Our Research Program

Peds Ortho Research Team in December 2017

Since it’s inception in 2016, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Lab has grown into something spectacular.  Our faculty are involved in a variety of research projects, with topics ranging from:


Virtual reality use in the clinic

Epidemiologic studies on national opiate prescribing patterns

Decision making in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Activity levels in clubfoot patients

Short and long-term outcomes of Hip Preservation Surgery

Bracing Compliance using behavioral modification in scoliosis patients


With nearly 70 retrospective and prospective active trials, our research program seeks to address some of the most pressing clinical ambiguities in the field. Faculty are engaged in several facets of research such as medical chart reviews, randomized controlled trials, international data registries, patient-centered outcomes, and quality improvement projects. Our team is fortunate to leverage the assistance of talented medical students to carry out study design development, data analysis, and abstract/manuscript submission.

The research program is built on a strong foundation of mentorship, whereby fellows, residents, and medical students are also encouraged to develop their own projects under the direction of senior faculty and research staff.


Our division also leverages the array of data available through other departments and hospitals for robust outcomes:


Stanford Medicine Research Data Repository (STARR): includes not only current EPIC data from SHC and LPCH but also imaging data from Radiology and historic clinical data from earlier EMRs

Pearl Diver: national registry containing Humana’s full claims database with approximately 22 million patients through the duration of 2007-2016.

Youth Athletes Academy: a comprehensive approach with a full team of physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers visiting area high schools to work directly with students and coaches.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP): a variety of healthcare databases sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP is the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the US, with all-payer, encounter level information beginning in 1988.


If you have any specific questions about our research program, please feel free to contact our research manager:

Christian Klemt at cklemt@stanford.edu