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Emily R. Dodwell, MD, MPH, FRCSC


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
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Emily R. Dodwell, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1451
Fax: 212.774.7065
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1451
Fax: 212.774.7065
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Dr. Emily Dodwell is a board certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedic trauma and lower extremity reconstruction including treatment of limb deformities, congenital malformations, hip and foot abnormalities, and the orthopedic care of children with neuromuscular conditions. 

Dr. Dodwell is Canadian and completed her undergraduate degree in engineering and her medical doctorate at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She completed her orthopedic residency training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and obtained her research and public health degree (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her pediatric orthopedic fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Dodwell is a Clinician-Scientist, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and Director of Pediatric Orthopedic Research at HSS. She frequently lectures and mentors medical students, residents, and fellows and is the Co-Director of the Maine Orthopedic Review Course.

Dr. Dodwell is a Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Faculty member for the AO Trauma Foundation, and regularly presents at AO Webinars and  trauma courses. She also serves as Chair of the E-Editorial (Education) Committee for the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and is the Deputy Editor for Pediatric Orthopedics at the Journal of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Dodwell is a member of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute Medical Advisory Board, and is the IHDI Coordinator of Global Outreach. Dr. Dodwell is dedicated to improving orthopedic care for children worldwide, and participates annually in humanitarian missions to Colombia where she teaches local doctors in training and treats children with lower extremity deformities. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, and for the Perry Initiative, mentoring young women into careers in engineering and orthopedics.

Dr. Dodwell is dedicated to improving pediatric orthopedic care through research. Her main focus is comparative surgical outcomes. She is the recipient of multiple grants, awards and honors, and is the principal investigator of multiple multi-center trials in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Dr. Dodwell has published over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts, and has presented over 100 abstracts at national and international conferences. She has written textbook chapters on trauma, limb lengthening, epiphysiodesis, hip surgery, and neuromuscular conditions.

Dr. Dodwell’s approach to caring for infants, children and adolescents involves personalized treatments, both operative and non-operative, that are supported by the latest evidence. She treats patients at HSS and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell) in Manhattan and at HSS Brooklyn at Industry City.

Dr. Dodwell lives with her husband and children in Manhattan. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, reading, cooking, skiing and kayaking.

Patient Stories

Appointments

Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Departments

Special Expertise

Pediatric Trauma and Fracture Care
Pediatric Hip Surgery
Pediatric Foot and Ankle Surgery
Pediatric Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction
Non-operative Scoliosis Treatment
Orthopedic care for children with neuromuscular conditions

Procedures

Fracture/trauma, Operative and Non-Operative
DDH Treatment including Pavlik Harness
Clubfoot Treatment including Ponseti Casting
Casting for Metatarsus Adductus, Achilles contractures, Congenital knee dislocations, Vertical talus
Bracing for Scoliosis including Rigo, Providence and Boston TLSO
Guided Growth
Flatfoot, Cavus Foot and other Foot Correction
Limb Lengthening and other Limb Deformity Correction
Treatment of Bone Cysts, Fibrous Dysplasia and other Bone Defects
Prenatal Consultation for Clubfoot and Limb Deformities

Awards

POSNA Directed Research Grant, 2017
Lerner Children’s Pavilion Research Grant, 2017
POSNA-EPOS Traveling Fellow (Paris, Rome, Utrecht), 2016
POSNA Research Start-Up Grant, 2016
Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) Pilot Award, 2015
St. Giles New Investigator Award, 2014
AOTrauma North America Kathryn Cramer Career Development Grant, 2014
Ranawat Award for Best Paper, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2014
AAOS/ORS/OREF Clinician Scientist Development Scholarship, 2013
HSS Clinician Scientist Development Grant, 2012-2017
OREF/RJOS/Depuy Grant in Women’s Musculoskeletal Health, 2011

Affiliations

Global Outreach Liaison, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Medical Advisory Board Member, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Co-Director, Maine Orthopedic Review Course
Chair E-Editorial (education) committee, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
Faculty, AO Trauma Foundation
Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Member, European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society
Member, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Languages

English

Insurance Information


Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

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Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of November 14, 2019, Dr. Dodwell reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Emily R. Dodwell in the News

Education

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Medical Doctorate, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Residency

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Fellowship

The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Certification

Orthopedic Surgery

State Licensure

Patient Education by Dr. Emily R. Dodwell on HSS.edu

Blog Posts by Dr. Emily R. Dodwell

Editorial Appointments

Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Senior Associate Editor, Hospital for Special Surgery Journal
Co-Editor Pediatric Section, Bhandari’s Evidence Based Orthopedics
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Reviewer, Journal of Children’s Orthopedics
Reviewer, Pediatrics
Reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Association
Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine

Selected Books by Dr. Emily R. Dodwell

Goodbody, C, Widmann RF Dodwell E. Percutaneous Distal Femoral or Proximal Tibial Epiphysiodesis for Leg Length Discrepancy. In Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Edited by Flynn JM and Wiesel SW. Wolters Kluwer. New York, NY, 2021.

Goodbody C, Blyaker A, Widmann R, Dodwell E. Limb Lengthening Using the Ilizarov Method or a Monoplanar Fixator. In Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Edited by Flynn JM and Wiesel SW. Wolters Kluwer. New York, NY, 2021.

Dodwell E, Agarwal, K, Sink E. Chapter 6: Orthopedic Hip Surgery for Patients with Cerebral Palsy. In Orthopedic Care of Patients with Cerebral Palsy: A Clinical Guide to Evaluation and Management. Edited by Nowicki P. Springer, Cham. 2020

Dodwell E. Displaced Proximal Humerus Fracture in 8 Year Old. In Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas. Edited by Iobst C and Frick SL. Springer, Cham. 2018.

Dodwell E. Displaced Proximal Humerus Fracture in 15 Year Old. In Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas.  Edited by Iobst C and Frick SL. Springer, Cham. 2018.

Dodwell E, Widmann RF. Percutaneous Distal Femoral or Proximal Tibial Epiphysiodesis for Leg Length Discrepancy. In Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Edited by Flynn JM and Wiesel SW. Wolters Kluwer. New York, NY, 2015.

Widmann RF, Dodwell E, Gholve PA, Blyaker A. Limb Lengthening Using the Ilizarov Method or a Monoplanar Fixator. In Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Edited by Flynn JM and Wiesel SW. Wolters Kluwer. New York, NY, 2015.

Dodwell E, Fabricant PD, Marx B. The epidemiology of pediatric and adolescent knee ACL injuries. In Knee Surgery for the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete. Edited by Green DW and Cordasco FA. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins/Wolters-Kluwer. New York, NY, 2015.

Dodwell E. Surgical Treatment of Growth Arrest. In Knee Surgery for the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete. Edited by Green DW and Cordasco FA. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins/Wolters-Kluwer. New York, NY, 2015. 

Selected Publications

Honig EL, Haeberle HS, Kehoe CM, Dodwell ER. Pediatric Orthopedic Mythbusters: the Truth about Flexible Flatfeet, Tibial and Femoral torsion, W-sitting, and Idiopathic Toe-Walking. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2021;33(1):105-113. doi:10.1097/MOP.0000000000000977

Sidharthan S, Kehoe C, Dodwell E. Current Concept Review: Post-Natal Positioning through Babywearing: What the Orthopedic Surgeon Needs to Know. JPOSNA. 2020; 2(3).

Swarup I, Maheshwer B, Orr S, Kehoe C, Zhang Y, Dodwell E. Intermediate-Term Outcomes Following Operative and Nonoperative Management of Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Children and Adolescents. JBJS Open Access. 2021; 6(1): 20. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.20.00036

Swarup I, Nguyen J, Edmonds C, Dodwell E, Scher D. Effect of Intravenous ε-Aminocaproic Acid on Blood Loss and Transfusion Requirements after Bilateral Femoral Osteotomy: A Double Blind Placebo-Controlled Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Jul;40(6):e454-e459. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001480.

Agarwal K, Chen C, Scher D, Dodwell ER. Migration Percentage and Odds of Recurrence/Subsequent Surgery After Treatment For Hip Subluxation in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review. J Child Orthrop. 2019 Dec 5. https://doi.org/10.1302/1863-2548.13.190064

Swarup I, Ge Y, Scher D, Sink E, Widmann R, Dodwell E. Long-term Outcomes Following Closed and Open Reduction of Developmental Hip Dislocations in New York State. JBJS-OAJanuary-March 2020 - Volume 5 - Issue 1 - p e0028 doi: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.19.00028

Kaushal N, Chen C, Agarwal KN, Schrader T, Kelly D, Dodwell ER. Capsulotomy in Unstable Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis and the Odds of AVN: A Meta-analysis of Retrospective Studies. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Jul;39(6):e406-e411. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001359.

Alves C, Truong WH, Thompson M, Suryavanshi J, Penny C, Do H, Dodwell E. Diagnostic and Treatment Preferences for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Survey of EPOS and POSNA Members. J Child Orthrop. 2018 Jun; 12(3):236-244. doi: 10.1302/1863-2548.12.236. PubMed PMID: 29951123.

Chen C, Kaushal N, Scher D, Doyle S, Blanco J, Dodwell ER. Clubfoot Etiology: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review of Observational and Randomized Trials. J Pediatr Orthrop. 2018 Jun 18. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001191. PubMed PMID: 29917009.

Dodwell ER, Garner MR, Bixby E, Luderowski EM, Green DW, Blanco JS, Widmann RF. Percutaneous Epiphysiodesis Using Transphyseal Screws: A Case Series Demonstrating High Efficacy. HSS J. 2017 Oct 13(3):255-262. doi: 10.1007/s11420-017-9549-5. PubMed PMID: 28983218. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5617815

Chen C, Doyle S, Green D, Blanco J, Scher D, Sink E, Dodwell ER. Presence of the Ossific Nucleus and Risk of Osteonecrosis in the Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort and Case-Control Studies. JBJS. 2017 May3; 99(9): 760-767. doi: 10.2106/JBJS. 16.00798. PubMed PMID: 28463920.

Ruzbarsky JJ, Goodbody C , Dodwell ER. Closing the Growth Plate: Review of indications and Surgical Options. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2017 Feb;29(1):80-86. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000438. PubMed PMID: 27845969. 

Ruzbarsky JJ, Scher D, Dodwell ER. Toe walking: causes, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Feb;28(1):40-6. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000302. PubMed PMID: 26709689.

Dodwell ER, Risoe P, Wright J. Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Clubfoot: A Norwegian National Cohort Analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Dec;35(8):e104-9. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000449. PubMed PMID: 26539903.

Pathy R, Dodwell ER. Medial epicondyle fractures in children. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Feb;27(1):58-66. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000181. Review. PubMed PMID: 25564187.

Dodwell ER, Lamont LE, Green DW, Pan TJ, Marx RG, Lyman S. 20 years of pediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in New York State. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Mar;42(3):675-80. doi: 10.1177/0363546513518412. PubMed PMID: 24477820.

Dare DM, Dodwell ER. Pediatric flatfoot: cause, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2014 Feb;26(1):93-100. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000039. Review. PubMed PMID: 24346183.

Dodwell ER. Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis in children: current concepts. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2013 Feb;25(1):58-63. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e32835c2b42. Review. PubMed PMID: 23283291.

Dodwell ER, Anthony A, O’Callaghan J, Jellicoe P, Shah M, Curtis C, Clarke H, Hopyan S. Combined Glenoid Anteversion Osteotomy and Tendon Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: Early Outcomes.  J Bone Joint Surg Am. Dec 2012. 94(23):2145-2152

Dodwell ER, Hopyan S. Combined Glenoid Anteversion Osteotomy and Tendon Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: Surgical Technique. JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques. 2012;2(4):e23 1-13 

Dodwell ER, Snyder B, Wright J. Off-Label Use of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Pediatric Spinal Arthrodesis.  JAMA. 2012; 308(14):1429-1432

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Sidharthan S, Kehoe C, Wang G, Widmann R, Blanco J, Dodwell E. Monitoring with Tantalum Beads Demonstrates No Clinically Significant Growth Following Percutaneous Transphyseal Screw Epiphysiodesis. Podium Presentation, POSNA, San Diego, California; May 13-16, 2020.

Levack A, McLawhorn A, Dodwell E, Delpizzo K, Nguyen J, Sink E. The Effect of Intravenous Tranexamic Acid on Blood Loss and Transfusion After Periacetabular Osteotomy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial. Podium presentation, POSNA, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 15-18, 2019.

Adjei J, Nwachukwu BU, Zhang Y, Green DW, Dodwell E, Fabricant P. Prospectively Calculated Utility Values in Children with Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee. Podium Presentation, AAOS, Las Vegas, Nevada; March 12-16, 2019. 

Swarup I, Nguyen J, Edmonds C, Dodwell E, Scher D. A Placebo Controlled RCT Assessing Blood loss following Bilateral VDRO with Amicar.  Podium Presentation, AAOS, Las Vegas, Nevada; March 12-March 16, 2019.

Nwachukwu BU, So C, Strickland S, Shubin-Stein B, Green DW, Dodwell E. Health Related Quality of Life and Utility Acquisition for Traumatic Patella Dislocation in Adolescents. ePoster Presentation, POSNA, Austin, Texas; May 9-12, 2018.

Swarup I, Orr S, Agarwal K, Green DW, Blanco J, Doyle S, Dodwell E. Long-term Outcomes Following Mid-Shaft Clavicle Fractures in Adolescents: Does Internal Fixation Improve Outcomes? Podium Presentation, POSNA, Austin, Texas; May 9-12, 2018.

Swarup I, Orr S, Agarwal K, Fabricant P, Widmann R, Scher D, Dodwell E. Long-term Outcomes Following Distal Clavicle Fractures in Adolescents: Does Internal Fixation Improve Outcomes? Podium Presentation, POSNA, Austin, Texas; May 9-12, 2018.

Gausden E, Brusalis C, Qudsi R, Dodwell E, Fabricant P. Antifibrinolytic Use in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Podium Presentation, EPOS, Oslo, Norway; April 11-14, 2018.

Givon U, Drefus L, Lenhoff M, Murray-Weir M, Koltsov J, Dodwell E, Scher D. Accuracy of Rotational Correction in Femoral Rotational Osteotomies Performed in the Prone and Supine Positions. Podium Presentation. 2018 AusACPDM 9th Biennial Scientific Conference, Auckland, New Zealand; March 21-24, 2018.

Agarwal K, Chen C, Scher D, Dodwell E. Recurrence of Hip Subluxation Following Soft Tissue and Bony Surgery in Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-Analysis. Podium Presentation, 2017 AACPDM Meeting, Montreal, Canada; September 13-16, 2017.

Swarup I, Ge M, Do H, Scher D, Sink E, Widmann R, Farad S, Dodwell E. Subsequent Surgery Rates Following Closed and Open Reduction of the Developmentally Dysplastic Hip in New York State. ePoster Presentation  EPOSNA, Barcelona, Spain; May 3-6, 2017.

Alves C, Truong W, Thompson M, Suryavanshi J, Do H, Dodwell E. Diagnostic and Treatment Preferences for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Survey of EPOS and POSNA Members. Podium Presentation, EPOSNA, Barcelona, Spain; May 3-6, 2017.

Truong W, Somasegar S, Thompson M, Agarwal K, Price M, Suryavanshi J, Fabricant P, Dodwell E. Utilization of a Wide Array of Non-Validated Outcome Scales in Pediatric Orthopedic Publications: Can’t We All Measure the Same Thing? Podium Presentation, EPOSNA, Barcelona, Spain; May 3-6, 2017.

Pathy R, Scher D, Green DW, Dodwell E, Blanco J. A Biomechanical Comparison of Suture-External Button Fixation Versus Internal Suspension Fixation for Tension in Children. Podium Presentation, Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Quebec City, Canada; June 16-19, 2016

Nwachukwu BU, So C, Schairer W, Green DW, Dodwell E. Meta-Analysis and Economic Decision Model for First-Time Traumatic Patella Dislocation in Children and Adolescents. Poster Presentation, POSNA, Indianapolis, Illinois; April 27-30, 2016.

Safdieh G, Josyula S, Silberman J, Doyle S, Blanco J, Green DW, Dodwell E. Increasing Incidence Rates of Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis in Children with Rheumatologic Diseases: Analysis of KID Database. Poster Presentation, EPOS, Rome, Italy; April 5-9, 2016.

Nwachukwu BU, So C, Schairer W, Green DW, Dodwell E. Meta-Analysis and Economic Decision Model for First-Time Traumatic Patella Dislocation in Children and Adolescents. Poster Presentation, EPOS, Rome, Italy; April 5-9, 2016.

Chen C, Doyle S, Green DW, Widmann R, Blanco J, Scher D, Sink E, Dodwell E.Association between Presence of Ossific Nucleus and Decreased Risk of Avascular Necrosis in Open and Closed Hip Reductions in the Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Meta-analysis of Cohort and Case Control Studies. Poster Presentation, EPOS, Rome, Italy; April 5-9, 2016.  

Chen C, Blanco J, Doyle S, Green DW, Scher D, Sink D, Widmann R, Dodwell E .Epidemiology Of Clubfoot: A Meta-analysis Identifying Modifiable Risk Factors. Poster Presentation, EPOS, Rome, Italy; April 5-9, 2016.

Dodwell E, Garner M, Bixby E, Luderowski E, Green DW, Blanco J, Widmann R. Percutaneous Transphyseal Screw Epiphysiodesis: Efficacy and Complications. Poster Presentation, AAOS, Orlando, Florida; March 4-6, 2016.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Interests

Surgical Outcomes
Health Disparities
Epidemiology
Decision Analysis

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Insurance Information

Dr. Dodwell is in network with most plans within Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United, Cigna, Medicaid, Neighborhood, Affinity, and Oxford. 

Dr. Dodwell also sees patients at the Theresa Lang Ambulatory Children’s Center at New York Hospital Queens, where other insurance plans may be accepted. For questions about insurance, please contact Dr. Dodwell’s office by calling 212.606.1451.