Dr. Emily Dodwell is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower extremity reconstruction including treatment of limb length discrepancy, congenital and acquired deformities, and care of children with neuromuscular conditions. Dr. Dodwell also specializes in upper and lower extremity fracture care. She treats children from birth to 20 years of age, and sees patients with a wide variety of problems including clubfoot, hip dysplasia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, leg length discrepancy, Perthes, scoliosis and gait abnormalities.
Dr. Dodwell is Canadian. She completed an undergraduate degree in engineering, and then her medical doctorate at Queen's University. She completed her orthopedic residency training at the University of British Columbia and obtained her research and public health degree (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric orthopedic fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Dr Dodwell is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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 on clinical topics and orthopedic research and has presented at multiple national and international conferences. Dr. Dodwell is the Global Outreach Liaison and is on the Medical Advisory Board for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Dr. Dodwell is dedicated to improving pediatric orthopedic care through orthopedic research. Her main research interests relate to surgical outcomes and disparities in health care for pediatric orthopedic patients. She is the recipient of multiple grants, awards and honors and is the principal investigator on a number of ongoing multi-center prospective trials in pediatric orthopedic surgery.
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.
Dr. Dodwell treats patients in Manhattan at Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell). In 2019, Dr. Dodwell will start seeing patients at HSS Brooklyn. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, toddler twins, infant daughter and dog.
Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Attending Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, New York Hospital Queens
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
General Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Trauma, Limb Deformity, Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Treatment
Treatment of Hip Dysplasia
Ponsetti Clubfoot Casting
2017 POSNA Directed Research Grant
2017 Lerner Children’s Pavilion Research Grant
2016 POSNA-EPOS Traveling Fellow (Paris, Rome, Utrecht)
2016 POSNA Research Start-Up Grant
2015 Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) Pilot Award
2014 St. Giles New Investigator Award
2014 AOTrauma North America Kathryn Cramer Career Development Grant 2014
2014 Ranawat Award for Best Paper, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
2013 AAOS/ORS/OREF Clinician Scientist Development Scholarship
2012-2017 HSS Clinician Scientist Development Grant
2011 OREF/RJOS/Depuy Grant in Women’s Musculoskeletal Health
Global Outreach Liaison, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Medical Advisory Board Member, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
Faculty In Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma, AO
Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Member, European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society
Member, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
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.
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As of November 14, 2019, Dr. Dodwell reported no relationships with healthcare industry.
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University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Reviewer, HSS Journal
Chapter: Percutaneous Distal Femoral or Proximal Tibial Epiphysiodesis for Leg Length Discrepancy. Roger F Widmann and Emily R Dodwell. Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Eds John M. Flynn MD, Sam W. Wiesel MD (expected publication 2015).
Chapter: Limb Lengthening Using the Ilizarov Method or a Monoplanar Fixator.
Roger F. Widmann, Emily R Dodwell, and Arkady Blyakher. Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Eds John M. Flynn MD, Sam W. Wiesel MD (expected publication 2015)
Chapter: The epidemiology of pediatric and adolescent knee ACL injuries. Emily R Dodwell, Peter Fabricant, Bob Marx. Knee Surgery for the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete, by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins/Wolters-Kluwer. Eds Dr. Green, Dr. Cordasco (expected publication 2015)
Chapter: Surgical Treatment of Growth Arrest. Emily R Dodwell. Knee Surgery for the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete”, by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins/Wolters-Kluwer. Eds Dr. Green, Dr. Cordasco (expected publication 2015)
Quality of Randomized Controlled Trials in Pediatric Orthopaedics: Are We Improving? Emily Dodwell, Sukhdeep Dulai, Kishore Mulpuri. JPO (Accepted, anticipated publication 2014).
The Quality of Cost Effectiveness Analyses in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Benedict Nwachukwu, William Schairer, Jaime Bernstein, Emily Dodwell, Robert Marx, Ainsworth Allen. AJSM (Accepted, anticipated publication 2014)
Medial Epicondyle Fractures: Current Concepts. Emily Dodwell. Current Opinion in Pediatrics (Accepted, anticipated publication February 2015)
20 Years of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in New York State. Emily Dodwell, Lauren Lamont, Daniel Green, Ting Pan, Stephen Lyman. AJSM 2014. 42(3): 675-80.
Pediatric Flatfoot: Causes, Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment. David Dare, Emily Dodwell. Current Opinion in Pediatrics February 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 93-100
Pediatric Osteomyelitis and Septic Arthritis: Current Concepts. Emily Dodwell. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 25(1):58-63, February 2013.
Combined Glenoid Anteversion Osteotomy and Tendon Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: Early Outcomes, Emily Dodwell, Alison Anthony, Jamie O’Callaghan, Paul Jellicoe, Maulin Shah, Christine Curtis, Howard Clarke, Sevan Hopyan. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2012 Dec 05;94(23):2145-2152
Combined Glenoid Anteversion Osteotomy and Tendon Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: Surgical Technique, Emily Dodwell, Sevan Hopyan. JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques. 2012;2(4):e23 1-13
Off-Label Use of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Pediatric Spinal Arthrodesis, Emily Dodwell, Brian Snyder, James Wright. JAMA. 2012; 308(14):1429-1432
Physeal Fractures: Basic Science, Assessment and Initial Management., Emily Dodwell and Simon Kelley. Orthopaedics and Trauma, 2011. 25 (5): 377-391.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
A Cost Utility Analysis of Bariatric Surgery Prior to Total Hip Replacement in the Morbidly Obese. Daniel Southren, Alex McLawhorn, Robert Figgy, Emily Dodwell. Submitted to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV March 2015
Mid to Long Term Outcomes in Pediatric Spinal Fusion in New York State: BMP Associated with Wound Healing Complications in Children. Emily Dodwell, David Dare, Grant Shifflet, Vikram Mehta, Kristina Astone, Ting Pan, Roger Widmann, John Blanco, Daniel Green, Stephen Lyman. Submitted to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV March 2015
Tantalum Bead Implantation and EOS vs CT Scanogram for the Evaluation of Limb Lengths and Physeal Growth. Emily Dodwell, Matt Gardner, Matt Dow, Doug Mintz, Roger Widmann. Submitted to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV March 2015
Long Term Follow up of Pediatric ACL Reconstruction in New York State: High Rates of Subsequent ACL reconstruction and Additional Knee Surgery Exist Following Pediatric ACL Reconstruction, Emily Dodwell, Moira McCarthy, Ting Pan, Dan Green, Stephen Lyman. Submitted to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV March 2015
A Cost Utility Analysis of Bariatric Surgery Prior to Total Knee Replacement in the Morbidly Obese. Daniel Southren, Alex McLawhorn, Bob Marx, Emily Dodwell. Accepted for poster presentation at International Congress for Joint Replacement Pan Pacific Conference, Kona HI July 2014
A Cost Utility Analysis of Bariatric Surgery Prior to Total Knee Replacement in the Morbidly Obese. Daniel Southren, Alex McLawhorn, Bob Marx, Emily Dodwell. Submitted to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, 2014
A Cost Utility Analysis of Bariatric Surgery Prior to Total Hip Replacement in the Morbidly Obese. Daniel Southren, Alex McLawhorn, Robert Figgy, Emily Dodwell. Submitted to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, 2014
Mid to Long Term Outcomes in Pediatric Spinal Fusion in New York State, Emily Dodwell, David Dare, Roger Widmann, John Blanco, Dan Green, Ting Pan, Stephen Lyman. Poster presentation EPOS Annual Meeting, Bruges, Belgium, 2014
Disparities in Outcomes and Access to Elective Care in Pediatric Orthopedics: Femoral Implant Removal following Femoral Shaft Fracture Fixation., Emily Dodwell, Flo Edobor-Osula, Roger Widmann, James Wright, Ting Pan, Stephen Lyman. Podium presentation EPOS Annual Meeting, Bruges, Belgium, 2014
We look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office at 212.606.1451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which days are available for a private office visit?
Dr. Dodwell’s schedule changes every week. Typically she is in the private office location Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sometimes appointments outside of these days are available. The office staff will do their best to accommodate your schedule.
My child needs surgery, which days are available?
Dr. Dodwell typically operates on Fridays, but occasionally she has elective time on Mondays and Wednesdays. For emergency surgeries, additional operative times outside of the regular schedule are often available. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
What insurance does Dr. Dodwell take?
At the private office, Dr. Dodwell takes most forms of Oxford, United, BCBS, HIP, Cigna and Aetna. She is also in the process of enrolling in some exchange plans. Dr. Dodwell also works at the HSS Medicaid clinic and the NYHQ Medicaid clinic. Please call the office, and the staff can provide more details.
Can I send my child to an appointment with a grandparent? Babysitter?, or do I have to be there?
Dr. Dodwell typically requests that one of the parents/primary caregivers attends the first appointment. Dr. Dodwell may need to ask a lot of questions on the child’s medical history or make a treatment decision, so this first visit is easier if one of the parents/primary caregivers is present. If you want to send your child with a caregiver for follow up visits, this can be arranged. You will need to send a signed letter to the office, giving permission for the child to be seen with the caregiver. This can be faxed to 212.774.7065 or emailed to email@example.com. If you are unable to be present at the child’s visit, please ask the caregiver to take detailed notes, or make yourself available by phone during the visit.
I’m pregnant, what happens if my child needs X-Rays?
We always ask that a child be accompanied to visits with a non-pregnant adult, in the event that X-rays are required. The adult can go right into the X-ray room with the child, and will be given a protective gown. Having a familiar adult present during the X-ray can be calming for the child, and help them sit or lay still so we can get a good picture. In younger children, sometimes the adult is required to help hold the child in position during the X-ray. Many children don’t like to be held by strangers, so having a familiar adult present is incredibly helpful.
My child has a new orthopedic injury, but it is outside of regular office hours. I don’t think this can wait until the office opens. Where should I go?
In emergency situations you should take your child to your closest emergency room. At NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, at 68th St and York Avenue, there is always a pediatric orthopedic surgeon on call, either Dr. Dodwell or one of her colleagues.
I have a question for Dr. Dodwell but it is outside of office hours. I don’t think it can wait. Is it possible to speak with the doctor?
There is always a pediatric surgeon on call at HSS and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, either Dr. Dodwell or one of her colleagues. Call the regular office 212.606.1451. After hours it will go to the answering service. Tell the answering service that you need to speak to the doctor, and they will put you through to the doctor on call.
My child had X-rays/CT/MRI done at another doctor’s office does Dr. Dodwell need to see them?
Not all doctors order the complete set of X-rays that pediatric orthopedic surgeon like to see, and the quality of MRI/CT done at some facilities may not be the high quality/resolution that we get at HSS. However, if you bring in the images on disk, Dr. Dodwell can look at them and we may be able to avoid having to repeat X-rays/imaging at the office visit. Please bring/fax/email a copy of the report as well. If X-rays/imaging were done at NYPH (68th and York) or New York Hospital Queens (Booth Memorial and Main St), Dr. Dodwell can log into these systems and you don’t need to get a copy of the disk.
Can my child’s images from an outside facility be kept on the HSS system for future reference?
Dr. Dodwell would like to ensure your child’s imaging from other facilities is copied onto the HSS image system. The easiest way to do this is from home. When you make your appointment with the office, we will collect your email address. We will then send you a link to the Nuance Powershare website. Follow the link and instructions to upload your images from home.
Once you have uploaded the images, call the office (212.606.1451) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to let us know they are uploaded, and we will then transfer them over to the permanent HSS image system.
Dr. Dodwell will be able to bring the images up in the examination room and can go over them with you and your child.
If you are unable to upload the images yourself, you can bring the disk in. We will need to keep it for uploading, and you can pick it up at your next visit or we can mail it to you.
We’re seeing Dr. Dodwell for a second opinion; do we need to bring anything?
The more information you can provide to Dr. Dodwell the better. If there is a complex timeline, consider writing it down in advance. If you have records from other doctor visits or test results, please bring them. Dr. Dodwell likes to see the images herself, so great if you can get them on disk (these can be uploaded in advance, or brought in on disk).
My child needs surgery, does he/she need to see our pediatrician before surgery?
For healthy children, without serious medical conditions, having ambulatory surgery (same day surgery), pre-operative visits with the pediatrician are typically not required. We do however, need your child’s vaccination record.
If your child requires an overnight stay after surgery, or has a medical condition, they will have a pre-operative visit with one of the HSS pediatricians. These pediatricians are the doctors that will look after any medical issues while your child is admitted. For children with medical conditions, and those likely to stay overnight, we like our medical doctors to get to know the patients before they are on the ward. Our medical doctors work closely with the anesthesiologists and will be able to identify any issues that your child has that may require further evaluation or treatment prior to your child getting an anesthetic.
I want to leave the office a message, but it is not urgent. Is there some way I can email the office?
You can email the office by contacting Cameil Irving: email@example.com
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.