EDUCATION

Undergraduate
  • Northwestern University , Evanston , Illinois

Medical School

  • University of Michigan Medical School , Ann Arbor , Michigan

Graduate Degree

Orthopedic Surgery
  • Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

"Outside of Boston Children’s Hospital, I provide community outreach and teaching at a national level through the following condition specific patient organizations: Little People of America (participation in the yearly national meetings with invited talks and meetings with their medical advisory board); Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (participation in Walk for OI  yearly fundraiser event as medical expert, participation in scientific invited meeting); CLOVES Foundation (on medical advisory board)."

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Samantha Spencer has been a pediatric orthopedic surgeon on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital since August, 2006. She treats patients from birth to adult for a wide range of congenital and traumatic conditions, both surgically and non-surgically. Her particular interests include lower extremity disorders such as clubfeet and congenital limb differences, osteogenesis imperfecta and other bone dysplasias as well as vascular anomalies.

Dr. Spencer works with our multidisciplinary programs in Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Ehlers Danlos, and extensively with the Vascular Anomalies Center. Her clinical research focuses on congenital lower extremity, bone dysplasias and vascular anomalies. She also participates in the Lower Extremity Team research group meetings and projects.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Uller W, El-Sobky S, Alomari AI, Fishman SJ, Spencer SA, Taghinia AH, Chaudry G. Preoperative Embolization of Venous Malformations Using n-Butyl Cyanoacrylate. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 1538574418762192. View abstract
  2. Mahan ST, Prete VI, Spencer SA, Kasser JR, Bixby SD. Subtalar Coalitions: Does the Morphology of the Subtalar Joint Involvement Influence Outcomes After Coalition Excision? J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Jul - Aug; 56(4):797-801. View abstract
  3. Shore BJ, DiMauro JP, Spence DD, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Spencer S, Hedequist D. Uniplanar Versus Taylor Spatial Frame External Fixation For Pediatric Diaphyseal Tibia Fractures: A Comparison of Cost and Complications. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Dec; 36(8):821-828. View abstract
  4. Stern CM, Pepin MJ, Stoler JM, Kramer DE, Spencer SA, Stein CJ. Musculoskeletal Conditions in a Pediatric Population with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. J Pediatr. 2017 Feb; 181:261-266. View abstract
  5. 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. View abstract
  6. Allar BG, Hedequist DJ, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Spencer SA, Shore BJ. Treatment outcomes after insufficiency femoral diaphyseal fractures in nonambulatory children. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):331-7. View abstract
  7. Shaikh R, Alomari AI, Kerr CL, Miller P, Spencer SA. Cryoablation in fibro-adipose vascular anomaly (FAVA): a minimally invasive treatment option. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Jul; 46(8):1179-86. View abstract
  8. White KK, Savarirayan R, Goldberg MJ, MacKenzie W, Bompadre V, Bober MB, Cho TJ, Hoover-Fong J, Parnell SE, Raggio C, Spencer SA, Campbell JW, Rapoport DM, Kifle Y, Blackledge M. Response: "Best practices in the evaluation and treatment of foramen magnum stenosis in achondroplasia during infancy" and "Is there a correlation between sleep disordered breathing and foramen magnum stenosis in children with achondroplasia?". Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Apr; 170A(4):1101-3. View abstract
  9. Hedequist D, Spencer S, Richards BS, Fishman S, Alomari A. Surgical Treatment of Spinal Deformity in Patients With CLOVES Syndrome: A Report of 4 Cases. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Oct-Nov; 35(7):682-6. View abstract
  10. White KK, Bompadre V, Goldberg MJ, Bober MB, Campbell JW, Cho TJ, Hoover-Fong J, Mackenzie W, Parnell SE, Raggio C, Rapoport DM, Spencer SA, Savarirayan R. Best practices in the evaluation and treatment of foramen magnum stenosis in achondroplasia during infancy. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Jan; 170A(1):42-51. View abstract
  11. 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. View abstract
  12. 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. View abstract
  13. Luks VL, Kamitaki N, Vivero MP, Uller W, Rab R, Bovée JV, Rialon KL, Guevara CJ, Alomari AI, Greene AK, Fishman SJ, Kozakewich HP, Maclellan RA, Mulliken JB, Rahbar R, Spencer SA, Trenor CC, Upton J, Zurakowski D, Perkins JA, Kirsh A, Bennett JT, Dobyns WB, Kurek KC, Warman ML, McCarroll SA, Murillo R. Lymphatic and other vascular malformative/overgrowth disorders are caused by somatic mutations in PIK3CA. J Pediatr. 2015 Apr; 166(4):1048-54.e1-5. View abstract
  14. Upasani VV, Matheney TH, Spencer SA, Kim YJ, Millis MB, Kasser JR. Complications after modified Dunn osteotomy for the treatment of adolescent slipped capital femoral epiphysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Oct-Nov; 34(7):661-7. View abstract
  15. 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. View abstract
  16. Spencer SA, Sorger J. Orthopedic issues in vascular anomalies. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2014 Aug; 23(4):227-32. View abstract
  17. Alomari AI, Spencer SA, Arnold RW, Chaudry G, Kasser JR, Burrows PE, Govender P, Padua HM, Dillon B, Upton J, Taghinia AH, Fishman SJ, Mulliken JB, Fevurly RD, Greene AK, Landrigan-Ossar M, Paltiel HJ, Trenor CC, Kozakewich HP. Fibro-adipose vascular anomaly: clinical-radiologic-pathologic features of a newly delineated disorder of the extremity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jan; 34(1):109-17. View abstract
  18. 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. View abstract
  19. Li Y, Spencer SA, Hedequist D. Proximal tibial osteotomy and Taylor Spatial Frame application for correction of tibia vara in morbidly obese adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Apr-May; 33(3):276-81. View abstract
  20. 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. View abstract
  21. Kurek KC, Luks VL, Ayturk UM, Alomari AI, Fishman SJ, Spencer SA, Mulliken JB, Bowen ME, Yamamoto GL, Kozakewich HP, Warman ML. Somatic mosaic activating mutations in PIK3CA cause CLOVES syndrome. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Jun 08; 90(6):1108-15. View abstract
  22. Glotzbecker MP, Kocher MS, Sundel RP, Shore BJ, Spencer SA, Kasser JR. Primary lyme arthritis of the pediatric hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Oct-Nov; 31(7):787-90. View abstract
  23. Tsai A, Chaudry G, Spencer S, Kasser JR, Alomari AI. Misdiagnosis of knee venous malformation as juvenile idiopathic arthritis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Sep; 31(6):683-90. View abstract
  24. 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. View abstract
  25. 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. View abstract
  26. Ziebarth K, Zilkens C, Spencer S, Leunig M, Ganz R, Kim YJ. Capital realignment for moderate and severe SCFE using a modified Dunn procedure. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Mar; 467(3):704-16. View abstract
  27. Rebello G, Spencer S, Millis MB, Kim YJ. Surgical dislocation in the management of pediatric and adolescent hip deformity. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Mar; 467(3):724-31. View abstract
  28. Spencer S, Millis MB, Kim YJ. Early results of treatment of hip impingement syndrome in slipped capital femoral epiphysis and pistol grip deformity of the femoral head-neck junction using the surgical dislocation technique. J Pediatr Orthop. 2006 May-Jun; 26(3):281-5. View abstract