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Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

April 15th, 2022

Our division’s research efforts have been rewarded this year with acceptance for presentation from the podium and as posters for many of our projects at the March 2022 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in Chicago, the April 2022 European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society meeting in Copenhagen, and the upcoming May 2022 Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America meeting in Vancouver. Check out the full listing of the presentations in our Scholarly Work section of the website. I am especially excited to see the hard work by Drs Vorhies, Tileston and Pun coming to fruition as they contribute to advances in spine and hip care. Our research team is busy, and we appreciate the leadership provided by Dr. Shea, Christian and Amishi. A major part of our program involves helping young people who work for us as fellows or research coordinators achieve their career goals and dreams. Below are photos of former team members presenting posters at the AAOS meeting who are now about to begin orthopaedic residency (Danika) or are in medical school (Shayna). The research cycle continues as our teams prepare current works to submit to next year’s AAOS, EPOS, and POSNA meetings.

We are gearing up for another busy spring and summer, with our division leading the way organizing our virtual summer research student program.

Keep looking forward with us.


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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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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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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