Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

January 1, 2024

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After 7 years at Stanford, I am grateful for the more than 100 people who now work with our division to take care of children with orthopaedic problems. As I look back on our journey, I especially appreciate Bill Maloney, our department chairman from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Denny Lund, the Chief Medical Officer from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, who provide leadership, direction and resources. Leadership matters, and we are fortunate to have had their support and guidance. Our highlights from 2023

  • Record numbers of surgical cases, OR minutes and outpatient visits
  • Leading SMCH in outpatient volumes, patient access and patient satisfaction, and OR block time utilization
  • 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 sports medicine team caring for local high schools and sports clubs, and major research initiatives by Dr. Kraus as part of the Wu Tsai Alliance for Human Performance
  • Leadership in national orthopaedics by Drs Shea, Tileston, Imrie, Pun and Vorhies
  • Return of our team to Honduras as part of Operation Rainbow
  • Recognition of our program by USNWR with a #24 ranking


Last, this year we celebrated the remarkable career of Larry Rinsky, MD. For 5 years as a resident and 47 years on faculty, he impressed with his intellect and surgical skills, but mostly with his caring. We will carry on following his example, and are all better for having worked alongside him.

We are honored to have the opportunity every day to help children who have musculoskeletal problems, and we look forward to 2024. 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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Dr. Shea covers the following topics in this podcast:

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Peds Ortho Is Off To An Impressive Start In 2024

Chiamaka Obilo at the 2024 PRiSM Conference to present her abstract on Graft Passage For Iliotibial Band ACL Reconstruction and Risks for Neurovascular Injury – Differences Between Inside Out and Outside In Graft Passage.

Emily Moya at the 2024 ORS Conference to present her abstract on Determinants Of Cost Variation In Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction And Associated Procedures.

Joanne Zhou at the 2024 AAOS Conference to present her abstract on Functional Pelvic Obliquity Changes Acetabular Coverage Measurements in Hip Dysplasia.

2023 Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Division Annual report

2023 Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Divison Annual Report

Dr. Frick's annual report highlights our clinical and research achievements throughout 2023. We are Thankful for our patients and collaborators who helped us achieve new heights in 2023 and we look forward to a great 2024.

Like Dr. Frick always say - "Onwards and Upwards!"