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Dec 19, 2019 / Hip Disorders

World-renowned Hip Care

The hospital's Center for Excellence in Hip has a long tradition of providing the highest-quality medical care to thousands of children, from newborns to adolescents and young adults. Led by director and pediatric orthopedic surgeon Harry Kim, M.D., M.S., the team provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to care that brings together hip specialists from orthopedics, radiology, physical therapy, psychology and more. This multidisciplinary team approach allows us to offer a broad spectrum of operative and nonoperative care options to preserve, improve and repair the native hip joint. 

At the Forefront of Innovation 
Our experts in the Center for Excellence in Hip are committed to advancing clinically important research to provide the best care to our patients. Several of the center’s research projects have led to revolutionary, life-changing results. Patients who had evaluation and treatment at our center have the opportunity to participate in large patient registries to allow for evaluation of treatment outcomes for a variety of conditions. These studies lead to new insight and significant improvement as our team modifies treatment algorithms based on these results. In addition, doctors and researchers are involved in multicenter hip research groups with peers at top-tier institutions around the country. They regularly collaborate to discuss the latest innovations and treatment techniques regarding patients diagnosed with pediatric hip conditions and injuries. 

Movement Science Laboratory
The accredited movement science laboratory is an integral part of the treatment of our patients. The multidisciplinary team of engineers and kinesiologists use leading-edge technology to evaluate and identify joint motion, net joint forces, muscle activity, strength, foot plantar pressures and oxygen consumption. These analyses guide the development of individualized treatment plans for our patients and support research. The clinical research team partners with movement science to study the changes experienced with surgical intervention to ensure each patient continues to maintain improved hip functions. 

Multidisciplinary Complex Hip Clinic
This clinic brings all of our hip experts together in one clinic to review and evaluate each patient in person together. The history, physical examination and images are evaluated, and various options are discussed for treatment. The multi-disciplinary approach also includes experts in the fields of physical therapy, psychology, pain management and nursing.  A comprehensive diagnostic (if necessary) and treatment plan is then developed specifically for each patient. If surgical treatment is necessary, the full range of procedures are available with the experts in the field to include hip preservation surgery (both open and arthroscopic options) as well as the potential for utilizing total hip arthroplasty (replacement) when appropriate. This clinic occurs every month and only those patients requiring this multidisciplinary approach are included.  Patients may request to be seen in this clinic.  

Hip Team
All of our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are board certified in orthopedic surgery and also completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics. Several of our medical staff have a particular interest in treating and studying pediatric and adolescent hip conditions.

Harry Kim, M.D., M.S. 
  • Special interest in treating patients with Perthes disease, adolescent and young adult avascular necrosis, and developmental dysplasia of the hip (a member of International Hip Dysplasia Institute). 
  • Leader and chair of the International Perthes Study Group – multicenter research study focused on advancing the care of children diagnosed with Perthes disease.
  • Extensive basic and clinical research on Perthes disease and avascular necrosis
Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S. 
  • Special interest in treating adolescent patients with various hip conditions including hip dysplasia, adolescents and young adults with Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis and femoroacetabular impingement.
  • A member of the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) study. A multicenter project that analyzes hip function and pain, quality of life and other factors on patients who undergo hip preservation surgeries. 
Henry B. Ellis, M.D. 
  • Special interest in treating femoral acetabular impingement, labral tears and other sport-related injuries and conditions in the hip.
  • Involved in multicenter research projects with a special interest in hip arthroscopy.
  • A member of the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) study.
David A. Podeszwa, M.D. 
  • Special interest in treating patients with hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis and femoroacetabular impingement.
  • A member of the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) study.
William Z. Morris, M.D. 
  • Special interest in treating patients with hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis and femoroacetabular impingement.
Corey S. Gill, M.D. 
  • Special interest in treating infants with hip dysplasia and patients with cerebral palsy with various hip disorders/dysplasia.
  • Other common hip conditions seen include slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Perthes disease, transient synovitis of the hip, osteoid osteoma and proximal femur cysts.
Learn more about the Center for Excellence in Hip. 

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