Dr. Karl Rathjen is an assistant chief of staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  He is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Dr. Rathjen is an honor graduate of The Univeristy 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 othopaedic surgery at Rady Children's Hospital/University of California San Diego.


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

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Pain Catastrophizing Influences Preoperative and Postoperative Patient-Reported Outcomes in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Ramo BA, Collins-Jones TL, Thornberg D, Klinkerman L, Rathjen K, Jo CH, J Bone Joint Surg Am 2022 Aug
The Efficacy of Intra-articular Subtalar Steroid Injection for Symptomatic Talocalcaneal Coalitions: A 30-Year Single Institution Experience.
Zide JR, Shivers C, Adair C, Le T, Kanaan Y, Rathjen K, Jo CH, Riccio AI, J Pediatr Orthop 2022 Mar
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita: a 28-year retrospective study.
Wahlig B, Poppino K, Jo CH, Rathjen K, Dev Med Child Neurol 2021 Oct
Incidence and significance of findings on spinal MRIs in a paediatric population with spinal column complaints.
Rathjen K, Dieckmann RJ, Thornberg DC, Karam A, Birch JG, J Child Orthop 2021 Feb 15 1 70-75
Predictors of appointment adherence following operative treatment of pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures: which patients are not following up?
Hubbard EW, Rathjen KE, Elliott M, Wimberly RL, Riccio AI, J Pediatr Orthop B 2020 Oct

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society