Pediatric Orthopedics

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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 and offer the only pediatric bone health program in Illinois. The division is nationally-ranked 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.


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.

Education & Training

Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty.

Our Programs

The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery has developed specialized programs to treat certain conditions in the most comprehensive way possible, including: 

Bone Health Program
Concussion Program
Fracture Clinic Program
Scoliosis Program

Browse our list of programs to learn more about the expert-led initiatives that can help treat your child.

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Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric specialists treat many orthopaedic conditions such as:

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Our Specialists

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.


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Preparing for Surgery

Learn what to do up to 30 days before your child's surgery to help make the experience as seamless as possible.

Post-Surgical Care

Our team's goal is to make sure that all patients are given the best level of pain relief that can be safely provided. Learn how you can help

Financial Information for Patients

Medical bills can be complicated. We want to help you understand your bills, our payment policy and your options.


If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS.DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.

Tests & Treatments

The Division of Orthopedic Surgery uses specialized treatments for children with orthopedic conditions. Select an area below to learn more.


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.


Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500