Tag Archives: pediatric orthopedics

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.


June: Juliet’s Moment to Shine


Meet Juliet, age 7, of Corinth.

My Defining Moment:

Juliet’s mom, Holly: Juliet was referred to TSRHC with amniotic band syndrome but we learned she also had severe hip dysplasia.

My Moment to Remember:

She loves Scottish Rite – we had to have the same toys at home as in TSRHC’s playroom because she didn’t want to leave.

My Moment to Shine:

Juliet has a wicked fastball! She wants to get a softball scholarship and become an orthopedic surgeon like her own, Dr. Sucato.

Give a Patient like Juliet a Moment to Shine – Juliet represented TSRHC as a Dallas Marathon patient champion. To learn more about the event, which benefits TSRHC, visit dallasmarathon.com. If you would like to make the hospital the beneficiary of an event, call TSRHC’s Development department at 214-559-7650.

May: Stephen’s Moment to Shine


Meet Analia, age 6, of Carrollton, and Volunteer Executive Committee President Stephen Apple. In his words below:

My Defining Moment:

As a Scottish Rite Mason, I knew about TSRHC. I took a tour – that did it/ I wanted to be a volunteer.

My Moment to Remember:

I saw a little girl with prosthetic legs running around in the hospital’s atrium and it reminded me…we help kids be kids.

My Moment to Shine:

At TSRHC, I’m never bored. I’m engaged. I truly feel my contributions can make a difference.

Volunteer and Give a Patient like Analia a Moment to Shine – Share a shining moment with TSRHC patients, families and supporters as a hospital volunteer. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

Scottish Rite Hospital Physicians Leaders at Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting

Physicians and other medical staff from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children are major participants in this week’s 32nd annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, including 19 podium presentations.

The meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., is being presided over by Dr. Lori Karol, assistant chief of staff at Scottish Rite Hospital and president of the Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Karol is the first female president of the organization.

Dr. John Birch, assistant chief of staff emeritus, delivered the opening keynote speech Wednesday, a historical review of lower extremity deformity correction. On Thursday, the hospital’s Dr. Lawson A. Copley delivered the results of research made possible by his 2014 Arthur Huene Memorial Research Award.

The meeting gathers orthopedic surgeons and other medical personnel for four days of advanced training. The scientific program includes 171 paper presentations, 20 posters and 110 e-posters.

On Friday, six subspecialty sessions will cover medical issues in the areas of spine, sports, hip, neuromuscular/lower extremity, trauma and hand/upper extremity.

Other Scottish Rite Hospital orthopedic surgeons giving talks at the meeting include Dr. Karol, who is also medical director of the hospital’s Movement Science Laboratory and Performance Improvement; Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel J. Sucato; Chief Medical Officer Dr. B. Stephens Richards; Assistant Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Charles E. Johnston; Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Karl E. Rathjen; Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Philip L. Wilson, a sports medicine specialist; Director of Research Dr. Harry Kim; Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Dr. Brandon Ramo; and staff orthopedic surgeons Dr. Anthony I. Riccio and Dr. Lane Wimberly.

The presentations cover topics such as angular deformity corrections in athletes; treatment of early onset scoliosis; compartment syndrome; and electronic medical record applications in pediatric orthopedics.

Several former Scottish Rite Hospital fellows also are making presentations at the meeting.

Children are Not Small Adults – Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic

A phrase we use often in pediatric orthopedics is, “Children are not small adults.” And it is especially true when it comes to broken bones, which we refer to as fractures. Unlike adults, children are still growing. This means they have sensitive areas in their bones called growth plates. Another name for this is the “physis.” The physis is an area of cartilage near the ends of bones. Most long bones in the body have at least two growth plates, including one at each end. Growth plates are the area of the bone where the growing occurs. Since they are the weakest portion of growing bones, they are at risk of being broken, or fractured.

DSC_0362Growth plate fractures account for about 25% of all childhood fractures. When not treated properly, the injury could result in a shortened or deformed arm or leg. Because of this, injuries to the growth plate require prompt attention by an expert in pediatric orthopedics. Serious problems are rare, and most growth plate fractures heal without complication.

Though there are growth plates in most bones, these fractures typically occur in the arms and legs. They are often caused by a single event, such as a fall or collision. All growing bones are at risk, but there are certain factors that may make some children more at-risk than others.

Here are some things we know about growth plate fractures:

  • Boys are twice as likely to get these injuries because they continue to grow later in life than girls.
  • About 30% occur during competitive sports such as basketball, football or gymnastics.
  • About 20% occur during recreational activities such as skating or extreme sports.

We certainly encourage boys and girls to stay active in recreational and competitive sports, but we want you to know we are here when you need us. We only take care of children in our Fracture Clinic, so we have a lot of experience managing fractures in growth plates.

To learn more about our Fracture Clinic at our North Campus in Plano, please visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

April: Layla’s Moment to Shine


Meet Layla, age 16, of Dallas.

My Defining Moment:

I came because I had an extra bone in my ankle that was causing scar tissue buildup, swelling and inflammation.

My Moment to Remember:

I was invited to speak at the hospital’s KidSwing Golf Tournament, which was cool because I’ve never done that kind of thing.

My Moment to Shine:

I’ve performed in the Nutcracker with the Texas Ballet Theater for three years in a row. It’s a lot of fun!

Give a Patient like Layla a Moment to Shine: A gift of $300 will cover the cost of advanced imaging for an ankle problem or injury to plan for a minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.


National Doctor’s Day is Wednesday, March 30

We 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 19 orthopedic surgeons and 37 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 245,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • Scoliosis Clinic - Brace Check up and report card review with pt Haleigh Burleson age 11 of Tyler05We have more than 22,000 active patients
  • 2,102 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2015
  • TSRHC 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.

Learn about our Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research

A core mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is to conduct research that improves the care of children. Since 1921, the hospital has developed a deep reservoir of medical history, renowned expertise in treating pediatric orthopedic disorders, and a robust research program that fosters a strong collaboration between clinic and laboratory. Through patient-centered research, our scientists strive to define the fundamental cause of pediatric orthopedic disorders.

Watch this video to learn more about our Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research.