Rachel Thompson is a Chicago native,who attended medical school at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She completed her first fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, TX and her second in neuromuscular orthopaedics at Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Her primary area of practice is pediatric orthopaedics, with a specialization in neuromuscular orthopaedics/cerebral palsy. She joined Orthopaedic Institute for Children as an assistant clinical professor, department of orthopaedics, UCLA. Her clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy and adolescent hip disease and in using gait analysis to improve surgical decisions making and evaluate clinical outcomes. Currently, she is studying alternative treatment for stiff-knee gait surgery in patients with cerebral palsy and evaluating the effects of utilizing a co-surgeon in neuromuscular spine and lower extremity surgery.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. (ABOS)
Mentorship Committee Taskforce Member, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
Awards Committee Member, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)
Health Volunteers Overseas
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Neuromuscular Orthopaedics, Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University
MD, George Washington University
Adolescent hip disease
2014 Physician in Training Award, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Dallas B. Phemister
2014 "Game Changer" paper Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
2015 1st Place Clinical Science Award, OREF/ORS Midwest Resident Research Symposium
2016 Spine Research Award, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
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