Pediatric Orthopaedic Research

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 2022
  • 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

New in Peds Ortho

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Shea for being elected Vice President of POSNA

Featured News

2023 Bleck Visiting Professor - Dr. Manoj Ramchandran

Peds Ortho had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Manoj Ramchandran as our Bleck Visiting Professor. Manoj Ramachandran is a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon/Professor, Chief of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Director of Innovation, Barts Orthopaedics at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, England (since 2007). He trained in London on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital/Stanmore rotation before undertaking fellowships in paediatric orthopaedics in Los Angeles, Sydney and London. His areas of clinical expertise are in the lower limb - hips (DDH, Perthes and SCFE along with hip arthroscopy), knee (primarily sports) foot and ankle (especially CTEV and CVT) and Trauma in general.

Dr. Ramchandran presented at our Department Grand rounds on the topic “Technological Trends in Healthcare Data and Patient Care: What Every Orthopaedic Surgeon Needs to Know” 

In the Picture: Peds Ortho Faculty, Fellow and Research Staff  with Dr. Ramchandran in the center.

Orthopaedic Surgery Legend Retires

Orthopaedic Surgery Legend Dr. Lawrence Rinsky Retires

Fifty-two years ago, Dr. Rinsky began his orthopaedic surgical residency at Stanford and never looked back. He jests that he stayed at Stanford because of his love for the area’s good dim sum but admits that the real reason was the culture at Stanford.

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Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grants Program Symposium - September 2023

Bryan Khoo (left and center) and Hubert Tuyishime (right) Stanford students working with Dr. Kevin Shea presenting their research at the Stanford's BioX Symposium. Kudos to both of them for their hardwork and dedication on their projects.  Bryan's poster was appreciated by the judges and selected for an award. Congratulations Bryan! 

Hot Off the Press

Screws or Sutures? A Pediatric Cadaveric Study of Tibial Spine Fracture Repairs - A video abstract published by AJSM (Aug 2023)

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Special shout out to Thomas Johnstone - Stanford Med student working with Dr. Kevin Shea for all his hard work on this project. 

3rd Annual Remote Summer Research Program

Last Day of 2023 Program

We had a wonderful time working and mentoring 10 budding second year medical students from all over the USA. The 8 week program ended on July 28 with happy faces and a fun goodbye session with Stanford Ortho surgery team. We look forward to being part of their journey and wish them all the best!

2023 Annual Cadaver Lab in Centennial, Colorado

Another exciting session at Colorado, organized by Dr. Shea and hosted by Allosource. We had a great group of students and faculty from Stanford, other universities, and medical groups in attendance. Over the years we have received several feedback from attendees that these sessions have helped them better understand anatomy and is a great tool for collaboration, camaraderie, and scholarship. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year! 

2022 Bleck Visiting Professor - Dr. Kishore Mulpuri

Peds Ortho had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Kishore Mulpuri as our Bleck Visiting Professor. Dr. Mulpuri is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital. His clinical practice and research interests focus on pediatric hip and cerebral palsy. He is a Principal Investigator on various international multi-center research studies like the Global Hip Dysplasia Registry and SCFE Longitudinal Prospective Registry in which Stanford is one of the participating sites. 

Dr. Mulpuri presented at our Department Grand rounds on the topic "Pediatric Hip: Local to Global"

In the Picture: Peds Ortho Faculty, Residents, and Fellow with Dr. Mulpuri in the center after a great session of case reviews. 


Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting 2023

Dr. John Vorhies at the Podium presenting his research on "Mobile device-based surface topography is a better predictor of spinal deformity than scoliometer"

Dr. Megan Imrie presenting on topic: Dance -  Synostosis, Pseudoarthrosis 

Drs. Kevin Shea and Kali Tileston at the Podium presenting the topic: "Safe Surgery Program" 

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38th Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium

Left - Emily Moya, Stanford MS1 student, and Vanessa Taylor, CRC to Dr. Shea, presenting their poster on the project: “Recycling Medical Waste in the Operating Room"

Right - Wills Baird, Stanford MS2 student along with Annelisse Cuéllar-Montes, and Calvin Chan presenting their poster  on the project: Radial Tears in Human Menisci: Biomechanical Comparison of Four All-inside Repairs

Emily and Wills, both won the 38th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium Poster Presentation Award. 

Congratulations to Dr. Shea and the team for bagging 2 awards for their research at the symposium!

PRiSM 2023 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kevin Shea and Dr. Molly Meadows with Stanford Ortho Remote Summer Research students Keinan Agonias, Nick Thomas, and Jonathan Joyner

Dr. Molly Meadows with Keinan Agonias (L) and Jonathan Joyner (R) Stanford Ortho Remote Summer Research 2022 Students. 

Dr. Kevin Shea with Dr. Kirsten Norrell - Stanford Peds Ortho Fellow 2021-2022 

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Check out Dr. John Vorhies's podcast for Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

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