Todd Blumberg, MD

Todd Blumberg, MD


"During my orthopedic training, I was captivated by the work we do treating kids with musculoskeletal conditions. Pediatric orthopedics is an area of medicine with unique challenges, but also one of the most fascinating specialties when it comes to techniques for treating congenital and developmental musculoskeletal differences. "
  • Biography

    Dr. Todd Blumberg was born and raised in Texas before attending Rice University for college. He graduated from medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011, and completed his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Washington. He completed pediatric orthopedic fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with additional fellowship training in hip preservation surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Blumberg sees patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington.  As a member of the University of Washington faculty, he is committed to training medical students, residents, and fellows in the latest techniques and treatments strategies for pediatric and young adult hip conditions.

    Dr. Blumberg leads the Child and Young Adult Hip program at Seattle Children’s and cares for infants, children, and young adults with all types of hip conditions, including hip dysplasia (DDH), labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), Perthes disease, and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE). In addition, Dr. Blumberg’s clinical area of expertise includes scoliosis, pediatric orthopedic trauma, and treatment of musculoskeletal infections.

    Dr. Blumberg offers second opinions for hip conditions for patients from around the Pacific Northwest. If your family has been told they need surgery and you would like an expert second opinion, his team can arrange for additional evaluation.

    Dr. Blumberg’s research interests include optimization of imaging after treatment for hip dysplasia, improving access for advanced imaging in suspected osteomyelitis, and reducing health equity disparities. 

    In his time outside the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, photography, hiking, cooking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.


    Board Certification(s)

    Orthopaedic Surgery


    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


    Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington, Seattle, WA


    Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Clinical Interests

    Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), hip labral tears and osteochondral injuries, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), Perthes disease, avascular necrosis of the hip, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), neuromuscular hip conditions, scoliosis, leg length discrepancy, orthopedic trauma, fractures, osteomyelitis and septic arthritis.

    Research Description

    I was drawn towards hip preservation, a relatively new field within orthopedics that focuses on techniques and strategies to improve the mechanics and function of the hip joint. It is incredibly rewarding to work with a patient and their family to identify a hip problem and restore normal structure and mechanics to prevent the development of painful arthritis. While high-level athletes can develop hip problems, sometimes even everyday activities such as walking and sitting at a desk can cause pain with common hip conditions in adolescents and young adults. When the hip becomes painful or activities become more limited from to discomfort due to a condition that can lead early onset arthritis, hip preservation techniques allow us to preserve a patient’s own native hip. These treatments can often delay or even avoid hip replacement for many patients with specialized surgical techniques that restore and improve the structure and function of the hip joint.
    In my practice, I work with patients from infancy through young adulthood treating all hip conditions. I see infants and young children with concerns for developmental hip dysplasia, as well as adolescent and young adults with hip pain or gait abnormalities. It is not uncommon to see some patients that were treated ten, sometimes twenty years ago and have done well for a number of years, but are now starting to have problems as they enter adulthood. Some of these challenging conditions, including sequelae of Perthes disease, residual hip dysplasia after treatment as a young child, or post-traumatic deformities after slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) result in the hip beginning to wear out and cause pain at a very young age. Being able to reconstruct and preserve the hip joint improves the quality of life for my patients and is the reason I come to work each day.

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