Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Program

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If your kid is really hurting from a serious accident or injury, you want the best care — and they will benefit from experts who care only for kids. You'll find that here.

Orthopedic pediatric trauma specialists in the Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Program at Children's Hospital Colorado evaluate and treat conditions and injuries of all kinds. This includes broken bones, or fractures, limb deformities and wounds caused by minor accidents or major trauma. We also manage complex infections of the bones and joints.

About the Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Program

Our trauma surgeons and specialists work closely with the multidisciplinary team at the Orthopedics Institute, which includes orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation providers, plastic surgery providers, infectious disease specialists, nurses and more. This collaborative approach to treatment allows us to provide comprehensive care for your child to ensure the best possible outcome.

Program Director Julia Sanders, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of both simple and complex fractures, as well as wounds and injuries caused by simple accidents or major trauma. She and her team work closely with multidisciplinary specialists from the Orthopedic Institute and beyond – including rehabilitation providers, infectious disease specialists, nurses, orthopedic surgeons and more – to get your child well. We treat your child as a whole person, not just their injury, to help them return to the activities they love.

Why choose us for pediatric orthopedic trauma and fracture care

Children's Colorado offers two pediatric trauma centers: one in Denver metro and one in Colorado Springs. Our trauma center at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Rocky Mountain region, offering the highest level of care for children with traumatic injuries. Children’s Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center. Both of these trauma centers are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We offer innovative fracture treatments, such as waterproof, breathable 3D printed casts that allow your child to play, wash their hands and live a normal life while they heal.

We work closely with experts in other medical specialties when necessary, such as general trauma care, neurosurgery, infectious disease, prosthetics and orthotics, and plastic and reconstructive services, to ensure your child receives comprehensive pediatric care. Our team is active in the CORTICES study group, a national organization of leading researchers studying trauma and infection in children to help improve trauma care for our patients, and all kids.

Orthopedic trauma and fracture conditions we treat

Depending on the condition or injury, treatment may include casting, physical therapy, bone stimulation, bone grafting or surgery.

Contact the Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Program

The Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Program is part of our Orthopedics Institute.

For appointments at Anschutz Medical Campus, call 720-777-6600.

For appointments at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, call 719-305-9060.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Julia Sanders, MD

Julia Sanders, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Sue Graham, PA-C

Sue Graham, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Stephanie Puma, PA-C

Stephanie Puma, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Chelsea Soucie, CPNP

Chelsea Soucie, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner