Robert K. Lark, MD, MS Robert K. Lark, MD, MS

Robert K. Lark, MD, MS

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pediatric Spine Surgeon

4.8 out of 5  (444 ratings, 61 reviews)
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919-681-7605 Office number
919-681-7618
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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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ABOUT ME

I was originally encouraged by my mother, a labor and delivery nurse, to pursue a career in medicine. I became a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon because it is a challenging surgical specialty that requires a lot of thought when making decisions, and because the population is near and dear to my heart. I take care of children with special orthopaedic needs, including scoliosis and other spine disorders, as well as children with growth abnormalities. I also see pediatric trauma patients, meaning children who need orthopaedic surgery due to an accident or other injury. I’m driven to help children with these needs because of their innocence, because they are not responsible for their disorders. I am inspired by their ability to overcome adversity and to adapt to their circumstances, and I find deep gratification when I am able to help improve their lives in some way.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Experience
Pediatric orthopaedics team

I am part of a team of pediatric orthopaedic specialists who treat congenital, developmental, and traumatic disorders that affect bones, soft tissues, joints, and the neuromuscular system, including scoliosis, club foot, leg length differences, orthopaedic tumors, fractures, cerebral palsy, and other conditions.

Surgeries Performed by the Pediatric Orthopaedics Team
5,123

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

My surgical specialties
  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Major musculoskeletal surgery
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  • Foot surgery
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  • Leg and ankle surgery
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  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Removal of hardware from bones
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  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Major hip surgery
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  • Spine osteotomy
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  • Hip replacement and other major hip surgery
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  • Reconstructive surgery of the knee and thigh
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Procedures I perform the most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2004
RESIDENCY
Orthopaedics, Duke University Medical Center, 2009
FELLOWSHIP
Pediatric Orthopaedics, Rady Children's Hospital (California), 2010
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - General
Clinical Focus and Research
PUBLICATIONS
View Robert Lark's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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OVERALL PROVIDER RATING
4.8 out of 5 (444 ratings, 61 reviews)

 
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Bioventus
  • DePuy Spine (Johnson & Johnson)
  • NuVasive, Inc.
  • Orthopaedic Innovations, LLC
  • Ultros, LLC