John S. Blanco, MD

Dr. John Blanco specializes in the treatment of pediatric and adolescent spinal deformity (including casting, bracing, growth-sparing surgical correction, and formal instrumentation and fusion), clubfeet, fracture management, limb deformity correction, hip conditions, and foot deformities.

A native New Yorker who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Dr. Blanco attended Archbishop Molloy High School and New York University before enrolling at Cornell University Medical College in 1978. After completing his residency training in orthopedic surgery at New York Medical College in 1988, he spent an additional year of specialty training as a pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis fellow at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Beginning his career at The University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Dr. Blanco was eventually promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics and was later named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. In 2003, he relocated to the Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital, where he served as Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship, as well as the Director of Resident Education. In 2008, he returned to New York City to join the expanding Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Blanco has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including scoliosis, pediatric fracture management, slipped capitol femoral epiphysis and cerebral palsy. He has authored several chapters in textbooks that have been published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has also lectured extensively on a multitude of topics in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. He is also active in the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society.

In addition to his Manhattan office at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Blanco also sees patients at the HSS Long Island Outpatient Center in Uniondale.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Pediatric spinal deformity
Pediatric fractures
Neuromuscular conditions (cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele)


University of Virginia Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence, 1997
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Attending Teaching Award, 1994 & 2003


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (Trauma Committee Chair 1999-2000)
Scoliosis Research Society (Fellowship Committee Chair 2002-2003)


Scoliosis correction (anterior and posterior) including growing rod and vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) techniques for the immature spine
Clubfoot correction
Pediatric fracture management
Management of neuromuscular conditions

Insurances Accepted

Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
Emblem Selectcare
NYS Empire Plan
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, 1978-1982


General Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, 1982-1983


General Surgery Resident (PGY-2)
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident (PGY-3-6)
New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, 1983-1988


Pediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, Texas, 1988-1989


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991

State Licensure

New York, Georgia, Virginia

John S. Blanco, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Editorial Appointments

Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Selected Publications

Gaston, R. Glenn; Cates, Taylor B.; Devito, Dennis; Schmitz, Michael; Schrader, Tim; Busch, Michael; Fabregas, Jorge; Rosenberg, Eli; Blanco, John. "Medial and Lateral Pin Versus Lateral-Entry Pin Fixation for Type 3 Supracondylar Fractures in Children: A Prospective, Surgeon-Randomized Study." Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 30(8):799-806, December 2010.

Knapp DR, Jones ET, Blanco JS, Flynn JC, Price CT. "Allograft Bone in Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis." Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. Latest Advances in Spinal Surgery 18 Supplement 1, S73-S76, February 2005.

Abel MF, Damiano DL, Blanco JS, Conaway M, Miller F, Dabney K, Sutherland D, Chambers H, Dias L, Sarwark J, Killian J, Doyle S, Root L, LaPlaza J, Widman R, Snyder B. "Relationships Among Musculoskeletal Impairments and Functional Health Status in Ambulatory Cerebral Palsy." Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 23:535-541, 2003.

Baddar A, Granata K, Damiano DL, Carmines DV, Blanco JS, Abel MF. "Ankle and Knee Coupling in Patients with Spastic Diplegia: Effects of Gastrocnemius-Soleus Lengthening." Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 84(5): 736-744, 2002.

Westerlund E, Gill S, Jarosz T, Abel MF, Blanco JS. "Posterior Only Unit Rod Instrumentation and Fusion for Neuromuscular Scoliosis." Spine 26(18):1984-1989, 2001.

Blanco JS, Sears C. "Allograft Bone Use During Instrumentation and Fusion in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis." Spine 22:1338-1342, 1997.

Topping RE, Blanco JS, Davis TJ. "Clinical Evaluation of Crossed Pin Versus Lateral Pin Fixation in Displaced Supracondylar Humerus Fractures." Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 15; 435-439, 1995.

Blanco JS, Taylor B, Johnston CB. "Comparison of Single Pin Versus Multiple Pin Fixation in Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis." Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 12:384-389, 1992.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Blanco JS. "Osteogenesis Imperfecta." in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics, 1st Edition. editor: B. Stephens Richards, published by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois. 1996.

Blanco JS. "Osteogenesis Imperfecta." in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics, 2nd Edition. editor: Paul Sponseller, published by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois. 2002.

Blanco JS. "Myelomeningocele." in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update VII, published by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois. 2002.

Blanco JS, Abel MF. "Back Pain in Children" and "Scoliosis." in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics, 3rd Edition. editor MF Abel, published by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois. 2006.

Research Interests

Pediatric fracture treatment
Dr. John Blanco, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 E. 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 646.797.8366
Fax: 646.797.8361

Uniondale Office
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

Tel: 516.222.8881
Fax: 516.222.6893

New York Hospital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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