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Michael Mendelow

Michael J. Mendelow, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Michael Mendelow, M.D., became interested in orthopedic surgery at an early age for several reasons. Orthopedic surgery offers the opportunity to help people on many levels, including physical function, comfort, well-being, emotional impact and self image. Working with parents and caregivers so children can reach their full potential gives this work even further meaning.

Having a child with medical and physical needs is always difficult. One of the primary tasks parents face is to assemble a team around their child who can best meet their needs. Dr. Mendelow was drawn to Shriners Children's as a unique system that can bring to each child the collaborative team they need to succeed orthopedically, while empowering the parents to provide the best for their children.

Dr. Mendelow is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Duke University. After obtaining his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1990, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan in 1995. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University, finishing a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery in 1996. He is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Until 2011, Dr. Mendelow practiced primarily in the Detroit area. This included 10 years at Children's Hospital of Michigan and as a clinical assistant professor on the faculty of Wayne State University Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Subsequently, as coordinator of pediatric orthopedics, he continued his practice at Providence Hospital in Novi, Michigan. In 2012, he joined the medical staff of Shriners Children's Greenville.

He has always maintained an active practice in complex pediatric spine deformity surgery with particular interest in the growing spine and in early onset scoliosis for children with neuromuscular disorders including cerebral palsy and in management of foot deformities. Dr. Mendelow was among the early adopters of the Ponseti method of clubfoot management in the United States, outside of Iowa. For many years, Dr. Mendelow has been interested in the non-surgical management of scoliosis, including optimal bracing as well as scoliosis specific physical therapy programs.

In 2000, Dr. Mendelow was invited to participate in the work and development of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) in Ghana. He was a member of the FOCOS board of directors from 2000 to 2018 and is now an emeritus board member. Dr. Mendelow has represented and worked with FOCOS extensively, including complex spine deformity and other pediatric orthopedic surgery in Ghana, as well as surgical and other work in Barbados, Kenya, Ethiopia and Zambia. He, with fellow FOCOS board members and other FOCOS volunteers, founded the FOCOS Ghana Clubfoot Program. This program has successfully helped almost 8,000 infants and children with this otherwise disabling condition, having since grown under the support and stewardship of Cure Clubfoot Worldwide. He maintains his interest in global outreach, world clubfoot care and in seeing FOCOS continue to develop as a tertiary resource, training and research center for complex spine, as well as adult and pediatric orthopedic disorders in the developing world.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
United States of America

University of Michigan Hospitals
Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Harbor, MI

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Academic Positions and Locations

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Shriners Greenville -University of South Carolina School of Medicine / East Tennessee State Universi

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2000-2018: Board Member; 2018-Present: Emeritus Board Member, Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS)
  • 2016-Present: Member, International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Treatment (SOSORT)
  • 2012-2013: Chair; 2010-2013: Member, Growing Spine Committee of Scoliosis Research Society
  • 2004-Present: Member, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
  • 2002-Present: Member, Scoliosis Research Society
  • 2000-Present: Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Awards and Honors
  • 2001-2012, Best Doctors in America
  • 2004-2005, Hour Detroit Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2002, America's Best Doctors
  • 2004, Distinguished Service Award, City of Detroit
  • 2001-2004, Spirit of Detroit Award
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Panelist: SOSORT Pre Meeting Course - Adolescent Borderline (45°, 16 y/o, no pain)(04/24/2019)
  • Lecture: South Carolina Spine Society - Broader Paradigm for Pediatric Spine Deformity Management (10/05/2019)
  • Presentation: 2nd Annual Shrine Spine Surgeon Group Meeting - A Broader Paradigm for Scoliosis Management (08/10/2018)
  • Lecture: Align, San Mateo - Reexamining the Scoliosis Conservative Care Paradigm (10/2017)


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