Orthopaedic Surgery

Lurie Children’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine​ cares for more than 30,000 children each year. We provide a range of services for children with bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon and nerve (musculoskeletal) disorders. The division is ranked 11th in the nation for pediatric orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report.

As one of the top pediatric orthopaedic programs in the country, our doctors have advanced training in pediatrics and orthopaedic surgery. They provide the specialized care that growing children and teenagers need. Our physicians are also experts in areas of the body such as the spine and foot/ankle.

Our team works with specialists in the Division of Neurosurgery and the Division of Urology to care for patients in one of the largest spina bifida programs in the country.


Our entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating infants, children and teens. The highly experienced team includes:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons
  • Pediatric sports medicine physicians
  • A pediatric rehabilitation physician and therapists
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Orthopaedic nurses
  • Certified athletic trainers

Our team also works closely with other Lurie Children’s specialists and divisions in pediatrics including, but not limited to:

The division is led by John Sarwark, MD, who has more than 25 years of experience in the field, and is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Gold Foundation in Humanism Award and the editor-in-chief of the Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal.

Photo: Dr. Sarwark, division head, with a patient.


We provide family-centered care and treat the whole family, not just the patient. Our providers take time to answer your questions, make sure you are comfortable with the treatment plan, and suggest other resources and support. Our services are available at the main hospital and outpatient sites throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. If your child needs an operation, a pre-op visit can be scheduled at the hospital so your child can see the amazing and kid-friendly facility.

Our care is evidence-based and follows the best current scientific guidelines and research. As an academic hospital, we offer patients the chance to participate in clinical research on the newest orthopaedic treatments. Our division is actively conducting more than 40 studies focusing on prevention of injuries and prospective and retrospective studies involving treatments, outcomes and quality of life.


We offer many specialized programs, including:


Our pediatric specialists treat many orthopaedic conditions such as:

  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Fractures
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Hip disorders
  • Musculoskeletal cancer care
  • Cerebral palsy

Learn more about the range of services we offer by reading about many of the conditions we treat.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact Lurie Children’s Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today​.

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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.