Doctor helps young boy with prosthetic leg walk at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children


Scottish Rite for Children is a world-renowned leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. 

View our 2013, 20162019 and 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. 

Scottish Rite for Children was established in 1921 when a group of Texas Masons approached Dallas’ first orthopedic surgeon W.B. Carrell, M.D., about providing care to children with polio. With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, Scottish Rite broadened its focus to other orthopedic conditions.

We are dedicated to advancing treatment methods, conducting pioneering research and educating health care professionals locally and abroad to serve our commitment of giving children back their childhood.

Scottish Rite for Children sets the standard for pediatric orthopedics through our six Centers for Excellence in Spine, Hip, Hand, Foot, Limb Lengthening and Sports Medicine. 

We currently have three locations:
2222 Welborn Street    
Dallas, Texas 75219
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5700 Dallas Parkway
Frisco, Texas 75034
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The Star
3800 Gaylord Parkway, Suite 850
Frisco, Texas 75034
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Pictured above are Scottish Rite patients, trustees, medical officers and executives as well as Scottish Rite for Children Foundation executives.
L to R: Assistant Chief of Staff Philip L. Wilson, M.D.; Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S.; Chief of Staff Emeritus John A. Herring, M.D.; Assistant Chief of Staff and Foundation President Karl E. Rathjen, M.D.; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Harold D. Carter; Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lyndon L. Olson, Jr.; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees M. Douglas Adkins; and President/CEO and Foundation Executive Chairman Robert L. Walker with patients Lola, of Cleburne, and Max, of Fort Worth

  • Lyndon L. Olson, Jr.    
    • Chairman of the Board
  • M. Douglas Adkins    
    • Vice Chairman
  • Harold D. Carter    
    • Vice Chairman

  •   James E. Laney   
    • Treasurer
  • Ronald L. Skaggs 
    • Secretary
  • Guy F. Stovall, Jr.   
    • Assistant Treasurer

  • Don L. Eames* 
  • James E. Laney   
  • Brian A. Vance*   
  • Ralph Wayne
  • M. Douglas Adkins
  • Kim J. Askew   
  • Robert Ayers*   
  • Donny W. Broughton  
  • Russell C. Brown   
  • Harold D. Carter   
  • Ronald L. Carter   
  • Jim Chambers*   
  • P. Oswin Chrisman*   
  • Joseph M. Dealey, Jr. 
  • Robert L. Dillard III*   
  • Patsy Woods Martin
  • James D. Nyfeler, Sr.  
  • Michael K. Pickens    
  • Ronald L. Skaggs 
  • Jeff W. Smith  
  • Dan W. Turner*   
  • Joe H. Tydlaska  
  • Maj. Gen. James L. Williams   
  • Lawrence A. Winkle *
El Paso   
  • Larry V. Kane*   
  • John E. Wood 
Fort Worth   
  • Kenneth C. Curry   
  • Herman M. Motley*     
  • James C. Penn     
  • H. Finlay Watkins
  • W. Vernon Burke, Jr.    
  • John G. Gunning*   
  • Brack Jones, Jr.
  • W. Eugene Brookshire
  • Brady G. Elliott    
  • Guy F. Stovall, Jr.
  • Stephen F. Cross   
  • Douglas S. Maxey   
  • Adam J. Walker*   
San Antonio   
  • Dan F. Davidson   
  • W.M. Gower   
  • Claude O. Ervin   
  • Bert V. Massey, II   
  • Gregory L. McEwen* 
  • Lyndon L. Olson, Jr. 
  • Michael L. Waldrop*   
* Advisory Trustee

Our mission is to give children back their childhood. 

We strive to improve the lives of children by providing quality care for orthopedic and related neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal conditions as well as specific learning disorders. We seek to advance the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs.

Our CARE RITE core values are who we are, what we stand for and what we want to become. They are at the very heart and soul of who we are. Behind every decision we make and every direction we journey, our values shape and guide us. These core values are the very essence of our culture. And our culture is something that lives in each and every one of us. Our culture is why we walk someone who is lost to their destination rather than just telling them where to go. Our culture is why we pop fresh popcorn. Our culture is why we treat the whole child and never just the condition. It’s also something we must protect, because it’s through our values and our culture that our foundation is strong and we can continue to build for a better tomorrow.

In the interest of preserving our unique culture, we invite you to recognize a staff member or volunteer for their dedication to our CARE RITE values. To do so, please submit this online form.

The Scottish Rite Masons are affiliated with Freemasonry, a worldwide fraternal organization whose members share a common desire to better themselves as citizens and members of society. In the U.S., the Scottish Rite is one of the most popular ways for Master Masons to find great involvement in their fraternity. Others include the York Rite and Shriners.

Scottish Rite for Children is governed by a board of trustees, the majority of whom are Scottish Rite Masons. The organization epitomizes the spirit and principles of Freemasonry, expressing the Masons’ love for their fellow man, compassion for the sick and dedication to make worthwhile contributions to society. Through us, Masons fulfill their commitment to aid, support and protect the family. Financial support from the Scottish Rite or broader Masonic groups is on an individual, voluntary basis. Scottish Rite for Children is not affiliated with the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Take Time to Read, a partnership between Scottish Rite for Children and the Grand Lodge of Texas, is a public awareness program that educates adults about the importance of reading to young children. To order Take Time to Read materials, such as posters, brochures and bookmarks, please download and complete the interactive order form and email the order form to

Learn more about Masonry in Texas, the Scottish Rite Masons and Scottish Rite Masonry in Dallas.