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Robert M Campbell, Jr., MD

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Director and Founder, The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Director and Founder, The CHOP Pediatric Device Working group, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Orthopaedics
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
2nd Floor, Wood Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-1527
Fax: 215-590-1501
None (Electrical Engineering)
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1971.
Bachelors (Natural Science)
Johns Hopkins University, 1973.
MD (Medicine)
Georgetown University, 1977.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii, 1977-1978.
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Aurora, Colorado, 1978-1981.
Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Alfred I. duPont Institute Wilmington, Delaware, 1985-1986.
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1978.
Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1982.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Am a senior pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with much experience in all areas of musculoskeletal disorders of children. Current practice includes care of orthopaedic trauma, congenital abnormalities of the extremities, and have a special interest in syndromic chest and spine disorders of the young child. Founded the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at CHOP in 2009, a multi-disciplinary program that evaluates complex spine and chest wall deformity patients and provides growth-sparing surgical care.

Description of Other Expertise

Am an advocate for pediatric device innovation, having invented the VEPTR device for treatment of thoracic insufficiency syndrome, and testified to the Senate Committee for Health in support of the 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act.

Description of Research Expertise

Have long experience in the clinical study of complex spine and chest wall deformity in young children and how such diseases affect both lung function and growth. Led the research team that named this linkage between thoracic dyfunction and pulmonary disease "thoracic insufficiency syndrome". Currently leading a joint University of Pennsylvania-CHOP research team developing advanced dynamic lung MRI analysis of thoracic performance and also working with the FDA to create a national data base of pediatric MRI imaging of normal children to be called "The Virtual Growing Child".

Selected Publications

Sarah Nossov, MD; Robert M. Campbell, MD; Oscar H. Mayer, MD; John T. Smith, MD; Sumeet Garg, MD; John M. Flynn, MD; Patrick J. Cahill, MD; Children's Spine Study Group: Are we Reducing Respiratory Assistance Requirements at Two Years? ICEOS Annual Meeting November 2015 Notes: poster presentation.

O'Brien A, Roth MK, Athreya H, Reinker K, Koeck W, Patil V, Trevino H, Simmons J, Joshi AP, Smith MD, Campbell RM: Management of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in Patients with Jeune Syndrome Using the 70 mm Radius Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics November 2015.

Peters, JR; Chandrasekaran, C; Robinson, LF; Servaes, SE; Campbell, RM Jr; balasubramanian, S.: Expansion thoracoplasty for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome associated with Jarcho-Levin Syndrome. The Journal of bone and joint surgery 5(2): 12, June 2015.

Peters JR, Chandrasekaran C, Robinson LF, Servaes SE, Campbell RM Jr, Balasubramanian S: Age and Gender Related Changes in Pediatric Thoracic Vertebral Morphology. Spine Journal May 2015.

Harris JA, Mayer OH, Shah SA, Campbell RM Jr, Balasubramanian S: A Comprehensive Review of Thoracic Deformity Parameters in Scoliosis. European Spine Journal 23(12), December 2014.

Karlin JG, Roth MK, Patil V, Cordell D, Trevino H, Simmons J, Campbell RM, Joshi AP: Management of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in Patients With Jarcho-Levin Syndrome Using VEPTRs American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 96(21), November 2014.

Sheha ED, Hammouri Q, Snyder BD, Campbell RM Jr, Vitale MG: Off-Label Use of Pediatric Orthopaedic Devices: Important Issues for the Future. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 96(3), February 2014.

Flynn JM, Emans JB, Smith JT, Betz RR, Deeney VF, Patel NM, Campbell RM: VEPTR to Treat Nonsyndromic Congenital Scoliosis: A Multicenter, Mid-term Follow-Up Study. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 33(7), October 2013.

Gans I, Dormans JP, Spiegel DA, Flynn JM, Sankar WN, Campbell RM, Baldwin KD: Adjunctive Vancomycin Powder in Pediatric Spine Surgery is Safe. Spine 38(19), September 2013.

Corona J, Miller DJ, Downs J, Akbarnia BA, Betz RR, Blakemore LC, Campbell RM Jr, Flynn JM, Johnston CE, McCarthy RE, Roye DP Jr, Skaggs DL, Smith JT, Snyder BD, Sponseller PD, Sturm PF, Thompson GH, Yazici M, Vitale MG: Evaluating the Extent of Clinical Uncertainty Among Treatment Options for Patients With Early-Onset Scoliosis. American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 95(10), May 2013.

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