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.learn more
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:
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.
- Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Program
- Bone Health and Diseases Program
- Brachial Plexus Program
- Cerebral Palsy Program
- Comprehensive Limb Difference Program
- Concussion Program
- Fracture care
- Hand and Upper Extremity Program
- Hip Program
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Scoliosis and Spine Program
- Sports Medicine Program
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.
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.
- Jed Axelrod, MD
- Robert W. Bruce Jr., MD
- Michael T. Busch, MD
- Dennis P. Devito, MD
- Anthony "Ace" Egger, MD
- Jorge A. Fabregas, MD
- Jill C. Flanagan, MD
- Nicholas D. Fletcher, MD
- Dell McLaughlin, MD
- Joshua Murphy, MD
- Dana Olszewski, MD, MPH
- Crystal Perkins, MD
- Michael L. Schmitz, MD
- Tim Schrader, MD
- S. Clifton Willimon, MD
Sports medicine primary care physicians
- Ashley Brouillette, MD
- J. Stephen Kroll, MD
- Stephen Miller, MD
- Tatiana Patsimas, MD
- Armand Scurfield, MD
- Matthew Vosters, MD
- 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
Meet Some of Our Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists
Meet Dr. Dell C. McLaughlin, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Dell C. McLaughlin, MD, MPH, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s and is specially trained to treat growing bones - from simple fractures to complex bone tumors.
Meet Dr. Joshua S. Murphy, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Joshua S. Murphy, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s. His experience as a father guides him every day as he treats the kids and teens in his care.
Meet Dr. Robert W. Bruce Jr., Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Robert W. Bruce Jr., MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and the Medical Director of the Neuromuscular Program and Cerebral Palsy Program at Children’s. As a father and mentor, Dr. Bruce understands the importance of getting kids back to doing what they love after an injury or surgery.
Meet Dr. Cliff Willimon, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Cliff Willimon, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Medical Director for the Atlanta United Academy Team and Team Physician for the Atlanta United First Team.
Meet Dr. Crystal Perkins, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Crystal Perkins, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Children’s. Dr. Perkins understands how to connect with her patients who have a passion for sports.
Meet Dr. Jill Flanagan, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Jill C. Flanagan, MD, a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Children’s who specializes in limb lengthening surgeries and has experience treating many types of limb differences.
Meet Dr. Michael Schmitz, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Michael Schmitz, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief of Orthopedics at Children’s. Dr. Schmitz is an expert at caring for kids with orthopedic conditions.
Meet Dr. Michael T. Busch, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Michael T. Busch, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Surgical Director at Children's. He’s a sports medicine innovator practicing for more than 30 years.
Meet Dr. Tim Schrader, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Tim Schrader, MD, is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Hip Program at Children’s. He has expertise in hip preservation and hip problems.
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.DISCOVER 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:
- Michael L. Schmitz, MD, Chief, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center
- S. Clifton Willimon, MD, Medical Director, Atlanta United Academy team
- Crystal Perkins, MD, Medical Director, Orthopedic Quality and Outcomes
- Allan E. Peljovich, MD, Medical Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Program
- Tim Schrader, MD, Medical Director, Hip Program; Surgical Director, Scottish Rite Hospital
- Robert W. Bruce Jr., MD, Medical Director, Neuromuscular Program and Cerebral Palsy Program
- Nicholas D. Fletcher, MD, Medical Director, Spine Program
- Joshua Murphy, MD, Medical Director, Spine Quality and Outcomes
- Michael T. Busch, MD, Surgical Director, Sports Medicine Program
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.
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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.Learn More
1181 Langford Drive, Building 200, Suite 101
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Children’s at Cherokee
1558 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 100
Canton, GA 30114
Children’s at Duluth
2270 Duluth Highway 120
Duluth, GA 30097
Children’s at Fayette
1250 Highway 54 West, Suite 200
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Children’s at Forsyth
The Collection at Forsyth
410 Peachtree Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041
Children’s at Hamilton Creek
2240 Hamilton Creek Parkway, Suite 600
Dacula, GA 30019
Children’s at Hudson Bridge–Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
1492 Hudson Bridge Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
1625 Hardeman Ave
Macon, GA 31201
Children’s at Meridian Mark
5445 Meridian Mark Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Children’s at Old Milton Parkway
3300 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Children’s at Town Center Outpatient Care Center
605 Big Shanty Road NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – Douglasville
6095 Professional Parkway, First Floor, Suite 101B
Douglasville, GA 30134
*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.