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Emily Dodwell, MD

Emily Dodwell, MD

Dr. Emily Dodwell is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She specializes in pediatric trauma of the upper and lower extremities, and lower extremity reconstruction including treatment of limb length discrepancy, congenital and acquired deformities, and care of children with neuromuscular conditions. Dr. Dodwell treats children from birth to 20 years of age, and sees patients with a wide variety of problems including fractures, ligament and tendon injuries, joint dislocations, congenital deformities such as hip dysplasia and clubfoot, cerebral palsy, gait abnormalities, growth disturbances, and disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta, SCFE, Perthes disease, and skeletal dysplasias.

Dr. Dodwell is from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, just north of New York State. She completed an undergraduate degree in engineering, and then her medical doctorate at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed her orthopedic residency training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. She obtained her research and public health degree (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health and attained her sub-specialty training as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. She was recruited to work at Hospital for Special Surgery due to her excellent training and experience in pediatric orthopedic surgery and surgical outcomes research.

Dr. Dodwell is a clinician scientist, and an Assistant Professor of orthopedic surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College. She frequently lectures and mentors medical students, residents, and fellows on clinical topics and orthopedic research. Dr. Dodwell is the principal investigator on a number of ongoing multi-center prospective trials in pediatric orthopedic surgery. She currently holds grants from the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, AO North America, and the Hospital for Special Surgery Clinician Scientist Development Grant.

She is dedicated to improving pediatric orthopedic care through orthopedic research. Her main research interests relate to surgical outcomes and disparities in health care for pediatric orthopedic patients.

Dr. Dodwell treats patients in Manhattan at the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell), and in Queens at New York Hospital Queens (Flushing).
Swaddle with Care to Protect a Baby’s Tiny Hips

Infant swaddling is a common practice, as many parents and caregivers believe it can help soothe their baby and improve sleep. It entails wrapping an infant in a light cloth or blanket to provide a kind of cocoon.

Although swaddling has been shown to reduce crying and promote sleep, if not done properly, it could harm an infant’s tiny hips.