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National Doctor’s Day is Thursday, March 30

Anniston-Nix-afge-6-of-Hughes-Springs_04We celebrate our wonderful and caring physicians in honor of National Doctor’s Day and everyday. Below are a few facts about our incredible team:

Did You Know?

  • We have 20 orthopedic surgeons and 45 total full-time staff physicians
  • All physicians hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern and are renowned for outstanding research and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows
  • More than 269,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • 2,610 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2016
  • Our physicians wrote the book on the treatment of orthopedic conditions affecting children. Now in its fifth edition, the Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics edited by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is the standard reference guide for orthopedic surgeons around the world.

Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series – “Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Over the weekend, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children hosted the Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series (POES), “Looking Back and Looking Forward.” This one-day program invites local pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals to learn from our doctors on various pediatric orthopedic topics.

Several of Scottish Rite Hospital’s doctors presented and led hands-on breakout sessions to give a well-rounded educational program. The experience provided medical professionals the opportunity to learn from the best in pediatric orthopedics. Topics included, musculoskeletal infection, scoliosis, hip, hand, and sports medicine injuries. During the hands-on sessions, attendees were able to watch and practice performing various techniques in splinting upper and lower extremity injuries and applying a pavlik harness for hip dysplasia.

Program Director of POES and Scottish Rite Hospital staff orthopedist, Amy McIntosh, M.D., saw this series as a chance to train local medical professionals about our hospital and how we treat our patients. It is a privilege that as a leader in pediatric orthopedics, we have the opportunity to educate locally to ultimately bring better care to all of the patients treated at Scottish Rite Hospital and the Dallas area.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine


Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.



One year after a new ACL, our Sports Medicine MVP is shining!

Nate for eblast copyNate Rogers tore his ACL in his debut of junior league hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers a U19-elite team. Dr. Philip Wilson reconstructed his ACL and Nate took his rehabilitation and training seriously. One month after his return, he was named one of the “Stars of the Week” for the Eastern Hockey League. His recognition came after an amazing weekend of games scoring three goals. We asked this Richardson native a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing roller hockey when I was 6 and ice hockey when I was 9.

What are your dreams for your hockey career?

My long term goal is to play professional hockey but for now my goal is to play NCAA college hockey next year.

Since this area is home for you, are you still a Dallas STARS fan?

Yes, go Stars!

What do you remember about your experience with Dr. Wilson?

Only good things, he really helped me not only to get back to where I was before but to actually be stronger once I fully recovered.

What was the hardest thing to overcome after your injury and surgery?

The hardest thing to get back after surgery is confidence.

What advice do you have for young, injured athletes?

The harder you work the easier it gets.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Hydration Tips for Young Athletes Training in Cool Environments – Sports Medicine

It is easy to just think about hydration as a method of cooling the body in hot training environments. However, water does much more than cool you down. For example, staying properly hydrated helps your heart and blood vessels pump oxygen to your muscles and when you’re training. Therefore, we want athletes of all ages to remember to hydrate, even when you’re not hot.

Here are some key messages for young athletes training and competing in the cold:

  • 2014-Marathon-Race-Day_SA053In cooler weather, you may not feel thirsty. This does not mean your body does not need water. Look for creative ways to hydrate on heavy training days. Fruits and broth soups are great ways to add fluids to the menu.
  • Make the temperature of the water comfortable, no need for it to be cold. Many prefer cooler drinks to warm drinks, but room temperature may be easier to drink when it’s cold outside.
  • Drink water before, during and after training and events. The key here is not to try to “catch up” after the event. Spreading out the volume of flud at various stages helps the heart, brain, and muscles stay oxygenated throughout the competition.
  • Sports drinks are recommended for long events lasting more than one hour. The added calories from sweeteners and the additional electrolytes meant to replenish those lost through excessive sweating are generally not recommended for young athletes, unless they are competing at intense levels, in very humid conditions, or in events lasting over an hour. Choose water and look for more natural ways to add flavor with fruit.

Learn more about proper hydration for young athletes here.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

November: Cameron’s Moment to Shine


Meet Cameron, age 4, of Corpus Christi.

My Defining Moment:

Cameron’s mom, Meredith: We came to TSRHC for developmental hip dysplasia. Cameron’s left hip was completely out of its socket.

My Moment to Remember:

Everybody there is so supportive and makes Cameron’s care the priority. She also loved the chocolate ice cream after surgery. J

My Moment to Shine:

Soccer is Cameron’s new favorite thing. I don’t think she would’ve been able to do that without treatment from TSRHC.

Give a Patient like Cameron a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $50 pays for a Pavlik harness, a fabric brace used to treat children with developmental dysplasia of the hip. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

October: Clayton’s Moment to Shine


Meet Clayton, age 18, of Ravenna.

My Defining Moment:

I flipped a UTV (4-wheeler) and it landed on my leg. The hospital used the Ilizarov device to regrow the damaged bone.

My Moment to Remember:

When I learned they had dealt with this kind of accident before, it gave me confidence that I would get better.

My Moment to Shine:

TSRHC saved my leg. I was able to play baseball again and go back to welding corrals and working on our ranch.

Give a Patient like Clayton a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $350 helps cover the cost of care for a patient undergoing limb reconstruction. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

September: Issac’s Moment to Shine

09_SEP_Issac_HiMeet Issac, age 3, of Mesquite.

My Defining Moment:

Issac’s mom, Shannon: Issac was born with clubfeet and we were scared. We are so grateful for our referral to TSRHC.

My Moment to Remember:

Issac celebrated his 3rd birthday in the hospital’s park. It also marked his first year without his “special” shoes.

My Moment to Shine:

TSRHC is a place of hope. They have given our little boy a chance at the life he deserves. Look out world, here he comes!

Give a Patient like Issac a Moment to Shine – Your contribution of $100 provides one pair of basic orthotic shoes for a child affected by clubfoot. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Clubfoot, please visit scottishritehospital.org.


July: Zackery’s Moment to Shine


Meet Zackery, age 16, of Gun Barrel City.

My Defining Moment:

I was born without a thigh bone in my right leg and my mom brought me to TSRHC. I was treated there and fit with a prosthesis.

My Moment to Remember:

I sang the national anthem at AT&T Stadium at a hospital benefit. It was my first time there and I couldn’t stop smiling.

My Moment to Shine:

Without help from Scottish Rite Hospital, I wouldn’t’ be in my high school marching band – it has been a blast!

Give a Patient like Zackery a Moment to Shine – A contribution of $500 covers the cost of one pediatric-size prosthetic foot for a child with limb loss or deficiency. To donate or learn about TSRHC’s Prosthetics and Orthotics department, please visit scottishritehospital.org.