Bones, Joints, and Muscles

Orthopedics is the area of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeleton and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments. A pediatric orthopedist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases in children.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s board-certified pediatric orthopaedists are trained to treat a range of congenital, developmental, and traumatic conditions affecting children’s bones, joints, and muscles. Our physicians are world-renowned experts in surgical and non-surgical treatments for conditions such as scoliosis, limb length discrepancies, clubfoot, hip dysplasia, and fractures.

The clinic offers a full range of orthopaedic services including treatment for:

  • Spinal deformity (scoliosis; kyphosis)
  • Clubfoot
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy, meningomyelocele and spinal muscular atrophy)
  • Limb length inequality
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Tumors
  • Gait abnormalities (in- and out-toeing)
  • Sports injuries

Patient Stories

  • Giving Kiersten hip care to keep an active life

    sprinter in starting blocks “I told Dr. Willey I had a goal to get back to dance, do track, and play softball. He was great to me. He told me if I followed his orders, I would get back and do those.” Read more
  • Family Blog: Amy Hartje

    Raylan Wauters photo ratio "So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this magnificent gift you've given us." Read more
  • Parent Blog: Amanda Byersdorfer

    Braden Byersdorfer "Our family will forever be grateful for the care and love that was shown to not only Braden but also to his entire family."Read more
  • Parker Kress

    Parker Kress portrait In December 2014, then-13-year-old Parker Kress was experiencing pain in his right ankle and swelling in his calf. He was taken to a local emergency room, where an ultrasound found a mass on his ankle.Read more
  • Carley Neustel

    Carley Neustel portrait Carley was rushed by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in September 2015 after a farm accident nearly severed both of her legs below the knees. She had also sustained a broken arm and a large cut on her scalp. Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    Pappajohn Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator I, Lower Level
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-356-2223
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team