(From the November 2016 Issue of MedStat)
Christopher Iobst, MD, is the director of the new Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction within the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Iobst is also a clinical associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction will focus on providing families with a range of available surgical and non-surgical options to address congenital, developmental, and traumatic limb deformity and limb-length discrepancies. Techniques, such as minimally invasive corrective surgery and the use of magnetic lengthening implants, will be available to help a child gain maximum functionality and confidence. The Center will also be involved in research, looking for innovative new methods of treating children with limb deformity. Previously, Dr. Iobst was the director of Research at Nemours Children’s Hospital. He has presented his clinical and research work at national and international medical meetings and has been awarded the St. Giles Young Investigator Award by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Dr. Iobst has been an invited speaker at national conferences on external fixation and limb deformity and has written numerous articles and book chapters. He is active on the board of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, a member of the Pediatric Surgeons of North America organization and certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Iobst earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.