Simply put, pediatric orthopedic specialists know children’s bodies. Kids aren’t just small adults. Their growing bones and different developmental stages pose different challenges. Pediatric specialists know what to look for, can anticipate problems and can work toward the best outcome with a system of care designed for your child or teen. They know how to deal with kids, teens and their families, and that’s one of the top reasons why children and teens with orthopedics injuries or illnesses shouldn’t be treated in an adult hospital. In fact, more parents trust Children's for orthopedic care than anyone else in Georgia.* The pediatric orthopedic specialists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta also help educate parents on ways to help keep kids’ bones healthy. 

Top-ranked care is important

The Orthopedics Program at Children’s is the only nationally ranked program of its kind for kids and teens in Georgia and the top program in the Southeast.** Rest assured, when you bring your child to the pediatric orthopedic specialists at Children’s, she will be cared for by one of the country’s leading pediatric orthopedic teams.

Specialized orthopedic care for kids and teens from anywhere

Our team is now offering virtual visits to make appointments easier. Talk to our schedulers about whether a virtual visit is right for your child.

Georgia’s only nationally ranked Orthopedic Program for kids and teens

We are among the best orthopedic programs for kids and teens in the nation based on factors like overall outcomes, number of patients treated, fewer complications, best practices and more.

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As one of the leading pediatric orthopedic programs in the country, we specialize in medical and surgical treatment of conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system—the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Specific conditions we treat include:

Conditions that impact the bones of the spinal column or the bones that make up the spine:

Conditions that impact the bones of the shoulders:

Conditions that impact the bones of the chest:

Conditions that impact the bones of the arms and hands:

Conditions that impact the bones of the hips:

Conditions that impact the bones of the legs:

Conditions that impact the bones of the feet and ankles:

Injury Finder

Is Your Child in Pain?

Identify the part of the body that is in pain to learn about possible causes and how we can help.

Our Orthopedics Program offers several multispecialty programs, meaning our physicians collaborate with other doctors, nurses and clinicians from other specialties to deliver specialized orthopedic care and resources to patients. By working with doctors, nurses and clinicians from other specialties, we are able to collaborate and help deliver specialized orthopedic care and resources to patients. We work closely with teams across our System to deliver coordinated care. We are also actively involved in research projects to help improve patient outcomes.


Virtual visits

We know that your child’s doctor visits are important, and we are making them even easier for families. We now offer virtual visits so that patients can see their providers without leaving home. Every visit is unique, and some visits need to happen in person—your child’s doctor will help decide if your child can be seen virtually. Talk to our schedulers about setting up a virtual visit for your child.

Schedule your appointment online

We are also now offering online appointment scheduling to make booking your child’s appointment even easier. Visit our online appointment scheduler, and choose the provider, location and day that work best for your family.

Second opinions

We understand that when it comes to your child needing orthopedic treatment or surgery, a second opinion can help ease concerns and help you make an informed decision. We welcome all second opinions.

Meet our team

As one of the largest pediatric orthopedic practices in the Southeast, our team includes 14 surgeons, two orthopedists and six primary care physicians. Where you take your child matters because the treatment they get today will impact their entire future.

Orthopedic surgeons


Sports medicine primary care physicians

Advanced practitioners

  • Denise Coultes Beuret, FNP-C
  • Amy Butterfield, PNP
  • Sarah Delk, PA-C
  • Grace Hall, PA-C
  • Veronica Hill, CPNP
  • Laura Jones, CPNP
  • J. Brian Kelly, PA-C
  • Jessica King, PA-C
  • Nancy Kralovich, PA-C
  • Nikki Kress, CPNP-AC
  • Keri L. Liles, PA-C
  • Rebecca Lunsford, PA-C
  • Joshua Myers, FNP-C
  • Nicole O'Donnell, PA-C
  • Caitlin Parsons, PA
  • Tori Robertson, PA-C
  • Tracy Ruska, MSN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
  • Karen Shaw, PA-C
  • Cassie Simon, PNP-AC
  • Melissa Smyles, PA-C
  • Kirsten Warnock, NP-C

Certified athletic trainers

  • Raven Giordano, AT-C
  • David Kloehs, AT-C
  • Christina Perez, AT-C
  • Sara Skammer, AT-C
  • Beth Walsh, AT-C

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National and international research is a top priority for Children’s.

Our team’s orthopedic research studies are designed to lead to better outcomes for pediatric patients. Our physicians are dedicated to collaboration and active research on topics that include the spine, hips, trauma and more.


U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top pediatric orthopedics programs in the country. Our program combines the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, making Children’s a top choice for treatment of orthopedic conditions and injuries.

Orthopedic specialists lead our program. Our doctors and surgeons work closely with orthopedic surgeons in the community to help ensure complete, coordinated care is delivered seamlessly at our hospitals for children with orthopedic conditions. The following physicians lead our Orthopedics Program:

Physician leadership

A message from our chief

“It is an honor to be recognized this year as the only nationally ranked program for kids and teens in Georgia and the top program in the Southeast. It’s a true reflection of our tireless pursuit of better patient outcomes, experience and quality of care.”

Private Practice Physicians in Our Orthopedics Program

We work closely with private practice physicians in our program to lead research, develop specialized programs and deliver seamless care to patients.

Hand surgery

Please sign in to MYchart to complete the forms that have been assigned to you prior to your child's visit. If you'd prefer to print and complete the forms, please call 404-255-1933 to request them. Forms should be completed prior to your child’s appointment with Children’s Physician Group–Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine as this will help reduce wait times. 

Dr. Schrader visits a hip patient before surgery.

Our Macon Clinic Has Moved Locations

Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Macon has moved to a new location at 1625 Hardeman Ave, Macon, GA 31201 as of Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023.

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*Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) by hospitals in Georgia, ages 0-18 (2022). Does not include any freestanding ambulatory surgery data.
**No. 10 on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list for 2023-24.