Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon: Elizabeth Hubbard, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon: Elizabeth Hubbard, MD


My name is Liz Hubbard, and I’m a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
with Duke Health. My areas of greatest
interest are scoliosis. And that’s everything from small children
with what we call early onset scoliosis through adolescents with scoliosis. But I also got to take care of
children with limb deformities. Now limb deformities can be anything from
one leg is a little bit shorter than the other vs children who have different
conditions that can cause their limbs to bow or take on a specific angular
deformity that we need to correct. With children, so much of what we do
either can be treated without a surgery, or really requires a lot of observation
over time to see how things develop, because there are conditions
that will resolve, and then there are conditions that
will get worse over time. And so, when I interact with a patient and
their family, I try to really explain the process to them and explain to them
the importance of continued follow up visits, if it’s a condition that I think
potentially would get worse over time. And really try to build a relationship
with that family and that child, because for a lot of the things that I
take care of, it’s something that’s going to require several years potentially
of working with a patient and a family. I really love taking care of kids. And in orthopaedic surgery, you’re often on call where you have to
go in at night for emergency situations. And I just, I always, I never have to
question when it’s about taking care of a child, it’s easy to get up in the middle
of the night and go in and take care of them when they need something,
because they always do beautifully. And I just love, I love working with them.


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