Specialist Programs and Services

About the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Our program is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best pediatric orthopedics programs.

Pediatric orthopedics was one of six initial departments established when Nicklaus Children's Hospital was founded in 1950. In fact, it was an orthopedic surgeon who was responsible for the hospital’s creation. Today, the staff includes 11 board-certified orthopedists surgeons trained to meet the special needs of children of all ages – from birth through 20 years of age. With the assistance of a dedicated support staff, the surgeons perform over 1,400 surgical procedures each year. The pediatric orthopedic surgery department also evaluates an additional 34,000 outpatient visits on an annual basis. As the largest and most comprehensive pediatric orthopedic practice in Florida, the department can skillfully provide state-of-the-art and compassionate care for your child’s orthopedic concerns.

Children's orthopedic care is provided by a team of highly trained, very caring professionals including orthopedic technicians,  physician assistants, orthopedic residents and fellows, along with a large number of nurse coordinators, and support personnel. Many of the staff members are bilingual. They are ready to assist patients and their families at all times. 

Emergency treatment when you need it most

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the only free-standing pediatric trauma center in Florida, which makes it the best place to take your child for emergency care. The hospital also has its own transport service. The LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport Program provides tertiary transport care that physicians, emergency departments and hospitals across South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America have come to depend on.

Another distinguishing feature of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital emergency care program is that children receive definitive care for their injury on the spot. Children with fractures leave the hospital with a cast already in place, not simply a splint and a referral to an orthopedist for casting as one finds at most regional hospitals. Families leave knowing the next time they see a doctor it will be for follow-up care, not additional emergency treatment.

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Pediatric Musculoskeletal Injuries and Fractures
Dr. Monica Payares-Lizano. MD talks about the orthopedic care offered at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for pediatric musculoskeletal injuries.

U.S News Orthopedics