John E. (Jack) Handelsman, MD, FRCS, MCh Orth is Chief Emeritus of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Chairman Emeritus of the Orthopaedic Department. With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Handelsman serves as a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at the School of Medicine at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, at New York University School of Medicine in New York
Dr. Handelsman has given presentations on Pediatric Orthopaedics at national and international meetings. He has published papers and abstracts in noted medical journals and organized and directed major Pediatric Orthopaedic CME Programs at hospitals along the East coast. Dr. Handelsman has received honors and awards for his commitment to research in his field of expertise.
American Societies Include
- Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases - Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Peripheral Neuropathies
- Hip Diseases in Children - Hip Dislocation, Perthes Disease, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
- Peripheral Deformities - Club Foot, Rocker Bottom Foot, Pes Cavus, Pes Planus, Leg Length Discrepancy, Missing Bones
- Fractures in Children - Growth Plate Injuries, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Child Abuse
American Orthopaedic Association
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America - Founder Member
American Academy of Pediatrics (Associate Orthopaedic Surgical Fellow)
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic Research Society
American Orthopaedic Foot Society
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Torsional problems of the femur have been traditionally treated by a proximal osteotomy with internal fixation. We elected to perform femoral derotational osteotomies distally. Between September 1994 and April 2001, supracondylar osteotomies were performed on 38 femora in 21 children with torsional and angular deformities. The average age was 9 years (range 5-15 years). Twenty-three femora had excessive anteversion and fifteen, retroversion. All osteotomies were maintained by the small AO external fixator.
Patients with fixed equinus and associated angular and rotational deformities, who have had multiple previous surgeries, present a significant challenge to the orthopaedic surgeon. We chose to correct these deformities with supramalleolar extension wedge osteotomies in 21 feet in 13 patients between 1991 and 2002. The median age at presentation was 11 years (range: 2-17 years). An average correction of 20" of extension (range: 10-33") was required to achieve a plantigrade foot. Fourteen of 20 feet (70%) remained plantigrade at a mean follow-up of 6 years.
Traditional methods of correcting malunited distal humeral fractures in children involve complex wedge osteotomies held with pins or internal fixation devices.