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Orthopedics

Spine Disorders & Scoliosis Surgery

The Division of Spine and Scoliosis Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, provides diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders in children and teens.


The division has established itself as one of the most experienced and successful in the nation in treating spine disorders in children. In fact, the division’s director – Dr. Harry Shufflebarger – was instrumental in developing surgical spine treatments now in use around the world and contributes extensively to clinical research to continue to advance treatment practice. Dr Shufflebarger and Dr. Jahangir Asghar are among the leaders in using Dashboard reporting with colleagues around the USA to develop best practice guidelines. These have been implemented and significantly decreased length of hospital stay after scoliosis surgery.

Pediatric spine disorders we treat

The program treats a full range of pediatric spine conditions, including

Pediatric scoliosis and spine disorder treatment

The spinal surgery team

The scoliosis and spine surgery team offers a collaborative approach to care that contributes to the best possible outcomes for children undergoing spinal surgery. Dr Stephen George has recently joined the spinal surgery team at Nicklaus. The spine team includes Katherine Reyes ARNP, Evelyn Salgiuero ARNP, Michell Bursztein RN, Janyne Barcia RN, and Nicole Orozco RN.

Why Choose Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for Spinal Assessment and Treatment

The Division of Spine and Scoliosis Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s most experienced teams in treating spinal disorders.

Long History of Helping Children with Spine Conditions

The Division of Spinal Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s is one of the nation’s leading providers of treatment for children with spinal conditions. The division has been offering treatment for more than 35 years and has been instrumental in development of corrective surgical procedures for spine conditions now in use throughout the nation.

Outcomes that are Second to None

The division’s surgical success rates exceed national benchmarks. In early 2014, in conjunction with surgeons at 8 other pediatric institutions, a Performance Improvement Module developed a Best Practice Guideline (BPG) for decreasing length of stay in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The length of stay has decreased 20% as a result of this effort. This BPG has resulted in award winning presentations at major spinal meetings. The NCH spine division is at the top of the nation in terms of innovative care.

A Team Approach

The spine program offers a team approach to care that has been established as a model of practice within the spinal surgical field. The team includes the spine surgical team’s highly experienced board-certified orthopedic surgeons, dedicated spine-trained anesthesiologists and a PhD neurophysiologist who monitors, the spinal cord and nerve function throughout surgery.

Child- and Family-Friendly Approach

The division’s orthopedic nurses devote unlimited time to preoperative teaching for the patient and family to ensure that each is ready for the procedure. In addition, Child Life Specialists work with children and families upon admission to help with questions before, and after surgery. Children recover in the region’s leading pediatric hospital, which has many special child- and family-friendly features.

Latest Technology

The division offers the latest EOS imaging equipment, which enables the team to obtain a complete image of the spine while the patient is in a natural standing position.


Scoliosis in Children
Pediatric Spine Surgeon, Dr. John Asghar MD, talks about scoliosis in children.

For more information about The Orthopedic Surgery Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call 305-662-8366 or email orthokids@mch.com.


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Service Locations

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Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center
20295 NE 29th Place
Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: 786-624-2800

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus & Emergency
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305-666-6511
Toll-free: 1-800-432-6837

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Nicklaus Children's Miramar Outpatient Center
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar Square
Miramar, FL 33025
Phone: 954-442-0809

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Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: 561-624-9188

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Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186
Phone: 786-624-5363


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