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Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

Message from the Chief

Dr. Steven Frick, MD

August 16, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

As we all continue to work through the COVID pandemic, I want to thank our pediatric orthopaedic research team for their commitment to our program and our research over the past 15 months since we initially shut down here in the Bay Area. I am very proud of the achievements of our group during these challenging times, and the purpose of this website is to provide you with a portal to see what we have done and are doing in our division to advance knowledge in pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine. I hope you will review the website and learn about our team’s work, led by our research director Dr. Kevin Shea.

As often happens as a new academic year dawns, we have had a number of team transitions this year, with research coordinators/fellows Joanna Langer and Shayna Mehta leaving to start medical school, Brian Vuong pursuing a doctoral degree at Stanford in bioengineering, and Danika Baskar returning to complete her last year of medical school at Rutgers. We welcome new coordinators/fellows Nadine Javier, Matthew Rhode, Xochitl Bryson and Halle Freiman.

Most significantly, today marks the first day our team leader Katie Hastings is no longer our full-time research manager. Katie leaves to pursue her doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia, but fortunately we have her part time for a few more months to keep things running well. We wish her great fortune, and recognize that much of what you see on this website would not be possible without her dedication, expertise and leadership. Thanks Katie!

Onward and upward,

Steven L. Frick

Professor and Vice Chair

Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stanford University School of Medicine

Featured News

Remote Summer Research Program Launch

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Program launched a pilot remote summer research program, funded by the department diversity grant. The 8-week summer research program consisted of 17 students from all across the country interested in learning more about orthopaedics - majority of which were first year medical students. Students were matched with a faculty and peer mentor for the summer, and attended weekly instructional courses lead by faculty and staff. Instructional courses included topics such as bibliographies/citation managers, introduction to electronic databases, biostatistics, manuscript writing, diversity in orthopaedics, family planning in orthopaedics, applying to orthopaedic residency programs, and specialties within orthopaedics.  Students also had the opportunity to engage in research with their faculty mentor.

“In all honesty, my experience was terrific, and despite it being online, the faculty and our PI's did such a fantastic job mentoring us throughout our projects and being transparent about venturing into orthopedic surgery as a field on its own. The lessons and skills that I have learned will play a significant role in my career as I continue to work with my PI and venture into other projects that I can conduct myself someday. This program's inclusive and diverse atmosphere further enhanced my engagement by discussing the importance of representation and cultural awareness in medicine as a whole. With the knowledge I have obtained from this program, I hope to pay it forward to be a well-rounded, compassionate physician one day." Abdul-Lateef Shafau, Medical Student at Central Michigan University

“I have had been presented the amazing opportunity of participating in this Stanford Summer Research Program. As an undergraduate student, I have learned valuable materials that I will be able to consistently use throughout my life as an aspiring physician and researcher. Not only have I learned these materials, but I have made connections with those I am working with. This has been a priceless experience that I will forever remember what I have learned from the amazing people that I had the honor of working with.” Cristina Hernandez, Undergraduate Student at the College of Idaho

“Participating in the remote Orthopaedic Summer Research program at Stanford was an incredibly valuable experience. Coming into the summer, I hoped to improve upon my ability to efficiently engage in research. Each week’s instructional courses gave me specific tools and advice that I was able to implement immediately, both in my research with Stanford and at my own university. I am coming out of this experience feeling substantially more confident in my ability to see a research project through from conception to publication. Furthermore, this program offered an in-depth exposure into the field of orthopaedics that allowed me to expand upon my limited technical exposure. As a woman pursuing orthopaedics, I recognize the significance of this program in equipping me with the foundational knowledge and tools to succeed.” Teeto Ezeonu, Medical Student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College

My experience in this summer research program gave me the opportunity to gain research skills, speak to mentors in the field of Orthopedics, and feel more confident in my ability as a future physician to help build upon the knowledge of medicine through research endeavors. I look forward to using the knowledge I gained to be better equipped to critically evaluate new evidence to provide the best healthcare to my future patients. I would also like to thank Dr. Scott Delp for allowing me to participate and learn from his lab regarding the field of biomechanics.Jonathan Freeman, Medical Student at the University of Nevada

Team Members Moving on to Graduate School and Medical School

Five of our team members are moving on to graduate programs this Fall. It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to our team members, but rewarding to see everyone pursuing their dreams. We have loved watching our team members being mentored under our faculty, creating their own research projects, presenting abstracts at conferences each year, and publishing first-author manuscripts. Congratulations everyone! We will miss having you all on our team.

  • Katie Hastings, Research Program Manager, will be starting her PhD in Population and Health Sciences at UBC-Vancouver. 
  • Brian Vuong, CRC to Dr. Kevin Shea, will be starting his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Stanford University. 
  • Shayna Mehta, CRC to Dr. Emily Kraus, will be starting her MD program at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine. 
  • Joanna Langner, CRC to Dr. John Vorhies, will be starting her MD program at UC-San Diego. 
  • Danika Baskar, Research Fellow to Dr. Steven Frick, will be returning as a MS4 to Rutgers University.



"I couldn't have chosen a better place to work and a better team than Stanford Peds Ortho for my gap year before medical school. I have deeply enjoyed the teamwork, learning opportunities, and dedication to medicine and science.

One of my favorite memories from this past year was having the opportunity to see a project through from start to finish that tested aerosol samples in the operating room. It was amazing being able to see my PI (Dr. Vorhies) perform surgery and better understand what he does outside of the clinic. It inspired me to consider pursuing surgery for my medical practice, and left a lasting mark on my pathway to medicine.

I will miss everyone and can't wait to watch this department continue to grow and expand. Best of luck!" Joanna Langner


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

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