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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is honored to have many orthopaedic surgeons among the presenters and speakers for POSNA 2021. Our Orthopaedics Program ranks no. 10 in the country and is the only nationally ranked pediatric program of its kind in Georgia.* With more than 100 years of expertise in orthopaedics, Children's performs more orthopaedic surgeries than any other pediatric hospital in the country—including the most spine and hip surgeries.** We are proud of our strong outcomes, such as lower infection rates and shorter lengths of stay than the national average and low returns to the operating room.**

We would love to connect with you this week, whether in person or online. You can find us at our presentations or reach us at the email addresses listed below.

Wednesday, May 12

Friday, May 14

  • Nicholas Fletcher, MD: 10-Year Follow Up of Lenke V Curves in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, 2:05 p.m. to 2:09 p.m.

Saturday, May 15

  • S. Clifton Willimon, MD: Opiod Use in Children and Adolescents Following Common Orthopaedic Surgeries, 9:13 a.m. to 9:17 a.m.
  • Robert Bruce, MD: Perioperative Steroid Use in Patients Undergoing Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, 9:18 a.m. to 9:22 a.m.
  • Nicholas Fletcher, MD: Establishing a Gold Standard for Estimation of Blood Loss During Spine Surgery, 11:23 a.m. to 11:27 a.m.


  • Crystal Perkins, MD: Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: Factors Predictive of Cartilage Integrity
  • Nicholas Fletcher, MD: Evaluation of the AOSpine Injury Classification in the Pediatric Population: Results of a Multi-Center POSNA Grant

Children’s study shows steroids reduce opioid use following scoliosis surgery.

A study led by Dr. Fletcher, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and presented by Dr. Bruce at the POSNA 2021 Annual meeting demonstrated a decrease of 40% in postoperative opioid use when steroids were added to teens’ pain management treatment after surgery.

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Meet Our Presenting Physicians

Robert W. Bruce, MD
Robert W. Bruce, MD
Medical Director, Neuromuscular Program
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Nicholas D. Fletcher, MD
Nicholas D. Fletcher, MD
Medical Director, Spine Quality and Outcomes
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Crystal Perkins, MD
Crystal Perkins, MD
Medical Director, Orthopaedic Quality and Outcomes
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S. Clifton Willimon, MD
S. Clifton Willimon, MD
Medical Director, Atlanta
United Academy
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Our team is constantly raising the bar for clinical research. Be among the first to know about our groundbreaking research efforts that result in better care and outcomes for our patients.

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons contributed to additional research being presented at the POSNA 2021 Annual Meeting, including:

  • Operative Versus Non-Operative Treatment of Z-Type Comminuted Clavicle Fractures in Adolescents: A Sub-Stratified Cohort Analysis (Drs. Busch, Perkins, Willimon)
  • Changes in Superior Displacement, Angulation, and Shortening in the Early Phase of Healing for Completely Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Adolescents: Results from a Prospective, Multicenter Study (Dr. Busch, Perkins, Willimon)
  • Hip Morphology in Early-Stage LCPD: Is There an Argument for Anatomic-Specific Containment? (Dr. Schrader)
  • Reliability and Validity of Assessment of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Hypoperfusion with Perfusion MRI (Dr. Schrader)
  • Who Will Need a Second Surgery? A Study of Cases of Isolated Septic Arthritis from the CORTICES (Dr. Murphy)
  • Operative Versus Non-Operative Treatment of Severely Shortened or Comminuted Clavicle Fractures in Older Adolescent Athletes: Results from A Prospective, Multicenter, Level 2 Cohort Study (Drs. Busch, Perkins, Willimon)
  • Discordant Lowest Instrumented Vertebra in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: When Coronal and Sagittal Parameters Conflict (Dr. Fletcher)
  • Does Body Mass Index Affect Outcomes after Vertebral Body Tethering Surgery? (Dr. Murphy)
  • Risk of Early Complication Following Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering for Idiopathic Scoliosis (Dr. Murphy)

National and international research is a top priority for Children’s

Our team’s orthopaedic research studies are designed to lead to better outcomes for pediatric patients. Our physicians are dedicated to collaboration and active research on topics that include the spine, hips, trauma and more.

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*No. 10 on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list for 2020-21

**Pediatric Health Information System (2020), as prepared by the Children’s Hospital Association. This report compares clinical data annually for more than 49 pediatric hospitals in the U.S.