Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Medical Education

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Our faculty consists of six fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons, three non-operative sports medicine pediatricians, three nurse practitioners, two clinical nurses, and select members of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, including our oncology, hand, spine, trauma and sports medicine divisions. All directly collaborate for a full complement of exposure to the breadth of pediatric orthopedic surgery. Our surgeons have a wide range of subspecialty interests, have trained at some of the best programs in North America, and are national leaders in their subspecialities. This brings a diverse range of experiences and philosophies to the program.

Subspecialty Interests

Some of the subspecialty areas of interest that our pediatric orthopedic fellowship covers include:

  • Spine: All aspects of spinal deformity, from early onset scoliosis and thoracic insufficiency syndrome to complex neuromuscular deformity
  • Deformity: Complex osteotomies, limb lengthening and limb deformity correction
  • Hip and pelvic disorders
  • Sports medicine: Upper and lower extremity sports injuries and arthroscopy in the skeletally immature athlete
  • Neuromuscular rehabilitation: Spasticity management/comprehensive care for neuromuscular disorders
  • Pediatric musculoskeletal trauma
  • Musculoskeletal bone and soft tissue tumors

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The pediatric orthopedic program is consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally. With our affiliation with Case Western Reserve University, you will work with and have the opportunity to teach some of the brightest medical students and orthopedic residents in the country and have access to world-class research facilities. The pediatric orthopedic division at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital provides a robust clinical and operative experience, with over 28,000 emergency room visits, nearly 1,000 orthopedic surgeries, and nearly 12,000 outpatient clinical visits annually.

Recent Awards

George H. Thompson, MD

  • 2016 Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • 2014 Case Western Reserve University Hospitals Outstanding Physician Award
  • 2013 Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Lifetime Achievement Award

Raymond W. Liu, MD

  • 2016 Awarded the Victor M. Goldberg, MD Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Research
  • 2015 Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD Award for Best Paper International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS) Annual Meeting
  • 2015 Russell A. Hibbs Basic Research Award
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Annual Meeting
  • 2014 Best Basic Science Research Award
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Orthopaedic Section Annual Meeting
  • 2013 Best Clinical Paper Award
  • Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS) Annual Meeting


Cleveland is a wonderful community with world-renowned cultural attractions including the Cleveland Orchestra, professional sports, a nationally respected culinary scene, diverse neighborhoods, beaches and other lakefront attractions, and some of the nicest people you could hope to meet. All this in a city with a low cost of living makes it very affordable to live well during your time here.


We pride ourselves on our commitment to education, viewing the role of the fellow as a junior colleague we are mentoring for long-term career success. Your experience is custom-tailored to your unique long-term professional goals, while still providing you with the complete range of experiences in pediatric orthopedic surgery. This will allow you to develop your own area of interest yet make you widely qualified for any specific need in a potential job, as well as provide you with the critical thinking skills to understand the complexity of treatment indications for pediatric orthopedic surgery.

The educational experience and mentorship does not end after the fellowship year. By joining the Rainbow family, regardless of where your career takes you, our team in Cleveland will continue to provide support with challenging cases and career development.

RBC Resident and Fellow Alumni

Our graduates are working at:

  • Atlanta Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola
  • Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
  • Oschner Clinic
  • Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Intermountain
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Minneapolis
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia
  • Texas Tech, University Health Science Center, El Paso
  • University of Florida
  • University of Nebraska
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Toledo Medical Center

We accept one fellow each year through the San Francisco Match program. Thank you for your interest. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ashley Schimpf, our program coordinator, at Ashley.Schimpf@UHhospitals.org.

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