Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Professor Orthopedic Surgery & Urology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Paul Sponseller is a professor of urology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, clubfeet, hip dislocations and hip dysplasia.
Dr. Sponseller serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Dr. Sponseller received his B.S. from the University of Michigan. He earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and performed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Boston Children's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. More recently, he earned both an M.S. degree in business of medicine and an M.B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sponseller joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1986.
Dr. Sponseller's research interests include Marfan syndrome, pediatric spinal deformities, pediatric skeletal trauma and bladder exstrophy.
Dr. Sponseller is the research committee chair for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the deputy editor for pediatrics for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and a member of the board of directors for the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a staff physician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a consulting physician at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.
Honored on several occasions for his excellence in teaching and research, Dr. Sponseller was named Outstanding Teacher by the Union Memorial Orthopaedic Program and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year in Orthopaedic Surgery by the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also received the Yamaguchi Award for Best Paper in Pediatrics by the American Urological Association, as well as the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award for career research by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
Dr. Sponseller has traveled to Guyana, South America, on three occasions to volunteer as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon for Project Dawn while simultaneously teaching medical students, fellows and residents. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and has written or contributed to numerous books, book chapters and articles.