Samantha Spencer

Samantha Spencer, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital Lower Extremity Disorders
  • Lower Extremity Disorders
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Orthopedics
  • Skeletal Dysplasias
  • Vascular Anomalies

Departments

  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Lower Extremities Program
  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
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Samantha Spencer

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)."

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Northwestern University, 1992-1996

Evanston, Illinois

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School, 1996-2000

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, 2000-2005

Boston, MA

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital, 2005-2006

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Professional History

Dr. Samantha Spencer has been a pediatric orthopedic surgeon on staff at Boston Children’s Hospital since August, 2006. She treat 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.

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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  12. 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.
  13. Spencer SA, Sorger J. Orthopedic issues in vascular anomalies. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2014 Aug; 23(4):227-32.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 8; 90(6):1108-15.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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