From the August 2015 issue

Inside the Orthopedics Department at Children's Hospital of Michigan

They play hard, so sometimes kids can find themselves with bumps, bruises, and more severe injuries – and end up needing special care.

Southeast Michigan families can turn to the orthopedics department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which can handle everything from the common sports medicine issues like strains, sprains and fractures, to non-sports related issues like hip, knee, foot and other bone deformities.

“We’re dedicated to you having an outstanding experience, we’re dedicated to giving your child the best care based on the best evidence,” explains Dr. Walid K. Yassir, chief of orthopedics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “And, we also are striving to continuously improve both our knowledge and our care delivery to you.”

Aside from having expertise needed to care for a number of bone and muscle-related injuries and conditions in children (they’ve even got two pediatric hand surgeons on staff), this department is quickly expanding, with goals of caring for more patients in more communities. “We’re not satisfied with having you travel to Detroit for care if you live in the suburbs,” Yassir says, adding, “We know how busy families are. We don’t want you to have to take a whole day off of work anytime you need an appointment with the doctor.”

To do this, the department is working to develop partnerships within communities, striving to be an educational resource for local pediatricians, and offering even more pediatric orthopedics courses for continuing medical education.

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Currently, Children’s Hospital of Michigan orthopedic services are offered in Detroit, but also at the hospital’s specialty centers in Canton, Clinton Township and the DMC Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery Center in Dearborn, and coming early 2016 CHM’s services will be offered in Troy. Yassir says parents should look for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan orthopedic department in your community in some form soon.

“We really want to be in your neighborhood and provide care to your community.”

To learn more about Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s orthopedics department, visit childrensdmc.org/orthopedics, or call 313-745-KIDS.

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