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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.2606
Desk:
216.444.2741
Fax:
216.445.3585
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Pediatric Hip Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Trauma Reconstruction
View all 18 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Club Feet
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Fractures
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Pediatric And Adolescent Hip Disorders
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Spine Tumors
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylosis
View all 22 Specialties +
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Biography

About Thomas Kuivila, MD

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.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1995

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,
1987

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1984

Medical Education - Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Portland, OR USA
1983

Undergraduate - Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR USA
1979

Professional Highlights

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

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Pediatric, 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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/16/2020, Dr. Kuivila has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

77 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Great experience from all aspects. Dr. Kuivila was very thorough in his exam and informative in answering all questions and concerns. would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Fast appt times; no long wait for appt; Dr was wonderful - we are very impressed

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

He was absolutely amazing. I would give him 10's if I could. He was very kind and actually listened. Fantastic doctor!!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

every experience with Dr Kuivila has been phenomenal, we are so thankful for him and his care of our child

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

i am beyond impressed with our Doctor and his approach.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

he made everything very easy and made us feel comfortable. my daughter cries anytime she sees a nurse or doctor but not on Tuesday! she didn't cry till they had to put the boot on her.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

very pleased with service a very nice physician

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

very impressed with the provider - glad I found him!

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

*Dr. Kuivila is a fantastic care provider. We went into our pediatrician nervous about a swollen knee and *Dr. Kuivila aided in his care and squeezed us into his schedule. From there he was nothing short of amazing as we spent 3 weeks in the clinic and underwent two knee washouts and recovery from a bacterial infection. *Dr. Kuivila is EXCEPTIONAL!!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Would emphatically recommend *Dr. Kuivila in the future as he helped identify my daughters hip dysplasia and my sons knee infection.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr kuivila was exceptional. We are so fortunate to have found him! thank you!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Kuivila is wonderful! We have had a great experience at every visit.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

I have already recommended Dr. Kuivila

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