Alex Gornitzky, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
1540 E. Hospital Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

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Alex Gornitzky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
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    Dr Alex Gornitzky is a clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan in the division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He specializes in treating all pediatric orthopaedic conditions, including trauma and fractures, congenital limb anomalies and limb length discrepancies, neuromuscular conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, and foot and ankle disorders such as clubfoot. He is particularly interested in complex hip problems in growing children, including hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.

    Dr Gornitzky grew up in New Jersey always dreaming of being a pediatric physician. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University, where he was also a 4-year varsity swimmer. He then completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, including Alpha Omega Alpha honors. While at Penn he served as a Benjamin Fox Research Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then went on to orthopaedic residency at the University of California, San Francisco before returning to CHOP for a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr Gornitzky joined the clinical faculty at the University of Michigan in 2022.

    Dr Gornitzky’s philosophy of care is to get to know each family as individuals, and then to develop a customized plan addressing their specific needs. His goal is to safely get every kid back to doing normal kid things, and to be there with them every step of the journey. For him, the greatest part of being a pediatric Orthopaedist is to see the smiles on kid’s faces when they get back to what they love.

    In addition to his clinical role, Dr Gornitzky is involved with a variety of research projects looking at clinical outcomes following pediatric fracture and hip surgery. He is particularly interested in better understanding the individual psychosocial circumstances that impact a patient’s surgical experience, including how to use that knowledge to then customize treatment to their exact needs.

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    • Fellow
      Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2022
    • Resident
      University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2021
    • MD
      University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2016
    • BS
      Yale University, New Haven, 2011
    Research Overview

    Pain control after pediatric orthopaedic surgery, including alternative strategies to augment post-operative analgesia
    Clinical outcomes in pediatric hip conditions such hip dysplasia, SCFE and Perthes disease
    Psychosocial optimization and risk stratification prior to elective pediatric orthopaedic surgery

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    • Journal Article
      What Are the Psychosocial Effects of Pavlik Harness Treatment? A Prospective Study on Perceived Impact on Families and Maternal-Infant Bonding.
      Batley MG, Gornitzky AL, Sarkar S, Sankar WN. J Pediatr Orthop, 2024 Feb 1; 44 (2): e109 - e114. DOI:10.1097/BPO.0000000000002542
      PMID: 37807604
    • Journal Article
      Why Don't Adolescents Wear Their Brace? A Prospective Study Investigating Psychosocial Characteristics That Predict Scoliosis Brace Wear.
      Gornitzky AL, England P, Kiani SN, Yellin JL, Flynn JM. J Pediatr Orthop, 2023 Jan 1; 43 (1): 51 - 60. DOI:10.1097/BPO.0000000000002272
      PMID: 36194756
    • Journal Article
      Effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on fracture healing in children: A systematic review.
      Stroud S, Katyal T, Gornitzky AL, Swarup I. World J Orthop, 2022 May 18; 13 (5): 494 - 502. DOI:10.5312/wjo.v13.i5.494
      PMID: 35633742
    • Presentation
      Case Competition Clinical Presentation
      Gornitzky A. 2021 Dec 7;
    • Presentation
      Psychoanalysis Considerations in Orthopaedic Surgery
      Gornitzky A. 2020 Feb 6;
    • Journal Article
      Diagnosis and Management of Osteomyelitis in Children: A Critical Analysis Review.
      Gornitzky AL, Kim AE, O'Donnell JM, Swarup I. JBJS Rev, 2020 Jun; 8 (6): e1900202 DOI:10.2106/JBJS.RVW.19.00202
      PMID: 33006465
    • Presentation
      Lunchtime Clinical Case Presentation
      Gornitzky A. 2019 Dec 3;
    • Journal Article
      Closed Reduction for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Early-term Results From a Prospective, Multicenter Cohort.
      Sankar WN, Gornitzky AL, Clarke NMP, Herrera-Soto JA, Kelley SP, Matheney T, Mulpuri K, Schaeffer EK, Upasani VV, Williams N, Price CT, International Hip Dysplasia Institute . J Pediatr Orthop, 2019 Mar; 39 (3): 111 - 118. DOI:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000895
      PMID: 30730414