Roger F. Widmann, MD
HSS Main Campus - Main Hospital
Dr. Roger Widmann, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, has served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery since 2004. During his many years in practice, Dr. Roger Widmann has focused primarily on both surgical and non-surgical treatments for children’s spinal irregularities, certain orthopedic birth defects, as well as orthopedic limb deformities. Developing a keen interest in not only the treatment of such orthopedic issues but also the research that goes into improving orthopedic practices for generations to come. During his time, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and taken part in writing books on such subjects. Focusing the majority of his efforts in improving surgical practices in all manners of orthopedics.
Dr. Roger Widmann is a graduate of Yale University, summa cum laude. And a recipient of the storied Donjoy Prize for Orthopedic Research from the Yale School of Medicine. He spent time training at Harvard’s Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, as well as completing his Fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. During his time in Massachusetts he worked under the tutelage of some of the most brilliant minds in medicine, such as the team of John Hall, John Emans, and James Kasser.
Dr. Widmann is passionate about bettering the field of Orthopedics, especially from a Pediatric standpoint. He is a member of a number of societies devoted to such betterment as well. Currently, he is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. Being one of the foremost names in Pediatric Orthopedics, Dr. Roger Widmann has helped build the Lerner Children’s Pavilion and championed efforts to focus on clinical and surgical excellence, academic productivity, and providing top medical care for those children that are unable to afford it. His efforts have made great strides in the world of Pediatric Orthopedics, turning the Lerner Children’s Pavilion into the number one provider of pediatric orthopedic and pediatric spine surgery in the tri-state area. And as a chair holder for Lerner, he hopes to continue leading an effort for advancement and achievement in Orthopedics, especially for young children around the world.
- Scoliosis Research Society
- Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
- Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- The American Orthopaedic Association
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Medical Association
- 2014, 2015, and 2016 "Best Doctors in New York" New York Magazine
- 2014, US Patent #: 8782832, System, method and apparatus for spine patient positioning table
- 2013, Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for: Development and Validation of a Pediatric Sports Activity Rating Scale
- 2010, Best Clinical Paper, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society for: Correlation of MRI and histological examination of physeal bars in a rabbit model
- 2008, Philip D. Wilson Teaching Award, In recognition of outstanding commitment to resident education by Hospital for Special Surgery Chief Residents
- 2007, US Patent #: 7206638, Electrical current induced inhibition of bone growth: radiofrequency ablation epiphysiodesis
- 2002, Traveling Fellowship to Japan, awarded by American Orthopaedic Association and Japanese Orthopaedic Association
- 1994, Kilfoyle Award, New England Orthopaedic Society Resident Research Award for: Complications of closed treatment of distal radius fractures in children
- 1989, Donjoy Prize in Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Research Thesis Award for: Effects of pre-fracture irradiation on the biomechanical parameters of fracture healing
- 1999, Louis A. Goldstein Award, Scoliosis Research Society, Best Clinical Poster for: Clinical value of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- 1985, Sigma Xi, Yale University
- 1985, Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University
- 1985, Summa cum laude, Yale University
MD, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program, Massachusetts
Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York, New Jersey
Patient Education by Dr. Widmann on HSS.edu
- Study Aims to Give Young Patients a Leg Up
- Revolutionary Surgery Enables Active 12-Year-Old to Step On Up
- Pediatric Advances Keep Kids Alive
- Multiple Perspectives on Spine Care
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Young Athletes
- Developmental Pediatric Hip Dysplasia – An Overview
- Femur Fractures in Children: Treating a Child’s Broken Thighbone
- Kyphosis in the Pediatric Patient
- Elbow Fractures in Children: An Overview
- Motion Analysis Lab: The Science of Movement
- Neuromuscular Scoliosis: An Overview
- Scoliosis in the Pediatric Patient
- Neurofibromatosis and Its Complications: Scoliosis, Tibial Dysplasia, and Other Issues
- Tibial Pseudarthrosis: Incorrect Healing After a Pediatric Fracture of the Lower Leg
- Limb Lengthening for the Pediatric Patient
- Limb (Leg) Deformity Reconstruction for the Pediatric Patient
- Lamont, L.E., Garner, M.R. and Widmann, R.F., Salter-Harris Distal Femur and Proximal Tibia Fractures in Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Surgery. Cordasco, F.A. and Green, D.W. Editors, 2015. Wolters Kluwer.
- Dodwell, E.R, and Widmann, R.F., Percutaneous Distal Femur or Proximal Tibial Epiphysiodesis for Leg Length Discrepancy, in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Second Edition, Flynn, J.M. and Sankar, W.N. Editors, 2015, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.
- Spencer, S. and Widmann, R.F., eds. Limb Length Discrepancy and Limb Lengthening. 4th ed. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics. 2011, American Academy of Orthopaedicc Surgeons: Rosemont, IL.
- Widmann, R.F., Gholve, P.A., and Blyakher, A., Limb Lengthening Using the Ilizarov Method or a Monoplanar Fixator, in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, J.M. Flynn, Editor. 2011, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia. p. 1258-1269.
- Widmann, R.F. and Beaty, J.H., Fractures of the Pelvis, in Fractures in Children, J.H. Beaty and J.R. Kasser, Editors. 2005, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: New York.
- Kuo, C.E. and Widmann, R.F., Reduction and percutaneous pin fixation of displaced supracondylar elbow fractures in children. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2004. 5(2): p. 90-102.
- Widmann, R.F. and Micheli, L.J., Lower extremity sports injuries in children, in Sports medicine of the lower extremity, S.I. Subotnick, Editor. 1999, Churchill Livingstone: New York. p. 21-37.
- 8Schneider, R., Widmann, R.F., and Hayne, S., Femoral Anteversion and Tibial Torsion, in Radiology: Diagnosis-Imaging-Intervention, J.M. Taveras and A.T. Ferrucci, Editors. 1997, Lippincott-Raven: New York. p. 1-11.
- Warner SJ, Uppstrom TJ, Miller AO, O'Brien ST, Salvatore CM, Widmann RF, et al. The Epidemiology of Deep Surgical Site Infections after Pediatric Spinal Fusion Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2016 Jun 14.
- Fabricant PD, Robles A, Downey-Zayas T, Do HT, Marx RG, Widmann RF, et al. Development and validation of a pediatric sports activity rating scale: the Hospital for Special Surgery Pediatric Functional Activity Brief Scale (HSS Pedi-FABS). Am J Sports Med 2013 Oct;41(10):2421-9.
- Fabricant PD, Admoni S, Green DW, Ipp LS, Widmann RF. Return to athletic activity after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: analysis of independent predictors. J Pediatr Orthop 2012 Apr-May;32(3):259-65.
- Green DW, Lawhorne TW,3rd, Widmann RF, Kepler CK, Ahern C, Mintz DN, et al. Long-term magnetic resonance imaging follow-up demonstrates minimal transitional level lumbar disc degeneration after posterior spine fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 Nov 1;36(23):1948-54.
- Ipp L, Flynn P, Blanco J, Green D, Boachie-Adjei O, Kozich J, Widmann R, et al. The findings of preoperative cardiac screening studies in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop 2011 Oct-Nov;31(7):764-6.
- Widmann RF, Amaral TD, Yildiz C, Yang X, Bostrom M. Percutaneous radiofrequency epiphysiodesis in a rabbit model: a pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010 Jul;468(7):1943-8.
- Bomback DA, Charles G, Widmann R, Boachie-Adjei O. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery compared with thoracotomy: early and late follow-up of radiographical and functional outcome. Spine J 2007 Jul-Aug;7(4):399-405.
- Lim M, Green DW, Billinghurst JE, Huang RC, Rawlins BA, Widmann RF, et al. Scheuermann kyphosis: safe and effective surgical treatment using multisegmental instrumentation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2004 Aug 15;29(16):1789-94.
- Do T, Fras C, Burke S, Widmann RF, Rawlins B, Boachie-Adjei O. Clinical value of routine preoperative magnetic resonance imaging in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. A prospective study of three hundred and twenty-seven patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2001 Apr;83-A(4):577-9.
- Widmann RF, Bitan FD, Laplaza FJ, Burke SW, DiMaio MF, Schneider R. Spinal deformity, pulmonary compromise, and quality of life in osteogenesis imperfecta. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 1999 Aug 15;24(16):1673-8.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Professional Education by Dr. Widmann on HSS.edu
- Advances in the Operative Treatment of Blount's Disease
- Arthrofibrosis of the Knee After Tibial Spine Fracture in Children: A Report of Two Complicated Cases
Current research includes:
- pediatric spinal deformity outcomes and safety
- adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery and return to athletics
- adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and MRI indications
- minimally invasive growth modulation
- randomized control trial of surgical epiphysiodesis techniques
- The Center for Hip Preservation Outcomes Registry
- A Phase 1 Double Blind, Randomized, Single Ascending Dose Study of the Safety and Tolerability of MEDI 570 in SLE
- Outcomes in Pediatric Fractures of the Medial Epicondyle: A Prospective Registry