Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
Laura Lewallen specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, with a focus on diagnosing and treating upper extremity conditions (shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand) in children of all ages. She has expertise in a wide range of traumatic conditions, such as fractures and other injuries, as well as congenital and hereditary orthopaedic disorders, including extra fingers (polydactyly), webbed fingers (syndactyly), arthrogryposis (joint contractures), cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta (fragile bones that break easily), multiple hereditary exostoses (bone growths), and limb deficiency.
As part of her goal to improve orthopaedic care for children, Lewallen uses research to identify and evaluate new treatments and therapies for her patients. Her work has been published in several acclaimed journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics.
Lewallen completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at Mayo Clinic. She then pursued a hand surgery fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a pediatric upper extremity fellowship at Shriners Hospital for Children and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.