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

  • 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
  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old. 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.
    • Phone: 319-356-2223
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team