Texas Children's Hospital welcomes Dr. John Dormans as chief of orthopedics


HOUSTON - (May 8, 2015) - Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Dr. John Dormans as the new chief of orthopedics. Dormans, whose appointment will be effective May 1, will also serve as a professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information about the Division of Orthopedics at Texas Children's, please visit the clinic's website here.

"Dr. Dormans comes to us with an incredible track record of success. His knowledge, leadership and accomplishments make him an exceptional asset to Texas Children's, and we are confident in his ability to lead our Division of Orthopedics into an exciting new chapter growing our clinical and research programs," said Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "Dormans has a proven leadership record of programmatic development, faculty mentoring and managing clinical activity with research to advance care. We are excited to have him here."

Dormans obtained his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and went on to earn his medical degree at the university's school of medicine in Indianapolis. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Grand Rapids Michigan State University, followed by a clinical pediatric orthopedic fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. He rounded out his post-graduate training with programs at Harvard's School of Public Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Since 1990, Dormans has been a clinician and leader at CHOP, serving as the hospital's chief of orthopedic surgery from 1996 to 2014 and as president of the medical staff and president of Children's Surgical Associates (the CHOP surgical group) for four terms (three-years each). He focused his clinical work on pediatric spinal deformity and musculoskeletal tumors while providing the leadership to grow the number of specialized and outreach clinics and make CHOP a top ten pediatric orthopedic program.

"I look forward to joining the faculty at Texas Children's Hospital as orthopedics chief," said Dormans. "As the largest children's hospital in the United States, Texas Children's has had a meteoric rise into the top five ranked children's hospitals in the country. I look forward to leading the outstanding orthopedic faculty and achieving our full potential for patient care, research, advocacy and education."

During his time at CHOP, he balanced both the academic and the clinical work. As the director of CHOP's pediatric orthopedic fellowship, Dormans trained 51 clinical fellows and 37 research fellows and participated as an invited lecturer in nearly 50 countries. Additionally, he published more than 340 articles, authored more than 140 chapters and wrote five books. Dormans is an internationally recognized physician and scholar with accomplishments in research and teaching and numerous "best doctors" awards. He previously served as president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) and is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of Orthopaedics Overseas. Later this year, Dormans will serve as president of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) for the 50th anniversary meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Texas Children's Orthopedics is consistently ranked amongst the top pediatric orthopedic programs in the nation by U.S.News World Report. With seven specialty clinics and more than 20 physicians and physician assistants, this program cares for children across Houston, treating everything from minor fractures to complex disorders, and ensuring the highest level of individualized care for pediatric patients from newborns to young adults.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.