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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Welcomes New Orthopedic Physicians


ATLANTA (March 1, 2021) – The Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is starting the year with three new doctors: Dell McLaughlin, MD; Sajith Azerf, MD, MPH; and Stephen Miller, MD.

These experts join one of the largest and most experienced pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine practices in the country, ranking No. 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Children’s Hospitals” in 2020-21. In their new roles, Drs. McLaughlin, Azerf and Miller will be dedicated to the care of children, adolescents, young adults and young athletes with a wide range of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions and injuries.

“Adding these experts to our team at Children’s will help us continue striving for excellence, with the most innovative and personalized care for our pediatric patients,” said Michael Schmitz, MD, chief of Orthopedics at Children’s. “These doctors will serve our communities by expanding access to families who are seeking the best orthopedic and sports medicine care for their child. Whether it be a broken bone, sports injury, spinal deformity or a musculoskeletal tumor, we can and do take care of everything orthopedic.”

Dr. McLaughlin is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with special interest in treating musculoskeletal tumors, limb salvage and reconstruction, and orthopedic deformities and trauma. After studying at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. McLaughlin trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Hospital for Sick Children. She will primarily see patients at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, Children’s at Fayette and Children’s at Old Milton Parkway.

Dr. Azerf, an orthopedic physician, recently completed his nonoperative pediatric fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He specializes in nonoperative musculoskeletal conditions, including clubfoot, gait abnormalities, nonoperative management of scoliosis and fractures. He will primarily see patients at Children’s at Forsyth and in Athens.

Dr. Miller, a sports medicine physician, specializes in helping young athletes manage nonoperative musculoskeletal injuries with his expertise in concussions, adolescent back pain, throwing-related injuries, stress fractures and injuries common in runners. He received his medical training at Duke University Medical Center, then continued at Children’s Hospital of Akron. Dr. Miller has more than 15 years of experience treating teen athletes and is board-certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. He will primarily see patients at Children’s at Fayette.

With the addition of Drs. McLaughlin, Azerf and Miller, Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine now has 20 expert physicians available to treat pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit choa.org/cpgortho.

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and 19 neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

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