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Christina Hardesty, MD

Christina Hardesty, MD



59 Ratings 11 Reviews


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Seeing New Patients As Soon As: Monday, Dec 20


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  • Adjunct Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Christina K. Hardesty, MD, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Ahuja Medical Center. She also sees patients at UH Westlake Health Center. She is Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hardesty is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Her special interests include cerebral palsy, scoliosis and spinal deformity correction, neuromuscular disorders, pediatric sports injuries, spasticity and spina bifida.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematics from Hendrix College, Conway, Ark. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark., where she also served her residency in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Hardesty served her fellowships in pediatric orthopedic surgery at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and in neuromuscular orthopaedics at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

She joined the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital medical staff in 2011. Prior to that she was an attending orthopaedic surgeon at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Hardesty is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, the Ohio Orthopaedic Association and the Cleveland Orthopaedic Society.

Honors and Achievements

Carl L. Nelson Leadership Award, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2010
Caduceus Club Senior Humanitarian Award
White Coat Award

Research Interests

Scoliosis and spinal deformity
Early onset scoliosis
Perthes disease
Obesity in pediatric orthopaedics
Spasticity management in cerebral palsy
Scheuermann’s kyphosis
Pediatric trauma


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deformity Correction
  • Intrathecal Baclofen
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine Care


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Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Beachwood OH, 44122

Solon Rainbow Physicians and Surgeons

34055 Solon Rd
Solon OH, 44139

UH Westlake Health Center

960 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145

Firelands Regional Medical Center

1912 Hayes Ave
Sandusky OH, 44870

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

59 Ratings

Patient Comments (11)

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
We have seen Dr. Hardesty for several years and she always provides excellent care! She listens to our concerns and answers our questions.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Hardesty is an excellent doctor, you guys should give her a raise.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Dr Hardesty was extremely personable and kind. Her demeanor and sincere concern for me helped put me at ease as she explained her plans for my care.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr. Hardesty is always wonderful with our daughter who has special needs and takes time with her. She addresses our questions and concerns. She engages with *** and follows up with her. She has excellent communication skills and always checks in for understanding! ***

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr. Hardesty is the best! She connects great with our teenage daughter. In fact, she is our daughters' favorite doctor within the Rainbow health system. We as parents have complete confidence in the care she provides for our daughter.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Dr. Hardesty cared for my son's *** fracture with extreme kindness and excellent compassion. Thank you so much, we also appreciated the safety precautions with text waiting in car.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
We have had the absolute best are from Dr. Hardesty and her office team. This was my daughter's first major surgery and I couldn't think of a more wonderful experience.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Always get excellent service

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
My girls like to see Dr. Hardesty! She's very nice!!

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Hardesty truly one of the best doctors we've ever seen. From the moment we met her she treated my son with so much genuine compassion. She is an expert in her field but doesn't let that stop her from connecting with each kid. I cannot say enough about her!

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship | Neuromuscular Orthopaedics
Neuromuscular Orthopaedics - Alfred I Dupont Hospital For Children (2011 - 2011)

Fellowship | Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery - Uh Case Medical Center (2010 - 2011)

Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Uams Medical Center (2005 - 2010)

Medical Education
Uams Medical Center (2005)

Hendrix College (2000)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Christina Hardesty did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.