Karl E. Rathjen, M.D., Assistant Chief of Staff;  President, Scottish Rite Hospital Foundation at Scottish Rite for Children

Karl E. Rathjen, M.D.

Assistant Chief of Staff; President, Scottish Rite Hospital Foundation


  • Clubfoot & Other Foot Disorders
  • Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction
  • Scoliosis & Other Spine Disorders
"Dr. Rathjen is [our] family’s hero! He made it possible for our daughter to live pain-free, maximize her independence and – most importantly to her – to wear pretty shoes. We can never thank him enough."

  • Scottish Rite for Children
  • Children’s Health Dallas
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System


  • The University of Texas, Tau Beta Pi
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Alpha Omega Alpha


  • UT Southwestern Medical Center General Surgery


  • UT Southwestern Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Children’s Hospital of San Diego, University of California, San Diego Pediatric Orthopaedics

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1989
  • University of Texas College of Engineering, Outstanding Student, Runner-Up, 1986
  • University of Texas Cactus Yearbook Goodfellow, 1986
  • Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1986

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998; recertified, 2005

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America 
    • Development Committee, 2011-present; chair, 2012 
    • Quality, Value and Safety Committee, 2011-present 
    • Public Education and Media Relations Committee, 2011-present 
    • COUR Committee, 2010-2011 
    • Advocacy Committee, 2008-2010; chair, 2010 
    • Trauma Committee, 2004-2006 
  • Scoliosis Research Society 
    • Endowment Committee, 2008-present 
    • Bylaws Committee, 2011-2012; chair-elect, 2013-2014 
    • Morbidity and Mortality Committee, 2011-2012 
  • American Orthopaedic Association 
  • The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society of North America (ASAMI-NA) 
    • Immediate past president, July 2017-present
    • President, 2016-July 2017
    • Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 
  • Pediatric Trauma Society, 2011-present 
  • Spina Bifida Association of America 
    • Professional Advisory Committee, 2003-2007 
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, associate editor 
  • Spine, consultant reviewer 
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, consultant reviewer 
  • Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics, Fifth Edition, contributing author 
  • US News and World Report, America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, Member Orthopaedic Working Group 2010-2013

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