Paul D. Sponseller, M.D., MBA

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
The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.
601 N. Caroline Street, Room #5152
Baltimore, MD 21287-0882

Appointments: (443) 997-2663

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.




University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


M.S., Business of   Medicine                             
Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program



Intern  Surgery                                                  
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


Resident Orthopaedic Surgery                                  
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


Fellow, Pediatric Spine and Orthopaedics                                 
The Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School


Free Access to abstracts at PubMed

A. Scientific Papers Published or in Print

  1. Sponseller, P.D., Engber, W.D.:  "Double-Entrapment Radial Nerve Syndrome," J. Hand Surg., 8:420, 1983.

  2. Sponseller, P.D., McBeath, A.A., and Perpich, M.:  "Hip Arthrodesis in Young Patients:  A Long-Term Follow-Up Study," J. Bone Joint Surgery, 65-A:853-859, 1984.

  3. Sponseller, P.D., McBeath, A.A.:  "The Role of Hip Arthrodesis in Younger Patients," J. Musculoskel. Med., March 1984.

  4. Lucas, G.L., Sponseller, P.D.:  "Synovial Chondrometaplasia of the Hand", J. Hand Surg., 9:269, 1984.

  5. Sponseller, P.D., Whiffen, J.R., and Drummond, D.S.: "Interspinous Process Segmental Instrumentation for Scoliosis in Cerebral Palsy,"  J. Pediatric Orthop., 6(5):559-564, 1986.

  6. Sponseller, P.D., Cohen, M.S., Nachemson, A.L., Hall, J.E., Wohl, M.E.B.: "Results of Surgical Treatment of Adults with Idiopathic Scoliosis," J. Bone Joint Surgery 69-A, 667-675, June, 1987.

  7. Sponseller, P.D., Desai, S.D., Millis, M.B.:  "Proximal Femoral Growth       Abnormalities Following Severe Perthes Disease," J. Bone Joint Surgery, 71-B:610-614, 1989.

  8. Sponseller, P.D., Desai, S.D., Millis, M.B.:  Comparison of Femoral and    Innominate Osteotomies for the Treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, J.Bone Joint Surgery, 70-A:1131-1139, 1988.

  9. Sponseller, P.D., and McBeath, A.A.:  "Subtrochanteric Osteotomy with Intramedullary Fixation for Arthroplasty of the Dysplastic Hip:  A Case Report", J. Arthroplasty, 3:351-354, 1988.

  10. Magid, D., Fishman, E.K., Sponseller, P.D., Griffin, P.P.: "2D and 3D Computed Tomography of the Pediatric Hip," RadioGraphics, 8:901-933, 1988.

  11. Magid, D., Fishman, E.K., Sponseller, P.D., Thompson, J.D.:  "The Pediatric Hip: 2D and 3D CT Analysis," Contemp. Orthop., 18 (1):53-59, 1989.

  12. Weiss, A.P.C. and Sponseller, P.D.:"Salter-Harris Type I Fracture of the Distal Radius Due to Weightlifting, Orthop. Rev., 19 (2):233-235, 1989.

  13. Weiss, A.P.C., Sponseller, P.D.:  Iliac Crest Growth Plate Analysis in Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, J.Pediatric Orthop.. 10:629-632, 1990.

  14. Weiss, A.P.C., Schenck, R.C., Sponseller, P.D., Thompson, J.D.:  Peroneal Palsy in Early Spica Cast Application for Femur Fractures in Children.  J. Pediatric Orthop., 12:25-28, 1992.

  15. Buckley, S.L., Smith, G.S., Sponseller, P.D., Thompson, J.D., Griffin, P.P.: Open Tibia Fractures in Children.  J. Bone Joint Surgery, 72-A:1462-1469, 1990.

  16. Buckley, S.L., Sponseller, P.D., Magid D.:  The Acetabulum in Congenital and Neuromuscular Hip Instability.  J. Pediatric Orthop., 11:498-501, 1991. 

  17. Bhatnagar, M., Sponseller, P.D., Carroll, C., Tolo, V.T.:  Pediatric Atlanto-  Axial Instability Presenting as Vertebrae Infarcts:  J. Pediatric Orthop., 11 (1): 103-107, 1991.

  18. Sponseller, P.D., Malech, H.L., McCarthy, E.F., Jr., Horowitz, S., Jaffe, G. Gallin, J.I.:  Skeletal Aspects of  Chronic Granulomatous Disease of Childhood.   J.Bone Joint Surgery, 73-A:37-51, 1991.

  19. Sponseller, P.D., Gearhart, J.P., Jeffs, R.D.:  Anterior Innominate Osteotomies for Failure or Late Closure of  Bladder Exstrophy.  J. Urol.  146:137-140, 1991.

  20. Buehler, K. C., Thompson, J.D., Sponseller, P.D., Black, B., Buckley, S., Griffin, P.P.:  A Prospective Study of  Early Spica Cast Outcomes in the Treatment of Femoral Shaft Fractures in Children.  J. Pediatr. Orthop. 15(1):30-35, 1995.

  21. Magid, D., Fishman, E., Ney, D., Kuhlman, J.  Frantz, K. Sponseller, P.Acetabular and Pelvic Fractures in the Pediatric Patient:  Value of Two- and three-Dimensional Imaging. Journal of Ped. Orthopaedics.12:621-625, 1992. 

  22. Holden, K.R., Jabs, E.W., Sponseller, P.D.:   Roberts/Pseudothalidomide Syndrome: Approaches to Diagnosis and Management.  Case Report.  Dev. Med Child Neurol. 34:534-546, 1992.

  23. Sponseller PD: Syringomyelia and Chiari I malformation presenting with Juvenile scoliosis as sole manifestation- clinical conference.  J. Spinal Disorders 5(2): 237-239, 1992 June

  24. Sponseller PD.   Thoracic Vertebral Lesions in an Adolescent.  J. Spinal Disorders 5(4):489-90, 1992 Dec

  25. Jeng, C., Sponseller, P.D., Tolo, V.T.:  Outcome of  Wisconsin Instrumentation in Idiopathic Scoliosis.  Minimum Five-Year Follow-Up. Spine, 8(12):584-590, 1993.

  26. Sponseller, P.D.: Anterior Iliac Osteotomy in Bladder Extrophy.  Dialogues in Pediatric Urology 16:1, 1993.

  27. Sponseller, P.D.: Problem Elbow Fractures in Children.  Hand Clinics. 10(3):495-          505, 1994.

  28. Torres, J.A., Sponseller, P.D., Kim T.S., Kuncl, R.W., Crawford, T.: Radiographic and Histological Characterization of Tc/tw5 mice: An Animal Model of Lumbosacral agenesis/myelomeningocele, Dev. Med. Child Neurol. 36: 698-706,1994.

  29. Black, B.E., Hildebrand, R., Sponseller, P.D., Griffin, R.P.:  Hip Dysplasia in Spastic Cerebral Palsy.  Contemp. Ortho. 29(2): p.101-108, 1994.

  30. Black, B.E., O'Brien, E., Sponseller, P.D.: Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Injuries in Children: Different Than In  Adults. Contemp. Ortho. 29(4): 253-260, 1994.

  31. Owen J.H., Sponseller, P.D., Szymanski, J., Hurdle, Toleikis, J.R.:  Efficacy of Multi-Modality Spinal Cord  Monitoring During Surgery for Neuromuscular  Scoliosis.  Spine 20(13) 1480-1488, 1995.

  32. Sponseller, P.D., Bisson L., Gearhart, J.P., Jeffs, R.D., Magid, D., Fishman, E.:  The Anatomy of the Pelvis in the Exstrophy Complex.  J. Bone Joint Surgery  77-A: 177-189, 1995.

  33. Sponseller, P.D., Hobbs, W., Riley, L.H. III, Pyeritz, R.E.:  Thoracolumbar  Spine in Marfan Syndrome.  J. Bone Joint Surgery 77-A(6): 867-876, 1995.

  34. Silas, S.P., Herzenberg, J.E., Meyerson, M., Sponseller, P.D.:  Compartment Syndromes of the Foot in Children.  J. Bone Joint Surgery- American. Volume 77(3):356-61, 1995.

  35. Ben-Chaim J, Peppas DS, Sponseller PD, Jeffs RD, Gearhart JP: Applications of Osteotomy in the cloacal exstrophy patient.  Journal of Urology 154 2 pt 2): 865-7, 1995 Aug

  36. Hughes, B.F., Sponseller, P.D., Thompson, J.D.:  Pediatric Femur Fractures Effects of Spica Cast Treatment on Family and Community.  J. Pediatric Orthop., 15(4):457-460, 1995.

  37. Gearhart JP, Ben-Chaim J, Sciortino C, Sponseller PD, Jeffs RD: The multiple reoperative bladder exstrophy closure: what effects the potential of the bladder?  Urology 47(2): 240-3, 1996

  38. Gearhart JP, Forschner DC, Jeffs RD, Ben-Chaim J, Sponseller PD: A combined vertical and horizontal pelvic osteotomy approach for primary and secondary repair of bladder exstrophy.  Journal of Urology 155(2): 689-93, 1996.

  39. Buckley, S.L., Sponseller, P.D., Thompson, J.D.:  Grade III Open Tibia Fractures in Children.  J. Pediatric Orthopaedics. 26(5): 627-634, 1996.

  40. Frassica, F.J. Waltrip, R.L.,, Sponseller, P.D.,Ma, LD, McCarthy, E.: Osteoid Osteoma and Osteoblastoma.  Orthop. Clin. N. Amer. 27(3): 559-574, 1996.

  41. Fedarko NS, D'Avis P, Frazier CR, Burrill MJ, Fergusson V, Tayback M, Sponseller PD, Shapiro JR:  Cell Proliferation of Human Fibroblasts and Osteoblasts in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Influence of Age.  J. Bone & Mineral Research10(11):1705-1712, 1995

  42. Magid D, Sponseller PD, McCarthy E:  Intoeing in a Fourteen-year old Girl.  Clinical Orthopaedics, 325: 322-325, 1996. 

  43. Miller, N.H., Mims B, Child A., Milewicz D. M., Sponseller, P.D, Blanton S: Genetic Analysis of Structural Elastic Fiber and Collagen Genes in Familial Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Journal of Orthopaedic Research 14:994-999, 1996.

  44. Sponseller, P.D., Tomek, I., Pyeritz, R.E.: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Marfan Syndrome.  J. Ped.Orthop.(B) 6(4):255-259, 1997.

  45. Sponseller, M.D., Cass, J.R.: Atlanto Occipital Fusion for Dislocations in Patients with Neurologic Preservation, Spine 22(3):344-347, 1997.

  46. Fedarko NS, Sponseller PD, Shapiro JR: Long-term extracellular matrix metabolism by cultured human osteogenesis imperfecta osteoblasts.  J. Bone & Mineral Research 11(6): 800-5, 1996 June

  47. Sunkara UK, Sponseller PD, Hadley-Miller H, McCarthy E: Bilateral Osteofibrous Dysplasia: a report of two cases and review of the literature.  Iowa Orthopaedic Journal 17:47-52, 1997

  48. Thompson JD, Buehler KC, Sponseller PD, Gray DW, Black BE, Buckley SL, Griffin PP: Shortening in femoral shaft fractures in children treated with spica cast.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  338: 74-8, 1997

  49. Doute, D., Sponseller, P.D., Silberstein, C.E., Atkins, E., Tolo, V.T.:  Soleus neurectomy for Dynamic Ankle Equinus in Cerebral Palsy. Amer. J. Orthop, 26(9):613-616, 1997.

  50. Hobbs, W., Sponseller, P.D., Weiss, A.P., Pyeritz, R.E: Cervical Spine Problems in Marfan Syndrome. Spine, 22(9):983-989, 1997.

  51. Sponseller, P.D., Sethi, N., Pyeritz, R.E.: Infantile Scoliosis in Marfan Syndrome.  Spine, 20(5):509-516, 1997..

  52. Sponseller, P.D., Young, A., Sarwark J., Lin, D.: Anterior-only Fusion for Scoliosis in Myelomenengocele.  Clin. Orthop 364:117-124, 1999.

  53. Sponseller, P.D.: Evaluating the Child with Back Pain. Am. Family Physician 54(6):1933-1946, 1996.

  54. Sussman D., Sponseller, P.D., Gearhart, J.P., Valdevit, A., Kier-York J., Chao, E,Y-S: Comparison of Methods of Repairing the Symphysis Pubis in Bladder Exstrophy by Tensile Testing.  Brit J. Urol, 79:979-984,1997.

  55. Jeng, C., Sponseller, P.D., Yates, A., Paletta, G. : Subtrochanteric Fractures in Children: Alignment after 90-90 Traction and Cast Application. Clin. Orthop, 341:170-174, 1997.

  56. Mont MA, Einhorn TA, Sponseller PD, Hungerford DS: The trapdoor procedure sing autogenous cortical and cancellous Bone Grafts for osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head   J. Bone Joint Surg 80-B,56-63, 1998

  57. Ankrom M.A., Patterson J.A., dAvis P.Y.  Vetter U.K., Blackman M.R. Sponseller P.D., Tayback M.  Robey P.G., Shapiro J.R.  Fedarko N.S.:   Age-Related changes in Human Estrogen Receptor alpha Function and Levels in Osteoblasts.   Biochemical J. 1998; 333(part 3): 787-94

  58. Sponseller, P.D.,Ahn N., Choi, J., Ahn U: Orthopaedic Problems in Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome.  J. Pediatr. Orthop., 1999; 19(5): 596-602.

  59. Lindsey J, Michelson JD, McWilliams B, Sponselller P, Miller NH: The Foot in Marfan Syndrome: Clinical Findings and Weight-Distribution Patterns.  J Pediatr Orthop 18: 755-759, 1998.

  60. Hinton R., Crockett  MM, Smith G, Sponseller PD.  Sociodemographic variation in the incidence of femoral shaft fractures in children and adolescents: Small-area analysis in Maryland and Baltimore City.    J. Bone Joint Surg. 81-A: 500-509, 1999

  61. Crockett  MM, Carten MF, Hurko O, Sponseller PD: Motor Milestones in Children  with Diastrophic Dysplasia. J. Pediatr.  Orthop. 2000; 20: 437-441

  62. Hutchins C, Sponseller PD, Sturm PF, Mosquero R: Open Femur Fractures in Children.  J. Pediatr. Orthop.  2000; 20: 183-187.

  63. Cameron ML, Sponseller PD, Rossberg M: Sedation and Analgesia in Children. Am. J. Orthop 2000; 24: 663-672.

  64. Herzka  A, Sponseller PD, Pyeritz RE: Atlantoaxial Subluxation in Patients with the    Marfan Syndrome.  SPINE 2000; 25(4): 524-526.

  65. Sponseller PD, Gearhart JP: The role of Osteotomy in treatment of Bladder Exstrophy.   Dialogues in Pediatric Urology 22(7):5-7 1999

  66. Ahn NU, Sponseller PD, Ahn UM, Kusczyk B, Zinreich SJ, Nallamshetty LK.  Dural ectasia is associated with back pain in the Marfan syndrome. SPINE 25(12): 1562-1569.

  67. Sponseller PD, Bhimani M:  Result of Brace Treatment for Scoliosis in Marfan Syndrome.  SPINE 2000; 25(18): 2350-2354.

  68. Sponseller PD, Ahn, NU, Ahn UM, Kusczyk B, Fishman EK, Zinreich SJ.  Osseous anatomy of the lumbosacral spine in Marfan syndrome. Spine 25(21):2797-2802, 2000.

  69. Ahn, NU, Sponseller PD, Kusczyk B, Ahn UM, Zinreich SJ, Fishman EK.  Dural ectasia:  MR and CT diagnosis and criteria. Genetics in Medicine 2(3):173-179, 2000.

  70. Sponseller PD, Jani MM, Gearhart JP Jeffs RD: Anterior Iliac Osteotomies in Treatment of Bladder Exstrophy.  J. Bone Joint Surg (Am) 2001; 83(A): 184-193.

  71. Jani MM, Sponseller PD, Chao EYS, Valdevit ADC.  Biomechanical Analysis of the Pelvis in Bladder Exstrophy . J. Pediatric Orthop. 20 (3):296-301, 2000

  72. Sponseller PD, Lenke L, Laporte D, Hungerford M: Wound Infections in Neuromuscular Scoliosis Surgery. Spine 25(19): 2461-2466,2000.

  73. Rose PS, Levy HP, Ahn NU, Sponseller PD, Magyri T, Davis J, Francomano CA: A comparison of the Berlin and Ghent Nosologies and the influence of dural ectasia in the diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome. Genetics in Medicine 2000; 2(5): 278-282

  74. Khanna AJ, Braverman NE, Valle D, Sponseller PD: Cervical Stenosis Secondary to Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata. Am. J. Med. Genet. 2001; 99: 63-66.

  75. Rose PS, Ahn NU, Levy HP, Ahn UA, Davis J, Liberfarb RM, Nallamshetty L, Sponseller PD, Francomano CA: Thoracolumbar Spinal Abnormalities in Stickler Syndrome. SPINE 2001; 26(4): 403-409.

  76. Ahn NU, Ahn UM, Nallamshetty L, Rose PS, Buchowski JM, Garrett ES, Kebaish KM., Sponseller PD: The lumbar interpediculate distance is widened in adults with Marfan Syndrome. Acta Orthop. Scand 2001; 72(6): 67-71.

  77. Minahan RE,  Sepkuty JP, Lesser RP, Sponseller PD, Kostuik JP.  Anterior spinal cord injury with preserved neurogenic "motor" potentials.  Clin Neurophysiol 112;2001: 1442-1450.

  78. Rose PS, Ahn NU, Levy HP, Magid D, Davis J, Liberfarb RM, Sponseller PD, Francomano CA:  The Hip in Stickler Syndrome.  J. Pediatric  Orthop 2001; 21: 657-663.

  79. Tortolani PJ, Ain MC, Miller NH, Brumback RJ, Sponseller PD: Tibial Nails for Femoral Shaft Fractures in  adolescents: "off-label" usage.  Orthopedics. 2001 Jun; 24(6): 553-7

  80. Miller NH, Schwab DL, Sponseller PD,  Manolio TA, Pugh EW, Wilson AP:  Characterization of Idiopathic Scoliosis in a Clinically Well-Defined Population.  Clin Orthop. 2001; 392: 349-357.

  81. Ahn NU, Ahn UM,  Nallamshetty L, Springer BD, Buchowski JM, Funches L, Garrett ES, Kostuik JP, Kebaish KM, Sponseller PD:  Cauda equina syndrome in ahnkylosing spondylitis: meta-analysis of outcomes after medical nd surgical treatments.  J. Spinal Disord. 2001 Oct; 166(4): 1444-9

  82. Stec A, Pannu H, Tadros Y, Sponseller PD, Fishman EK, Gearhart JP:  Pelvic Floor Anatomy in classic bladder exstrophy using 3-dimensional computed tomography.  J.  Urol 2001; 166:1444-1449

  83. Stec AA, Pannu HK, Tadros YE, Sponseller PD, Wakim A, Fishman EK, Gearhart JP: Evaluation of the bony pelvis in classic bladder exstrophy by using 3-D CT:  Further Insights.  Urology 2001 Dec; 58(6): 1030-5

  84. Jones KB, Sponseller PD, Gearhart JP: Staged Closure of the pelvis in secondary repair of cloacal esxtrophy in the older patient.  J. Pediatr. Orthop 2002; 22(1): 67-72.

  85. Domb B, Sponseller PD, Ain MC, Miller NH:  Comparison of Dynamic versus Static External Fixation for Pediatric Femur Fractures.  J. Pediatr. Orthop 2002; 22(4): 428-340

  86. Jones KB, Sponseller PD, Hobbs W, Pyeritz RE: Leg-length discrepancy and scoliosis in marfan syndrome. J Pediatr Orthop. 2002 Nov-Dec;22(6):807-12.

  87. Grzesik WJ, Frazier CR, Shapiro JR, Sponseller PD, Robey PG, Fedarko NS.Age-related Changes in Human Bone Proteoglycan Structure. IMPACT OF OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA. J Biol Chem. 2002 Nov 15;277(46):43638-43647

  88. Ahn UM, Ahn NU, Nallamshetty L, Buchowski JM, Rose PS, Miller NH, Kostuik JP, Sponseller PD.The etiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Am J Orthop. 2002 Jul;31(7):387-95.

  89. Nallamshetty L, Ahn NU, Ahn UM, Nallamshetty HS, Rose PS, Buchowski JM, Sponseller PD.Dural ectasia and back pain: review of the literature and case report. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2002 Aug;15(4):326-9.

  90. McCarthy ML, Silberstein CE, Atkins EA, Harryman SE, Sponseller PD, Hadley-Miller NA.Comparing reliability and validity of pediatric instruments for measuring health and well-being of children with spastic cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2002 Jul;44(7):468-76.

  91. Shindle MK, Khanna AJ, McCarthy EF, O'Neill PJ, Sponseller PD. Desmoid tumor of the spinal canal causing scoliosis and paralysis. Spine. 2002 Jun 15;27(12):E304-7.

  92. Erkula G, Jones KB, Sponseller PD, Dietz HC, Pyeritz RE. Growth and Maturation in Marfan syndrome.
    Am J Med Genet. 2002 Apr 22;109(2):100-15.

  93. Tortolani PJ, McCarthy EF, Sponseller PD: Bone mineral density deficiency in children. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2002 Jan-Feb;10(1):57-66.

  94. Jones KB, Erkula G, Sponseller PD, Dormans JP: Spinal Deformity Correction in Marfan Syndrome.  Spine 2002 27 (18):2003-2012

  95. Dobbs MB, Lenke LG, Szymanski DA, Morcuende JA, Weinstein SL, Bridwell KH, Sponseller PD:  Prevalence of neural axis abnormalities in patients with infantile idiopathic scoliosis.  J Bone Joint Surg Am 2002; 84-A: 2230-4

  96. Shindle MK, Khanna AJ, Hoehner JC, O'Neill PJ, Sponseller PD:  Colonic perforation complicating posterior fusion for high-grade spondylolisthesis.  J Spinal Disord Tech 2002; 15: 546-9

  97. Sponseller PD:  Sizing Up Scoliosis. Editorial, J Am Med Assoc 2003. 289(5): 608-9.

  98. Okubadejo G, Sponseller PD, Gearhart JP:  Orthopaedic Complications of  management of Bladder Exstrophy.  J. Pediatr. Orthop. 2003 Jul-Aug; 23(4): 522-8.

  99. Stec A, Wakim A, McCarthy EF, Lakshmanan Y, Sponseller PD, Gearhart JP:  Fetal Bony Pelvis in the Bladder Exstrophy complex: Normal Potential for Growth?  Pediatric Urology 2003

  100. Jones KB, Sponseller PD,  Shindle MK, McCarthy M: Longitudinal parental perceptions of spinal fusion for neuromuscular spine deformity in patients with totally involved cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2003 Mar-Apr;23(2):143-9.

  101. Launay F, Leet AI, Jouve B, Bollini G, Sponseller PD: Lateral humeral condyle fractures in children: a comparison of two approaches to treatment. J Pediatr Orthop. 2004 Jul-Aug;24(4):385-91.

  102. Ngu BB, Khanna AJ, Pak SS, McCarthy EF, Sponseller, PD: Eosinophilic granuloma of the atlas presenting as torticollis in a child. Spine 2004, 28(5): e98-100.

  103. Khanna AJ, Wasserman BA, Sponseller PD: Magnetic resonance imaging of the pediatric spine. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 11(4):248-259, 2003.

  104. Leet AI, Chhor K, Launay F, Kier-York J, Sponseller PD: Femoral head resection for painful hip subluxation in cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Orthop 25(1): 70-73, 2005.

  105. Foran JRH, Pyeritz RE, Dietz HCIII, Sponseller PD: Characterization of the symptoms associated with dural ectasia in the Marfan patient. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Apr 1;134(1):58-65.

  106. Baird AD, Sponseller PD,  Gearhart JP:  The place of pelvic osteotomy in the modern era of bladder exstrophy reconstruction.   Journal of Pediatric Urology 2005; 1: 31-36

  107. O'Neill PJ, Karol LA, Shindle MK, Elerson EE, BrintzenhofeSzoc KM, Katz DE, Farmer KW, Sponseller PD. Decreased orthotic effectiveness in overweight patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.  J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 May;87(5):1069-74.

  108. Register BC, Hansel DE, Hutchins GM, Levey EB, Sponseller PD, Leet AI. Postoperative gastric rupture in children with cerebral palsy.  J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 May-Jun;25(3):280-2.

  109. Launay F, Leet AI, Sponseller PD. Pediatric spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality: a meta-analysis.  Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Apr;(433):166-70.

  110. Jones KB, Myers L, Judge DP, Kirby PA, Dietz HC, Sponseller PD. Toward an understanding of dural ectasia: a light microscopy study in a murine model of Marfan syndrome. Spine. 2005 Feb 1;30(3):291-3.

  111. Erkula G, Kiter AE, Kilic BA, Er E, Demirkan F, Sponseller PD. The relation of joint laxity and trunk rotation.  J Pediatr Orthop B. 2005 Jan;14(1):38-41.

  112. Sponseller PD, Jones KB, Ahn NU, Erkula G, Dietz HC III:  Protrusio Acetabuli in Marfan Syndrome: Age-Related Prevalence and Associated Hip Function.  J. Bone Joint Surg.  2006; 88-A. p. 486-495

  113. Buchowski J, Bhatnagar R, Skaggs D, Sponseller PD:  Temporary Internal Distraction as an aid to correction of severe scoliosis.  J Bone Joint Surg 2006; 88A: 2035-2041


  1.  Moshirfar A, Rand FF, Sponseller PD, Parazin SJ, Khanna AJ, Kebaish KM, Stinson JT, Riley LH III: Pelvic fixation in spine surgery: historical overview, indications, biomechanical relevance, and current techniques. J Bone Joint Surg 87A(suppl 2):89-106, 2005

  2. Shindle MK, Khanna AJ, Bhatnagar R, Sponseller PD: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: modern management guidelines. J Surg Orthop Adv 15(1):43-52, 2006.

  3. Gjolaj J, Sponseller PD:  Surgery for  Atypical Scoliosis.  Curr Opin Orthop 2006;17:222-232



  1. Sponseller PD,   Multhopp-Stephens H: Handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics.  Boston: Little-Brown 1996 (210 pages).

  2. Sponseller PD, Wenz J, Frassica FJ: Five-Minute Orthopaedic Consultant. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 2000

  3. Sponseller PD, Hurko O, Scott CI, Ain MC: Care of the Person with Skeletal Dysplasia.  Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven.  In preparation.

  4. Sponseller, PD ed: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics-2.  Rosemont Ill: Am Acad Orthop. Surg.2002 Frassica FJ, Wilckens J, Sponseller PD, eds:  Orthopaedic Surgery Journal Reference.  Birmingham: Oakstone Medical Publishing, 2004


Book Chapters

  1. Sponseller, P.D., Tolo, V.T.:  Bone, Joint and Muscle Problems, Chapter 38 in Oski, F.A. ed:  Principles and Practice of Pediatrics.  Philadelphia, Lippincott,1990.  Revised  for 2nd edition1995;  Revised for 3rd  edition 1999  as chapter 432, pp 2102-2133. Revised for 4th edition 2006 as chapter 432, pp 2470-2505.

  2. Fosarelli, P.D., Sponseller, P.D.:  Orthopaedics.  Chapter 15 in Pediatric Pearls. Chicago, Year Book Medical  Publishers, Inc. 1989. Revised 1994; revised again as chapter 16 pp 259-292,1997.

  3. Sponseller, P.D.:Spinal Surgery in Congenital Syndromes,  Chapter 211 in Chapman, MW, ed: Operative Orthopaedics, 2nd ed. Philadelphia:Lippincott Press.  1993:2949-2958.

  4. Sponseller, P.D., McBeath, A.A. and Perpich, M.:  "Long-Term Follow-Up of Hip Arthrodesis Performed in Young  Patients,"  Chapter in The Young Patient with Degenerative  Hip Disease, Stockholm:  Olmqvist and Wiksell, 1985.

  5. Sponseller, P.D.:  Neonatal Orthopaedics.  In Seidel, H.M.:  Primary Care of the Newborn, St. Louis: Mosby-Yearbook, 1993. Revised 1996. Re-revised 2001; pp 162-177 Re-re-revised 2006 pp.203-223

  6. Sponseller, P.D.: Pediatric Spinal Deformities.  Current Opinion in Orthopaedic Spine, 1993. J. Kostuik ed.  Philadelphia:  Current Science. Vol. 4, p.134-144.

  7. Sponseller, P.D..  Editor: Current Opinion in Pediatrics 6(1), Feb. 1994.  Orthopaedic Section.  Philadelphia: Current Science.

  8. Sponseller, P.D.  Back Pain in Children, in Current  Opinion in Pediatrics, Feb. 1994.

  9. Sponseller, P.D.  Localized Disorders of Bone and Joints-Chapter 9 in Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics, 4th Edition, Eds. R.T. Morrissy & S.L. Weinstein, Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven 1996.

  10. Owen, J.H., Ducker, T., Sponseller, P.D.:  Electrical  Stimulation of the Spinal Cord to Elicit Spinal and Motor  Evoked Potentials.  In Halter, ed:  Atlas of  Human Spinal  Cord Evoked Potentials.  Submitted for publication.

  11. Sponseller, P.D.:  Congenital Anomalies of the Femur.  In:  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update - V J.R. Kasser, ed.  Rosemont, IL:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1995.

  12. Sponseller, P.D.:  Principles of Pediatric Orthopaedics.  Chapter In Oldham, K.T., Foglia, R.P., Colombani, P.M.:  Surgery of Infants and Children:  Scientific Principles and Practice. Philadelphia.  J.B. Lippincott, 1996. Revised for second edition in 2004

  13. Gray, D.W. and Sponseller, P.D.:  Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma.  Chapter In:  Oldham, K.T., Foglia, R.P., Colombani, P.M.:  Surgery of Infants and Children:  Scientific Principles and Practice.   Philadelphia.  J.B. Lippincott, 1996. Revised for second edition in 2004

  14. Sponseller, P.D.:  Editor:  Pediatric Orthopaedics.  Article, Screening and  Ultrasound for neonatal hip instability.  In Current Opinion in Pediatrics 7(1).  Philadelphia: Current  Science, 1995

  15. Sponseller, P.D.:  Humerus & Elbow Fractures in Children.  Orthopaedic Knowledge-Update - Pediatrics I B.S. Richards, ed. Rosemont, IL:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon,  1996.

  16. Diverio, D. and Sponseller, P.D.:  The Multiply Injured  Child.  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update - Pediatrics B.S. Richards, ed..  Rosemont, Il:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,  1996.

  17. Sponseller, P.D.:  Trauma Editor In:  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update-Pediatrics I.  Rosemont, IL:  American  Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

  18. Sponseller, P.D., Herzenberg, J.E.: Pediatric Cervical Spine Fractures and Dislocations.  In The Cervical Spine, 3rd ed. (by the Cervical Spine Research Society) C.R. Clark, ed. 1997 Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven.

  19. Sponseller, P.D., Beaty, J.H.:  Fractures and  Separations about the Knee.  Chapter 11 in Rockwood and  Green's Fractures in Children, C.A. Rockwood, K.A.  Wilkins and J.H. Beaty,  eds. Philadelphia. Lippincott 1996.

  20. Sponseller, P.D.: Bone Basics in OI. Chapter in Managing Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Wacaster, P. (Ed) 1997. Published by Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Inc.

  21. Carson , B.S., Sponseller P.D., Guarnieri M: Congenital Spine Anomalies. Note Chapter XX in Pediatric Neurosurgery.  A.L. Albright, P.D. Adelson, I.F. Pollack, eds.

  22. Sponseller, P.D., Jani, M.M., Gearhart, J.P., Jeffs, R.D.: Osteotomies in Exstrophy Repair.  In Gearhart JP, ed: Bladder Exstrophy and Epispadias.  New York: Kluwer/Plenum Press 1999, pp 69-76.

  23. Jani, M.M., Sponseller, P.D., Gearhart, J.P., Valdevit, A.D.C., Chao, E.Y.S.: Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Pelvis in Exstrophy.  In Gearhart JP, ed.  Bladder Exstrophy and Epispadias. New York: Kluwer/ Plenum Press, 1999: pp9-16

  24. Sponseller PD: Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Ch. 95 in Pediatric Orthopaedic Secrets. L.T Staheli, ed. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus 1998 (1st ed); revised 2003 (2nd ed);revised 2006 (3rd ed).

  25. Sponseller PD: Skeletal Dysplasias.  Chapter in American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 5.  Rosemont: AAOS 1998

  26. Sponseller PD.  Spinal Surgery in Congenital Scoliosis and syndromes. Chapter 158  In Chapman MW, ed: Operative Orthopaedics 3rd edition  Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2001. pp. 40079-5001

  27. Sponseller PD.  Chapters on Pediatric Spinal Surgery in D'Ambrosia R, Frassica FJ:  Orthopaedic  Board Review Hyperguide.  Thorofare NJ: CB Slack 1999

  28. Shapiro J, Slayton R,  Sponseller PD.  Osteogenesis Imperfecta, in: Bone and Mineral Manual: A    Practical Guide. (Eds) Kleerkoper M, McClung MR, Siris ES.   Academic Press, San Diego. 1999.  Also revised for second edition in 2005.

  29. Sponseller PD.  Bone, Joint and Muscle Problems.   Chapter  432 in McMillan JA, DeAngelis CD, Feigin RD, Warshaw JB, eds:  Oski's Pediatrics:  Principles and Practice.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 1999:  pp 2102-2133

  30. Sponseller PD: Pediatric Musculoskeletal Trauma. In Current Opinion in Orthopedics 11(6): 461-468, 2000

  31. Sponseller PD: The Osteochondrodysplasias. In Morrissy RT, Weinstein SL, eds: Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Williams and Wilkins,  5th edition 2001. Revised for 6th edition, 2006 pp 205-251. The Spine in Skeletal Dysplasias. Chapter 14 in Weinstein SL, ed: The Pediatric Spine, 2nd edition,   Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins pp279-301, 2001.

  32. Sponseller PD: Surgical management of pediatric femoral fractures.
    Rosemont Il: Am Acad Orthop Surg Instr Course Lect. 2002;51:361-5

  33. Flynn JM, Skaggs DL, Sponseller PD, Ganley TJ, Kay RM, Leitch KK:  Surgical Management of Pediatric Fractures of the Lower Extremity. Rosemont Il:  Am Acad Orthop Surg Inst Course Lec 2003, vol 52: 647-659.

  34. Sponseller PD:  Infectious and Inflammatory disorders of the Child's Spine. Chapter 67 in DeWald RL ed:  Spinal Deformities:  The Comprehensive Text.  New York: Thieme 2003 pp. 694-701.

  35. Sponseller PD:  The Spine in Skeletal Syndromes and Dysplasias.  Chapter 68 in DeWald RL ed:  Spinal Deformities: The Comprehensive Text.  New York: Thieme 2003 pp 701-717.

  36. Sponseller PD, Erkula G:  Marfan Syndrome.  Chapter 47 in Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery.   Lenke L, Betz RR, Harms J eds.  St Louis: Quality Medical Publishing 2004; pp. 627-636

  37. Sponseller PD, Farmer K:  Treatment of Neuromuscular Spine Deformities.  Chapter 17 in The Adult and Pediatric Spine, 3rd edition.  Frymoyer JW, Weisel SW eds.  Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins pp. 367-390, 2004;.

  38. Sponseller PD:  Complications related to the Surgical Management of patients with Skeletal Dysplasias and Connective Tissue Diseases.  Chapter 41 in Vaccaro AR, Regan JJ, Crawford AH, Benzel EC, Anderson DG eds:   Complications of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery.  New York: Marcel Dekker 2004; pp 639-654.

  39. Sponseller PD and Shindle M:  Orthopaedic Problems in Marfan Syndrome.  Chapter 2 in Robinson PN and Godfrey M, eds: Marfan Syndrome: A Primer for Clinicians and Scientists.  Georgetown: Landes Bioscience 2004, pp 24-34.

  40. Sponseller PD: Cervical Spine Injuries in Children. Chapter 37 in Clark CR, Benzel EC, Dormans JP eds:  The Cervical Spine (4th ed) 2005: Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, pp. 508-525

  41. Shapiro JR, Rowe D, Sponseller PD:  Heritable Disorders of Structural Proteins. Chapter  95 in Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th edition.  Harris ED, Budd RC, Firestein GS, Genovese MC, Sergent JS, Ruddy S, Sledge CB eds.  Philadelphia:  Elsevier Saunders, 2005, pp  1547-1577.

  42. Sponseller PD: Introduction to Trauma.  Chapter 3 in Dormans JP, ed: Core Knowledge in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby 2005; pp 36-47.

  43. Skaggs DL, Flynn JM:. Sponseller PD, Seri I;  Issues in the Newborn.  Chapter 10 in Skaggs DL, Flynn JM: Staying Out of trouble in Pediatric Orthopaedics.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2006, pp 134-143. 

  44. Sponseller PD:  Anterior Iliac Osteotomy for Bladder Exstrophy.  Chapter 3.13 in Morrissy RT:  Atlas of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, 4th edition, 2006.  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins pp 335-342.

  45. ponseller PD:  Pediatric Injuries about the Knee.  Chapter 22 in Abel, MF ed: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Pediatrics, 3rd edition. Rosemont, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2006, pp.  281-291.

  46. Sponseller PD:  Section Editor, Pediatric Trauma.  In Abel MF, ed: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Pediatrics, 3rd edition. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006  pp249-323


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • International Rett Syndrome Association
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association
  • National Marfan Foundation
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society

Awards & Honors

  1. 1976 - Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan

  2. 1980 - Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Michigan

  3. 1986 - Russell S. Hibbs Award, Scoliosis Research Society for best clinical paper

  4. 1992 - Outstanding Teacher, Union Memorial Orthopaedic Program

  5. 1993 - Teacher of the Year, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns  Hopkins Hospital
    (first year award given)

  6. 1998- Antoine Marfan Award, National Marfan Foundation Presented in NY, NY Jul. 98

  7. 2001- Teacher of the Year, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

  8. 2005- Arthur H. Heune Award (for career research), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

  9. 2005 – Yamaguchi Award,  Best paper in Pediatrics, American Urological Association

  10. 2006- Hero with a Heart award, National Marfan Foundation, April 18, NYC, presented by Michael Bloomberg and Brian Williams