About Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children's

For nearly a century, Seattle Children's has been helping children who have orthopedic conditions – conditions that affect their bones, joints and muscles.


“Fresh Air House” in Queen Anne, 1916

The history of our Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine starts with the founding of the hospital in 1907, when Anna Clise and 23 other Seattle women each contributed $20 to establish the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.

Their goal was to provide free care for children with orthopedic disabilities, regardless of the child's race, religion or gender or their family's ability to pay.

During the hospital's early decades, orthopedic doctors in private practice volunteered their time to help ailing children. Treatment could be difficult, and often required months or even years of hospitalization.

Today, our practice of orthopedics has expanded to include prevention, early diagnosis and techniques that treat and manage musculoskeletal problems.

Patients on the stairs at the “Fresh Air House”

In many cases, overnight stays are not required to treat children. When treatment does require time in the hospital, stays are usually short and the chances for a successful recovery are good.

The Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children's is known for developing innovative treatments and providing world-class care.

Our mission is to provide the best care for your child – surgical and non-surgical – for conditions that are present at birth and those that develop over time.

We have assembled a team of leaders in pediatric skeletal health, and our close relationship with the University of Washington helps us make groundbreaking advances in diagnosis and treatment.

More About Us

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Team
    • Our team includes experts in bone tumors, foot and limb deformities, fractures, hand conditions, skeletal health, the spine, sports medicine and general orthopedics.
  • Stories
    • Read about our patients and staff, and the services provided by the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and our interdisciplinary partners.