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Laura Wells Lewallen, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English, Spanish


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

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Howard County

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
10700 Charter Drive
Suite 205
Columbia, MD 21044 map


Laura Lewallen, M.D., is an orthopaedic specialist seeing patients in the Baltimore area. She specializes in pediatric upper extremity surgery, including congenital and traumatic conditions.

Dr. Lewallen is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic, and 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



  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (2010)


  • University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011)
  • Mayo Clinic / Orthopaedic Surgery (2017)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery (2018)
  • Shriner's Hospital for Children (2019)
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2019)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Hand Surgery

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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