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Laura Lewallen, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthrogryposis, Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Hand Anomalies, Elbow Injuries, Fractures, Hand Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Polydactyly (extra fingers), Post-Traumatic Reconstruction, Syndactyly-Webbed Fingers more


Laura Lewallen, M.D., is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in pediatric upper extremity surgery, including congenital and traumatic conditions.

She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic. She then went on to complete her hand fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Most recently, she completed an additional year of subspecialty training in pediatric upper extremity surgery at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Sacramento and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Dr. Lewallen is passionate about caring for children. She has volunteered her medical skills and knowledge as part of Operation Walk, Operation Smile, and other charitable initiatives in the U.S. and Central America.

Her clinical and academic interests include: pediatric forearm and elbow fractures, post-traumatic conditions, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, limb deficiency, osteogenesis imperfecta, and multiple hereditary exostoses. She has authored numerous research publications and book chapters.

Dr. Lewallen is dedicated to resident and medical student education and mentorship. more


  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis (Minnesota) (2010)
  • B.A., University of Colorado (Boulder) (Colorado) (2005)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Lewallen, LW; Spinner, RJ; Amrami, KK; Kakar, S. "Adventitial Cysts of the Radial Artery are Joint Connected." Clinical Anatomy. Sept 2018.
PMID: 30194877

Lewallen, LW; Rizzo, M. "Phalangeal Fracture During Attempted Dupuytren's Release Following Clostridial Collagenase Injection: Case Report." Journal of Orthopedics Case Reports. Jul-Aug 2017; volume 7, issue 4, pp 21-24.
PMID: 29181346

Lewallen, LW; Wagner, ER; Moran, SL. "Giant Cell Tumor of the Metacarpal: Case Report." Hand. September 2017; volume 12, issue 5.
PMID: 28719994

Karalius, VP; Stanfield, J; Ashley, P; Lewallen, LW; DeDeugd, CM; Walker, J; Larson, AN; Milbrandt, TA. "The Utility of Routine Postoperative Radiographs After Pinning of Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures." Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. July/August 2017; volume 37, number 5, e309-e312.
PMID: 28441278

Lewallen, LW; McIntosh, AL; Dahm, DL. "First-Time Patellofemoral Dislocation: Risk Factors for Recurrent Instability." Journal of Knee Surgery. August 2015; volume 28, issue 4, pp 303-309. PMID: 25633361

Activities & Honors


  • Mark B. Coventry Clinical Research Award, 2013
  • Top 5 Pediatric Sports Orthopaedic Articles, 2013
  • Mayo International Health Program Award, Operation Walk, 2013
  • First Place Poster Award, Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, 2012


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • MN Orthopaedic Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Professional Activities

  • JBJS reviewer, 2018
  • Perry Initiative, 2017
  • Salvation Army Medical Clinic
  • Operation Walk
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