Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

January 1st, 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I have been at Stanford for 6 years now, and our program continues to grow and improve. The credit for this goes to the talented and dedicated people on our team, and the leaders from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health who support our work. I am grateful to them all, and am proud of our work and progress toward our goals. 2022 was a terrific year for our team, and I am proud to share some highlights with you:

  • Record numbers of surgical cases, OR minutes and outpatient visits (>37,000)
  • Increased volumes in our outpatient clinic sites off campus, supporting our decentralized growth strategy
  • Hiring Arvind Balaji, MD to strengthen our terrific pediatric sports medicine team (Drs. Boyd,Kraus,Grieb) and grow our program in the East Bay
  • Continued excellence in both patient satisfaction scores, clinic throughput and access metrics
  • Representation of our team on the podium at major national and international orthopaedic meetings – POSNA, SRS, AAOS, AOA, AOSSM, PRISM, EPOS and others
  • Continued success of our research program led by Dr Shea with 50 peer reviewed publications in 2022
  • Special awards from POSNA to Dr. Shea and from our residency program to Dr. Imrie
  • Recognition of our program by USNWR with a #18 ranking


Once again, we are honored to have the opportunity every day to help children who have musculoskeletal problems, and we look forward to working with leaders in the School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health on furthering our academic mission in 2023. This year we did our best, and next year we will do better. A healthy, happy New Year to all!


Steven L. Frick, MD

Professor and Vice Chair

Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stanford University School of Medicine

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Bleck Visiting Professor - Dr. Kishore Mulpuri

Peds Ortho had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Kishore Mulpuri as our Bleck Visiting Professor. Dr. Mulpuri is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital. His clinical practice and research interests focus on pediatric hip and cerebral palsy. He is a Principal Investigator on various international multi-center research studies like the Global Hip Dysplasia Registry and SCFE Longitudinal Prospective Registry in which Stanford is one of the participating sites. 

Dr. Mulpuri presented at our Department Grand rounds on the topic "Pediatric Hip: Local to Global"

In the Picture: Peds Ortho Faculty, Residents, and Fellow with Dr. Mulpuri in the center after a great session of case reviews. 


Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting 2023

Dr. John Vorhies at the Podium presenting his research on "Mobile device-based surface topography is a better predictor of spinal deformity than scoliometer"

Dr. Megan Imrie presenting on topic: Dance -  Synostosis, Pseudoarthrosis 

Drs. Kevin Shea and Kali Tileston at the Podium presenting the topic: "Safe Surgery Program" 

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38th Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium

Left - Emily Moya, Stanford MS1 student, and Vanessa Taylor, CRC to Dr. Shea, presenting their poster on the project: “Recycling Medical Waste in the Operating Room"

Right - Wills Baird, Stanford MS2 student along with Annelisse Cuéllar-Montes, and Calvin Chan presenting their poster  on the project: Radial Tears in Human Menisci: Biomechanical Comparison of Four All-inside Repairs

Emily and Wills, both won the 38th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium Poster Presentation Award. 

Congratulations to Dr. Shea and the team for bagging 2 awards for their research at the symposium!

PRiSM 2023 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kevin Shea and Dr. Molly Meadows with Stanford Ortho Remote Summer Research students Keinan Agonias, Nick Thomas, and Jonathan Joyner

Dr. Molly Meadows with Keinan Agonias (L) and Jonathan Joyner (R) Stanford Ortho Remote Summer Research 2022 Students. 

Dr. Kevin Shea with Dr. Kirsten Norrell - Stanford Peds Ortho Fellow 2021-2022 

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Check out Dr. John Vorhies's podcast for Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

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