You can’t change the past or the present, but you can change the future.

Ryan Ballard, PA-C



Related Departments

Orthopedics Institute


Clinical - Certified Physician Assistant


Five Star Excellence Award
Awarding Body: Children's Hospital Colorado
Date: 2013
Description: Recognized for scoring in the top 10% nationally for "Excellent" patient satisfaction responses.

Service Excellence Team Award
Awarding Body: Children's Hospital Colorado
Date: 2007
Description: Children�s Medical Practice Service Excellence Team Award of Appreciation issued to Spine Program at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Duke Alumni Scholarship
Awarding Body: Duke University
Date: 2005
Description: Recipient of 2005 Duke University Alumni Scholarship

Class President
Awarding Body: Duke University
Date: 2005
Description: Class President, Duke University Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2005

Biography & Interests

Care Philosophy

I am committed to providing the highest quality, professional, and ethical care to all patients. I work as a team with Dr. Mark Erickson and we share a care philosophy that the entire family, including the patient, should be involved in the decision making and care. At Children's Hospital Colorado we have amazing resources at our disposal specifically geared towards treating the pediatric and young adult patient. Our team concept of treating the patient involves not only the physician and physician assistant but a multidisciplinary approach from a team of pediatric specialty trained experts including: anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and child life specialists. The spine team at Children's Colorado is one of the top pediatric spine care teams in the country.

Clinical Interests

I work in the Spine Program at Children's Hospital Colorado in conjunction with Dr. Mark Erickson. My clinical interests include treatment of children and young adults with spinal disorders including: idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma, as well as general pediatric orthopedic conditions.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on the area of pediatric spinal deformity. I am involved in a multi-disciplinary task force designed to look at all variables that could have an impact on surgical site infection in spine surgery patients. We coined the term "target zero" implying that our mission was to drive our surgical site infection rate down to zero. We are quite proud to report that this has been very effective and also sought after for replication at many sites across the country. This project has also led to significant scholarly work.

Education & Training

Graduate Schools

Duke University School of Medicine  - Physician Assistant (2005)

Undergraduate Schools

University of Colorado - Boulder  - Biology (1996)


Pediatric Orthopaedic Practioners Society (POPS) - Member
Spinal Deformity Study Group (SDSG) - Member
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) - Member

Research & Grants

Website:"Ballard MR"[Author]