A general pediatric orthopaedic surgeon typically treats children with birth conditions like hip dysplasia, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and limb deformities.
As a sports surgeon, I specialize in treating sports injuries in children and adolescents -- injuries like shoulder dislocations, ACL tears, kneecap dislocations, cartilage tears, or meniscus tears -- injuries where people might say, ‘Let’s see the local sports surgeon.’ These injuries often have to be treated differently in children. That’s what makes our program at Duke unique.
About 90 to 95 percent of my practice involves injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. I have partners who are experts in ankle and hip surgery and are experienced in treating children. You can get comprehensive pediatric and adolescent sports care for any joint in the body at Duke.