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Orthopedics

A survey of northeast Ohio parents shows that we are their first choice for orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of bone, joint, muscle and spine disorders and injuries in children, teens and young adults.

We have one focus: Kids.

Bone, joint and muscle problems in children are quite different than those of an adult. Some of the problems children have with their bones and joints are caused by growth. Sometimes what may be considered a problem in a child is a variation of growth that will resolve with time.  

That’s why we specialize in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal problems in children who are still growing − from newborns to teenagers. From fractures and sports-related injuries to scoliosis, spina bifida and cerebral palsy, we blend cutting-edge treatments and innovative surgical approaches with compassionate, family-centered care.

So no matter what medical condition they’re dealing with, we’re here to help kids get back to being kids.

Conditions we treat.

We treat kids with all types of orthopedic conditions. Among the conditions we treat are:

  • Brachial plexus injuries    
  • Brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta)    
  • Bone tumors    
  • Cerebral palsy    
  • Congenital hand and foot deformities    
  • Hip dysplasias
  • Limb length discrepancies
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Sports injuries

Advancing orthopedic care in children.

We’re relentless in our pursuit to find new ways to treat young patients and in teaching the next generation of doctors. For instance, we are 1 of 6 orthopedic centers in the country working to develop a surgical technique to safely perform ACL surgery on young children.

We are also studying whether a magnetic device can reduce surgeries in early-onset scoliosis. Treating children with early onset scoliosis is challenging because they’re still growing. Spinal fusion surgery prevents the growth of the spine and thorax during a critical period of lung development and impacts quality of life into adulthood

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Why Akron Children's

Specialty clinics include:
Clubfoot, skeletal dysplasia, osteogenesis imperfecta, hand & upper extremity deformities

The Spine Center, an Akron Children’s Hospital Center of Excellence, provides innovative technologies and techniques for spinal patients. Learn more


Our Ortho Team has established 4 pathways to yield the best results for our patients. Learn more

Todd Ritzman, MD, FAAOS, FAOA

Dr. Ritzman is a surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital. He’s also the director of the Spine Program and co-director of the pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis fellowship at the hospital. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis at San Diego Children’s Hospital in California. Dr. Ritzman has a special interest in in spinal deformity research, education and innovation. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Association. He’s earned several awards and grants for his work, as well as contributed to numerous publications, presentations and lectures. Additionally, he’s a clinical assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Meet Todd Ritzman, MD, FAAOS, FAOA

Mark Adamczyk, MD

Dr. Adamczyk has been in practice since 2005. He joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. After receiving his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE he went on to complete a residency at Akron General Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego. Dr. Adamczyk has a special interest in clubfoot, pediatric orthopedic trauma, infantile orthopedic conditions and developmental dysplasia of the hip. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Meet Mark Adamczyk, MD

Kenneth Bono, MD

Dr. Bono has been in practice since 2010. He joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Bono completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic – Akron General Medical Center. He then went on to complete a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bono is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. His areas of special interest include pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, pediatric knee injuries and spasticity.

Meet Kenneth Bono, MD

Lorena Floccari, MD

Dr. Floccari has been in practice since 2019. She joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She received her medical degree from The Ohio State University. Dr Floccari completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota. From there she completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas and a pediatric spine fellowship at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Floccari is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and her areas of special interest include pediatric and adolescent spine deformity, early onset scoliosis, congenital scoliosis and pediatric limb deformity.

Meet Lorena Floccari, MD

Kerwyn Jones, MD

Dr. Kerwyn Jones has been in practice since 1999. He joined Akron Children’s as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. After receiving a medical degree from Hahnemann/Medical College of Pennsylvania he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Jones is a sports medicine specialist with expertise in patella instability, orthopedic care for spina bifida patients and pediatric trauma. He has been Cleveland Magazine’s top docs for Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery for the last 3 consecutive years. In addition to his numerous publications on pediatric ACL research in peer reviewed journals, he developed the current national standard for appropriate narcotic usage after surgery on children. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and is the previous Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Meet Kerwyn Jones, MD

Patrick Riley, Sr. MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Meet Patrick Riley, Sr. MD

William Schrader, MD

Dr. Schrader is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital, where he’s been practicing since 1989. He also serves as the hospital’s surgical director in the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic, surgical consultant in the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic and staff surgeon in the Spine Center. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery and spinal deformity at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Schrader is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He’s presented at numerous educational and professional forums, as well as contributed to dozens of presentations and publications. Additionally, he’s an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University.  

Meet William Schrader, MD

John Polousky, MD

Dr. John Polousky will be the lead team orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Polousky brings a more than 20 years of sports medicine experience to Akron. He has recently moved to Akron to serve as the Division Director of Orthopedic Sports medicine. Dr. Polousky completed his orthopedic residency at the Cleveland Clinic, a one-year fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and a 6-month fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of Colorado. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and additional board certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He has served as a team physician for over 20 years including Division 1 athletics at for the CU Buffs football team and the University of Denver Pioneers Hockey team. Dr. Polousky was himself a scholarship collegiate athlete, playing offensive center for the Colorado State Rams, in the early ‘90’s.

Dr. Polousky brings his experience and expertise in sports medicine from Texas, where he was the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics and the Surgical Director of Sports Medicine at the Children’s Health Andrews Institute in Plano Texas. In his leadership role, Dr. Polousky planned and supervised the construction of a $10 million, state-of-the-art facility to provide world-class sports medicine services to the high school and college athletes of the region. This 100,000 square foot facility included clinical space, MRI, physical therapy, sports performance training and a surgery center. The center served athletes from the entire state of Texas and from around the country.

Dr. Polousky has performed thousands of arthroscopic surgical procedures during his career, including ACL, complex shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle procedures. He was one of a small group of orthopedic surgeons selected to serve on the ACL Clinical Practice Guideline Committee, which was commissioned by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to write national guidelines on the care of patients with ACL injuries. Dr. Polousky has held leadership roles in numerous national orthopedic organizations and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed abstracts and scientific articles.

Meet John Polousky, MD

Akron Children’s has a national reputation as our pediatric surgeons offer a yearly resident review course providing orthopedic residents surgical skill training.

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Locations

Contact Orthopedics

330-543-3500

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Orthopedics
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-5001
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Orthopedics, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1946
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Orthopedics, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Orthopedics, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Orthopedics, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center, North Canton
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Orthopedics, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Norwalk
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Avenue
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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Orthopedics, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Orthopedics, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Warren
The Market Place
5000 East Market Street
Suite 29
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Todd Ritzman
Todd Ritzman, MD, FAAOS, FAOA

Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Director, Spine Center; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Physicians/Providers:

Mark Adamczyk, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Treatment Center; Director, Clubfoot Clinic; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Kenneth Bono, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Drew Engles, MD

Hand and Microvascular Surgeon

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Lorena Floccari, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Research Director, Spine Center

Sheryl Handler-Matasar, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Director, Orthopedic Surgery & Clubfoot Clinic, Mahoning Valley

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Kerwyn Jones, MD

Medical Staff Vice President; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Physician; Department Quality Officer

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John Polousky, MD

Division Director, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

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Patrick Riley, Jr., MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Physician

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Patrick Riley, Sr. MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Stephanie Russo, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon

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William Schrader, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Anthony Silverio, DO

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Jeralyn Barnett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Darin Carman, DNP, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Amanda Edmonds, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Theresa Hahn, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Molly Hipp, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Darla Larson-Spurgeon, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Nikki McKenna, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Cara Mossides, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Denise Rapacz, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Ann Ryan, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Arika Silver, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Jennifer Warmus, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Westfall, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Aaron Wickham, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Other Providers:

Jaime Bass, ORT/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist; Certified Hand Therapist

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Facts & Stats

54% Reduction
54% Reduction
in narcotic prescriptions after orthopedic surgery
broken arm ortho
1,401
patients seen in fracture clinic May-Aug 2018
ACL surgeries
104
ACL Surgeries Performed in past year
Low dose radiation
Low Dose Radiation
First in NEO Ohio to have EOS imaging for scoliosis patients
spinal surgeries
117
Spinal Surgeries in the past year
skeletal dysplasia
144
Skeletal dysplasia patients from 10 states
Top 50 ortho hospitals
Top 50
US News - Top 50 Orthopedic Hospitals for past 2 years

Open Clinical Studies

Scoliosis Outcomes Database Registry

The goal of this study is to monitor long term-outcomes of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients who receive surgical treatment, and patients who choose not to have surgery.

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Currently recruiting

Pediatric Spine Registry

The goal of this study is to collect patient data on children with spine and/or chest wall disorders.

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Currently recruiting

Prospective Database Registry of Scheuermann's Kyphosis

The goal of this study is to monitor long term-outcomes of patients with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis who receive surgical treatment, and patients who choose not to have surgery. 

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Currently recruiting

Prospective Database Registry of Scoliosis in Children with Cerebral Palsy

The goal of this study is to monitor long term-outcomes of scoliosis patients who receive surgical treatment, and patients who choose not to have surgery.

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Currently recruiting

Study of Scoliosis Correction in patients with Marfan Syndrome

The goal of this study is to monitor long term-outcomes of patients with Marfan Syndrome who receive surgical treatment for scoliosis, and patients who choose not to have surgery.

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Currently recruiting

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

Care Pathways

Akron Children’s Hospital uses care pathways -- standardized plans of care that follow best practices for specific conditions or medical procedures. These care pathways are clearly defined and fine-tuned to guide our medical professionals in delivering the best care to our patients.

 

SCOLIOSIS PATHWAY

Akron Children’s Spine Center has a multidisciplinary team of experts that follows a comprehensive, evidence-based pathway for patients undergoing surgical correction of spinal curvature. By incorporating best practices before, during and after scoliosis surgery, this pathway has improved patient comfort and mobility, shortened the number of days in the hospital by more than 50%, significantly decreased the cost of care and yielded excellent patient outcomes.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Akron Children’s orthopedic surgeons were the first group of surgeons in the United States to develop guidelines for the appropriate management of pain once patients go home after surgery. These guidelines encourage the use of non-narcotic medications as much as possible, while reserving narcotics only for the treatment of severe pain. By following these guidelines, our orthopedic surgeons have decreased the use of narcotics and the associated risks, while still providing good pain control for our patients.

 

ACL PATHWAY

The sports medicine surgeons at Akron Children’s have reviewed all of the best methods of care for patients undergoing ACL reconstruction. They’ve incorporated these practices into a care pathway that starts before surgery and continues until the patient has returned to the activities they enjoyed before the injury. This care pathway enhances the hospital experience for our patients and their families and, ultimately, leads to better overall outcomes for our patients. 

 

NEUROMUSCULAR HIP PATHWAY

Our multidisciplinary team has developed a pathway for patients undergoing hip surgeries to maximize the health of their hips long term. Our surgical pain management techniques and collaboration between our medical and orthopedic teams ensure that our patients recover from their hip procedures in the most comfortable and safest environment possible.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

AC separation, accessory navicular condition, acetabulum fracture, ACL injury, ACL tear, adhesive capsulitis, ankle injuries, ankle tightening, anterior cruciate ligament injury, asymmetrical thigh, avulsion fracture, back injury, back stress fracture, congenital dislocation of the hip, bilateral flatfoot, bimalleolar fracture, bow legged, brachial plexus, bruck syndrome, buckle fracture, Burner Stinger syndrome, bursitis, Calcaneal apophysitis, calcaneovalgus feet, calcaneus fracture, calcaneus deformity, camptodactyly, cartilage disorder, cervical fracture, cervical spine injuries, cervicaligia, chrondromalacia, clavicle injuries, club feet, clubfeet, collarbone, congenital metatarsus varus, distal radius fracture, entesopathy, equinus deformity of foot, extensor tendon laceration, femoral anteversion, fibroma of bone, golfer’s elbow, groin injury, gait abnormality, growth plate injury, hallux valgus, hamstring pull, heel pain, heel spur, herniated disk, hip dislocation, humerus fracture, impingement syndrome, internal tibial torsion, in toeing, joint effusion, jones fracture, knee injuries, knee instability, knee ligament tears, leg length discrepancy, limb deformity, neck injury, nursemaids elbow, osteoarthritis, patella fracture, pelvis fracture, pigeon toe, pitcher’s elbow, rotator cuff injury, Rugger Jersey injury, Limp, torn rotator cuff, turf toe, tuft fracture, triquetral avulsion fracture, tri-plane fracture, triplane fracture, toe fracture, toe deformity, toddlers fracture, tibial spine fracture, tibial plateau fracture, tendon injury, tendinitis, tailbone injury, Sever’s disease, knee disorders, Scheuermann’s disease, Osteogenesis imperfecta, brittle bone disease, back pain, Blount's disease, meniscus tear, hip dysplasia, scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, clubfoot, metatarsus adductus, charcot-marie-tooth disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip, ellis-van creveld syndrome, fracture, hyper-lordosis, kyphosis, legg-calve-perthes disease, MCL injuries, meniscal cartilage tears, metabolic bone disease, muscular dystrophy, myelomeningocele, neural tube defects, neurofibromatosis, neuromuscular disorders, Osgood-Schlatter disease, osteochondritis dissecans, osteomyelitis, PCL injuries, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, stress fracture, tendinitis, torticollis, sesmoiditis, shin splints, spiral fracture, stress fracture, subluxation of shoulder, subluxation of hip, supination, uneven leg length



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