The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan has an active research program with both completed and ongoing studies on a wide range of topics.  Physicians in the department have authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications on subjects including trauma and injury treatment, congenital diseases and diagnostic techniques. 

Below is a summary of research conducted in the Orthopedic Surgery Department at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Trauma and Fractures

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Is nonoperative treatment of pediatric type I open fractures safe and effective?

The Children's Hospital of Michigan researchers  are conducting investigations examining treatments, patient recovery and outcomes for femur fractures and elbow fractures.  Another study was conducted to determine risk factors for trampoline injuries.


Treatment for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, can include bracing, but sometimes, patients require surgery to correct the curve.  These surgeries can be quite painful, and orthopedic surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are collaborating with pain management specialists to investigate new methods of reducing the pain these patients experience after surgery.


Community-acquired musculoskeletal infections are on the rise, throughout the United States.  To ensure that patients are receiving the best treatment for their infections, researchers in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are evaluating the treatment course of patients with musculoskeletal infections.

Sports Medicine

Young athletes sometimes ignore warning signs of potential injuries.  Researchers and physicians in the department are working to identify warning signs of baseball throwing injuries.  Identification of these injury predictors could lead to improved techniques and training, and potentially prevent the injury

Recent Research

Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist Studies New Technique for ACL Surgery in Young Athletes

Selected Recent Publications

1.   Aminian A, Mahar A,Yassir W, Newton P, Wenger D. Freedom of acetabular fragment rotation following three surgical techniques for correction of congenital deformities of the hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005;25(1):10-3.

2.   Knapp DR, Jr., Jones ET, Blanco JS, Flynn JC, Price CT. Allograft bone in spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005;18 Suppl:S73-6.
3.   Yassir W, Mahar A, Aminian A, Newton P, Wenger D. A comparison of the fixation stability of multiple screw constructs for two types of pelvic osteotomies. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005;25(1):14-7.

4.   Jenkins MD, Jones DL, Billings AA, Ackerman ES, France JC, Jones ET. Early weight bearing after complete tibial shaft fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2009.

Selected Recent Presentations

1.   Tibial Shaft Fractures in Children:Immediate Weight Bearing. Jenkins MD, Jones   DL, Billings AA, Ackerman ES, France JC, Jones ET. AAOS February 23, 2005, Washington, DC.

2.   Adolescent lateral entry femoral nails for treatment of pediatric femur fractures. A comparison with titanium elastic nails. Legakis JE, Thomas R, Slongo TF, Hunter JB, Clavert J-M. AO North America, Nov 11-14, 2010, Phoenix Arizona; Podium Presentation.
3.   Ultrasound evaluation of ulnar nerve anatomy in the pediatric population.  Khalil JG, Erez O, Legakis JE, Tweedie J, Kaminski E. 7th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Dec 1-4, 2010, Orlando Florida; Poster Presentation.