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Judson Karlen

Judson W. Karlen, MD

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Vice-Chief, Orthopedic Surgery

Judson W. Karlen, MD

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Vice-Chief, Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise

  • Orthopedic Surgery Pediatrics

Phone Number

Locations

Phoenix Children's Specialty Care

6990 E. Shea Blvd.
Suite 104

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
United States

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About Judson W. Karlen, MD

Judson Karlen, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and vice-chief of orthopedic surgery at Phoenix Children's. With specialized training in hip and spine surgery, Dr. Karlen has a special interest in caring for young patients with scoliosis and hip conditions.

Dr. Karlen joined the division of orthopedics when the program was in the early stages of development. He is proud that the program has evolved and grown to become a provider of comprehensive orthopedic services and a leader in the Southwest region. Dr. Karlen now serves as the director of the Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship program at Phoenix Children's.

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Judson Karlen, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and vice-chief of orthopedic surgery at Phoenix Children's. With specialized training in hip and spine surgery, Dr. Karlen has a special interest in caring for young patients with scoliosis and hip conditions.

Dr. Karlen joined the division of orthopedics when the program was in the early stages of development. He is proud that the program has evolved and grown to become a provider of comprehensive orthopedic services and a leader in the Southwest region. Dr. Karlen now serves as the director of the Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship program at Phoenix Children's.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, Dr. Karlen earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine in San Francisco. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Karlen went on to complete fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and in hip preservation surgery with Schulthess Klinik in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Karlen is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. He recently presented at the Scoliosis Research Society's International Congress of Early Onset Scoliosis.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Karlen's goal is always to maximize activity, mobility and function for his patients. He is proud to partner with his patients and their families as they set goals, then work to achieve them. Dr. Karlen first became interested in becoming a doctor in early childhood, but it wasn't until a medical mission to Ghana that he fully understood the impact a career in medicine could have. The value of improving a patient's quality of life is central to his practice.

Outside the operating room, Dr. Karlen enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the USC Trojans and the Arizona Cardinals.

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+Education & Training

Board Certification

Orthopedic Surgery; American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical School / Education

UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Residency

(Orthopedic Surgery) University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Fellowship

(Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery) Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA; (Hip Preservation Surgery) Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland

+Academic and Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Fellow, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Member, Scoliosis Research Society

+Awards

  • Faculty of the Year, University of Arizona Phoenix Orthopedic Residency Program, 2017

+Research & Publications

Research

Hip and Spine Deformity; Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE); Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

Publications

Karlen, JW, Skaggs, DL, Ramachandran, M and Kay, RM - The Dega osteotomy: a versatile osteotomy in the treatment of developmental and neuromusclular hip pathology. J Pediatr Orthop-Oct/Nov 2009; 29(7): 676-82

Sankar WN, Vanderhave KL, Matheney T, Herrera-Soto JA and Karlen JW - The modified Dunn procedure for unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis: A multicenter perspective. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2013; 95(7): 585-591

Chung AS, Renfree S, Lockwood DB, Karlen J, and Belthur M - Syndromic Scoliosis: National Trends in Surgical Mangement and Inpatient Hospital Outcomes: A 12 Year Analysis. Spine Nov 15 2019; 44(22): 1564-70

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