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Brett R. Lullo, MD

Brett R. Lullo, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Language: English


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Dr. Brett R. Lullo is an attending pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and instructor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Computer Science, followed by medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed orthopaedic surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, performing pediatric rotations at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Shriners Children’s Hospital Pasadena.

Dr. Lullo acquired advanced training in spine deformity and extremity fracture surgery during his pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Originally from Naperville, Dr. Lullo has always had a passion for working with children with disabilities. He saw first-hand during a college summer-internship in the motion lab at Lurie Children’s just how pediatric orthopedic surgeons can positively influence and affect the lives of children with disabilities. During his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he witnessed the severity of disability that children with spinal deformities can have, and he has made it a goal to serve those children and their families.

Given his background in computer science, Dr. Lullo hopes to leverage technology to enhance pediatric care, using machine learning and data science techniques to support future orthopaedic research. He currently serves on the Technology Oversight Committee of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

Dr. Lullo has presented research at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM).

His wife is also a Chicagoland native and a dermatologist. They met as children swimming on the same Naperville club swim team, reconnecting years later as medical school classmates. Together they spend their free time hiking through all the National Parks and Forests they can.

Conditions Treated 

  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Early-onset scoliosis
  • Congenital scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Syndromic scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Extremity fractures
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Angular limb deformity

Education & Training

Education: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, 2016

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2021-2022; Residency in orthopaedic surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 2017-2021; Internship in orthopaedic surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2016-2017

Professional Organizations: Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA); American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)

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Research Interests: Outcomes in spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, complications of growing spine surgery in early-onset scoliosis, outcomes and complications of anterior vertebral body tethering surgery, machine learning classification and prediction in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, assessing technology integration into clinical and operative orthopaedic settings

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