About Our Pediatric Orthopedists

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is the only facility in the region to have full-time pediatric orthopedists on staff providing care 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, including emergency room coverage. This means that every young patient with an orthopedic condition will receive attention from a specialist.

Fellowship-Trained Subspecialists

Our pediatric orthopedists are well-recognized for excellence in the care of children and adolescents. All have completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics, which means they have finished an additional year of specialty training in pediatric care following their orthopedic residency. All have extensive skill and knowledge and together provide decades of experience and expertise.

Our orthopedists specialize in subspecialties within the field, which gives them very detailed knowledge of specific disorders and areas of care. They regularly consult with and refer to each other, ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of expertise for his or her specific condition.

Research and Teaching

Beyond providing expert and compassionate care, our physicians are dedicated to furthering their field by developing protocols and techniques for the treatment of children with orthopedic problems. To guarantee that the most up-to-date care is available to their patients, they are also involved in research efforts, including analysis and clinical outcome studies, and they actively participate in many professional organizations devoted to the care of children.

In addition, our experts are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience to benefit other providers. All are published and, as members of the clinical faculty at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, participate in educating the next generation of pediatric orthopedic specialists.

Medical Director: Samuel J. Laufer, MD

Samuel J. Laufer, MD

After attending medical school at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Laufer completed his internship and orthopedic residencies at the university-affiliated hospitals of UCLA, Cornell, and the University of Miami. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. Dr. Laufer is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Dr. Laufer is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick campus, where he oversees the Children’s Complex Pediatric Orthopedic Program. He serves on a number of hospital committees. Dr. Laufer’s special interests include scoliosis and general pediatric orthopedic care.

Pediatric Orthopedist: J. Andrew Bowe, MD

J. Andrew Bowe, MD

Dr. Bowe’s medical school training was completed at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. His orthopedic surgical training and pediatric orthopedic fellowship were completed at the University of Virginia and Tufts-New England Medical Center.

He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Dr. Bowe directs several specialized clinics in hospitals and special needs schools around the state. His main interests lie in the treatment of scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and general pediatric orthopedic care.

Pediatric Orthopedist: John J. McKeon, MD

John J. McKeon, MDAs a graduate of St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. McKeon continued his education at New Jersey Medical School in Newark. His residency was completed at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship training was completed at Alfred I. Dupont Institute in Wilmington Delaware. Dr. McKeon has served as a dedicated academician with University Hospital-UMDNJ for most of his profession and has established a loyal patient base in his successful private practice. His special interests include general pediatric orthopedics and children’s hip and foot disease.

Dr. McKeon has practiced pediatric orthopedics for 25 years with major teaching and administrative responsibilities at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Orthopedics and St. Barnabas Healthcare System-Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He joined our group in the full bloom of a long, esteemed career and continues his dedication to pediatric orthopedic care.

Pediatric Orthopedist: Philip J. Therrien, MD

Philip J. Therrien, MD

After attending college at Bowdoin in Maine, Dr. Therrien continued his education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His residency was at the University of Connecticut Hartford Hospital. His Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship training was completed at the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Dr. Therrien is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Therrien runs the Children’s Specialized Pediatric Orthopedic Program in Mountainside. He specializes in cerebral palsy, hip dysplasia, gait abnormalities, and general pediatric orthopedic care.

Pediatric Orthopedist: David S. Weisman, MD

David S. Weisman, MD

Dr. Weisman‘s medical school training was completed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). Dr. Weisman completed a surgical internship at Monmouth Medical Center, residency at UMDNJ and a Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Pediatric Orthopedist: Heather W. Harnly, MD

Heather W. Harnly, MD

Dr. Harnly‘s medical school training was completed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her orthopedic surgical training was completed at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After residency, Dr. Harnly completed a sports medicine sub-specialty fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Harnly continued her training with a second sub-specialty fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Harnly’s special interests involve general pediatric orthopedics as well as pediatric, adolescent and college athlete sports medicine including arthroscopic surgery, MCL and LCL injuries of the knee, musculoskeletal injuries and shoulder problems.

Pediatric Orthopedist: Thomas G. McPartland, MD

Thomas G. McPartland, MD

Dr. McPartland's medical school training was completed at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. After residency, Dr. McPartland completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School. Dr. McPartland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. McPartland’s interests involve general pediatric orthopedic care, spinal deformities, clinical research and teaching.

Pediatric Orthopedist: Steven E. Adolfsen, MD

Steven E. Adolfsen, MD

Dr. Adolfsen completed his medical school training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. He completed his residency at Yale University and then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Dr. Adolfsen is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Adolfsen is interested in general pediatric orthopaedic care, spinal deformity, pediatric trauma, and lower limb deformity.

Pediatric Orthopedist: Dominick Tuason, MD

Dr. Tuason completed his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Dr. Tuason is interested in general pediatric orthopedic care, spinal deformity and fracture care.

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