John Emans

John B. Emans, MD

Director, Spinal Surgery Division; Orthopedic Surgeon

Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services


  • Complex Spine
  • Early Onset Spinal Deformity
  • Congenital Spine
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Scheuermann’s Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Trauma


  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery


  • English


  • Spinal Program
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John Emans

Philosophy of Care 

"It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Spinal Program in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. We are fortunate to have a breadth and depth of experience that allows us to care for the most complex and challenging pediatric deformities. Our goal is to continue the tradition of individual, patient-centered care for our spinal deformity patients, whether they are local or international, straightforward or complex, operative or non-operative."

Experience and Education


Harvard Medical School, 1970

Boston, Massachusetts

Residency, General Surgery

Peter Bent Brigham, 1970-1972

Boston, MA

Residency, Orthopedic Surgery

Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, 1972-1976

Boston, MA


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional History

  • Harvard College – 1966
  • Harvard Medical School – 1970
  • General Surgery, Orthopedic Residency – 1970-1976
  • Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Cutler Army Hospital – 1976-1978
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, 1978 – present
  • Memberships: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
  • Leadership positions: Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Growing Spine Study Group (GSSG)
  • Research interests: Early-onset deformity, congenital deformity, idiopathic scoliosis bracing

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