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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.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T2T 5C7

(403) 943-7211

Dr. James A. Harder - BSc, MD, FRCS(C)

Clinical Associate Professor

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

(403) 943-7633

Fax (403) 943-7634


Dr. David L. Parsons - MD, FRCS(C)

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

(403) 943-7787

Fax (403) 943-7634

B.C. Children's Hospital
Dr. Christopher Reilly MD FRCSC

Head, Dept of Paediatric Orhtopaedic Surgery

Rm A200, 4480 Oak Street

Vancouver, BC V6H3V4

Fax 604-875-2275

Costa Rica

Children´s National Hospital
Dr. Patricio Alvarez Cosmelli, MD

Professor University of Costa Rica

Orthopedic Surgeon

Children´s National Hospital, San José

Cima Hospital San José

Phone: (506)2208.1307

Fax: (506)2208.1327

Dr. Jorge Alpizar Arias

Professor University of Costa Rica

Orthopedic Surgeon

Children´s National Hospital, San José

Phone: (506)2442.4850


Children's University Hospital "La Timone" Marseille, France
Dr. Dr. Elke Viehweger Prof. Dr. Gérard Bollini Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics

264, Rue Saint Pierre

13385 Marseille Cedex 05

Tel.: +33 4 91 38 69 05

Fax: +33 4 91 38 42 27



Orthopädische Universitätsklinik, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Krauspe

Moorenstrasse 5

40225 Düsseldorf

Altonaer Kinderkrankenhaus, Germany
PD Dr. Ralf Stücker

Bleickenallee 38

22763 Hamburg



Dana Children's hospital
6 th. Weitzman st. Tel aviv, Israel


(972- 3) 6974000

Dr. Dror Ovadia

Senior Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon –

Pediatric Spine Deformities

(972-3) 6974525


Rikshospitalet, Norway
Dr. R. Sørensen & Dr. Rolf Riise

Ortopedisk avdeling

0027 Oslo

Phone: +47 23070000


Puerto Rico

Hospital de La Concepción, San Germán, Puerto Rico
Dr. Norman Ramírez Lluch

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Num. 2 Street Km. 173.4

San Germán, PR 00683

Phone: 787-892-1860

Dr. John M. Flynn

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Num. 2 Street Km. 173.4

San Germán, PR 00683

Phone: 787-892-1860


Maria Sklodowska Curie Emergency Hospital for Children, Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Dr. Burnei Gheorghe

Pediatric Orthopedic Clinics

Constantin Brancoveanu, 20

Bucharest, 041451




Hospital Universitario La Paz, Spain

Dr. Sánchez Párez Grueso

Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia

Paseo de la Castellana, 261

Madrid 28046



Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

141 86 Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: + 46 (0)8 5858 0000

Dr Helena Saraste, MD, PhD, associate professor.

University hospital Linköping orthopaedic department


tel : +46 13222000

Contact: Peter Ahlinder MD, Stig Aaro MD

University Hospital MAS
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery



+46 40 33 10 00

Contact: Associate Professor Acke Ohlin



Children's Hospital, Finland
Children's University Hospital

Pediatric Surgery

Stenbäckinkatu 11

Helsinki, Finland

Tel.: +358 9 471 74720



Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Carol C. Hasler

Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic

Spitalstrasse 33

4056 Basel


Inselspital, Switzerland
Dr. Theddy Slongo

Chirurgische Uniklinik

3010 Bern



Llandough Hospital, UK
Mr John Howes

Penlan Road


South Glamorgan

CF64 2XX

Freeman Hospital, UK
Mr Mike Gibson

Freeman Road

High Heaton




Oxford Nuffield Hospital, UK
Mr Jeremy Fairbank




Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, UK
Mr David Marks

Bristol Road South



B31 2AP

Frenchay Hospital, UK
Mr John Hutchinson

Frenchay Park Road




Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Jonathan Phillips, MD

92 West Miller Street ~ Orlando, FL. 32806



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

Methodist Children's Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
Texas Spinal and Thoracic Institute

James W. Simmons, DO, PhD, MBA

Zachary Graza, MD

Robert P. Thomas, MD

7700 Floyde Curl Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

(210) 575-7737


The Texas Spinal and Thoracic Institute at Methodist Children's Hospital offers complete treatment of spine and chest deformities. Dr. Simmons has over 15 years treating complex spine and chest disorders and brings a dedicated staff that provides care and comfort to children with disabilities and their families. Patients from around the world travel to San Antonio to be treated by Dr. Simmons with the VEPTR device.

Methodist Children's Hospital is located in the San Antonio Medical Center. Hotels and accommodations in the area are very affordable and there is a Ronald McDonald house for parents that will be there for extended visits.

Brenner Children's Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Medical Center Boulevard

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1070

Patient Appointments: (336) 716-8094

Academic Office: (336) 716-9813

Facsimile: (336) 716-6286



Campbell Clinic & Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Jeffrey Sawyer, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity

Campell Clinic

1400 South Germantown Road

Germantown, Tennessee 38138

Phone: 901-759-5404

Fax: 901-759-3100



Cardinal Glennon Childrens' Medical Center

Dr. Aki Puryear

Clinic Addresses:

1465 S. Grand Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63104

CONTACT: Glennon: (314) 577-5646


Children's Hospital of Alabama
Shawn Gilbert, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity

1600 7th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35233


Fax: (205)939-9833



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

Dept. of Pediatric Orthopedics

9300 Valley Children's Place

Madera, Calif. 93638

Office: 559-353-5941

Fax: 559-353-5945

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Childrens Orthopaedic Center Outpatient Tower Building, 4th floor

4650 Sunset Blvd., Mail Stop #69

Los Angeles, CA 90027-6062

(323) 361-2142





From website:

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

Boston, MA 02115

(617) 355-6000



Devon Nicole House (Center for families on extended visits) 617-355-6279

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

Norfolk, VA 23507

(757) 668-7000


Email - Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

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

Kansas City, Missouri 64108

(816) 234-3693



Dr. Michael Wattenbarger / Trish Moody (CPNP)

1915 Randolph Road

Charlotte, NC 28207



Phone: 704-323-2000

Fax: 704-323.3109

Appt. Line: 704-323.2543

Childrens Hospital of Central California
Michael J. Elliott, MD

Dept. of Pediatric Orthopedics

9300 Valley Children's Place Madera, Calif. 93638

Office: 559-353-5941

Fax: 559-353-5945

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

34th and Civic Center Blvd

2nd Floor, Wood Bldg

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399

Phone: (215) 590-3722

Fax: (215) 590-1501



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

Third Floor, DeSoto Wing

3705 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(412) 692-7276


Joanne Londino - Coordinator

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh was the second location to perform in the VEPTR study. The investigation is headed by 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

500 University Drive

Hershey, PA 17033


- Contact: Lee S. Segal, MD (717)-531-4800



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

Pediatric Orthopaedics

1600 Eureka Road

Roseville, CA 95661


(916) 784-4967

Philadelphia Shriners Hospital
3551 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Telephone 215-430-4000

Clinic 215-430-4073

Fax 215-430-4126

Toll-free 800-281-4050



The procedure is directed by Dr. Randell Betz and team.

Upstate Medical Center - Gollisano Children's Hospital
6620 Fly Road

Syracuse, NY 13057

Telephone 315-464-8602



The VEPTR program is directed by Dr. William Lavelle and team.

Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. James Mooney

171 Ashley Avenue

Charleston, South Carolina 29425

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

Primary Children's Medical Center
100 North Medical Drive

Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1100

General info: (801) 662-1000

Orthopedic dept: (801) 662-5600


Email - Coordinator (801) 662-5614

Primary Children's Medical Center is one of the 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

PO Box 5371

Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 987-2000 - Main

(206) 987-5678 - VEPTR Coordinator


Email - Coordinator (206) 987-5678

Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian

Dr. Michael Vitale

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

3959 Broadway

8th Floor

New York, NY 10032-3784

(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

1721 E. 19th Ave, Suite 244

Denver, CO 80218

Phone: 303-301-9006


Florida Hospital for children- Orlando
Dr.Raymond Woo

Clinic Addresses:

2501 North Orange Avenue Ste 375

Orlando, FL 32804

3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd

Lake Mary, FL 32746

1267 W. Osceola Pkwy

Kissimmee, FL 34741

Administrative Office:

615 East Princeton Street Ste 500

Orlando, FL 32803