Dr. Dan Sucato has been on staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since completing the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at TSRHC in 1998. He graduated magna cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Sucato received his medical degree (magna cum laude) and a Master of Science degree in biophysics from Buffalo School of Medicine, State University of New York, where he also completed his general surgery internship, orthopaedic residency, and basic science research fellowship. He served as one of three International Traveling Fellows for the Scoliosis Research Society in 2003. During this three-week fellowship, Dr. Sucato delivered research presentations, studied and discussed landmark cases, observed surgeries at centers throughout Europe and collaborated with international spine experts. Dr. Sucato is widely published in the area of spinal deformity and has delivered dozens of presentations worldwide. His interests are spinal deformity; thoracoscopic approaches to the spine; hip conditions; adolescent hip dysplasia and its treatment with the Ganz pericetabular osteotomy. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Dr. Sucato is also a member of the American Medical Association; the Texas Medical Association; the Scoliosis Research Society; the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Undergraduate School
Cansius College (1987)
Medical School
State University of New York at Buffalo (1991)
State University of New York - Buffalo (1992), General Surgery
Graduate School
State University of New York at Buffalo (1997)
State University of New York - Buffalo (1997), Orthopaedics
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (1998), Pediatric Orthopedics & Scoliosis

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Research Interest

    • Hip conditions in the adolescent and young adult
    • Spinal deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis)


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Ultrasonographic Findings in Hips with a Positive Ortolani Sign and Their Relationship to Pavlik Harness Failure
    White K, Sucato DJ, Agrawal S, Browne R J Bone Joint Surgery 2010 92 (1) 113‑120
    Gait, Hip Strength and Functional Outcomes After a Ganz Periacetabular Osteotomy for Adolescent Hip Dysplasia
    Sucato DJ, Tulchin K, Shrader MW, et al. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics 2010 30 (4) 344-50
    Surgical Technique: Open Reduction and Internal Fixation for Unstable Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
    Adolfsen SE, Sucato DJ Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 2009 19 (1) 6-12
    Prone Thoracoscopic Release Does Not Adversely Affect Pulmonary Function When Added to a Posterior Spinal Fusion for Severe Spine Deformity
    Sucato DJ, Erken YH, Davis S, Gist T, McClung A, Rathjen KE Spine 2009 34 (8) 771-8
    Restoration of Thoracic Kyphosis After Operative Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Multicenter Comparison of Three Surgical Approaches
    Sucato DJ, Agrawal S, O?Brien MF, Lowe TG, Richards SB, Lenke L Spine 2008 33 (24) 2630-2636

    Honors & Awards

    • International Traveling Fellow
      Scoliosis Research Society (2003)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Medical Association
    • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
    • Scoliosis Research Society
    • Texas Medical Association