Dr. Philip McClure
Pediatric and Adult Orthopedic Surgeon
Philip K. McClure, MD, is Assistant Director of the International Center for Limb Lengthening where he is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in limb lengthening and reconstruction. His practice focuses on children and adults who require limb reconstruction and/or lengthening due to trauma, infection, congenital conditions and genetic syndromes.
Dr. McClure attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He did his orthopedic surgery residency at Brown University, where he continued to complete a fellowship in orthopedic trauma. After his time at Brown, he went to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, where he completed additional fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis surgery. He further subspecialized in limb lengthening and reconstructive surgery for pediatric and adult patients while a fellow at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics’ International Center for Limb Lengthening (ICLL). Before returning to Baltimore, Dr. McClure brought the advanced techniques that he learned at the ICLL to the western United States while practicing at the University of Utah/Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City. He is also a clinical instructor of orthopedics at the University of Utah.
Dr. McClure serves as the director of the intensive one-year Limb Reconstruction Fellowship Program at the ICLL. He also co-chairs the annual Baltimore Limb Deformity Course where over 250 surgeons come to Baltimore to be trained in limb lengthening and deformity correction. Dr. McClure is a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has volunteered for medical missions to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
When Dr. McClure is not working, he can be found fly fishing, playing ice hockey, doing pottery or enjoying time with his wife and three children.
Conditions Treated by Dr. McClure
- Post-traumatic deformity or deficiency (malunion, nonunion, length discrepancy)
- Achondroplasia and other forms of dwarfism
- Fibular hemimelia (absent or short fibula)
- Congenital femoral deficiency or proximal focal femoral deficiency (short femur)
- Tibial hemimelia (absent or short tibia)
- Limb length discrepancies in the leg or arm
- Blount disease
- Ambulatory cerebral palsy (deformities and contractures)
- Birth defects or congenital deformities (e.g., clubfoot)
- Skeletal abnormalities (e.g., dwarfism)
- Bone loss due to tumor, trauma or infection
- Non-healing fractures (nonunion and malunion)
- Joint contractures (joints that are limited in their range of motion, e.g., pterygium syndrome, arthrogryposis)
- Correction of bent limbs (e.g., malunited fractures, Blount disease)
- Pediatric fractures
- Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia
- Hip deformities
- Hip dysplasia (congenital or developmental)
- Knee or patellar deformities
- Knock knees (genu valgum)
- Bow legs (genu varum)
- Foot and ankle deformities
- Bone infection (e.g., osteomyelitis, bone defects)
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and femoral acetabular impingement
- Growth arrest
- Bone tumors
- Metabolic bone diseases
Published Research Articles
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