Skeletal Dysplasia Center

Akron Children's Skeletal Dysplasia Center treats children and adults from throughout the Midwest and beyond who have bone and cartilage disorders affecting the growth and development of the skeleton. Read More...

Weiner Dennis
Dennis Weiner, MD
Co-Director, Skeletal Dysplasia Center

Artinian, II Frank
Frank Artinian, II, MD
Co-Director, Skeletal Dysplasia Center Pediatrician

Bober Michael
Michael Bober, MD, PhD
Genetic Consultant, Skeletal Dysplasia Center

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Ann Geraci, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

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Allison Williams
Coordinator, Skeletal Dysplasia Center

Woods Susan
Susan Woods, MS, LGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Akron Children's Skeletal Dysplasia Center is one of only a few in existence that treats both children and adults.
  • Patients from a 9-state radius come to Akron, Ohio, for its 2-day skeletal dysplasia clinics, which are offered quarterly.


Meet Our Patients



Skeletal Dysplasia - Overview

Our center is staffed by orthopedic surgeons, geneticists, genetic counselors, nurses and a registered dietitian, who all have special training in diagnosing and treating Little People.

Our skeletal dysplasia team comes from a variety of healthcare areas and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services that include:

  • genetic counseling
  • pediatric and adult spine surgery
  • ear, nose and throat medical and surgical care
  • pediatric and adult neurology and neurosurgery
  • medical and surgical care of the eyes
  • urology
  • cardiology
  • endocrinology
  • hand surgery
  • nephrology
  • joint surgery
  • pulmonary medicine
  • gastroenterology
  • physical and occupational therapy
  • speech and hearing
  • social services
  • dietary services 
  • orthotics (bracing)

Genetic counseling is an important component of our center. When recessive genes are involved, parents of average stature are often surprised to learn their baby or child has a form of skeletal dysplasia. Depending on the genetic disorder, some siblings may be affected while others are not.

Our center was made possible through a generous donation from the Women's Board of Children's Hospital.


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Skeletal Dysplasia Center
our locations

Akron Children's Hospital
Skeletal Dysplasia Center
300 Locust St.
Akron , OH 44302
Phone: 330-543-0735
Fax: 330-543-7649
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Dennis Weiner, MD
4455 Dressler Road
Canton , OH 44718
Appointments: 330-543-6633
Fax: 330-543-7649
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