Subspecialty Focus

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Division of the University of Pittsburgh has several areas of significant subspecialty expertise.  The fellow is encouraged to allocate their time and interest to gain experience in any or all of these subspecialty areas.

Spine Deformity Program

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has a large volume of patients with spinal deformities; consistently, more than 100 per month have surgery in the hospital.  The spectrum of pathology extends fromearly onset and syndromic scoliosis through adolescent idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis and into complex congenital and neglected spinal deformities. Drs. Bosch, Dede, Mendelson, and Ward care for patients with spinal conditions.  Children’s Hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for treating patients with complex spinal deformity.

Sports Medicine Program

Dr. Jan Grudziak has developed a superb sports program with a wide assortment of pathologies, including:

  • ACL reconstructions
  • Surgical treatment of OCD lesions
  • Patellar and shoulder dislocation stabilizations

Hip Preservation Program

Drs. Pat Bosch and Tim Ward dedicate special interest to hip preservation surgery. Dr. Bosch gained experience during a visiting fellowship in Bern, Switzerland. During his time in Bern he worked closely with Drs. Ganz and Slongo.  The hip preservation program at Children’s Hospital performs surgical hip dislocations for multiple conditions include SCFE, tumor, FAI, and OCD.

Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC houses the region’s only Level 1 Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Center and has a significant number of patients who sustained traumatic injuries. State-of-the-art equipment and operating room availability allows the entire Children’s Hospital faculty to provide superb trauma care to these children.

Cerebral Palsy Program

Drs. Dede and Mendelson treat a number of children with neuromuscular conditions. The addition of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Erie Shrine Outpatient Clinic permits careful pre- and postoperative assessments for these children.  Fellow participation in this program will include reviewing and interpreting the motion analysis laboratory findings.