Christopher Iobst, MD, Leading New Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

November 16, 2016

With the recruitment of Christopher Iobst, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has established the Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction within the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Iobst will serve as the director of the new center as well as 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. State of the art 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. 

“I am very proud to be part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and to be leading this new center that focuses on such important issues,” said Dr. Iobst. “While we still may not know what causes certain limb deformities, we are constantly innovating new and improved ways of managing them. I am looking forward to being a part of the Nationwide Orthopaedic Surgery team here in Columbus.”

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’s expertise in limb lengthening and reconstruction will be an enormous asset to our Orthopaedics department and will elevate the care of a very complex group of patients from around the country. His multidisciplinary approach and outcome based surgical interventions will continue to push Nationwide Children's to the forefront of pediatric orthopaedic care,” says Kevin Klingele, MD, chief of orthopaedics at Nationwide Children’s.

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 he is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Iobst earned his bachelor’s degree at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and 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.

Note to the editor: Dr. Christopher Iobst resides in New Albany, OH 43054.

Dr. Christopher Iobst, Director of the Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at