Our Divisions

Foot and Ankle

The Foot and Ankle Division in the University Hospitals Department of Orthopaedics treat a wide array of problems affecting the foot and ankle, such as fractures, tendon and ligament tears, cartilage injuries and arthritis. Our nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons are skilled in the use of surgical and non-surgical techniques in treating these and other conditions and have a unique focus on neuromuscular disorders. Some of the procedures our specialists perform include minimally invasive surgery, ligament and tendon repair, joint fusion, joint replacement, and casting and bracing. The Foot and Ankle Division also focuses on research involving new therapies, surgeries and treatments so that patients can benefit from some of the most innovative treatment options available.

Hand and Upper Extremity

The orthopedic specialists in the Hand and Upper Extremity Division are skilled in some of the latest surgical techniques that can correct problems affecting the hands, arms and shoulders, such as fractures, tendon and nerve damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tendonitis and arthritis. Patients are given access to some of the most advanced treatments available and also benefit from personalized rehabilitation plans devised by our hand therapists. Some of the procedures our surgeons perform include arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, microvascular surgery and reconstruction of congenital abnormalities.

Joint Preservation and Cartilage Restoration

The Joint Preservation and Cartilage Restoration Center utilizes some of the most advanced techniques available to help repair joint and cartilage damage and improve function. Our collaborative team of specialists evaluates each patient’s individual needs to develop the most effective treatment plan. The center offers cutting-edge alternative treatments for arthritis, knee and hip conditions. Some of these treatments include using the patient’s own blood supply to heal injuries and growing a patient’s cartilage in our lab and re-implanting it. Our researchers are contributing to advancements in the field by developing new treatments and diagnostic tools for joint and cartilage repair, giving patients access to the latest innovations before they are widely available elsewhere.

Oncology and Musculoskeletal Tumors

At the UH Department of Orthopaedics’ Oncology and Musculoskeletal Tumors Division, surgeons, oncologists and other specialists work together to provide patients with the highest quality of care and some of the most advanced treatment options available. Our team works hand in hand with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

Pediatric Orthopedics

Ranked 14th in the nation, the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Division of Pediatric Orthopedics treats a vast array of muscle and skeletal conditions in babies and children of all ages. Our board-certified surgeons are experts in their field, applying some of the most advanced research and techniques in the treatment of complex conditions and injuries, among them cerebral palsy, spinal tumors, muscular dystrophy, spinal deformities, congenital deformities and scoliosis. Our team provides comprehensive care while also giving children and their families access to support and resources for dealing with the illness or injury. A diverse group of specialists from a variety of disciplines see to the needs of each patient to ensure they are receiving superior and complete care. For the convenience of families, UH pediatric services are available at several different locations throughout northeast Ohio.

Shoulder and Elbow

The Shoulder and Elbow Division uses advanced surgical techniques to treat a variety of conditions related to the shoulder and elbow, such as rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, fractures, trauma and sports-related injuries. Our team is also involved in clinical research that is helping lead the way to new treatment options that can improve patient outcomes. Patients can currently benefit from advanced arthroscopic techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments and bones, as well as conventional and reverse total shoulder replacement.


UH Department of Orthopaedics’ Spine Division is one of only 20 programs in the U.S. to be designated a Center of Excellence by the National Spine Institute. Patients here can expect to receive superior, multidisciplinary care from highly skilled physicians equipped with the latest surgical advancements. The Spine Division is actively involved in many research projects that are contributing to the development of cutting-edge treatment options. Our specialists treat a variety of spine-related issues, including arthritis, degenerative disorders, herniated discs, spinal tumors, fractures and paralysis.

Sports Medicine

University Hospitals offers cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries for both adult and pediatric patients. Our skilled physicians, surgeons and physical therapists treat conditions such as ACL injuries, stress fractures, tendonitis, sprains and strains. The sports medicine program also offers outreach programs to high school and college athletes aimed at preventing injury.

Total Joint Replacement

A total joint replacement procedure can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life. University Hospitals has been at the forefront of total joint replacement research and innovation since 1969, when our surgeons were among the first in the world to perform total hip replacement surgery. Our fellowship-trained specialists are leaders in the field of joint replacement and perform procedures such as advanced minimally invasive joint replacement and computer-assisted surgery. This reputation for innovation and excellence means the division is performing a growing volume of joint surgeries each year with outcomes that rank among the best in the state. Our collaborative approach to treatment combines the expertise from a variety of specialties to help patients get the most comprehensive care available. Some of the conditions treated by the total joint replacement division include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and failed previous joint replacement procedures.

Trauma and Fracture

The Trauma and Fracture Division uses advanced techniques to treat musculoskeletal injuries and provides continuous care from injury to recovery and rehabilitation. Some of the traumatic injuries the division treats include bone loss, pelvic fractures, infections and spine trauma. Patients who come to us with traumatic musculoskeletal injuries can be assured of receiving superior, multidisciplinary care at every stage of their treatment.

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