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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Our Orthopedics team is known for developing innovative treatment and providing world-class care. In addition to prevention, our doctors offer early diagnosis and sophisticated techniques to treat and manage musculoskeletal problems. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Children's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program one of the best in the country. Available at these locations.

Our team helps young athletes get back in the game at our locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way and Mill Creek.

We treat problems that can affect your child's hands or arms before birth or after an injury.

We’ve treated thousands of patients with spine problems – from teenagers with scoliosis to children with conditions of the nerves and muscles.


Ernest (Chappie) U. Conrad, MD


Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

On staff since December 1986

Meet the Orthopedics team.

Areas of Focus

  • Sports Medicine

    Our team of experts works together to get young athletes back in the game. We offer both surgical and non-surgical options, with services that include injury prevention, physical therapy, rehabilitation, imaging, complementary medical treatment and appropriate nutrition.

  • Fractures

     At Seattle Children’s, we understand children’s and teens’ growing bones. We have the knowledge and experience to provide expert fracture care, including surgical treatment of the most complex cases.

  • Sports Concussions

     We are the region’s premier team for evaluating concussions and brain injuries and providing the right treatments to keep young athletes safe and healthy.

  • Spine

    Our team is known nationally for treating all kinds of spine problems in children. Each year, we evaluate 500 to 600 children with spinal issues. Our surgical spinal cord monitoring team leads the country in developing new techniques for making back surgery safer. 

  • Dysplasias

    Our doctors are known nationally for their skill in treating dysplasias. We have an experienced ultrasound unit that produces high-quality images to help your child’s doctor choose the right treatment, and years of experience making custom braces and splints to help correct hip problems. 

  • Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

    Our team includes doctors who specialize in bones, joints and muscles (orthopedists) and cancer (oncologists). Patients are referred to us from throughout North America. We see about 350 new patients each year at our Bone Tumor and Sarcoma Clinic. 

Related Research

  • Life and Limb: Improving Bone Tumor Treatment

    Children's works to improve treatment options and survival rates for those with bone tumors.

    Read more 

  • New Hope for Damaged Nerves

    The Brachial Plexus Palsy clinic helps kids regain function from a condition once thought to be untreatable.

    Read more 

Related News and Press Releases


Seattle Children's program prevents sports injuries
7.31.14 — KING 5 TV

ERsand urgent care facilities see all sorts of sports-related injuries, not only in the summer, but year-round. Seattle ... cont.

WWU Presidential Scholar overcomes disability with help from Seattle Children's Hospital
7.15.14 — Bellingham Herald

Growing up, I knew at a young age that I was different from everyone else, but I was not going to allow my disability to ... cont.

Unique Protocol for Flesh-Eating Bacteria Helps Trey Get Back to Life
7.8.14 — On the Pulse Blog

On a Saturday in March, 13-year-old Trey Lauren was playing with his ... cont.

Press Releases

Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens Clinic in Wenatchee


Seattle Children’s Wenatchee Clinic makes pediatric specialty care easily accessible to North Central Washington families

Seattle Children’s Ranked 6th Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report


Children’s cancer, nephrology, urology and neurology/neurosurgery programs in nation’s top ten.

Seattle Children’s Ranked 7th Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report


Children’s cancer, cont.

Contact Us

For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way, Mill Creek, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee


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Zach's Story


Each year, hundreds of kids like Zach receive the region’s most advanced pediatric orthopedic care from Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team. Your support makes it possible.