Susan Mahan MD

Susan Mahan, MD, MPH

Orthopedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

"I love caring for children and helping to enable an active lifestyle in the patients I treat. I find working to restore and enhance function in kids to be extremely rewarding."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Congenital Lower Extremity Disorders
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Departments

  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Advanced Fetal Care Center
  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Lower Extremities Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
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Susan Mahan MD

Philosophy of Care 

I love caring for children and helping to enable an active lifestyle in the patients I treat. I find working to restore and enhance function in kids to be extremely rewarding.


I am an active person and a working mother. My interests and activities include biking, swimming, rowing, cross country skiing, running and playing the guitar.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Harvard University, 1987-1991

Cambridge, MA

Medical School

Albany Medical College, 1995-1999

Albany, New York

Surgical Residency Program

University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1999-2000

Worcester, MA

Orthopedic Surgery

University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 2000-2004

Worcester, MA

Orthopedic Surgery

Boston Children's Hospital, 2004-2005

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Professional History

Dr. Susan Mahan is involved in the clinical practice of pediatric orthopedic surgery as well as clinical research and quality improvement activities. She leads our Lower Extremity Clinical Research Group, focusing on improving the care and outcomes of children with lower extremity disorders. She is the physician leader of the Department of Orthopedics Quality Improvement Program and is part of the Boston Children’s Quality Improvement Clinical Outcomes Committee.


Dr. Mahan’s area of excellence is clinical outcomes research and its applicability both in clinical research as well as quality improvement initiatives. Her clinical practice focuses on the lower extremity, particularly treatment of clubfoot, and her ongoing research activities mirror this.


Dr. Mahan is also involved in teaching and educating the medical students, residents and fellows who rotate through the orthopedic service. Typically, these are orthopedic residents and fellows who are on the orthopedic service, although she has also taught other residents. Dr. Mahan provides clinical teaching during clinics and the operating room, didactic teaching to the orthopedic residents while they are at Boston Children’s and didactic teaching to the Harvard orthopedic resident group annually. Dr. Mahan is also annually involved in helping teach the musculoskeletal physical exam unit for Harvard medical students.

Publications

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  1. Mahan ST, Lierhaus AM, Spencer SA, Kasser JR. Treatment dilemma in multiple metatarsal fractures: when to operate? J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):354-60.
  2. Bixby SD, Jarrett DY, Johnston P, Mahan ST, Kleinman PK. Posteromedial subtalar coalitions: prevalence and associated morphological alterations of the sustentaculum tali. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Jul; 46(8):1142-9.
  3. Mahan ST, Spencer SA, Vezeridis PS, Kasser JR. Patient-reported Outcomes of Tarsal Coalitions Treated With Surgical Excision. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Sep; 35(6):583-8.
  4. Mahan ST, Hoellwarth JS, Spencer SA, Kramer DE, Hedequist DJ, Kasser JR. Likelihood of surgery in isolated pediatric fifth metatarsal fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Apr-May; 35(3):296-302.
  5. Werler MM, Yazdy MM, Kasser JR, Mahan ST, Meyer RE, Anderka M, Druschel CM, Mitchell AA. Maternal cigarette, alcohol, and coffee consumption in relation to risk of clubfoot. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 29(1):3-10.
  6. Mahan ST, Spencer SA, Kasser JR. Satisfactory patient-based outcomes after surgical treatment for idiopathic clubfoot: includes surgeon's individualized technique. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep; 34(6):631-8.
  7. Mahan ST, Kalish LA, Connell PL, Harris M, Abdul-Rahim Z, Waters P. PedsQL correlates to PODCI in pediatric orthopaedic outpatient clinic. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep; 34(6):e22-6.
  8. Werler MM, Yazdy MM, Kasser JR, Mahan ST, Meyer RE, Anderka M, Druschel CM, Mitchell AA. Medication use in pregnancy in relation to the risk of isolated clubfoot in offspring. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jul 1; 180(1):86-93.
  9. Kramer DE, Mahan ST, Hresko MT. Displaced intra-articular fractures of the great toe in children: intervene with caution! J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Mar; 34(2):144-9.
  10. Sabatini CS, Curtis TA, Mahan ST. Patient-based outcomes after tibia fracture in children and adolescents. Open Orthop J. 2014; 8:41-8.
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  12. Mahan ST, Yazdy MM, Kasser JR, Werler MM. Prenatal screening for clubfoot: what factors predict prenatal detection? Prenat Diagn. 2014 Apr; 34(4):389-93.
  13. Mahan ST, Yazdy MM, Kasser JR, Werler MM. Is it worthwhile to routinely ultrasound screen children with idiopathic clubfoot for hip dysplasia? J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Dec; 33(8):847-51.
  14. Glotzbecker MP, Estroff JA, Curtis TA, Kalish LA, Spencer SA, Parad RB, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Prospective evaluation of a prenatal sonographic clubfoot classification system. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2013; 34(4):236-40.
  15. Werler MM, Yazdy MM, Mitchell AA, Meyer RE, Druschel CM, Anderka M, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Descriptive epidemiology of idiopathic clubfoot. Am J Med Genet A. 2013 Jul; 161A(7):1569-78.
  16. Hoellwarth JS, Mahan ST, Spencer SA. Painful pes planovalgus: an uncommon pediatric orthopedic presentation of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Sep; 21(5):428-33.
  17. Mahan ST, Osborn E, Bae DS, Waters PM, Kasser JR, Kocher MS, Snyder BD, Hresko MT. Changing practice patterns: the impact of a randomized clinical trial on surgeons preference for treatment of type 3 supracondylar humerus fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Jun; 32(4):340-5.
  18. Smith JT, Curtis TA, Spencer S, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Complications of talus fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Dec; 30(8):779-84.
  19. Glotzbecker MP, Estroff JA, Spencer SA, Bosley JC, Parad RB, Kasser JR, Mahan ST. Prenatally diagnosed clubfeet: comparing ultrasonographic severity with objective clinical outcomes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep; 30(6):606-11.
  20. Mahan ST, Mooney DP, Karlin LI, Hresko MT. Multiple level injuries in pediatric spinal trauma. J Trauma. 2009 Sep; 67(3):537-42.
  21. Mahan ST, Katz JN, Kim YJ. To screen or not to screen? A decision analysis of the utility of screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Jul; 91(7):1705-19.
  22. Mahan ST, Kasser JR. Does swaddling influence developmental dysplasia of the hip? Pediatrics. 2008 Jan; 121(1):177-8.
  23. Mahan ST and Kasser JR. Does Swaddling Influence Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip?. Pediatrics Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2008; (121):177-178.
  24. McPhee E, Eskander JP, Eskander MS, Mahan ST, Mortimer E. Imaging in pelvic osteomyelitis: support for early magnetic resonance imaging. J Pediatr Orthop. 2007 Dec; 27(8):903-9.
  25. Mahan ST, May CD, Kocher MS. Operative management of displaced flexion supracondylar humerus fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2007 Jul-Aug; 27(5):551-6.
  26. Mahan ST. To Screen or Not to Screen An Approach for the Evaluation of the Utility of Early Detection of DDH. 2007.
  27. Mahan ST, Murray MM, Woolf AD, Kasser JR. Increased blood lead levels in an adolescent girl from a retained bullet. A case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Dec; 88(12):2726-9.
  28. Mahan ST, Mooney D and Hresko MT. Pediatric Spine and Multiple Level Injuries. 2005.
  29. Washburn MJ, Hatfield WT and Mahan ST. "Method and Apparatus for Ultrasound Imaging Using Adaptive Gray Mapping.". 2000.
  30. Hatfield WT and Mahan ST. "Method and Apparatus for Automatically Adjust Contrast in Projected Ultrasound Image.". 1999.
  31. Banzett RB, Mahan ST, Garner DM, Brughera A, Loring SH. A simple and reliable method to calibrate respiratory magnetometers and Respitrace. J Appl Physiol (1985). 1995 Dec; 79(6):2169-76.
  32. Mahan ST. Training Women: the Physiological Difference between Men and Women and How They Relate to Athletics. 1991.
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