Pediatric Orthopaedics

Piedmont’s orthopaedic surgeons and Sports Medicine Walk-In Clinic accept patients aged high school and up. Piedmont’s podiatric surgeons accept patients aged elementary school and up. 

For younger patients and in more complex pediatric orthopaedic cases, Piedmont physicians refer to Dr. Robert Bruce and Dr. Nicholas Fletcher, two orthopaedic specialists from Emory University who treat patients in the Piedmont clinic two days per month. Both Dr. Bruce and Dr. Fletcher are well respected in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and provide complicated care to patients living in Middle Georgia who don't want to travel to Atlanta.

If you are in need of a pediatric orthopaedic specialist, please take a moment to learn more about Dr. Bruce and Dr. Fletcher, who are both incredibly skilled in pediatrics and can meet your needs locally.

Important Note: Appointments cannot be made with Dr. Bruce or Dr. Fletcher through the Piedmont Appointments desk due to privacy laws. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Bruce or Dr. Fletcher to be seen in the Piedmont clinic, please call their Appointments Desk at 1-800-338-5141.

Dr. Robert Bruce

SPECIALTIES:

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics (Board certified since 1996)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

AREAS OF CLINICAL INTEREST: 

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Ilizarov Limb Deformity
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Surgery

Dr. Bruce is board certified in pediatric orthopedics and has been a fixture in the Atlanta community for 17 years. His interests in spinal conditions include caring for all forms of pediatric spinal problems with an emphasis on idiopathic scoliosis and scoliosis in patients with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disease.

He is the director of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) cerebral palsy program and has a tremendous experience caring for all types of orthopaedic conditions in children with cerebral palsy from the spine to the hips to the feet. Dr. Bruce is also specialty trained in Ilizarov and the treatment of leg length differences and angular deformities.

Outside of his clinical duties, Dr. Bruce serves on the CHOA medical board, is the past medical director of Egleston campus, and is currently the head of the orthopaedic team at Egleston hospital. Read More About Dr. Bruce's Qualifications

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Bruce or Dr. Fletcher to be seen in the Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex office, please call their office at 1-800-338-5141.

Dr. Nicholas Fletcher

SPECIALTIES: 

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Surgery

AREAS OF CLINICAL INTEREST: 

  • Kyphosis
  • Neuromuscular
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Dr. Fletcher is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in care of pediatric conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system including: pediatric orthopaedic trauma (broken bones), neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, leg length differences, foot conditions and angular deformities of the lower limbs. Care for children with spine and hip conditions are particular areas of expertise.

With respect to spinal disorders, Dr. Fletcher takes cares of all forms of pediatric spinal problems including adolescent scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis. He has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on his research in scoliosis. His work on adolescent scoliosis has been presented as far away as Japan and he has published multiple studies on early onset and adolescent scoliosis. Dr. Fletcher completed specialty training in Mehta spinal casting and has introduced this nonoperative modality of scoliosis correction to Georgia. He also received the 2010 T. Boone Pickens Award for Spinal research for his research in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. His current research focuses on ways to improve aftercare following scoliosis surgery was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Fletcher also specializes in pediatric and young adult hip conditions including hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), perthes disease, avascular necrosis, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the southeast with expertise in the Ganz or periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) for hip dysplasia and the modified Dunn osteotomy for slipped capital femoral epiphysis. He takes care of children of all ages, in addition to young adults, with conditions such as hip dysplasia and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

Outside of patient care and research, Dr. Fletcher has a passion for orthopaedic education and teaching. As assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory, Dr. Fletcher has recently overhauled the pediatric orthopaedic education program at Emory, is director of the pediatric orthopaedic fellowship, and is a Discovery Mentor for Emory University medical school students. He is the physician member of the Emerging Leaders committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he also serves on the trauma improvement committee. He serves on the evidenced-based medicine committee for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the education committee for the Scoliosis Research Society. Learn More About Dr. Fletcher's Qualifications

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Bruce or Dr. Fletcher to be seen in the Piedmont Orthopaedic Complex office, please call their office at 1-800-338-5141.