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Paul David Sponseller, MD

Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Riley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Urology

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  • Children's Center
  • Comprehensive Marfan Center


Blount Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, Clubfeet, Fractures, Hip Dislocations, Hip Dysplasia, Kyphosis, Leg Length Inequality, Marfan Syndrome, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Osteomyelitis, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Spina Bifida, Spondylolisthesis, Spondyloysis

Research Interests

Marfan Syndrome; Pediatric Spinal Deformity; Pediatric skeletal trauma; Bladder exstrophy


Dr. Paul Sponseller is a professor of urology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, clubfeet, hip dislocations and hip dysplasia.

Dr. Sponseller serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Dr. Sponseller received his B.S. from the University of Michigan. He earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and performed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. More recently, he earned both an M.S. degree in business of medicine and an M.B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sponseller joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1986.

Dr. Sponseller's research interests include Marfan syndrome, pediatric spinal deformities, pediatric skeletal trauma and bladder exstrophy.

Dr. Sponseller is the research committee chair for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the deputy editor for pediatrics for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and a member of the board of directors for the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a staff physician at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a consulting physician at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Honored on several occasions for his excellence in teaching and research, Dr. Sponseller was named Outstanding Teacher by the Union Memorial Orthopaedic Program and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year in Orthopaedic Surgery by the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also received the Yamaguchi Award for Best Paper in Pediatrics by the American Urological Association, as well as the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award for career research by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Sponseller has traveled to Guyana, South America, on three occasions to volunteer as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon for Project Dawn while simultaneously teaching medical students, fellows and residents. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and has written or contributed to numerous books, book chapters and articles.


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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Scoliosis Research Society

American Orthopaedic Association

Maryland Orthopaedic Association

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation

National Marfan Foundation

International Rett Syndrome Association

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Growing Spinal Deformity

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  • Education +


    • University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor MI ) (1980)


    • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics / Orthopaedic Surgery (Madison WI ) (1985)


    • Children's Hospital / Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery (Boston MA ) (1986)


    • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2010)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Sponseller’s research is primarily clinical and focuses on genetic disorders, spinal deformity and trauma. His goal is to put clinical decision making on a scientific footing. His current projects include: outcomes of spinal deformity care in cerebral palsy, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Marfan syndrome; understanding skeletal development and degeneration in a mouse model of Marfan syndrome; prevention of infection in spinal deformity; and improving pelvic fixation.

    His research goals are to: (1) define the natural history of skeletal features of Marfan syndrome; (2) understand the basic science of the Marfan skeletal phenotype; (3) improve skeletal treatment in osteogenesis imperfecta; (4) advance the treatment of pediatric spinal deformity; and (5) improve the care of pediatric skeletal trauma.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Mesfin A, Nesterenko SO, Al-Hourani KG, Jain A, Sponseller PD. “Management of Hangman's fractures and a subaxial compression fracture in two children with osteogenesis imperfecta.” J Surg Orthop Adv. 2013 Winter;22(4):326-9.
    2. Menga EN, Jain A, Kebaish KM, Zimmerman SL, Sponseller PD. “Anatomic parameters: direct intralaminar screw repair of spondylolysis.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Feb 1;39(3):E153-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000118.
    3. Menga EN, Kebaish KM, Jain A, Carrino JA, Sponseller PD. “Clinical results and functional outcomes after direct intralaminar screw repair of spondylolysis.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jan 1;39(1):104-10. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000043.
    4. Skaggs DL, Akbarnia BA, Flynn JM, Myung KS, Sponseller PD, Vitale MG. “A classification of growth friendly spine implants.” Approved by the Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Study Group, the Growing Spine Study Group, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society Growing Spine Study Committee. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Aug 29.
    5. Sponseller PD, Jain A, Shah SA, Samdani A, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Thaxton LM, Bastrom TP, Marks MC. “Deep wound infections after spinal fusion in children with cerebral palsy: a prospective cohort study.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 1;38(23):2023-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182a83e59.
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    Clinical Teacher of the Year, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013

    “Top Docs,” Baltimore Magazine, 2013

    Best Paper, Fourth International Congress on Early-Onset Scoliosis, 2010

    Hero with a Heart Award, National Marfan Foundation, 2006

    Yamaguchi Award for Best Paper in Pediatrics, American Urological Association, 2005

    Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 2005

    Teacher of the Year, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2001

    Antoine Marfan Award, National Marfan Foundation, 1998

    Teacher of the Year (first year award given), Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1993

    Outstanding Teacher, Union Memorial Orthopaedic Program, 1992

    Russell S. Hibbs Award for best clinical paper, Scoliosis Research Society, 1986

    Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Michigan, 1980

    Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan, 1976

    Professional Activities

    Deputy Editor for Pediatrics, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

    Research Committee Chair, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

    Board of Directors, Scoliosis Research Society

    Professional Advisory Board, National Marfan Foundation

    Clinical Advisory Board, Cornelia deLange Syndrome Association

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