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New York Family —February 3, 2011

Hospital For Special Surgery
Dr. Roger Widmann, Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics

What brought you to Hospital for Special Surgery?

Sixteen years ago I was looking for a job, and Hospital for Special Surgery was looking for a pediatric orthopedist. HSS has a long held reputation as an adult orthopedic hospital, and this [position] was an opportunity to develop the pediatric orthopedic service, which is what we have done in terms of branching out, increasing our sub-specializations and bringing in experts in different areas of care.

What do you enjoy about working for this hospital in particular?
[I enjoy] the unique combination of high-tech medical care with a caring staff of nurses, physical therapists and pediatricians. We provide state-of-the-art surgical intervention and rehabilitation, and we have all the things that an excellent children's hospital provides, such as pediatric sub-specialists and a large physical therapy department. So we can do all these high-tech things, but we also have a personal approach, and it’s nice to combine both of those things in one setting.

What should families look for when choosing a pediatric orthopedics center?
They should look for sub-specialization within the field. Twenty to 30 years ago pediatric orthopedists did everything from the neck to the tips of the toes, and over the last 20 years there has been significant sub-specialization. Everyone has a specific focus in terms of their clinical and surgical interest.

What other amenities do you offer that other hospitals in the city perhaps don’t have?
Our staff; our operating room nurses and our therapists are all geared specifically and entirely towards musculoskeletal problems and orthopedic surgery. When you have surgery at HSS you are getting pediatric sub-specialty orthopedic nurses, which are a rarity, but that’s the standard here. Everyone from the top down is completely focused on orthopedics.

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