Jennifer Marie Bauer, MD, MS

Jennifer Marie Bauer, MD, MS

Orthopedics, Spine Program, Cerebral Palsy Program, Fracture Program

On staff since August 2017

Children's Title: Chief, Spine Surgery

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I love being around kids: the best part of my day is when I make a connection with your child outside of the condition or injury they came for. I know that it is an important step toward working as a team with your entire family to make you as educated, prepared, and comfortable with the treatment plan as possible."

  • Biography

    Dr. Jennifer Bauer grew up in Buffalo, NY before attending Brown University for college. After working as an admission officer there, she returned to school at Case Western Reserve University for a dual medical and Masters of Anatomy degree. She completed her residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center while coaching several youth sports teams. Before joining the staff at Seattle Childrens, she spent a year in pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children where her time was focused on care of the pediatric spine. Her elective practice is entirely devoted to spine care. Dr. Bauer treats all aspects of the spine in all ages of Seattle Childrens patients, including both common and rare complex problems. She holds several leadership positions at the hospital including Spine Division Leader and Medical Director of the Surgical Unit.

    As a member of the University of Washington orthopaedic faculty, she is committed to mentoring medstudents, residents, and fellows to become the next surgeon leaders. She also serves as invited faculty for national and international educational courses. Dr. Bauer continues to dedicate time to orthopaedic research to improve the field of spinal deformity and pediatric fractures, and often presents her work at national and international conferences. She is a committee member of pediatric spine societies and study groups, has earned several traveling fellowships, and is an editor and reviewer for scientific journals. Outside of the hospital she enjoys most water and outdoor activities including wakesurfing, cycling, and skiing.

  • Patient Testimonials

    • Stephanie Shoreline 03.03.21

      Dr. Bauer is a rock star. When we realized our 17 year old daughter needed surgery for scoliosis we were overwhelmed. Dr. Bauer and her team were amazing every step of the way. Our questions were answered, our concerns were addressed, and the surgery was a success. Almost a year out and our daughter is doing great.

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    POSNA Representative to the AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA); AAOS; OREF, ORS 2017
    Kathryn Cramer Oustanding Resident Paper Graduating Chief Research Award Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute 2016
    Best of AAOS 2015 Annual Meeting Podium Paper Award, Pediatric Orthopaedic category American Academy of Orthopaedic Sugery (AAOS) 2015
    Emergency Department Consultant of the Year Vanderbilt Medical Center 2014
    1st Place TopGun Skills Competition Resident/fellow operative skills competition, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) 2014
  • Publications

    Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Cui S, Bauer JM, Helms J, Mir H, Cannada L
      Bilateral tibial shaft fractures: A multicenter analysis.
      Curr Orthop Prac, 2017 : 28(4)365-70
    • Bauer JM, Callan AK, Jahangir AA.
      Length-preserving intramedullary femoral fixation for traumatic leg amputation.
      JBJS Case Connect, 2015 : 5(2)e38

    Other Publications

    • Bauer JM, Lovejoy SA
      Toddler's Fractures: Time to Weight-bear With Regard to Immobilization Type and Radiographic Monitoring.
      28141694 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2017 Jan 30
    • Kuhn KM, Cannada LK, Watson JT, Ali A, Boudreau JA, Mir HR, Bauer JM, Mullis B, Hymes R, Genova R, Tucker M, Schlatter D
      How High Can You Go?: Retrograde Nailing of Proximal Femur Fractures.
      28459422 Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances, 2017 : 26(1)33-39
    • Bauer JM, Stutz CM, Schoenecker JG, Lovejoy SA, Mencio GA, Martus JE
      Internal Rotation Stress Testing Improves Radiographic Outcomes of Type 3 Supracondylar Humerus Fractures.
      27977497 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2016 Dec 13
    • Bauer JM, Holt GE
      National Orthopedic Residency Attrition: Who Is At Risk?
      27216301 Journal of surgical education, 2016 Sept. : 73(5)852-7
    • Beebe MJ, Bauer JM, Mir HR
      Treatment of Hip Dislocations and Associated Injuries: Current State of Care.
      27241377 The Orthopedic clinics of North America, 2016 July : 47(3)527-49
    • Callan AK, Bauer JM, Martus JE
      Deep Spine Infection After Acupuncture in the Setting of Spinal Instrumentation.
      27927549 Spine deformity, 2016 March : 4(2)156-161
    • Singh K, Bauer JM, LaChaud GY, Bible JE, Mir HR
      Surgical site infection in high-energy peri-articular tibia fractures with intra-wound vancomycin powder: a retrospective pilot study.
      25957509 Journal of orthopaedics and traumatology : official journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 2015 Dec. : 16(4)287-91 PMCID:PMC4633426
    • Bible JE, Wegner A, McClure DJ, Kadakia RJ, Richards JE, Bauer JM, Mir HR
      One-year mortality after acetabular fractures in elderly patients presenting to a level-1 trauma center.
      23760179 Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 2014 March : 28(3)154-9
    • Bauer JM, Bible JE, Mir HR
      Is it safe to place a tibial intramedullary nail through a traumatic knee arthrotomy?
      24660176 American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), 2014 March : 43(3)118-21
    • Bible JE, Kadakia RJ, Choxi AA, Bauer JM, Mir HR
      Analysis of retrograde femoral intramedullary nail placement through traumatic knee arthrotomies.
      22955335 Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 2013 April : 27(4)217-20
    • Liu RW, Abaza H, Mehta P, Bauer J, Cooperman DR, Gilmore A
      Intravenous versus oral outpatient antibiotic therapy for pediatric acute osteomyelitis.
      24027485 The Iowa orthopaedic journal, 2013 : 33208-12 PMCID:PMC3748882
    • Bauer J, Liu RW, Kean TJ, Dennis JE, Petersilge W, Gilmore A
      A comparison of five treatment protocols for contaminated bone grafts in reference to sterility and cell viability.
      21368075 The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2011 Mar 2 : 93(5)439-44
    • Bauer JM, Mir HR
      Bicondylar tibial plateau fracture with compartment syndrome.
      Fractures of the tibia: A clinical casebook. Tejwani, ND (ed)., PMCID:ISBN 978-3-319-21773-4
  • Presentations

    Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Is there an improvement in quality of life with early onset scoliosis management with traditional growing rods converted to magnetically controlled growing rods? International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS) San Diego CA 2017
    Kyphoscoliosis in metatropic dysplasia treated with staged anterior release and magnetically controlled growing rods (MCGR). Scoliosis Research Society Philadelphia PA 2017
    National orthopaedic residency attrition: who is at risk? AOA Annual Meeting; Tennessee Orthopaedic Society Seattle WA; Nashville TN 2016
    New management protocols for two common pediatric injuries: Prospective supracondylar humerus fracture study + Retrospective Toddlers fracture study Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society Meeting Nashville, TN 2016
    Internal rotation stress testing improves radiographic outcome of type 3 supracondylar humerus fractures AAOS Annual Meeting Las Vegas NV 2015
    A comparison of five treatment protocols for contaminated bone grafts in regards to sterility and cell viability. AAOS Annual Meeting San Diego CA 2011


Board Certification(s)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN


Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children-Orthopedic G, Wilmington, DE

Clinical Interests

Spine, musculoskeletal trauma