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Pediatric Limb Deformity Program

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Orthopedics

George H. Thompson, MD

Raymond W. Liu, MD - 216-844-7613

Emily Canitia, CNP -  216-844-5625

For scheduling, please call 216-844-7200.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Limb length discrepancy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip and limb deformity
  • Congenital femoral deficiency
  • Blount disease
  • Genu varum
  • Genu valgum
  • Fibular hemimelia
  • Rickets
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Multiple hereditary exostosis
  • Growth arrest


  • Limb lengthening with both external fixators and internal lengthening nails
  • Pelvic osteotomy for complex hip deformity
  • Corrective osteotomies of the femur, tibia, foot and upper extremity
  • Soft tissues and distraction options for joint contracture
  • Nerve decompression to allow for safer limb deformity correction
  • Guided growth correction of angular and torsional deformities of the hip, knee, ankle and foot

Distinguishing Features

  • Lead center for the CHILD (Children’s Hospitals Investigating Limb Deformity) multicenter study group, the only study group for pediatric limb deformity, currently composed of eight centers in three countries
  • Leader in the use of the Ilizarov technique and Taylor Spatial Frames
  • Multidisciplinary team with specialized limb deformity nursing, physical therapy and orthotic care, as well as a dedicated pain management service for perioperative care
  • Full range of options offered, from orthotic options and physical therapy to the full range of options for complex surgical care
  • Leading-edge research: 29 national and international research podium presentations in 2015 alone, with five national and international research awards in the past five years