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Thomas Kuivila, MD

216.444.2606

Thomas Kuivila, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.2606
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Thomas Kuivila, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Location: Beachwood Family Health Center
Mail Code A40
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
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Thomas Kuivila, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Vice Chair, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.2606
DeskDesk:216.444.2741
WorkFax:216.444.3585
Thomas Kuivila, MD
Department: Pediatric Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedics, Avon
Mail Code A40
38530 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
WorkAppointment:216.444.6260
DeskDesk:216.444.2600
WorkFax:216.445.3585
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Thomas Kuivila, MD, is Staff Physician, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is the Vice Chair for Education of the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute and is the Residency Program Director in Orthopaedic Surgery.
 
Dr. Kuivila’s special interests include congenital and developmental spinal disorders to include scoliosis, kyphosis and sponylolysis and lithesis. He is also an expert in pediatric orthopaedic traumatology. His research interests include bioabsorbable fixation and minimally invasive scoliosis surgery. 

He did his orthopaedic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic, served as an A-O international orthopaedic traumatology fellow in Graz, Austria and was a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellow at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. Dr. Kuivila then spent six years in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. There, he served as Orthopaedic Department Chairman at Keesler U.S.A.F. Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss., and subsequently as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Wilford Hall U.S.A.F. Medical Center in San Antonio, Tex.

 While in San Antonio, he was also the U.S.A.F. residency program director in orthopaedic surgery and a consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. Dr. Kuivila brings to the department considerable experience and expertise in the management of complex acquired and congenital pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic disorders of the spine and extremities.

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Cleveland Clinic
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University School of Medicine
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Providence, RI USA
1989
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1988
Fellowship - Universitat Klinik fur Unfallchirugie, Landeskrankenhaus
Traumatology
Graz Austria
1987
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1984
Medical School - Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Portland, OR USA
1983
Undergraduate - Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR USA
1979

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

CPediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Spinal Surgery; Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma and Post-Traumatic Deformity

Awards & Honors

Best Doctors in America, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, 2003-2011

Memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Fracture Care
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Pediatric Hip Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English