UF Health Pediatric Orthopaedics, an Alliance with Shriners Children’s

UF Health Pediatric Orthopaedics, an Alliance with Shriners Children's, boasts the region's most complete scope of practices for pediatric orthopaedics. Our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons care about your child's growing body, providing outstanding care for children and teens with a variety of musculoskeletal issues.

Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists are trained to help children with conditions that affect their bones, joints and spine. Since children's bones have yet to fully develop, our approach centers on remedying the affected area but also keeping the child on track for healthy growth.

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UF Health Pediatric Orthopaedics & Shriners Children

The unique alliance between UF Health and Shriners Hospitals for Children has a meaningful impact on children with musculoskeletal problems. Shriners Hospitals for Children created the Shriners professorship in pediatric orthopaedics, the Shriners fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and funding for improvements at the pediatric orthopaedic practice to help enhance the patient experience. The commitment will provide ongoing support for research, faculty and staff development, program enhancements and continuing education related to the care of pediatric orthopaedic patients at both UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

A Patient-Centered Facility

This state-of-the-art-facility was designed with the patient in mind. Renovations focused on the layout and flow of the space, and special attention was paid to improving the visual experience for young patients. Whimsical, colorful art throughout the patient areas encourages movement and imagination — both important for a healing environment.

Pediatric Orthopedics facility

This child-friendly facility features leading-edge imaging and technology providing a full scope of orthopaedic evaluations, treatments and rehabilitation including EOS low-dose imaging, all located on the fourth floor of the UF Health Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute (OSMI).

Family-Focused Care

A child life specialist and nurse care manager are available at this location to enhance your family's experience by providing support services and compassionate care to your child during their visit.

Conditions We Treat

  • Abnormal gait
  • Brain injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Clubfoot and other disorders of the foot
  • Congenital, developmental and neuromuscular conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Limb deformities and deficiencies
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Scoliosis and complex spinal deformities
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sports injuries

Of the conditions above, two that are most regularly seen are scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and club foot, a developmental deformity in which the feet are turned inward, which causes a child to walk on the sides of the foot.

  • Club foot is treated with a process known as Ponseti casting. This involves casting the foot every one to two weeks to straighten it, usually followed by a small surgery and bracing.
  • Scoliosis and related conditions can cause very severe and even life-threatening problems in growing children. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons use a variety of technologies and treatments, including Mehta casting and magnetically controlled growing rods for younger children, and vertebral body tethering and fusion for children who are older.

Procedures We Perform

  • Arthroscopy
  • Fracture repair and reconstruction
  • Growth modulation and reconstruction for deformities of the lower extremities
  • Hip preservation surgeries
  • Limb-lengthening surgeries
  • Mehta casting
  • Ponseti casting for clubfoot
  • Spinal fusion and growing rod surgery
  • Spinal tethering for scoliosis
  • Surgery for spine, hips and feet related to cerebral palsy

Additionally, we have an expert physiatrist who is trained in providing care in spasticity management as well as tone management.

Urgent Care

UF Health ORTHOcare is conveniently open for daily walk-in orthopaedic care. Whether you need care for sprains, strains or minor fractures, our highly skilled orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians are available.

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ORTHOcare has providers available to treat children, two-years-old to teenager, during all open hours. We also have physicians available to treat infants under two on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit UFHealth.org/uf-health-orthocare for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Meet Your Care Team

Learn more about UF Health’s expert team of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons who treat a variety of complex fractures in children. Whether your child is facing brittle bone conditions like osteogenesis imperfecta, bone tumors, hip dysplasia, effects of cerebral palsy or other health problems that impair movement, you can be confident your child will receive the best care.

Nigel J. Price, M.D.Nigel J. Price, M.D.  - Clinical Professor and Division Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Stephanie Ihnow, M.D.Stephanie Ihnow, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Frieda P Ansoanuur, M.D.Frieda P Ansoanuur, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Jessica L. McQuerry, MDJessica L. McQuerry, MD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Joanne Joanne "Jodi" M. Duffield, ARNP - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Derek Wilson, PA-CDerek Wilson, PA-C - Physician Assistant, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Kirsten Norrell, MDKirsten Norrell, MD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Jessica Matilsky, PA-CJessica Matilsky, APRN - Nurse Practitioner
Brie Van HornBrie Van Horn, BS, LPS, CpST, CCLS - Child Life Specialist
John CampbellJohn Campbell, RN - RN Specialist


UF Health Pediatric Orthopaedics, An Alliance with Shriners Children’s at UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute 3450 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32607

Shriners Center of Excellence is located on the 4th floor of the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. The Shriners Center of Excellence makes it convenient for patients to have pre- and postoperative appointments as well as undergo orthopaedic surgery in one central location with easy, complimentary parking. Take a look inside our state-of-the-art facility in the video below.