David Gurd, MD, Named Head of Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery

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Feb. 1, 2012

David Gurd, MD

David Gurd, MD

Cleveland Clinic announced that orthopaedic surgeon David Gurd, MD, has been named Head of the Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery Program within the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics. The position is part of the leadership team for the center that provides comprehensive care for orthopaedic problems afflicting children and young adults, including traumatic injuries and developmental conditions that affect the bones, joints and muscles.

The Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics is a center for clinical care within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. The department is within the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute.

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and I am looking forward to the leadership opportunity,” said Dr. Gurd.

Dr. Gurd joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2006. He specializes in treatment for scoliosis, a condition that affects boys and girls typically between the ages of 10 and 16, where the spine curves from side to side. The cause is unknown, but it develops gradually and may progress during growth spurts. Scoliosis is painless, but can become apparent during a routine physical exam. Treatment may include bracing or surgical intervention for severe curvature.

"Dr. Gurd has played an increasingly important role in growing our capabilities for caring for the most complex spine deformities and helping young adults return to normal activity. His leadership will allow us to continue focusing on quality, safety and innovation," said R. Tracy Ballock, MD, Director of the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Gurd attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Gurd has twice been named among America’s Best Doctors. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Scoliosis Research Society and the Irish American Orthopaedic Association.