Staff Directory



Karl E. Rathjen, M.D.

Assistant Chief of Staff; Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services, Children's Health℠; President, TSRHC Foundation



Biographical Summary

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Karl Rathjen is assistant chief of staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

Academic Appointment:
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor

Hospital Affiliations:
• Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
• Texas Scottish Rite Foundation President
• Children’s Health Dallas, Division Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services
• Parkland Health & Hospital System

Education & Training:
• The University of Texas, Tau Beta Pi
• The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha

• The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center General Surgery

• The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery

• Children’s Hospital of San Diego University of California, San Diego Pediatric Orthopaedics

Honors & Awards:
• Alpha Omega Alpha, 1989
• University of Texas College of Engineering, Outstanding Student, Runner-Up, 1986
• University of Texas Cactus Yearbook Goodfellow, 1986
• Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1986

Board Certification:
• American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998, Recertified, 2005

Professional Organizations:
•American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Trauma Committee - 2004-2006 Advocacy Committee, 2008-2010 chair, 2010 COUR Committee, 2010-2011 Development Committee, 2011-Present chair, 2012 Quality, Value and Safety Committee, 2011-Present Public Education and Media Relations Committee, 2011-Present • Scoliosis Research Society Endowment Committee, 2008-Present Bylaws Committee, 2011-2012 chair-elect, 2013-2014 Morbidity and Mortality Committee, 2011-2012 • American Orthopaedic Association • The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons Karl E. Rathjen, M.D. Staff Orthopaedist President of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Foundation Dr. Karl Rathjen and TSRHC patient Austin, age 11 of Southlake • Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society of North America (ASAMI-NA) board of directors, 2010-Present • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine • Pediatric Trauma Society, 2011-Present • Spina Bifida Association of America Professional Advisory Committee, 2003-2007 • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, associate editor • Spine, consultant reviewer • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, consultant reviewer • Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics, Fifth Edition, contributing author • US News and World Report, America's Best Children's Hospitals, Member Orthopaedic Working Group 2010-2013

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