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Pediatric Orthopaedic Experts

Patrick Bosch, MD
Dr. Bosch was recently awarded the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Traveling Fellowship, through which three fellows travel to centers of pediatric excellence in South America. He also was co-winner of the Ferguson Resident Research Award from the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bosch has been featured in many publications. His research focuses on spinal deformities, both in terms of clinical best practices and the biomechanical considerations for correcting these deformities. In addition, Dr. Bosch has sought specialized training for adolescent hip disorders at a world-renowned center in Switzerland. 

Vincent F. Deeney, MD
As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC, specializing in pediatrics, Dr. Deeney focuses on pediatric orthopaedics, scoliosis, spinal deformities, neuromuscular diseases, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and correcting leg length inequalities. His many research interests include the biology of soft tissues during limb lengthening, growth manipulation to correct spinal deformity, and pediatric trauma. After attending medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, he completed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Jan S. Grudziak, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Children's Sports Medicine

Born and raised in Poland, Dr. Grudziak completed both pre-med and medical graduate school at the K. Marcinkowski University School of Medicine in Poznan, Poland, and took a position at the school equal to an assistant professorship. Dr. Grudziak and his wife, whom he met in medical school, came to Pittsburgh to participate in research projects at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Dr. Grudziak repeated his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, and in early July 2000, rejoined the Pediatric Division of the Department of Orthopaedics as a faculty member. Together with Dr. W. Timothy Ward, he has popularized a unique, award-winning surgical approach to the treatment of the dysplastic hip — the Dega transiliac osteotomy. This approach has become a standard treatment for dysplastic hip.

Stephen A. Mendelson, MD
Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma, Benedum Trauma Center

Dr. Mendelson first came to Pittsburgh in 1981 as an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became both a University Scholar and a Provost’s scholar. After completing his medical training and residency in Chicago, he moved to Seattle for a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery. He then became director of pediatric orthopaedics at Tod Children’s Hospital and also the first pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1997, he returned to Pittsburgh and joined Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he specializes in scoliosis, spinal deformities, orthopaedic trauma, neuromuscular disorders of the musculoskeletal system, pediatric foot deformities, pediatric hip deformities, and general pediatric orthopaedics.

James W. Roach, MD
In addition to administrative duties as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Roach focuses his clinical activities on pediatric hip and spinal deformities, and is director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. In the area of research, Dr. Roach conducts studies of pediatric orthopaedic conditions and has been featured in various publications. He was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Honor Society. After completing medical school at Georgetown University, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He is a past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

W. Timothy Ward, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Ward is a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and executive vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as chief of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Division at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. A Pittsburgh native, he attended medical school at Pitt and completed an Orthopaedic Residency at Duke University Medical Center with one year Fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas and a one year Adult Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University Hospital in Cleveland. His clinical practice is confined in large part to adult and pediatric spinal surgery. His research interests are mainly in the area of long term clinical outcomes following adolescent spinal deformity surgery.

Dr. Ward is active in his local chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), the country’s largest grassroots mental health support organization. The most influential role model in his professional career is his former residency director, J. Leonard Goldner, MD, former chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

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