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James O. Sanders, MD

James O. Sanders, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Sanders is a Professor of Orthopaedics and the Chief of University of Rochester Medical Center Pediatric Orthopaedics. He specializes in pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic disorders and spinal deformity, including scoliosis. His clinical practice includes scoliosis and other spinal deformities, hip, limb and foot abnormalities and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Sanders earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his orthopaedics residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

He has published numerous articles and book chapters on treatment of pediatric orthopaedic problems. Dr. Sanders is considered a national leader in pediatric orthopaedics and has won national awards for his research and treatment methods. His research interests include spinal deformity, the relationship of growth to musculoskeletal disorders, and understanding human gait.

Education and Experience


  • Johns Hopkins University


  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Area: Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas
  • Area: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Expertise

  • Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery

Research Interests

  • Spine Deformity
    • Long-term results of surgical treatment of Scoliosis
    • Progression of scoliosis and how to modify it
    • Patient consequences of spine deformity
    • Early Onset Scoliosis
  • Childhood and adolescent growth and skeletal maturity of the spine and extremities
  • Using quality improvement techniques to create better care

Current Appointments

  • 2019-present Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery; UNC School of Medicine
  • 2019-present Frank c. Wilson Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine

Honors, Awards & Achievements

  • Best Doctors in America: 2009 – 2018
  • Hibbs Award for Best Basic Research Paper, Scoliosis Research Society 2015
  • Arthur H Huene Award for Excellence and Promise in Pediatrics Orthopedics,Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, 2009


  • Casting for Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. Sanders JO. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 09/2016.
  • Simplified skeletal maturity scoring system: learning curve and methods to improve reliability. K. Verma, P. Sitoula, P. Gabos, K. Loveland, J. Sanders, S. Verma and S. A. Shah. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 39(26):E1592-8. Dec 15, 2014
  • Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis: how many patients require treatment to prevent one surgery? J. O. Sanders, P. O. Newton, R. H. Browne, D. E. Katz, J. G. Birch and J. A. Herring. J Bone Joint Surg Am 96(8):649-53. Apr 16, 2014
see entire list available at PubMed


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