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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: 175
Very kind and knowledgeable doctor.
he is always on time and makes sure I'm in good care at all time.
My daughter just loves "Dr. G". he speaks directly to her and asks HER questions which I like a lot.
Dr. Grudziak was one of the most personable physicians we have had at UPMC. His demeanor kept my daughter and ease, and his humor make everyone comfortable at the exam. He explained everything clearly and gave us follow-up instructions that were easy to understand.
excelente doctor we know hi for a long time and I don't change him for anything
He was very kind and explained everything.
Dr. Grudziak was wonderful. I am very excited I was referred to him and will also refer him to others.
We have been VERY pleased with the care that Dr. Grudziak has provided. He has always been very personable and joking with our daughter. She has had great results from her surgery and was released from his care at our last appointment.
Dr. Grudziak has been our orthopedic doctor for 8 years between 4 kids and has been an AMAZING doctor for us. we have been through 4 ACL surgeries, broken femur and countless other related surgeries. we recommend him to ANY of our children's friends when they are searching for a doctor.
Dr. Grudziak has been a great experience.
excellent care! dr. answers all the questions this nervous mother had about upcoming surgery
Dr. Gruziak and his team have taken amazing care of my son since his injury 3 months ago. I have never waited longer than 10 minutes to see him and he always takes time answering all my questions.
I am very pleased with the care my son received.
Got us in and out but took time to answer all our questions. We left very happy with our appointment for our daughter.
he did not listen well. it was all about himself
Dr. Grudziak is an awesome orthopedist. I have highly recommended him to a number of my friends. He is patient, kind, knowledgeable, efficient and thorough.
love Dr Grudziak. We have seen him in the past for other injuries. Will always req him
Dr. Grudziak has been amazing with my daughter. My daughter states that she feels like she is in "good hands" with Dr. Grudziak and his team. As her mother I have to agree. Dr. Grudziak was quick (in a good way), thorough, and answered all questions. We were 40 minutes early to the appointment, taken back right away with not wait time. The doctor was clear in the next step of treatment and asked if we had further questions.
Very nice guy!
the doctor was very sweet and kind to my child. he made her feel very comfortable.
I was so pleased with the amount of time and care that was given to my daughter during her visit.
Dr Grudziak made room in his schedule to see my son. His care is above par and very trustworthy
Dr. Grudziak did surgery on my son's ankle - broken growth plate and bones. My son is still months away from recovery but so far we've been pleased with Dr. Grudziak's care. He doesn't beat around the bush but will listen and answer any questions you might have. He has a great sense of humor which puts his patients at ease. Very confident in what he's doing
very thorough and talks to ME on a level that I can understand.
The provider was terrible. He was in such a rush to get us out the room. He did not take the time to explain my son's injury or what our next steps should be.
Very upfront and honest when discussing my childs injury and answering any questions I've had.
He is a very good doctor. I appreciate him taking out the time to do surgery on my son to try to get him on track. To stop him from being in so much pain.
very timely and efficient
I did feel that the visit was rushed. The doctor himself only spent five minutes with us.
the provider was kind and courteous. I felt a better assessment should have been done on the area of concern.
We had a great experience in the office. The appointment was quick but I never felt rushed and all my questions were answered. I was happy that we did not have to wait long to be seen by the provider. Dr. Grudziak took time to talk to my son who was devistated that he could not do contact sports for 3 months and give him reasoning behind his restrictions. this was major for my child as he wants to understand what is going on. Also, my son was told by another provider he could play so he needed to understand why Dr. Grudziak has him restricted. overall very happy with the visit
He is very helpful and knowledgeable about my daughters condition.
Doctor Grudziak is a great orthopedic doctor.
we are grateful to Dr. Grudziak for the time he spent with our family. It was a good visit for us. thank you.
Dr Grudziak was very personable, engaging, and inspired the utmost confidence during this visit. would highly recommend.
Dr. Grudziak is wonderful!
he was very helpful and honest
We had an appointment with another provider and cancelled the appointment because we were able to get in quicker here. Was able to understand why it needed taken care of right away and was very helpful in a new experience.
we have been very pleased with Dr Grudziak's knowledge skill and professionalism. unfortunately we have had several children with orthopedic injuries due to athletics and he has done a great job with each of them. we have and will continue to recommend him to friends and family.
it's very respectful and understanding of my concerns.
Dr. Grudziak has been treating our daughters since 2003 for clubbed feet and other related issues. He has always been wonderful. He talks with them, asks about their schooling and other activities as well as explains to them what they need to do and any follow-up that needs to take place.
very nice very helpful
They were very caring on her needs.
We always have a great experience. Most competent orthopedic we have ever known.
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. :)
Really like Dr. Grudziak. He takes time and explains everything. With a little joking on the side!
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.
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 office was very busy. This was not good or bad but it did make our appointment take longer because we had to wait.
The doctor was knowledgeable and understanding. Made my daughter feel comfortable.
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
My experience is always good from the receptionist to the doctor.
He was very patient and positive, even while having to give my daughter disappointing news.
Dr. Grudziak was wonderful! He talks a little too fast sometimes but overall great experience!
I do not want to see this provider again. i feel like he should have checked my daughter out and he didnt.
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.
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.
no listen to patient problem or no touch his legs or no review the X-rays .not at all helpful.
excellent doctor. computer went down but he worked around it
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 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.
We feel very fortunate to have access to UPMC Childrens Hospital and especially Dr. Grudziak.
my child taken care of right away
Everyone in the Er department were amazing! They were very informative and friendly
Dr. Grudziak is awesome. He is our favorite Doctor.
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.
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.
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
I honestly couldn't ask for a better Doctor.
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.
He is a very great doctor who truly cares about his patients.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
Appointment very felt rushed.
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.
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.
Dr. Grudziak was knowledgeable, informative and polite. Very friendly and spoke well with my son regarding his injury and the upcoming surgery.
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.
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
Provider asked a question and proceeded to the next item when I was halfway through a one-sentence response.
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.
Dr. Jan is fantastic. he takes the time to listen to the parent and the patient and develop a plan that works for everyone.
I would highly recommend Dr.Grudziak to family and friends. He showed care and concern with my 16 year old son.
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.
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.
best ortho EVER!!!
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.
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