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Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

January 1, 2020

Welcome to another decade- as this is the traditional time for resolutions, I have outlined some 2020 resolutions for our Stanford Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Program (SPORP):

  • We will continue to vet faculty research ideas with our priority matrix and support as much research here as possible
  • We will work with other centers to participate in higher quality research studies to improve the levels of evidence of our research
  • We will encourage, support and mentor undergraduates and medical students interested in pediatric orthopaedic research
  • We will prioritize collecting patient reported outcomes to allow us to assess the value of the care we provide
  • We will leverage our motion analysis expertise and technology
  • We will work on research projects in our global outreach programs
  • We will align with the Stanford School of Medicine strategy to be Value-Focused, Digitally Driven, and Uniquely Stanford


During my first three years as chief here, we have had substantial growth in our research volume. Now the challenge is to improve the quality and value of the research work we do, and to collaborate with other centers, as for many of the disorders we study single center studies will always be underpowered to answer important questions. I am confident that with our research team now led by Kevin Shea MD and Katie Hastings MPH, we are up to the challenges.

Onward and upward,

Featured News

Student Attendance at 2019 WOA

A group of our student researchers attended Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) this past weekend, August 1-3, 2019 to present their work under faculty mentorship. The following was presented:

Japsimran Kaur, Clinical Research Coordinator - Does Autism Alter the Risk Profile for Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery? (Rapid Fire Presentation)

Alex Karius, Georgia Tech '20 - Distinctive Opiate Prescription Patterns in Adolescent Subpopulations following ACL Reconstruction (Rapid Fire Presentation)

Dana Leonard, MS2 Stanford - Posterior Sternoclavicular Dislocation: Do We Need “Cardiothoracic Backup”? (Poster)

Maechi Uzosike, MS2 Stanford - Effect of Pavlik Harness Treatment on Infant Motor Milestones  (Eposter)

Blake Montgomery, MD Resident - Does Univalve Location Differentially Effect Pressures at the Three-Point Mold? (Rapid Fire Presentation)

Dr. Emily Kraus and mentee, Paige Skorseth, presenting at 2019 AMSSM

Dr. Kraus and former summer student researcher, Paige Skorseth (MS3 at University of Wisconsin-Madison), presented their respective work at the 2019 Scientific Sessions at American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in Houston, Texas in April 2019. Paige’s work was featured as a press release at the conference.  The research found a high rate of individual Triad risk factors for these athletes, with increased rates of disordered eating, eating disorders, and other related factors. They also found low free T3 was significantly associated with higher Triad risk scores.

Dr. Kraus and Ms. Skorseth submitted a grant at AMSSM-ACSM, and hope to receive funding for continued work on the topic of Female Athlete Triad and Iron Deficiency. Congrats team!  

A link to their press release can be found here.

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