Pediatric Orthopaedics

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The MUSC pediatric orthopaedic program provides comprehensive care of infants, children and adolescents with musculoskeletal injuries, conditions, and deformities. It was ranked #42 in U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019. MUSC boasts the only pediatric fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons in the Lowcountry.

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Dr. Robert F. Murphy placing cast on young boy.

Robert F. Murphy, MD
Chief – Pediatric Orthopaedics
Assistant Professor

Dr. Robert Murphy completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and spine and limb deformity at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is active in clinical research as well as medical education. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has also participated in international medical outreach trips to Colombia and Nicaragua.

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Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Dow.

Matthew A. Dow, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Matthew Dow completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and spine and limb deformity at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, affiliated with Cornell Medical School. He is active in the medical education of residents and medical students and involved in the local community through the Ronald McDonald house. He is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. He says the longitudinal care of the pediatric orthopedic patient and their family is the most important and most rewarding part of his job.

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MUSC Pediatric Orthopaedics provides prevention, as well as injury treatment!

Clinical

The Children’s Ambulatory Campus in North Charleston will open in Spring of 2019. This facility which is located at the intersection of I-26 and I-526 is convenient to all children and families throughout the Lowcountry. It will offer outpatient exam rooms, CT scan and MRI on site. Additionally, there will be outpatient operating rooms for same day procedures, so that children can recover at home faster from their surgeries.

The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital opening in the fall of 2019 will have the technology and capability to treat infants, children and adolescents with all orthopaedic conditions, including the most complex trauma and pediatric deformity. It will be the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level I trauma center in the state.

Research Highlights

MUSC Pediatric Orthopaedic Research has been presented at national and international meetings, including the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Research on spinal deformity has been presented at the International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis. MUSC is active in The Children’s Spine Study Group (CSSG) and The Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation of the Harms Study Group to support discoveries, and advance techniques, in the treatment of spinal deformities in children and adolescents worldwide. This includes patient enrollment in international databases and quality improvement metrics to ensure that MUSC is at the forefront of innovation in treating children with complex spine deformity.

Pediatric orthopaedic faculty have also published dozens of scientific articles in peer reviewed medical journals.

We are pleased that Dr. Sara Van Nortwick will join our group this year after completing a prestigious pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. She is actively involved in numerous research projects to advance the field of pediatric orthopedics including scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and fracture care. The treatment of patients with neuromuscular and congenital differences is especially enjoyable for her secondary to the lifelong relationships that can develop.

Orthopaedic conditions treated

  • Fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
  • Scoliosis and related spinal deformities or conditions
  • Hip conditions
  • Leg length discrepancy and lower extremity angular deformity
  • Clubfoot and flatfoot
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida/Myelomeningocele
  • Orthopaedic aspects of syndromes
  • Musculoskeletal infections
  • 7,400+ Pediatric orthopaedic clinical encounters and 550+ pediatric surgical procedures
  • Non-operative and surgical treatment of all pediatric and adolescent injuries
  • Surgical treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis and spinal deformity conditions
  • Pelvic and femoral osteotomies for hip dysplasia and related conditions
  • Arthroscopic treatment of adolescent hip dysplasia and related conditions
  • Ponseti casting for clubfoot
  • Growing spine treatment for early onset scoliosis (Casting, MAGEC, VEPTR, Growing Rods)
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Led by MUSC Children’s Health, Safe Kids Charleston Area brings together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers dedicated to preventing accidental injury to children. The team utilizes a combination of resources and outreach efforts to combat accidental injuries, including traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.

Professional Affiliations and Service

  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • POSNA Quality, Safety and Value Initiative
  • SRS Quality, Safety and Value Initiative