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Matthew B. Dobbs, MD

Current Position
Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Foot Deformities
Pediatric Spinal Deformities
Orthopedic Surgery

Additional Features and  Interviews with Dr. Dobbs:

Visit Dr. Dobbs' page on the Orthopedic Surgery website

Patients Seen At
Shriner's Hospital for Children
2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63131
(314) 514-3500
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St. Louis Children's Hospital,
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 4S-60
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 514-3500
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St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center
13001 North Outer Forty, Suite 1C
St. Louis, MO 63017
(314) 514-3500
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Additional Languages Spoken

Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8233
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
The treatment of all pediatric foot disorders with a particular interest in the Ponseti method of clubfoot correction as well as a minimally invasive approach to congenital vertical talus. Additional areas of clinical expertise include the surgical management of scoliosis and the treatment of pediatric orthopedic trauma

Board Certification
Orthopedic Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
Medical Degree: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1995
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, 2000
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Shriners Hosptial for Children, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
Hospital Affiliations
Shriners Hospital for Children
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2005-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2007-2012 (Castle & Connolly Ltd.)

Outstanding Achievement in Orthopedic Surgery Education, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2002

Mentor, Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2001-present

Hibbs Award Finalist, Russell L. Hibbs, Best Clinical Research Paper, Scoliosis Research Society, 36th Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, 2001

W.R. Ingram Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Neuroscience, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 1993

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Matthew B. Dobbs reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2014. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
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D-Bar Enterprises $10,001-$25,000 $10,001-$25,000  
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Alvarado DM, Buchan JG, Frick SL, Herzenberg JE, Dobbs MB, Gurnett CA. "Copy number analysis of 413 isolated talipes equinovarus patients suggests role for transcriptional regulators of early limb development." Eur J Hum Genet. 2012 Aug 15.

Chalayon O, Adams A, Dobbs MB. "Minimally invasive approach for the treatment of non-isolated congenital vertical talus." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 6;94(11):e73.

Luhmann SJ, Oda JE, O'Donnell J, Keeler KA, Schoenecker PL, Dobbs MB, Gordon JE. "An analysis of suboptimal outcomes of medial malleolus fractures in skeletally immature children." Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2012 Mar;41(3):113-6.

Wall L, O'Donnell JC, Schoenecker PL, Keeler KA, Dobbs MB, Luhmann SJ, Gordon JE. "Titanium elastic nailing radius and ulna fractures in adolescents." J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Sep;21(5):482-8.

McKeon KE, O'Donnell JC, Bashyal R, Hou CC, Luhmann SJ, Dobbs MB, Gordon JE. "Immobilization after pinning of supracondylar distal humerus fractures in children: use of the A-frame cast." J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):e1-5.

Ross JR, Dobbs MB. "Isolated navicular-medial cuneiform tarsal coalition revisited: a case report." J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Dec;31(8):e85-8.

Dobbs MB, Gurnett CA. "Genetics of clubfoot." J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Jan;21(1):7-9.

Alvarado DM, McCall K, Aferol H, Silva MJ, Garbow JR, Spees WM, Patel T, Siegel M, Dobbs MB, Gurnett CA. "Pitx1 haploinsufficiency causes clubfoot in humans and a clubfoot-like phenotype in mice." Hum Mol Genet. 2011 Oct 15;20(20):3943-52.

Alvarado DM, Buchan JG, Gurnett CA, Dobbs MB. "Exome sequencing identifies an MYH3 mutation in a family with distal arthrogryposis type 1." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jun 1;93(11):1045-50.

Merrill LJ, Gurnett CA, Siegel M, Sonavane S, Dobbs MB. "Vascular abnormalities correlate with decreased soft tissue volumes in idiopathic clubfoot." Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 May;469(5):1442-9.

Thuet ED, Winscher JC, Padberg AM, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dobbs MB, Schootman M, Luhmann SJ. "Validity and reliability of intraoperative monitoring in pediatric spinal deformity surgery: a 23-year experience of 3436 surgical cases." Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Sep 15;35(20):1880-6.

Merrill LJ, Gurnett CA, Connolly AM, Pestronk A, Dobbs MB. "Skeletal muscle abnormalities and genetic factors related to vertical talus." Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Apr;469(4): 1167-74.

Alvarado DM, Aferol H, McCall K, Huang JB, Techy M, Buchan J, Cady J, Gonzales PR, Dobbs MB, Gurnett CA. "Familial isolated clubfoot is associated with recurrent chromosome 17q23.1q23.2 microduplications containing TBX4." Am J Hum Genet. 2010 Jul 9;87(1):154-60.

Shah NR, Limpaphayom N, Dobbs MB. "A minimally invasive treatment protocol for the congenital dislocation of the knee." J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7):720-5.

Bashyal RK, Chu JY, Schoenecker PL, Dobbs MB, Luhmann SJ, Gordon JE. "Complications after pinning of supracondylar distal humerus fractures." J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29 (7):704-8.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine PubMed page for Dr. Matthew B. Dobbs.

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