Dr. Roger Widmann is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and has served as Chief of the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Service at HSS since 2004. Dr. Widmann specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of pediatric spinal deformity and pediatric limb deformity. Dr. Widmann is an expert pediatric spinal deformity surgeon and pediatric limb deformity surgeon with established clinical and research expertise, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters. Dr. Widmann is focused on providing state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical management for pediatric patients with complex deformities.
Dr. Widmann graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received the Donjoy Prize for Orthopaedic Research upon graduating from the Yale School of Medicine. His orthopedic residency training was at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program based at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and he completed his Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship training at the Children's Hospital of Boston under the exceptional team of John Hall, John Emans and James Kasser.
Dr. Widmann is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, and he has served on numerous national committees. As Chief of the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Service at HSS, Dr. Widmann has led a collaborative effort to build and staff the Lerner Children's Pavilion with highly regarded and nationally renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeons and pediatricians. With a focus on clinical and surgical excellence, academic productivity, and care for the underserved, the Lerner Children's Pavilion is the largest volume provider of pediatric orthopedic and pediatric spine surgery in the tristate area. Dr. Widmann is proud to serve as the Leon Root Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics at HSS and to support the ongoing critical missions of pediatric orthopedic clinical care, research, and education.
Pediatric spinal deformity surgery
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Early onset scoliosis
growing magnetic rods for scoliosis
Limb lengthening and limb deformity surgery
Magnetic intramedullary nail limb lengthening
MAGEC growing rod surgery
Spinal fusion and instrumentation
Boston, Providence and Rigo brace for scoliosis
Precice magnetic limb lengthening
Guided growth surgery
Scoliosis Research Society
Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The American Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Medical Association
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Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
MD, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program, Massachusetts
Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2016-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2005-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2014-2018, 2021
US Patent #: 8782832, System, method and apparatus for spine patient positioning table, 2014
Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for: Development and Validation of a Pediatric Sports Activity Rating Scale, 2013
Best Clinical Paper, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society for: Correlation of MRI and histological examination of physeal bars in a rabbit model, 2010
Philip D. Wilson Teaching Award, Hospital for Special Surgery Chief Residents, 2008
US Patent #: 7206638, Electrical current induced inhibition of bone growth: radiofrequency ablation epiphysiodesis, 2007
Traveling Fellowship to Japan, American Orthopaedic Association and Japanese Orthopaedic Association, 2002
Kilfoyle Award, New England Orthopaedic Society Resident Research Award for: Complications of closed treatment of distal radius fractures in children, 1994
Donjoy Prize in Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Research Thesis Award for: Effects of pre-fracture irradiation on the biomechanical parameters of fracture healing, 1989
Louis A. Goldstein Award, Scoliosis Research Society, Best Clinical Poster for: Clinical value of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, 1999
Sigma Xi, Yale University, 1985
Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, 1985
Summa Cum Laude, Yale University, 1985
Video Guide to Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery
Lamont, L.E., Garner, M.R. and Widmann, R.F., Salter-Harris Distal Femur and Proximal Tibia Fractures in Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery. Cordasco, F.A. and Green, D.W. Editors, 2015. Wolters Kluwer.
Dodwell, E.R, and Widmann, R.F., Percutaneous Distal Femur or Proximal Tibial Epiphysiodesis for Leg Length Discrepancy, in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Second Edition, Flynn, J.M. and Sankar, W.N. Editors, 2015, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.
Spencer, S. and Widmann, R.F., eds. Limb Length Discrepancy and Limb Lengthening. 4th ed. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics. 2011, American Academy of Orthopaedicc Surgeons: Rosemont, IL.
Widmann, R.F., Gholve, P.A., and Blyakher, A., Limb Lengthening Using the Ilizarov Method or a Monoplanar Fixator, in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, J.M. Flynn, Editor. 2011, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia. p. 1258-1269.
Widmann, R.F. and Beaty, J.H., Fractures of the Pelvis, in Fractures in Children, J.H. Beaty and J.R. Kasser, Editors. 2005, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: New York.
Kuo, C.E. and Widmann, R.F., Reduction and percutaneous pin fixation of displaced supracondylar elbow fractures in children. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2004. 5(2): p. 90-102.
Widmann, R.F. and Micheli, L.J., Lower extremity sports injuries in children, in Sports medicine of the lower extremity, S.I. Subotnick, Editor. 1999, Churchill Livingstone: New York. p. 21-37.
8Schneider, R., Widmann, R.F., and Hayne, S., Femoral Anteversion and Tibial Torsion, in Radiology: Diagnosis-Imaging-Intervention, J.M. Taveras and A.T. Ferrucci, Editors. 1997, Lippincott-Raven: New York. p. 1-11.
Warner SJ, Uppstrom TJ, Miller AO, O'Brien ST, Salvatore CM, Widmann RF, et al. The Epidemiology of Deep Surgical Site Infections after Pediatric Spinal Fusion Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2016 Jun 14.
Fabricant PD, Robles A, Downey-Zayas T, Do HT, Marx RG, Widmann RF, et al. Development and validation of a pediatric sports activity rating scale: the Hospital for Special Surgery Pediatric Functional Activity Brief Scale (HSS Pedi-FABS). Am J Sports Med 2013 Oct;41(10):2421-9.
Fabricant PD, Admoni S, Green DW, Ipp LS, Widmann RF. Return to athletic activity after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: analysis of independent predictors. J Pediatr Orthop 2012 Apr-May;32(3):259-65.
Green DW, Lawhorne TW,3rd, Widmann RF, Kepler CK, Ahern C, Mintz DN, et al. Long-term magnetic resonance imaging follow-up demonstrates minimal transitional level lumbar disc degeneration after posterior spine fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 Nov 1;36(23):1948-54.
Ipp L, Flynn P, Blanco J, Green D, Boachie-Adjei O, Kozich J, Widmann R, et al. The findings of preoperative cardiac screening studies in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop 2011 Oct-Nov;31(7):764-6.
Widmann RF, Amaral TD, Yildiz C, Yang X, Bostrom M. Percutaneous radiofrequency epiphysiodesis in a rabbit model: a pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010 Jul;468(7):1943-8.
Bomback DA, Charles G, Widmann R, Boachie-Adjei O. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery compared with thoracotomy: early and late follow-up of radiographical and functional outcome. Spine J 2007 Jul-Aug;7(4):399-405.
Lim M, Green DW, Billinghurst JE, Huang RC, Rawlins BA, Widmann RF, et al. Scheuermann kyphosis: safe and effective surgical treatment using multisegmental instrumentation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2004 Aug 15;29(16):1789-94.
Do T, Fras C, Burke S, Widmann RF, Rawlins B, Boachie-Adjei O. Clinical value of routine preoperative magnetic resonance imaging in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. A prospective study of three hundred and twenty-seven patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2001 Apr;83-A(4):577-9.
Widmann RF, Bitan FD, Laplaza FJ, Burke SW, DiMaio MF, Schneider R. Spinal deformity, pulmonary compromise, and quality of life in osteogenesis imperfecta. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 1999 Aug 15;24(16):1673-8.
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