John P. Dormans, MD


  • Texas Medical Center


Orthopedic Surgery

Phone: 832-822-3100
Fax: 832-825-9019

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana medical school Doctorate of Medicine 1983
Grand Rapids Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan residency Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program 1988
The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada fellowship Clinical Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship 1989

About John Dormans

Dr. John Dormans is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in the area of limb-sparing surgery for bone cancer, but he is also widely recognized for his work in treating pediatric spinal deformities, specifically scoliosis, and promoting safety in such surgeries.

Dr. Dormans served as the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from 1996 to 2014. He has served as President of the Medical Staff of CHOP and as the President of Children's Surgical Associates (CHOP surgical group) for four 3-year terms. He was the recipient of both the Jesse T. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He was an AAOS and AOA Kashewagi Suzuki traveling fellow to Japan in 1996.

He served as President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) for the 2015 50th anniversary meeting in Minneapolis. Dr. Dormans has won the SRS Hibbs Award for Best Basic Science Paper in 2011 and Best Clinical Paper in 2006. Dr. Dormans is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors Orthopaedics Overseas and served on the Board of Directors of the Decade of the Bone and Joint Project. He was the President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America for 2009-2010 and currently serves as the Treasurer of SICOT International and Secretary General of the SICOT Foundation. Additionally, he was named President of SICOT World Orthopaedic Concern.

He has published over 340 articles, authored more than 140 chapters and written/edited 5 books. He has participated as an invited lecturer in nearly 50 countries. In his career, Dr. Dormans has trained 51 clinical fellows and 37 research fellows.


Organization Name Role
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) President 2009-2010
Scoliosis Research Society President 2014-2015
SICOT Foundation Secretary General 2011-2015
Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT) International Treasurer 2014-2017
World Orthopaedic Concern President 2014-2017

Selected Publications

Jaramillo D, Delgado J, St. Geme JW, Dormans, JP. Hematogenous osteomyelitis in children: Imaging of a changing disease. Radiology. June 2017; 283(3):629-643.

Schwartz DM, Auerbach JD, Dormans JP, Flynn J, Drummond DS, Bowe JA, Laufer S, Shah SA, Bowen JR, Pizzutillo PD, Jones KJ, Drummond DS.  Neurophysiological detection of impending spinal cord injury during scoliosis surgery. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am 2007 Nov;89(11):2440-9.

Tracey MR, Dormans JP and Kusumi K:  "Klippel-Feil syndrome: Clinical features and current understanding of etiology." CORR, (MS# 3427). Clinical Orthopedics 2004 Jul;1(424):183-190.  PMID: 1524116.

Caird MS, Flynn JM, Leung YL, Millman JE, D'Italia JG, Dormans JP:  Factors Distinguishing Septic Arthritis From Transient Synovitis of the Hip in Children.  A Prospective Study.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am  2006; 88(6):1251-1257.

Dormans JP, Squillante R, and Sharf H:  Acute Neurovascular Complications with Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children.  Bone and Joint Diseases:  Index and reviews, Vol. IV, Number 3, May 1995.

Flynn J, Leuke L, Ganley T, Dawson J, Davidson RS, Ecker M, Gregg J, Horn D, Dormans JP and Drummond DS:  Comparison of titanium elastic nails with traction and a spica cast to treat femoral fractures in childhood. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 86A(4):770-777, April 2004.

View all publications