CHLA Support

This page is dedicated to all of the nurses and doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles that made our surgery process as smooth and comfortable as possible. There are many wonderful doctors and we are going to mention the ones that helped us through our surgeries.

David L. Skaggs, MD, MMM is chief of orthopaedic surgery and director of spine surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Skaggs received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his medical degree from Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He went on to complete a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and a fellowship in orthopaedic research at Columbia University. He earned a masters in medical management from USC Marshall School of Business. Dr. Skaggs is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Skaggs serves on the Board of Directors of the Growing Spine Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Association, Scoliosis Research Society, Growing Spine Study Group and a honorary member of the Brazilian Pediatric Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Skaggs is renowned for his expertise in the treatment of children with spinal deformity, and has been featured on numerous television shows, published over 170 peer-reviewed articles and has authored and edited several letters, chapters and textbooks. A prolific speaker, Dr. Skaggs has presented on his area of expertise at both the national and international level. He has served as a visiting professor at many of the nation’s top medical schools.

My name is Alison Lehman and I have been a physician assistant (PA) since 2003. I graduated in 2003 with a Master's Degree from DeSales University, in Allentown Pennsylvania. I have been a PA here in the Children's Orthopedic Center at CHLA since August, 2005. I primarily work with Dr Skaggs in our spinal deformity program and trauma.

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