Scott Yang, MD

Scott  Yang, MD

Orthopedics, Spine Program, Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program, Fracture Program, Ortho Rehab Clinic

On staff since September 2023

Children's Title: Attending Surgeon

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I believe that it is the utmost privilege to take care of children, as families put their trust in a doctor to take care of their most cherished gift. I aim to try my best to improve each child's life with compassion, skill, and dedication. "

  • Biography

    Dr. Scott Yang was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He enrolled in the accelerated BS/MD Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University where he completed both Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Doctor of Medicine degrees. After being tired of the freezing cold for half the year in Chicago, he moved to picturesque Charlottesville, Virginia to complete his orthopedic surgery residency training in the academic orthopaedic training program (additional training in research) at the University of Virginia where he earned the distinguished chief resident award. He completed his Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, learning advanced techniques from leaders in pediatric spine surgery. He practiced for 7 years in Portland, Oregon prior to joining the faculty at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His philosophy of care for each child is delivering compassion, developing a partnership with the family in the journey of care, and providing critical attention to detail for each child’s safety.

  • Patient Testimonials
    • Stacy Edmonds, WA 02.21.24

      Dr. Yang was really great with my daughter. He was thorough, caring, and took the time to make sure all of our questions were answered.

  • Publications

    Other Publications

    • Velicki K, Mazziotti J, Pihl C, Yang S
      Flexible Titanium Intramedullary Nail Displacement After Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
      37747696 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Global research & reviews, 2023 Sep 1 : 7(9)
    • Tran TH, Hanna SM, Gundle KR, Yang S
      Femoral Magnetic Lengthening After Distal Femur Endoprosthetic Reconstruction in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report.
      37616419 JBJS case connector, 2023 Jul 1 : 13(3)
    • Lindsay SE, Hutchison C, Andeen N, Yang S
      Salmonella Osteomyelitis in a Pediatric Patient with a Proximal Humerus Fracture: A Case Report.
      37440613 JBJS case connector, 2022 Apr 1 : 12(2)
    • Watzig BF, Peterson DF, Thompson AR, Friess DM, Working ZM, Yang SS
      Is the Iliac Cortical Density Similarly Positioned in the Developing Pediatric Pelvis?
      33993175 Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 2021 Nov 1 : 35(11)e411-e417
    • Chong DY, Schrader T, Laine JC, Yang S, Gilbert SR, Kim HKW, International Perthes Study Group
      Reliability and Validity of Visual Estimation of Femoral Head Hypoperfusion on Perfusion MRI in Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease.
      34411045 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2021 Oct 1 : 41(9)e780-e786
    • Goldstein ZT, Thompson AR, Robbins MA, Yang SS, Nazir OF, Mirarchi AJ
      Optimizing Graft Extraction From the Femoral Condyle for Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation in Treating Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum: Best Fit Based on Radius of Curvature.
      34074957 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2021 Aug 1 : 41(7)400-405
    • Zusman NL, Somogyi RD, Barney NA, Yang S, Halsey MF
      Adolescents with spondylolysis have lower SRS-22 scores than controls and peers with pre-operative idiopathic scoliosis.
      32940877 Spine deformity, 2021 Jan. : 9(1)135-140
    • Knight BA, Bayne AP, Zusman N, Barney N, Yang S
      Postoperative management factors affect urinary retention following posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
      32077085 Spine deformity, 2020 Aug. : 8(4)703-709
    • Zusman NL, Barney NA, Woelber E, Yang S
      A Systematic Review of the Utility of Postoperative Imaging in the Management of Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures.
      32501904 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2020 July : 40(6)e430-e434
    • Zusman NL, Barney NA, Halsey MF, Yang S
      Utility of Follow-up Radiographs After Pin Removal in Supracondylar Humerus Fractures: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
      31149973 The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2020 Jan 15 : 28(2)e71-e76
    • Yang S, Werner BC
      Risk Factors for Prolonged Postoperative Opioid Use After Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
      31599858 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2019 Nov. : 39(10)500-504
    • Yang S, Werner BC
      Response to Risk Factors for Prolonged Postoperative Opioid Use After Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
      31503240 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2019 Oct. : 39(9)e729-e730
    • Yang S, Zusman N, Lieberman E, Goldstein RY
      Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.
      30587534 Pediatrics, 2019 Jan. : 143(1)
    • Bell C, Greene N, Kato M, Goldstein R, Yang S
      Hip Arthrography Complicated by Air Embolism in Infants: A Report of 2 Cases.
      30762594 JBJS case connector, 2019 Jan. : 9(1)e9
    • Burrus MT, Cancienne JM, Boatright JD, Yang S, Brockmeier SF, Werner BC
      Correction to: Shoulder Arthroplasty for Humeral Head Avascular Necrosis Is Associated with Increased Postoperative Complications.
      29983669 HSS journal : the musculoskeletal journal of Hospital for Special Surgery, 2018 July : 14(2)225 PMCID:PMC6031534
    • Burrus MT, Cancienne JM, Boatright JD, Yang S, Brockmeier SF, Werner BC
      Shoulder Arthroplasty for Humeral Head Avascular Necrosis Is Associated With Increased Postoperative Complications.
      29398987 HSS journal : the musculoskeletal journal of Hospital for Special Surgery, 2018 Feb. : 14(1)2-8 PMCID:PMC5786582
    • Yang S, Werner BC, Singla A, Abel MF
      Low Back Pain in Adolescents: A 1-Year Analysis of Eventual Diagnoses.
      26368854 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2017 July : 37(5)344-347
    • Singla A, Yang S, Werner BC, Cancienne JM, Nourbakhsh A, Shimer AL, Hassanzadeh H, Shen FH
      The impact of preoperative epidural injections on postoperative infection in lumbar fusion surgery.
      28291411 Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 2017 May : 26(5)645-649
    • Yang S, Andras L
      Clavicle Shaft Fractures in Adolescents.
      27886682 The Orthopedic clinics of North America, 2017 Jan. : 48(1)47-58
    • Collinge CA, Hymes R, Archdeacon M, Streubel P, Obremskey W, Weber T, Watson JT, Lowenberg D, Members of the Proximal Femur Working Group of the Southeast Trauma Consortium
      Unstable Proximal Femur Fractures Treated With Proximal Femoral Locking Plates: A Retrospective, Multicenter Study of 111 Cases.
      27144821 Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 2016 Sept. : 30(9)489-95
    • Cancienne JM, Werner BC, Loeb AE, Yang SS, Hassanzadeh H, Singla A, Shen FH, Shimer AL
      The Effect of Local Intraoperative Steroid Administration on the Rate of Postoperative Dysphagia Following ACDF: A Study of 245,754 Patients.
      26679890 Spine, 2016 Jul 1 : 41(13)1084-1088
    • Werner BC, Yang S, Looney AM, Gwathmey FW Jr
      Trends in Pediatric and Adolescent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction.
      25985368 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2016 July : 36(5)447-52
    • Carr JB 2nd, Yang S, Lather LA
      Pediatric Pes Planus: A State-of-the-Art Review.
      26908688 Pediatrics, 2016 March : 137(3)e20151230
    • Yang S, Werner BC, Cancienne JM, Hassanzadeh H, Shimer AL, Shen FH, Singla A
      Preoperative epidural injections are associated with increased risk of infection after single-level lumbar decompression.
      26235469 The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 2016 Feb. : 16(2)191-6
    • Yang S, Andras LM, Redding GJ, Skaggs DL
      Early-Onset Scoliosis: A Review of History, Current Treatment, and Future Directions.
      26644484 Pediatrics, 2016 Jan. : 137(1)
    • Yang S, Halim AY, Werner BC, Gwathmey FW, Cui Q
      Does osteonecrosis of the femoral head increase surgical and medical complication rates after total hip arthroplasty? A comprehensive analysis in the United States.
      25704263 Hip international : the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy, 2015 May : 25(3)237-44
    • Yang S, Werner BC, Gwathmey FW Jr
      Treatment trends in adolescent clavicle fractures.
      24992356 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2015 April : 35(3)229-33
    • Werner BC, Griffin JW, Yang S, Brockmeier SF, Gwathmey FW
      Obesity is associated with increased postoperative complications after operative management of proximal humerus fractures.
      25440511 Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery, 2015 April : 24(4)593-600
    • Burks CA, Werner BC, Yang S, Shimer AL
      Obesity is associated with an increased rate of incidental durotomy in lumbar spine surgery.
      25599288 Spine, 2015 Apr 1 : 40(7)500-4
    • Dighe AS, Yang S, Madhu V, Balian G, Cui Q
      Interferon gamma and T cells inhibit osteogenesis induced by allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells.
      22886855 Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society, 2013 Feb. : 31(2)227-34 PMCID:PMC3510319
    • Yang S, Feuchtbaum E, Werner BC, Cho W, Reddi V, Arlet V
      Does anterior shoulder balance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correlate with posterior shoulder balance clinically and radiographically?
      22842954 European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 2012 Oct. : 21(10)1978-83 PMCID:PMC3463704
    • Yang S, Cui Q
      Total hip arthroplasty in developmental dysplasia of the hip: Review of anatomy, techniques and outcomes.
      22655221 World journal of orthopedics, 2012 May 18 : 3(5)42-8 PMCID:PMC3364316
    • Yang S, Jones-Quaidoo SM, Eager M, Griffin JW, Reddi V, Novicoff W, Shilt J, Bersusky E, Defino H, Ouellet J, Arlet V
      Right adolescent idiopathic thoracic curve (Lenke 1 A and B): does cost of instrumentation and implant density improve radiographic and cosmetic parameters?
      21519929 European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 2011 July : 20(7)1039-47 PMCID:PMC3176692
    • Chung EJ, Qiu H, Kodali P, Yang S, Sprague SM, Hwong J, Koh J, Ameer GA
      Early tissue response to citric acid-based micro- and nanocomposites.
      20949482 Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A, 2011 Jan. : 96(1)29-37 PMCID:PMC2991399
    • Jones-Quaidoo SM, Yang S, Arlet V
      Surgical management of spinal deformities in cerebral palsy. A review.
      21121743 Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 2010 Dec. : 13(6)672-85
    • Weiss JM, Kay RM, Waters P, Yang S, Skaggs DL
      Distal humerus osteotomy for supracondylar fracture malunion in children: a study of perioperative complications.
      20305836 American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), 2010 Jan. : 39(1)22-5
    • Weiss JM, Graves S, Yang S, Mendelsohn E, Kay RM, Skaggs DL
      A new classification system predictive of complications in surgically treated pediatric humeral lateral condyle fractures.
      19700990 Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2009 Sept. : 29(6)602-5
    • Yang S, Park HS, Flores S, Levin SD, Makhsous M, Lin F, Koh J, Nuber G, Zhang LQ
      Biomechanical analysis of bursal-sided partial thickness rotator cuff tears.
      19269860 Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery, 2009 May : 18(3)379-85
    • Kodali P, Yang S, Koh J
      Computer-assisted surgery for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
      18480725 Sports medicine and arthroscopy review, 2008 June : 16(2)67-76


Board Certification(s)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Interests

Dr. Yang’s main clinical interests include a wide gamut of pediatric spinal conditions, including complex spinal deformity. He is also active in managing all types of injuries and fractures in pediatric patients, as well as providing care for children with hip conditions such as hip dysplasia or Perthes disease.

Research Description

Dr. Yang is involved in several multicenter study groups involving the spine and the hip. His main focus is to try to improve understanding or outcomes in patients with pediatric spinal deformity, or hip conditions such as Perthes disease.