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:
216.444.3585
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 School - 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

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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/9/2018, 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

65 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

doctor was late due to being on call or an emergency, so I understand why we had to wait

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

This was the best part of the visit. The Dr took the time to give good information in a way that was easily understood. This was for a second opinion and the better health care service was dramatically apparent.

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Dr Kuivila is the best doctor! Great bedside manner and very patient!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

We love Dr K! always so kind and easy to talk to, explains everything that's going on as well as possible issues we'll need to tackle in the future, and is great with Micah. I wouldn't trust my son with anyone else ever. And that's saying a lot because I'm a super protective momma bear! He's great and I'm so beyond blessed we have him as our sons doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

Dr K has heard me out on everything I've had to say and new treatment possibilities for Micah. He's a great guy!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2018

This was an appointment for scoliosis check. We have seem this Dr twice and I really like that he is so approachable and professional. He asks questions and listens to responses

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2017

*Dr. Kuivila, a resident & the nurse who does all the cast work, were all wonderful! They even had a treasure chest w/toys!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2017

Dr. Kuivila and his team are amazing! he's very knowledgeable about my sons illness and I'm so glad we started going to him

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