Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders

Scottish Rite Hospital has a long tradition of providing the highest quality medical care to thousands of children, from newborns to adolescents, with various hip conditions. Some of the conditions that our physician’s treat include hip dysplasiaPerthes disease, femoroacetebular impingement, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and other hip disorders. Our researchers are dedicated to addressing clinically important questions and have published in many top-tier orthopedic journals. Below is the list of physicians and research team involved with the Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, as well as, a list of current research areas and most recent publications.

Physician Members of the Hip Center

Harry Kim, M.D., M.S. (Director)
Henry Ellis, M.D. 
Tony Herring, M.D.
David Podeszwa, M.D.
Daniel Sucato, M.D., M.S.

Research Staff Members of the Hip Center

Suresh Adapala, Ph.D.
Olumide Aruwaioyel, Ph.D.
Terri Beckwith, M.P.H., C.P.H.
Adriana DeLaRocha, Ph.D., C.C.R.P.
Amanda Fletcher, R.N., C.P.N.P., R.N.F.A.
Erica Force, Ph.D.
Alicia Kokoszka, M.S.
Rebecca Nelson, B.S.
Shelby Parker, M.A.
Heather Richard, Psy.D.
Sandy Roland, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Meagan Sabatino, B.A., C.C.R.P.
Wilshaw Stevens, Jr., B.S.
Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, Ph.D.
Erica Zepeda, A.P.N.

Current Studies 


Prospective Infantile DDH Registry

The purpose of this study is to evaluate newborns and infants less than 12 months of age who are referred for questionable hip abnormalities relative to hip dysplasia or hip dislocation to determine optimal methods for evaluation and treatment.
Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients less than 12 months of age
  • Patients referred for questionable hip abnormalities relative to hip dysplasia or hip dislocation


Prospective Traction Study for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of preliminary traction in achieving a successful closed reduction in the treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip with a fixed dislocation and its effect on avascular necrosis.
Specific Aims

  • To determine the effectiveness of traction on obtaining a successful closed reduction
  • To evaluate its effects on the rate of avascular necrosis (AVN)
  • To determine the compliance of home traction and its effect on outcome 

Inclusion Criteria

  • All patients under the age of 24 months
  • Diagnosed with a dislocated hip related to developmental dysplasia
  • Failed non-operative treatment

International Perthes Study Group (IPSG)

IPSG is a group of more than 45 pediatric orthopedic surgeons and researchers from across the country with the common goal of advancing knowledge and care of patients with Perthes disease. IPSG is a multicenter prospective cohort study consisting of 40 participating institutions comparing the outcome of current treatment of Perthes disease between 3 age groups (6-8 years, 8-11 years, over 11 years old). The purpose of this study is to help orthopedic surgeons better understand and treat patients with Perthes. The ongoing study has established a database of prospective identified patients with Perthes and has collected information regarding their presentation, treatment, and outcomes in the course of receiving currently available treatments.


Prospective Evaluation of Hip Preservation

The purpose of this study is to better understand the radiographic, clinical and functional outcomes of adolescents and young adults treated with hip preservation surgery. Our investigators are also collaborators on the ANCHOR Multicenter Study (Academic Network for Conservational Hip Outcomes Research).

Specific Aims

  • To evaluate the pre- and post-operative function and outcome of pediatric and adolescent patients with hip pathology who will be undergoing surgical intervention
  • To evaluate the functional and radiographic outcomes of patients who have previously received surgical treatment for hip pathology on the pediatric and adolescent patients. 

Inclusion Criteria

  • Adolescents/young adults undergoing hip preservation surgery for various hip conditions.