Every Child Diagnosed With an Orthopedic Problem is Treated With an Individualized Plan

About Our Orthopedics Department

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Whether it’s a baby with a congenital condition, or a teenager with a sports-related injury, our team specializes in diagnosing, evaluating and treating problems of the musculoskeletal system, trauma and fractures, scoliosis and other spinal abnormalities in children of all ages.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital is ranked No. 9 by U.S. News & World Report for Orthopedics.

Key Programs

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Hand and Upper Extremity Program

Children who are born with hand or upper extremity differences or experience a traumatic injury face unique challenges. Our program is one of the few in the US that includes Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, offering a comprehensive approach.

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Hip Program

The dedicated Hip Program focuses on using the latest treatments and techniques that ensures every measure is used to preserve hip function, reduce pain and support healthy joint growth in patients diagnosed with the most complex conditions related to the hip.

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Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement

Walking. Moving. Better. At the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement, children and adults with mobility limitations, spinal conditions, neuromuscular disorders and congenital and acquired limb conditions have access to in-depth analysis of their gait and motion.

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Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction

Our center treats children and adolescents with all types of limb length discrepancies and limb deformities including congenital, developmental or post-traumatic limb deformities.

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Musculoskeletal Oncology Program

Our Musculoskeletal Oncology Program focuses on innovative limb salvage strategies and ways to protect quality of life both now and in the future for our patients.

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Spine Program

The Spine Program at Nationwide Children's focuses on managing congenital, developmental and neuromuscular-related spine conditions. Our approach provides a long-term treatment plan of surgical or non-surgical interventions that will allow for optimal skeletal growth.

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Sports Medicine

Our orthopaedic and sports medicine teams have collaborated to create a patient care environment focused on returning young athletes to pre-injury activity levels safely and quickly, creating treatment and rehabilitation plans that meet the unique needs of maturing bones.

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Trauma Program

The trauma team includes experts in orthopaedic surgery, working closely with emergency department physicians to assess and prioritize multi-injury issues.


We serve patients at our main campus in Columbus, Ohio, and also in locations in the surrounding community.

Surgery locations

Clinic Locations

Orthopedic Center

Orthopedic Center

East Columbus Close To Home Center with Urgent Care at 6435 East Broad St.

East Columbus at 6435 East Broad St.

Hilliard Close To Home Center


Our Orthopedics team includes surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses who provide expert, individualized care for each child. 


Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Kevin E. Klingele

Kevin E. Klingele, MD is the Chief of Orthopedics.

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Read Billy's Story

Name: Billy C.
Age Today: 18 Years

Billy was in the sixth grade when he noticed that his left foot was turning inward and that he was “walking weird.” He was later diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease, a condition where blood flow to the hip joint is disrupted, causing the bone in the hip to become malformed and weak.

Maureen C

Read Maureen's Story

Name: Maureen C.
Condition(s): Scoliosis
Age Today: 20 Years

Maureen’s yearly check-up was routine, until the spinal check. Asked to bend over, she did so freely and had no hesitation. But one side of her back was clearly raised higher than the other.

Gunner M

Read Gunner's Story

Name: Gunner M.
Condition(s): Spinal Muscular Atrophy SMA
Age Today: 6 Years

When Gunner was not quite one year old, he underwent testing at the Neurosciences Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He didn’t seem to want to “go faster” then and his mom and dad wanted to make sure everything was okay.

Orthopedics in the News

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Patient Story

Meet our Patients

Makya was born with with a severely deformed spine. But his 15 back surgeries haven’t stopped him from riding horses, playing baseball, running and riding his bike. He doesn’t let anything hold him back, and faces each day with courage, a smile, and a positive attitude.