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Orthopaedic Surgery

The Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine Deformity, associated with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and part of the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, offers comprehensive quality care for the complete range of common and complicated orthopaedic problems.

Whether your child suffers from a broken bone or other more serious orthopaedic condition, our center provides comprehensive care for pediatric patients with acquired or congenital bone and joint disorders.

We see child and adolescent patients in the Crile building on the 4th floor (A-41) at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and seven regional family health centers.

Orthopaedic surgeons treat disorders of bone, joint, spine and limb development in the growing child. These problems can be present at birth, may occur spontaneously as the child grows, or may be due to trauma, such as a broken bone.

Some of the issues we often see are:

General conditions:

Congenital pediatric orthopaedic conditions:

Hip conditions:

Foot and ankle conditions including:

Back pain including:

Upper extremity conditions including:

Knee and leg conditions including:

US News - Orthopaedics
  • Cleveland Clinic has been providing comprehensive quality care for pediatric patients with acquired and congenital orthopaedic problems for 32 years.
  • Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is rated No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Hospitals."
  • Our orthopaedic specialists are trained to treat conditions specific to children.
  • We offer expert diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment for any injury or disease of the bones and joints, from simple fractures to complex congenital orthopaedic cases.
  • Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists see more than 15,000 patients for spine, knee, hip and elbow problems each year.
  • Same day appointment or next business day access is available.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Orthopaedic Care

We bring together a team of highly trained specialists in order to determine the appropriate intervention and treatment plan for your child. Our orthopaedic team includes:

  • Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Rheumatologists
  • Neurologists
  • Physiatrists
  • Radiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical and Occupational therapists
  • Experts in sports medicine

Your child’s pediatrician is an integral member of our extended team with whom we consult in developing treatment and, when appropriate, ongoing care plans for your child.

Between our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons’ technical expertise and their involvement in ongoing research, we can offer your child the latest, most effective treatments.

Subspecialty expertise

Our board-certified surgeons offer the following:

  • Instrumented segmental spinal fusion with pedicle screw fixation for scoliosis
  • Hip arthroscopy and surgical dislocation of the hip for femoroacetabular impingement
  • Ponseti clubfoot treatment
  • Computerized correction of leg-length discrepancy and angular deformities using the Taylor spatial frame
  • State-of-the-art care of children's fractures

Strong orthopaedic research activity

Our research efforts in growth-plate biology are supported by the National Institute of Health and our clinical outcomes studies are supported by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, allowing us to continue studying and providing the most advanced treatments and highest quality of care.

Same-Day Appointments

Call 216.444.2606 before 1 p.m. on weekdays, and we’ll arrange for a Cleveland Clinic pediatric orthopaedist to see your child right away at one of multiple Northeast Ohio locations.

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Robert Tracy Ballock, MD

Ballock, Robert Tracy, MD

Location(s): Beachwood Family Health Center, Strongsville Family Health Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome, Bursitis, Club Feet, Growth Plate Injuries, Hip Dysplasia, Knee Injuries, Knee Ligament Injuries more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Harvard Medical School


Ryan Goodwin, MD

Goodwin, Ryan, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Solon Family Health Center, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Cerebral Palsy, Club Feet, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Disorders, Hip Labral Tears, Idiopathic Scoliosis, Knee Injuries more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


David Gurd, MD

Gurd, David, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, Euclid Medical Office, Independence Family Health Center

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Back Pain in Athletes, Broken Bones, Cerebral Palsy, Club Feet, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, Foot Deformities, Hip Dysplasia more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health


Thomas Kuivila, MD

Kuivila, Thomas, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Beachwood Family Health Center, Mentor Medical Office Building

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Club Feet, Knee Injuries, Knee Pain, Kyphosis, Leg Length Inequality, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Marfan Syndrome more

Type of Doctor: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine


Paul Saluan, MD

Saluan, Paul, MD

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center, Strongsville Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Achilles Tendon Injury, Acute Sports Injuries, Ankle Instability, Arthritic Knee Problems, Athletic Knee Injury, Back Pain in Athletes, Broken Bones more

Type of Doctor: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Surgeon: Yes

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine



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