Published On 08/29/2013

Our goal in pediatric orthopedics research is to find the best methods for treating orthopedic injuries and conditions in children.

We conduct research as part of the Children's Foundation Research Institute (CFRI), which is a partnership between Le Bonheur, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Children's Foundation of Memphis. We are committed to discovering the best ways to care for kids.

All of our physician researchers and fellows are members of Campbell Clinic Orthopedics, which has been committed to orthopedics research and clinical care for more than 60 years.

Our research work

  • Spine research: Le Bonheur is a core member of the Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Group, an organization that supports research on VEPTR and has published more than 50 articles related to severe spinal deformity in growing children. Additional spine research includes studies on scoliosis and spinal tumors in children.
  • Trauma research: Le Bonheur is an ACS Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Our research supports ACS trauma certification and has led to multiple publications on orthopedic trauma including ATV safety.
  • Hip research: As members of the International Perthes Study Group, we are collaborating with physicians and researchers from all over the world to advance the knowledge and treatment of the disease.
  • General orthopedics research: We have a variety of other active studies including upper and lower extremity, musculoskeletal conditions and general orthopedics areas.

Our accomplishments

  • More than 30 active pediatric orthopedics studies
  • Hundreds of published prospective and retrospective studies, case reports, technique papers and presentations
  • Active collaboration with other children’s hospitals and organizations around the country to add to the knowledge base for pediatric orthopedics

Recent publications

Our latest published research includes:

Complications After Surgical Treatment of AIS. de Mendonça RG, Sawyer JR, Kelly DM. Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;47(2):395-403.

Retrospective: Impact of child safety restraint status during motor vehicle collisions (MVC) in predicting type and severity of bone fractures and other trauma UTHSC IRB# 14-03310-XM. Chris Loftis, JRS, Trey Eubanks, DMK. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jan 11.

Comparison of Two Post-Operative Bowel Regimens in Children with Scoliosis Repair. Rhodes LN, Loman DG,  Bultas MW. Orthop Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;35(1):13-7.

Complications Related to the Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Roaten J, Spence DD. Orthop Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;47(2):405-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.09.013. Review.

Cervical Spine Trauma Immobilization Protocols in Young Children: How Often are These Protocols Followed? IRB#14-03323-XM 8/13/2014. WCW, Eric Weldy. COJ Volume 2, 2016.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Treated with Simultaneous Translation on Two Rods (ST2R) with Preoperative, Postoperative and Follow-up Evaluation by EOS 3D Imaging: A Pilot Study. De Mendonça RG, Hong VY, Flournory JM, Sawyer JR, Kelly DM. COJ Volume 2, 2016.

Fracture of the Medial Humeral Epicondyle in Children: A Comparison of Operative and Non-operative Management. Biggers M, Bert T, Moisan A, Spence DD, Warner WC Jr, Beaty JH, Sawyer JR, Kelly DM. Journal of Southern Orthopaedic Advances. Fall 2015 Vol 24. No. 3. 188.

The Limping Child: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosis. Naranje S; Kelly DM, Sawyer JR. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Nov 15;92(10):908-16.

The Classification for Early Onset Scoliosis Predicts Timing to VEPTR Anchor Failure. Park HY, Matsumoto H, Feinberg N, Roye DP, Kanj WW, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Glotzbecker MP, Luhmann SJ, Garg S, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Nov 13.

 *updated August 2016