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Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

December 31, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

As I write this, I finished today the last ambulatory clinic for our division in 2020. What a difference a year with a pandemic makes- after three years of steady growth our division, like many others, saw decreased growth as we put off elective surgeries, cancelled clinics and then reopened using templates with fewer visits to allow social distancing. We never stopped providing access to excellent orthopaedic care for children, and I am proud to be part of our team. Stanford University, Stanford School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have been amazing, supporting our team and leading us through uncertain times. As the year ends and vaccines go into arms around campus and the country, some of our own Stanford colleagues are amongst the world’s scientists giving hope for a more normal 2021.

Finishing my fourth year here, despite the pandemic, I am proud to report our list of achievements this year is similar to years past: 

- We have a full complement of physician experts, including 11 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, 3 primary care sports medicine physicians, and specialists in pediatric hand surgery and pediatric musculoskeletal oncology who deliver outstanding care for our patients

- A dedicated group of advanced practice providers and athletic trainers who help us every day 

- Seven outpatient locations, open again 5 days a week after closing some during the shelter-in-place ordered periods

- Performance of complex surgeries expertly in 4 Bay Area hospitals 

- Participation in national and regional orthopaedic organizations

- A growing research program with over 40 peer reviewed publications in 2020 and representation at all national pediatric orthopaedic meetings 

- A team effort to provide orthopaedic care through the pandemic

- Marked increase in telehealth visits for orthopaedic patients 

- Pivoted to remote videoconference education and patient-care conferences

- Development of a multidisciplinary scoliosis and spine deformity clinic with advanced low radiation imaging in our Stanford location 

- Growth in sports medicine cases despite the shortened sports season

- The overall efforts of our division were recognized again this year by the U.S. News & World Report rankings, where our division remained #31 in 2020

We are grateful to have the opportunity every day to help children, and look forward to working with leaders in the School of Medicine and Stanford Children’s Health on continued progress in 2021. Today we did our best, and tomorrow we will do better.

A healthier, happier New Year to all, 

Current Open Positions

Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Featured News

POSNA 2021 Conference

From May 12-15, the Pediatric Orthopaedic team travelled to Dallas, Texas to attend the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society for North America annual meeting. 

Stanford Medicine presented the following topics:

  • Clubfoot Activity, Recurrence & Exercise (CARES): A Pilot Study (Dr. Steven Frick)
  • Trans-articular versus Retro-articular Drilling of Stable Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial by the ROCK Multicenter Study Group (Dr. Kevin Shea)
  • Proof of Concept for Articifical Intelligence Based Estimation of Skeletal Maturity from Biplanar Slot Scan Scoliosis Imaging (Dr. John Vorhies)
  • Quantitative Assessment of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex: A Pediatric Cadaveric Study (Dr. Kevin Shea)
  • What Your Practice Really Needs is an NP (Dr. Meghan Imrie)


Congratulations to the team!

Dr. Steven Frick, Dr. Meghan Imrie, Dr. Tyler Stavinoha (2019-2020 Fellow), Dr. Monte Squiers (2020-2021 Fellow)

Dr. Steven Frick and Dr. Michael Vitale (President of POSNA)

Dr. Steven Frick and Dr. Kali Tileston

Stanford-Coulter Grant Awarded

The Coulter Grant from the Stanford Department of Bioengineering has been awarded to Dr. Michael Gardner and Dr. John Vorhies in the amount of $100,000 for the study “An artificial intelligence-aided app for detection and management of musculoskeletal deformity.” This research project aims to validate three-dimensional topographical scanning technology as a tool for evaluation of orthopedic injury and deformity, specifically adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Through the incorporation of 3D topographical technology in the measurement of deformity, investigators hope to validate a novel approach to quantify deformity progression and provide an accessible alternative to traditional radiographic workup. Over the next year, the team will be investigating various 3D topographical technology in multiple Stanford clinics for patients being treated or evaluated for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact our spine team for more information! This project is led by fourth year medical student, Yousi (Josey) Oquendo. 

Stanford University joins ANCHOR

Dr. Stephanie Pun has been invited to participate in a multi-center data repository investigating adolescent and adult hip disorders. This registry started in 2008 and is under the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) team. The goal of this study is to longitudinally collect and analyze data from patients undergoing hip preservation surgery across multiple research institutions nationally. Stanford University is 1 of 23 sites participating in the data repository, with Washington University in St. Louis as the lead site. Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Pun - this is an exciting opportunity for our team to expand our impact in Hip Dysplasia research!

To learn more about the team, visit the website

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