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Christina Hardesty, MD

Christina Hardesty, MD



40 Ratings 7 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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  • Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, 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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Languages Spoken


Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

RBC Rainbow Babies & Childrens

11100 Euclid Ave
Suite: 170
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Suite: 210
Beachwood, OH 44122

DO 730 SOM Center

730 Som Center Rd
Suite: 130
Mayfield, OH 44143

Solon Rainbow Physicians and Surgeons

34055 Solon Rd
Suite: 200
Solon, OH 44139

DO 960 Clague

960 Clague Rd
Suite: 2470
Westlake, OH 44145

UH Westlake Health Center

960 Clague Rd
Suite: 3110
Westlake, OH 44145

Firelands Sandusky Healthcare Center

2520 Columbus Ave
Suite: H
Sandusky, OH 44870

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

40 Ratings

Patient Comments (7)

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Hardesty is clearly knowledgeable and good at explaining to kids. ***

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Hardesty is amazing. Her staff is amazing as well. *** has been so helpful. The receptionist is amazing too.

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
My experience is always amazing. I speak with a communication device and it is slower than normal. She never makes me feel like I being rushed. She was the first doctor to ever actually listen to me in my life, not my parents. It took more time but she listened to me. That matters to the patient. Sometimes it isn't just a cattle run for doctors to get people through. Patients are unique like me. I have complex needs that can't be rushed.

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
Dr. Hardesty is an excellent doctor and I wouldn't take my daughter anywhere else. Please give Dr. Hardesty a raise and some extra vacation time.

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
Dr. Hardesty has been one of the most caring and informative physicians for my daughter's back issues. So appreciative of her devotion to good health care.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr. Christina Hardesty is one of the most amazing doctors I have ever met - not only does she have life saving/altering talents as a surgeon - but she is an incredible human being who genuinely cares about her patients. I am so thankful we have access to such a quality doctor!

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Absolutely would recommend Dr. Hardesty! Great care and knowledge about my daughters injury. So thankful we were able to see her to solve my daughter's back pain.

Certifications & Memberships

  • 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.