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The procedure is currently classified by the FDA as an humanitarian device exemption. Your local country may have different medical classifications. The following centers perform evaluations for the VEPTR procedure. Interested patients should either contact their local physician or one of the centers directly for more information:



Alberta Childrens Hospital
1820 Richmond Road S.W.{BR} Calgary, Alberta, Canada{BR} T2T 5C7{BR} (403) 943-7211{BR}

Dr. James A. Harder - BSc, MD, FRCS(C){BR} Clinical Associate Professor{BR} Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon{BR} (403) 943-7633{BR} Fax (403) 943-7634{BR} - james.harder@calgaryhealthregion.ca{BR}

Dr. David L. Parsons - MD, FRCS(C){BR} Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon{BR} (403) 943-7787{BR} Fax (403) 943-7634{BR}

B.C. Children's Hospital
Dr. Christopher Reilly MD FRCSC{BR} Head, Dept of Paediatric Orhtopaedic Surgery{BR} Rm A200, 4480 Oak Street{BR} Vancouver, BC V6H3V4{BR}

Fax 604-875-2275{BR}

Costa Rica

Children´s National Hospital

Dr. Patricio Alvarez Cosmelli, MD {BR} Professor University of Costa Rica {BR} Orthopedic Surgeon {BR} Children´s National Hospital, San José {BR} Cima Hospital San José {BR} Phone: (506)2208.1307 {BR} Fax: (506)2208.1327 {BR}

Dr. Jorge Alpizar Arias {BR} Professor University of Costa Rica {BR} Orthopedic Surgeon {BR} Children´s National Hospital, San José {BR} Phone: (506)2442.4850 {BR}


Children's University Hospital "La Timone" Marseille, France
Dr. Dr. Elke Viehweger Prof. Dr. Gérard Bollini Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics{BR} 264, Rue Saint Pierre{BR} 13385 Marseille Cedex 05{BR} Tel.: +33 4 91 38 69 05{BR} Fax: +33 4 91 38 42 27{BR} Web: [http://www.ortho-timone-marseille.com|www.ortho-timone-marseille.com]


Orthopädische Universitätsklinik, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Krauspe{BR} Moorenstrasse 5{BR} 40225 Düsseldorf{BR}

Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus, Germany
PD Dr. Ralf Stücker{BR} Bleickenallee 38{BR} 22763 Hamburg{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.akkev.de/">Website{BR}


Dana Children's hospital
6 th. Weitzman st. Tel aviv, Israel {BR} 64239{BR} (972- 3) 6974000{BR}

Dr. Dror Ovadia{BR} Senior Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon – {BR} Pediatric Spine Deformities{BR} (972-3) 6974525{BR}


Rikshospitalet, Norway
Dr. R. Sørensen & Dr. Rolf Riise{BR} Ortopedisk avdeling{BR} 0027 Oslo{BR} Phone: +47 23070000{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.rikshospitalet.no/">Website{BR}

Puerto Rico

Hospital de La Concepción, San Germán, Puerto Rico
Dr. Norman Ramírez Lluch{BR} Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery{BR} Num. 2 Street Km. 173.4 {BR} San Germán, PR 00683{BR} Phone: 787-892-1860{BR}

Dr. John M. Flynn{BR} Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery{BR} Num. 2 Street Km. 173.4 {BR} San Germán, PR 00683{BR} Phone: 787-892-1860{BR}


Maria Sklodowska Curie Emergency Hospital for Children, Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Dr. Burnei Gheorghe{BR} Pediatric Orthopedic Clinics{BR} Constantin Brancoveanu, 20{BR} Bucharest, 041451{BR} mscburnei@yahoo.com{BR}
- Website{BR}">http://www.mscurie.ro/meniu_content.php">Website{BR}


Hospital Universitario La Paz, Spain
Dr. Sánchez Párez Grueso{BR} Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia{BR} Paseo de la Castellana, 261 {BR} Madrid 28046{BR} - Website{BR}">http://ww1.msc.es/insalud/hospitales/hulp/">Website{BR}


Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery{BR} 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden{BR} Phone: + 46 (0)8 5858 0000{BR} Dr Helena Saraste, MD, PhD, associate professor. {BR}

University hospital Linköping orthopaedic department
58185{BR} Sweden{BR} tel : +46 13222000{BR} Contact: Peter Ahlinder MD, Stig Aaro MD{BR}

University Hospital MAS
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery{BR} Malmö{BR} Sweden{BR} +46 40 33 10 00{BR}

Contact: Associate Professor Acke Ohlin{BR} E-mail : Acke.Ohlin@skane.se{BR}


Children's Hospital, Finland
Children's University Hospital{BR} Pediatric Surgery{BR} Stenbäckinkatu 11{BR} Helsinki, Finland{BR} Tel.: +358 9 471 74720

{BR} Web: [http://www.hus.fi/default.asp?path=1;32;660;546;962|http://www.hus.fi/default.asp?path=1;32;660;546;962]


Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. F. Hefti{BR} Postfach{BR} 4005 Basel{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.ukbb.ch/">Website{BR}

Inselspital, Switzerland
Dr. Theddy Slongo{BR} Chirurgische Uniklinik{BR} 3010 Bern{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.insel.ch/">Website{BR}


Llandough Hospital, UK
Mr John Howes{BR} Penlan Road{BR} Penarth{BR} South Glamorgan{BR} CF64 2XX{BR}

Freeman Hospital, UK
Mr Mike Gibson{BR} Freeman Road{BR} High Heaton{BR} Newcastle-Upon-Tyne{BR} NE7 7DN{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/">Website{BR}

Oxford Nuffield Hospital, UK
Mr Jeremy Fairbank{BR} Headington{BR} Oxford{BR} OX3 7QU{BR}

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, UK
Mr David Marks{BR} Bristol Road South{BR} Northfield{BR} Birmingham{BR} B31 2AP{BR}

Frenchay Hospital, UK
Mr John Hutchinson{BR} Frenchay Park Road{BR} Bristol{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.northbristol.nhs.uk/">Website{BR}


'''Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children''' Jonathan Phillips, MD 92 West Miller Street ~ Orlando, FL. 32806 407.649.9111 [Links|http://www.orlandohealth.com/arnoldpalmerhospital/OurSurgicalSpecialties/pediatricorthopedicsurgery.aspx?pid=6667 ]

'''Arnold Palmer Pediatric Orthopedic Specialty Practice''' Jonathan Phillips, MD Jay C. Albright, MD Mark Birnbaum, MD Jose A. Herrera-Soto, MD D.R. Knapp, JR, MD Charles T. Price, MD Brandon Ramo, MD

Clinic Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm (By appointment only) 83 W. Columbia St. Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: 321.841.3040 Fax: 321.841.3049

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital
333 N. Santa Rosa St.{BR} San Antonio, TX 78207{BR} (210) 704-2988{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.christussantarosa.org/childrens/index.htm">Website{BR} - Lori Buegeler, Program Manager{BR}

'''Notes:'''{BR} CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital was the site of the first titanium rib implant surgery which took place in 1989. It was also the primary location in the FDA's multi-center feasibility study. It was here that Dr. Robert Campbell (orthopaedics) and Dr. Melvin Smith (general surgery) invented the first VEPTR device and began the `The Titanium Rib Project'. Since then, the procedure has evolved and matured, and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa remains at the forefront. Patients from around the world travel to San Antonio to be treated with the VEPTR device. ''''''If you have a unique or special orthopedic case, this likely will be your best choice of locations! No center has more experience by a large margin.''' '''

The hospital is located in downtown San Antonio, with a park and shopping center right well within walking distance. Hotels and accommodations are very affordable, and there is a Ronald McDonald house for parents that will be there for extended visits. There is an affordable in-hospital cafeteria and special rates have been negotiated with neighboring hotels. One person has said that it is both a great hospital and the perfect example of Texas hospitality.

Brenner Children's Hospital
Jeff S. Shilt, M.D. {BR} Dr. Shilt has moved to Boise, Idaho Department of Orthopaedic Surgery{BR} Wake Forest University Health Sciences{BR} Medical Center Boulevard{BR} Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1070{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} Patient Appointments: (336) 716-8094{BR} Academic Office: (336) 716-9813{BR} Facsimile: (336) 716-6286 {BR} jshilt@wfubmc.edu{BR} Scoliosis & Spinal Deformity Clinic - http://www1.wfubmc.edu/Ortho/Pediatric/SSDC/index.htm{BR} Dr. Jeff Shilt (webpage)- http://www1.wfubmc.edu/Ortho/Care/Faculty/Shilt.htm {BR}

Campbell Clinic & Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Jeffrey Sawyer, MD{BR} Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity{BR} Campell Clinic{BR} 1400 South Germantown Road{BR} Germantown, Tennessee 38138{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} Phone: 901-759-5404{BR} Fax: 901-759-3100{BR} Web: http://www.campbellclinic.com/{BR} Web: http://www.lebonheur.org/ {BR}

Cardinal Glennon Childrens' Medical Center

Dr. Aki Puryear{BR} Clinic Addresses:{BR} 1465 S. Grand Blvd.{BR} St. Louis, MO 63104 {BR} CONTACT: Glennon: (314) 577-5646{BR} [http://www.cardinalglennon.com/medicalspecialties/orthopaedics/Pages/Orthopaedics.aspx|WEB PAGE]

Children's Hospital of Alabama
Shawn Gilbert, MD{BR} Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity{BR} 1600 7th Avenue South{BR} Birmingham, AL 35233{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} Phone:(205)939-9146{BR} Fax: (205)939-9833{BR} Website:www.chsys.org{BR}">http://www.chsys.org">www.chsys.org{BR} Email:alice.pennington@chsys.org{BR}

'''Notes:'''{BR} The Combined Chest and Spine Deformity Program is staffed by Dr. Shawn Gilbert of Pediatric Orthopaedics, as well as, Dr. Wynn Hoover of Pulmonary Medicine, and Drs. Albert Chong and Mike Chen of Pediatric Surgery.

Childrens Hospital of Central California
Matthew Halsey, MD {BR} Dept. of Pediatric Orthopedics{BR} 9300 Valley Children's Place {BR} Madera, Calif. 93638 {BR}

Office: 559-353-5941 {BR} Fax: 559-353-5945{BR}

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Childrens Orthopaedic Center Outpatient Tower Building, 4th floor{BR} 4650 Sunset Blvd., Mail Stop #69{BR} Los Angeles, CA 90027-6062{BR} (323) 361-2142 {BR}


- Website{BR} ">http://www.childrenshospitalla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.3468855/k.214D/Childrens_Hospital_Los_Angeles.htm">Website{BR} - Dr.">http://www.childrenshospitalla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.3905357/">Dr. David L. Skaggs{BR} - Christie Rice Crice@chla.usc.edu{BR} [http://www.childrenshospitalla.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ipINKTOAJsG&b=3539111&ct=5023117|Article]

'''Notes:'''{BR} From website:{BR} The Congenital Spine and Chest Wall Deformity Program at the Children's Orthopedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is one of few sites in the country – and the only pediatric facility in California to offer a new treatment using surgically implanted titanium ribs to expand the chest over time and allow the chest and lungs to grow, while straightening the spine.

Children's Hospital Boston
300 Longwood Avenue{BR} Boston, MA 02115{BR} (617) 355-6000{BR} www.childrenshospital.org/ortho{BR}">http://www.childrenshospital.org/ortho">www.childrenshospital.org/ortho{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site1171/mainpageS1171P0.html">Website{BR} - Jean-François Caubet - Coordinator{BR} - Devon">http://www.devonshouse.org/">Devon Nicole House (Center for families on extended visits) 617-355-6279{BR}

'''Notes:''' Under the guidance of Dr. Campbell of Christus Santa Rosa, Children's Hospital Boston was the third site to begin investigating the feasibility of the VEPTR device. John B. Emans, MD, who is also a noted professor at Harvard Medical School, leads the investigation here.

U.S. News and World Report has been ranked Children's Hospital Boston as one of the top two pediatric hospital in the nation for over a decade. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and located in downtown Boson. They offers expert care in orthopaedics, and in many other areas of traditional and research medicine. The hospital is very family-oriented and modern, with public transportation, campus stores, and hotels all located within walking distance. For patients that are recovering, this would be a great opportunity to experience the culture of one of America's oldest cities!

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
601 Children's Lane{BR} Norfolk, VA 23507{BR} (757) 668-7000{BR} www.chkd.org/{BR}">http://www.chkd.org/">www.chkd.org/{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://chkd.org/Services/CSSG/OrthoSportsMed/">Website{BR} - Dr. Carl St. Remy - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon{BR}


'''Notes:''' Founded in 1961, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only freestanding children's hospital in Virginia. Whether a child needs hospitalization, ongoing care for a chronic illness, outpatient surgery or primary care, CHKD Health System provides the staff, facilities and technologies that address the unique demands of childhood.

CHKD is also the clinical home of the Nuss Procedure, the revolutionary surgical breakthrough to correct pectus excavatum in children. The procedure was developed by pediatric surgeon Donald Nuss at CHKD in the early 1990s. Through two decades of experience and research, Dr. Nuss and his colleagues refined the procedure, making it remarkably simple and safe to perform.

CHKD is also the only U.S. hospital to offer minimally invasive surgery to correct pectus carinatum. The technique is based on the Nuss procedure and uses the same curved bar to reshape the chest over a period of years. Now, by adding VEPTR surgery to its surgical services, CHKD offers one of the most comprehensive chest surgery programs in the world.


Children's Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road{BR} Kansas City, Missouri 64108{BR} (816) 234-3693{BR} http://www.childrens-mercy.org{BR} Contact: Jill Ariagno @ jariagno@cmh.edu{BR}

Dr. Michael Wattenbarger / Trish Moody (CPNP){BR} 1915 Randolph Road{BR} Charlotte, NC 28207{BR}

Dr.">http://www.orthocarolina.com/physicians-pa/physician-detail.cfm?prov_id=08612AA1-E8E2-A6A4-144BFB9342B5F81D&x=57&y=4">Dr. Wattenbarger's profile{BR} OrthoCarolina.com{BR}">http://www.orthocarolina.com/">OrthoCarolina.com{BR}

Phone: 704-323-2000{BR} Fax: 704-323.3109{BR} Appt. Line: 704-323.2543{BR}

Childrens Hospital of Central California
Michael J. Elliott, MD{BR} Dept. of Pediatric Orthopedics{BR} 9300 Valley Children's Place Madera, Calif. 93638{BR}

Office: 559-353-5941{BR} Fax: 559-353-5945{BR}

The Children's Hospital of Denver (Aurora, CO)
Mark Erickson, MD Dept of Orthopaedics 13123 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Coordinator-Christina Hansen


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery{BR} Wood Building, 2nd Floor{BR} 34th & Civic Center Blvd. {BR} Philadelphia, PA 19104{BR} (215) 590-1527{BR}

website: www.chop.edu">http://www.chop.edu/">www.chop.edu

Contact:{BR} Paul Bradford - VEPTR Coordinator{BR} (215)590-1527{BR} Email: bradfordp@email.chop.edu{BR}

Dr. Flynn (Orthopaedics), Dr. Nance (General & Thoracic Surgery), and Dr. Mayer (Pulmonary Medicine) lead The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP's) VEPTR team. They are accompanied by world-renowned anesthesia and critical care teams, and together, they performed the first VEPTR surgery at CHOP in September of 2000. US News & World Report has continuously ranked The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as the #1 Pediatric Hospital in the nation since 2003. Child magazine has rated CHOP the #1 Children's Hospital in the nation since the Child began its rankings in 2001. Child also rated CHOP #1 in the subspecialties of orthopaedic care and pulmonary care. Also, CHOP has earned Nursing Magnet Designation, the highest recognition for nursing excellence.

CHOP is pleased to welcome Dr. Bob Campbell to our VEPTR team in the Fall of 2008. Dr. Campbell and his colleagues invented the VEPTR system and performed the first VETPR surgery in 1989. His experience with VEPTR surgery is unparalleled and his expertise will help our patients to continue to receive world-class care here at CHOP.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics{BR} Third Floor, DeSoto Wing{BR} 3705 Fifth Avenue{BR} Pittsburgh, PA 15213{BR} (412) 692-7276{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.chp.edu/">Website{BR} - Joanne Londino - Coordinator{BR}

'''Notes:'''{BR} Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh was the second location to perform in the VEPTR study. The investigation is headed by Dr.">http://www.chp.edu/bio/03_deeny_bio.php">Dr. Deeney and team. One parent writes that "Dr. Moreland is so wonderful and the hospital was like a second home for us". Sounds like a nice place!

Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Hershey Medical Center{BR} 500 University Drive{BR} Hershey, PA 17033{BR}

Contact {BR} - Contact: Lee S. Segal, MD (717)-531-4800{BR} - E-mail: lsegal@psu.edu{BR} - Website: www.pennstateorthopaedics.com{BR}">http://www.pennstateorthopaedics.com">www.pennstateorthopaedics.com{BR}

VEPTR is now being performed at the Penn State Childrens hospital at the Hershey Medical Center, one of the top rated hospitals in the united states!

The VEPTR procedure here is performed under the guidance of Dr. Segal, interested patients should contact the Orthopaedics department to schedule an evaluation.

Kaiser Permanente (Roseville, CA)
David Schiffman, MD{BR} Pediatric Orthopaedics{BR} 1600 Eureka Road{BR} Roseville, CA 95661{BR} Coordinator-Stephanie{BR} (916) 784-4967{BR}

Philadelphia Shriners Hospital
3551 North Broad Street{BR} Philadelphia, PA 19140{BR} Telephone 215-430-4000{BR} Clinic 215-430-4073{BR} Fax 215-430-4126{BR} Toll-free 800-281-4050{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Philadelphia">Website{BR} - Janet Cerrone - Coordinator{BR}

'''Notes:'''{BR} The procedure is directed by Dr. Randell Betz and team.{BR}

Upstate Medical Center - Gollisano Children's Hospital
6620 Fly Road{BR} Syracuse, NY 13057{BR} Telephone 315-464-8602{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.upstateorthopedics.com/surgeons-staff/bio.php?id=418">Website{BR} - William Lavelle MD

'''Notes:'''{BR} The VEPTR program is directed by Dr. William Lavelle and team.{BR}

Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. James Mooney{BR} 171 Ashley Avenue{BR} Charleston, South Carolina 29425{BR}

For further information, please call: (843) 792-2300

Primary Children's Medical Center
100 North Medical Drive{BR} Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1100{BR} General info: (801) 662-1000{BR} Orthopedic dept: (801) 662-5600{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.ihc.com/xp/ihc/primary/">Website{BR} - Melissa S. Smith (801) 662-5614 - Coordinator{BR}

Primary Children's Medical Center is one of the top">http://www.ihc.com/xp/ihc/primary/aboutus/news/article1.xml">top hospitals in the United States, and are now participating in the VEPTR investigational study. More information to come.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Seattle, WA
4800 Sand Point Way NE{BR} PO Box 5371{BR} Seattle, WA 98105{BR} (206) 987-2000 - Main{BR} (206) 987-5678 - VEPTR Coordinator{BR}

'''Contact:'''{BR} - Orthopedics">http://www.orthop.washington.edu/pediatrics">Orthopedics Website{BR} - Elizabeth Greenough - Coordinator (206) 987-5678

Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian

Dr. Michael Vitale

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery{BR} 3959 Broadway{BR} 8th Floor{BR} New York, NY 10032-3784{BR} (212) 305-4565

University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital Dr. James O Sanders 601 Elmwood Ave. Box 665 Rochester, NY 14642 Phone: 585-275-5167

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado

Dr. Shay Bess
Rocky Mountain Scoliosis and Spine{BR} 1721 E. 19th Ave, Suite 244{BR} Denver, CO 80218{BR} Phone: 303-301-9006{BR} - Website{BR}">http://www.rockymountainhospitalforchildren.com">Website{BR}

Florida Hospital for children- Orlando
Dr.Raymond Woo Clinic Addresses: 2501 North Orange Avenue Ste 375 Orlando, FL 32804 Click for map

3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd Lake Mary, FL 32746 Click for map

1267 W. Osceola Pkwy Kissimmee, FL 34741 Click for map

Administrative Office: 615 East Princeton Street Ste 500 Orlando, FL 32803 http://www.floridacenterforpediatricorthopaedics.com/

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