Dr. Karl Rathjen is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Rathjen is an honor graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Parkland Hospital / The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Dr. Rathjen is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1990)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1991), Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1995), Orthopaedic Surgery
Children's Hospital & Health Center - San Diego (1996), Pediatric Orthopaedics

Research Interest

  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Physeal Injuries and growth disturbance
  • Spinal deformity


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Kyphectomy Improves Sitting and Skin Problems in Patients with Myelomeningocele
Garg S, Oetgen M, Rathjen K, Richards BS Clin Orthop Relat Res May 2011 469 (5) 1279-1285
Asymmetrical Arthrogryposis of the Upper Extremity Associated With Congenital Spine Anomalies.
Fletcher, Nicholas D., Rathjen, Karl E., Bush, Patricia, Ezaki, Marybeth. J Ped Ortho. December 2010 30 (8) 936-941.
Guided Growth for the Correction of Pediatric Lower Limb Angular Deformity
Saran, N.; Rathjen, KE J Am Acad Orthop Surg September 2010 18 528-536
Treatment of Adolescent Tibia Vara with Hemiepiphysiodesis: Risk Factors for Failure
McIntosh, Amy L., Hanson, Chad M., Rathjen, Karl E. J Bone Joint Surg Am December 2009 91 2873-2879

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Spina Bifida Association of America - Professional Advisory Committee