DDH in Infants: The Pavlik Harness and Beyond



Time:8:00 PM EST

Duration:60 minutes


Treating developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) with the Pavlik harness has proven to be safe and successful in about 90% of cases. But that leaves many unanswered questions about the 10% of patients for whom this treatment is not effective or causes complications.

This complimentary JBJS webinar will focus on how pediatric orthopaedists can:

  • Identify patient characteristics that help predict Pavlik harness failure
  • Understand the role of ultrasound in managing DDH
  • Recognize and prevent complications from using the harness
  • Successfully treat patients who need a post-Pavlik approach

Following presentations about JBJS-published research by Daniel Sucato, MD, Lucas Murnaghan, MD, and Wudbhav Sankar, MD, DDH expert Scott Mubarak, MD will expand on all three author presentations. The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be devoted to a live Q&A session, during which audience members can ask questions of the authors and commentator.


Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA

Director of Orthopaedics, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
JBJS Deputy Editor for Pediatrics

Dr. Sponseller is the director of the Division of Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan, completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin, and did his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sponseller's research interests include pediatric trauma, spinal deformities, Marfan syndrome, and exstrophy. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and 100 abstracts and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Teacher of the Year in Orthopaedic Surgery by The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Arthur H. Heune Award for career research by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). In addition to serving on the Boards of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society and POSNA, Dr. Sponseller has traveled to Guyana to volunteer as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon for Project Dawn.

Daniel J. Sucato, MD

Chief of Staff
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Dan Sucato has been on staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since completing the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at TSRHC in 1998 and is the current chief of staff. He graduated magna cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Sucato received his medical degree (magna cum laude) and a Master of Science degree in biophysics from Buffalo School of Medicine, State University of New York, where he also completed his general surgery internship, orthopaedic residency, and basic science research fellowship. He completed the Bern Fellowship under Reinhold Ganz in 1998. He served as one of three International Traveling Fellows for the Scoliosis Research Society in 2003. During this three-week fellowship, Dr. Sucato delivered research presentations, studied and discussed cases, observed surgeries at centers throughout Europe and collaborated with international spine experts. Dr. Sucato is widely published in the area of spinal deformity and hip conditions in pediatric orthopaedics. He is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Sucato is also a member of the American Medical Association; the Texas Medical Association; the Scoliosis Research Society; the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Lucas Murnaghan, MD, MEd, FRCSC

Assistant Professor
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto

Dr. Murnaghan is the Surgical Director of the MacIntosh Clinic at The University of Toronto, where he is also the Fellowship Director for the Division of Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and completed his orthopaedic residency at The University of British Columbia. During that time he concurrently obtained a Masters in Adult Education. He completed a fellowship in arthroscopy and athletic injuries, followed by pediatric fellowships at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Dr. Murnaghan’s main area of clinical interest is the orthopaedic care of injuries in the pediatric, adolescent, and collegiate athlete and the use of arthroscopy in the management of a wide spectrum of pathologies.

Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Director, Young Adult Hip Preservation Program and the Hip Disorders Program
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Sankar is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an attending surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where he serves as director of the Young Adult Hip Preservation Program and heads up the hospital’s Hip Disorders Program.

Dr. Sankar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also completed his orthopedic surgical training. He then completed two pediatric orthopedic fellowships, one at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and one at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles, followed by advanced training in adolescent and young adult hip reconstruction at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

His active areas of research include hip conditions in trisomy 21, the optimal management of slipped epiphysis, the non-surgical treatment of DDH, and the glenetic factors responsible for pediatric hip disease. Dr. Sankar has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reviews or textbook chapters, and has written and edited two books.

Scott Mubarak, MD

Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Surgeon in Chief
Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego

Dr. Mubarak is Surgeon in Chief and emeritus director of the Orthopedics & Scoliosis Division at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, and a clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Dr. Mubarak continued his orthopedics training at UC San Diego and completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Mubarak’s clinical expertise includes infant hip dislocations, foot deformities, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, traumatic injuries, and compartment syndromes. He has authored about 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 book chapters and a textbook.

A former president of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA), Dr. Mubarak has been honored with the AAOS Kappa Delta Award and POSNA's Walter Blount Pioneer Award.

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