisfied and had no questions. I would recommend this provider to friends and family.
The whole team was professional and friendly at all times. Could not be happier with the team that has supported my son.
Level of concern good
Felt like the doctor did not spend enough time explaining to me what was going on. He came in, pulled up x-rays, didn't explain anything to me about what we were seeing, then said to schedule another appointment for two weeks from then. I don't think he was in the room more than 60 seconds and I was so shocked by how quickly things happened that I didn't even realize he was gone and not coming back. I never felt like I had a chance to ask any questions about his upcoming procedure (having pins and a cast removed) and really feel unprepared for what I should expect at that next appointment.
Dr. GRUDZIAK has fixed my daughter's ankle and my son's knee. Most recently my son's knee. We will never stop being grateful for his ability and empathy for our children.
I have been so pleased with the care we received through this whole process - everyone was wonderful. Thank you
Dr. g is very knowledgeable and thorough.... We enjoy his sense of humor
everyone was wderfull at the apointment. the dr and the nurses all were nice ad very helpfull with the reason why we were there they are all great
Dr. Grudiak did an excellent job with the surgery and follow up. He understood that my child has a very low tolerance for pain, so he made sure she was very comfortable. Her recovery was easy and his work was excellent. Even her pediatrician stated the doctor did an excellent job. I also have to mention the staff before, during and after the surgery we very kind and accomadating. I hope my child doesn't need any other surgery of this kind, but if she does I would choose Dr. Grudiak and Children's hospital in Wexford without any reservations.
I absolutely love the doctor we saw. He had an awesome bed side manner. He was respectful to the parent, truly listened, and was courteous enough to explain everything to us. I would recommend him to everyone, and I wish he saw adults!
I've had 5 hip surgeries and this man has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. I would trust him taking care of anyone. Very caring and takes away the scariness of all the bad situations I've been faced with. He's an amazing man.
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