Dr. Robert M. Kay has been named division chief of orthopedic surgery and service line medical director of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which in typical year performs more than 150 hip surgeries and 250-plus scoliosis procedures, it was announced Monday.

Reporting to the surgeon-in-chief, Kay will lead strategic planning, recruitment and programmatic development for the Children’s Orthopaedic Center’s clinical, research and educational programs, including those focusing on the care of children with bone and soft tissue tumors; childhood hip disorders; hand and upper extremity conditions; neuromuscular conditions; scoliosis and spinal deformity; and sports medicine and other orthopaedic trauma injuries.

Kay has served as vice chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center since 2009, as well as CHLA’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2011. He also has served as medical director of the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion and Sports Analysis Laboratory, a position he has held since he first came to CHLA in 1997.

Under his leadership, the laboratory has become internationally renowned, and remains one of only 14 fully accredited motion analysis laboratories in the United States, according to CHLA officials.

Kay has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters. He is active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society.

He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the Board of Directors for the Committee for Motion Laboratory Accreditation.

Kay earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at UCLA, as well as a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital.

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