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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 2021
  • 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

Orthopaedics Interest Group 2022 - Meet and Greet

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Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

Dr. John Vorhies presenting his research at the 57th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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2022 MCHRI Symoposium

Our current team member Xochitl Bryson, CRC to Dr. Vorhies, presenting her poster at the Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Symposium on the project: “Factors Associated with Opioid Use Disorder Following Spinal Fusion in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis”.

POSNA Conference: May 11-14 2022

Members of our research team will be traveling to Vancouver in British Columbia next week to attend the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) annual meeting. Our faculty will be presenting the following topics on the podium and as posters:

  • POSNA Safe Surgery Quality Improvement Program - First Year Results. Podium presentation by Dr. Kevin Shea.
  • Pre-operative Anxiety and Depression is Associated with Worse Patient-Reported Outcomes After Periacetabular Osteotomy and Hip Arthroscopy Surgery. Podium presentation by Dr. Stephanie Pun.
  • Can Caregivers Forecast Child Postoperative Disability After Elective Orthopaedic Surgery? Podium presentation by Dr. Steven Frick.
  • Biomechanical Forces of the Lateral Knee Joint Following Complete Meniscectomy and Subsequent Meniscal Transplant in Pediatric Cadavers. Poster presentation by Dr. Kevin Shea.
  • POSNA Safe Surgery Program - Quality Metric Solution Variation. Poster presentation by Dr. Kevin Shea.
  • Evaluation of Deformity in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using Mobile Device-Based Surface Topography. Poster presentation by Dr. John Vorhies.

AAOS Conference: March 22-26 2022

Members of our research team will be traveling Chicago, IL to attend the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference. Here are some of the research topics that will be presented by our team:

  • Effects of Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors on Club Foot Relapse Treatment (Dr. Kali Tileston)
  • The Role of Health Mindset in Adolescents’ Compliance with Brace Wear for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (Dr. Kali Tileston)
  • Adult Hip Dysplasia and Trochlear Dysplasia: An MRI Study of Hip Preservation Patients (Dr. Stephanie Pun)
  • Screening and monitoring of deformity in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using mobile device based surface topography (Dr. John Vorhies)
  • Evaluating the correlation and performance of SRS and PROMIS questionnaires in patients presenting with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (Dr. John Vorhies)
  • Can Caregivers Forecast Child Postoperative Disability After Elective Orthopaedic Surgery? (Dr. Steven Frick)
  • High-Impact Remote Summer Research Program to Improve DEI In Orthopaedic Surgery (Dr. Kevin Shea)



Sal Ayala and Nick Thomas, 2021 Summer Research Students.

Alumni Students and Research Fellow Presenting at PRiSM

Members of our research team attended the 2022 Annual PRiSM Meeting in Houston, Texas. It was a pleasure to see our 2021 Summer Research Program students, Sal Ayala and Nick Thomas, and our 2021 Research Fellow, Danika Baskar, present their projects at the conference.


Sal Ayala, 2021 Summer Research Student Presenting.

Presentations included:

  • Osseous and Cartilaginous Trochlear Morphology in Pediatric Patients from 2 Months to 11 Years of Age: A Descriptive Analysis Based on Computed Tomography Scanning (Sal Ayala).
  • Distance to Neurovascular Bundle During Iliotibial Band Graft Passage: A Cadaveric Study (Nick Thomas).
  • Quantifying the Relationship Between the Medial Patellofemoral Complex and Patellar Borders: A Pediatric Cadaveric Study (Danika Baskar).
Danika Baskar, 2021 Research Fellow Presenting.

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