Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Announces the Addition of New Physicians to Create Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics

New Pediatric Orthopaedics Practice to Support Growing Needs of Community

ATLANTA (December 5, 2017) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced today that the pediatric orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians of Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta (COA) are joining the not-for-profit healthcare system as part of Children’s Physician Group. In an effort to support the growing needs of Georgia’s pediatric population, 16 orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians have joined Children’s from COA to form a new pediatric practice called Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics.

Children’s Physician Group is one of the largest pediatric multispecialty practices in the Southeast. The group’s pediatric-trained doctors and surgeons represent more than 30 pediatric specialties in over 30 locations across metro Atlanta and in surrounding communities. With the addition of this new practice, Children’s Physician Group now employs more than 500 physicians.

COA is the largest pediatric orthopaedic practice in the Southeast. Many of their physicians have been instrumental in building comprehensive orthopaedic programs over the years at Children’s. COA physicians are currently involved in more than 35 ongoing clinical research projects in areas including sports medicine, spine, hip, trauma and infection.

“We are excited to expand our long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship with the COA physicians,” says Patrick Frias, MD, chief operating officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “We look forward to working together to build upon the Children’s Orthopaedic Program, which has roots in our 100 year history.”

The physicians and surgeons who joined Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics include: orthopaedic surgeons Jed Axelrod, MD, Michael Busch, MD, Melissa Christino, MD, Dennis Devito, MD, Jorge Fabregas, MD, Jill Flanagan, MD, Joshua Murphy, MD, Dana Olszewski, MD, MPH, Michael Schmitz, MD, Tim Schrader, MD, and S. Clifton Willimon, MD; sports medicine physicians John Alsobrook, MD, John Buchanan, DO, J. Stephen Kroll, MD, David Marshall, MD and Armand Scurfield, MD; and orthopaedist Robert Montero, MD.

“The physicians and staff at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta have worked closely with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for years to care for Georgia’s pediatric orthopaedic patients,” says Michael Schmitz, MD, Chief of Orthopaedics. “Joining together to form Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics will allow us to provide our patients and families with seamless, unified care. This collaborative approach to patient care will include integration with Children’s services, such as imaging, rehab, anesthesia and other important services associated with orthopaedic medicine.”

As one of the leading pediatric orthopaedic programs in the country, Children’s treats more pediatric patients with broken bones than any other hospital in Georgia and has the only hospital-based pediatric orthotics and prosthetics practice in the state. In 2016, Children’s treated more than 5,500 orthopaedic patients, provided 6,150 prosthetic and orthotic devices, and performed more posterior spinal fusions than any other pediatric hospital in the United States – more than four times the national average*.

*Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), 2016.


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