POSNA Archive

May 13, 2021 / Research & Innovation

POSNA Archive

At Scottish Rite for Children, innovation is at the forefront of what we do. Our experts conduct ongoing research projects to ensure children with orthopedic as well as other related conditions receive the best care possible. 

Throughout the decades, our team has been committed and actively involved with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) - a prestigious medical organization, including specialists from around the country, who are focused on advancing the treatment, research, education and quality initiatives within pediatric orthopedics. 

In the halls of Scottish Rite, we have an area dedicated to the history of POSNA - an archive that showcases when the group first started, along with a collection of documents and novel devices since the group's inception. Learn more about the archive below.

History of POSNA
  • Established in 1971 as the Pediatric Orthopedic Society (POS).
  • In 1983, POS transitioned to be the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). 
About the Archive
This specific collection documents the creation of POSNA, but it also houses items related to the treatment methods used in pediatric orthopedics throughout history and original research. The archive includes a climate-controlled storeroom which is secure and a separate display area which is open to visitors. This display area is used to highlight interesting and educational items from the collection. Past exhibits, generally updated annually, have covered the historical treatment of scoliosis, external fixators and donations by various pediatric orthopedic surgeons.

The archive includes donations of rare medical devices specific to the orthopedic treatment of children, original research in the field and documents related to the formation and history of POSNA and its annual meetings.

Highlights from the Archive

Scoliosis Treatment
Collection of text, models and images documenting the evolution of scoliosis treatment.

History of Limb Lengthening
Numerous models and a timeline showcasing their progression.

Ignacio Ponseti
“Babies from around the world expressed their gratitude to Dr. Ignacio Ponseti by smiling, laughing and giggling. Little did they realize that because of the Ponseti Method for the treatment of clubfoot, they were saved from a crippling disorder that would have prevented them from leading normal and healthy lives.” - Paul Etre published in the Daily Iowan 2010


As we celebrate our centennial year, we are honored to have important pieces of history at our Dallas campus. The work our team has done with POSNA throughout the years has pushed us forward, making sure our patients, as well as children around the world, receive the very best care. 

Learn more about the past 100 years at Scottish Rite for Children. 

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