Over my 35 years of practice, I have been involved in the development of innovative new technology, but my primary goal is to provide the best and most personal care for his patients. Most of my pride comes from this accomplishment.


Medical School

  • Tufts University School of Medicine , 1971 , Boston , MA


  • Case Western Reserve University Hospitals , 1972 , Cleveland , OH


  • New England Medical Center , 1979 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1981 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Over my 35 years of practice, I have been involved in the development of innovative new technology, but my primary goal is to provide the best and most personal care for his patients. Most of my pride comes from this accomplishment. My efforts have been recognized by rewards such as Compassionate Physician, Best Doctors, Vitals Patient Choice and Boston Magazine’s Best Doctors of Boston and, most importantly, by the many families with whom I have developed a long and warm relationship.


Dr. Lawrence Karlin is a senior orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s and the orthopedic consultant to our Center for Spina Bifida.  He specializes in spinal deformities and the orthopedic conditions associated with spina bifida. He has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters, and is a member of many orthopedic organizations including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOAS), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Growing Spine Study Group (GSSG) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). He has held leadership roles in the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and has been a national and international visiting professor.


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics


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  1. Outcomes and Complications in Management of Congenital Myopathy Early-Onset Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Oct 01; 41(9):531-536. View abstract
  2. Variability in Antibiotic Treatment of Pediatric Surgical Site Infection After Spinal Fusion at A Single Institution. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Jul 01; 41(6):e380-e385. View abstract
  3. Scoliosis with Chiari I malformation without associated syringomyelia. Spine Deform. 2021 Jul; 9(4):1105-1113. View abstract
  4. Why Irrigate for the Same Contamination Rate: Wound Contamination in Pediatric Spinal Surgery Using Betadine Versus Saline. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Nov/Dec; 40(10):e994-e998. View abstract
  5. Occipital Plate Fixation in the Pediatric Population. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Oct; 40(9):462-467. View abstract
  6. The growth-friendly surgical treatment of scoliosis in children with osteogenesis imperfecta using distraction-based instrumentation. Spine Deform. 2021 Jan; 9(1):263-274. View abstract
  7. Acute Implant-related Complications in Pediatric Cervical Spine Fusion. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Aug; 40(7):e662-e666. View abstract
  8. Efficacy of bracing in skeletally immature patients with moderate-severe idiopathic scoliosis curves between 40° and 60°. Spine Deform. 2020 10; 8(5):911-920. View abstract
  9. Diagnosing and treating native spinal and pelvic osteomyelitis in adolescents. Spine Deform. 2020 10; 8(5):1001-1008. View abstract
  10. Does bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affect operative results? Spine Deform. 2020 06; 8(3):427-432. View abstract
  11. Intraoperative Use of O-arm in Pediatric Cervical Spine Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Apr; 40(4):e266-e271. View abstract
  12. Chiari I malformations with syringomyelia: long-term results of neurosurgical decompression. Spine Deform. 2020 04; 8(2):233-243. View abstract
  13. Surgical Treatment of Developmental Spondylolisthesis: Contemporary Series With a Two-Surgeon Team. Spine Deform. 2019 Mar; 7(2):275-285. View abstract
  14. Halo-Gravity Traction for the Treatment of Cervical Spine Disorders. Spine Deform. 2019 Nov; 7(6):1026-1027. View abstract
  15. Perioperative acute neurological deficits in instrumented pediatric cervical spine fusions. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Aug 16; 1-11. View abstract
  16. Growth-Friendly Spine Surgery in Escobar Syndrome. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Aug; 39(7):e506-e513. View abstract
  17. Surgical Treatment of Developmental Spondylolisthesis: Contemporary Series With a Two-Surgeon Team. Spine Deform. 2019 03; 7(2):275-285. View abstract
  18. Survey to describe variability in early onset scoliosis cast practices. J Child Orthop. 2018 Aug 01; 12(4):406-412. View abstract
  19. Sagittal plane parameters in growing rod patients following final fusion. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2018 Mar; 27(2):168-175. View abstract
  20. Staged Growing Rods With Preimplantation of Spinal Anchors for Complex Early Onset Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e606-e611. View abstract
  21. Initial Cast Correction as a Predictor of Treatment Outcome Success for Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):e625-e630. View abstract
  22. Efficacy of Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring for Pediatric Cervical Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jul 01; 42(13):974-978. View abstract
  23. The surgical treatment of spinal deformity in children with myelomeningocele: the role of personalized three-dimensional printed models. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2017 Jul; 26(4):375-382. View abstract
  24. Spinal deformity progression after posterior segmental instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic scoliosis. J Child Orthop. 2015 Feb; 9(1):29-37. View abstract
  25. Efficacy of nonfusion treatment for subacute and chronic atlanto-axial rotatory fixation in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jul-Aug; 34(5):490-5. View abstract
  26. Gain in spinal height from surgical correction of idiopathic scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jan 01; 96(1):59-65. View abstract
  27. Proximal Junctional Kyphosis After Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Insertion. Spine Deform. 2013 Nov; 1(6):425-433. View abstract
  28. A quality improvement program to reduce unnecessary referrals for adolescent scoliosis. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar; 131(3):e912-20. View abstract
  29. Outcome assessment in neuromuscular spinal deformity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Dec; 32(8):792-8. View abstract
  30. Early onset scoliosis: modern treatment and results. J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Oct-Nov; 32(7):647-57. View abstract
  31. Intraoperative anaphylaxis to gelatin in topical hemostatic agents during anterior spinal fusion: a case report. Spine J. 2012 Aug; 12(8):e1-6. View abstract
  32. Risk factors of sudden death in young adult patients with myelomeningocele. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012 Feb; 9(2):149-55. View abstract
  33. Postoperative adrenal crisis in an adolescent with Loeys-Dietz syndrome and undiagnosed adrenoleukodystrophy. Can J Anaesth. 2011 Apr; 58(4):392-5. View abstract
  34. Safety and efficacy of growing rod technique for pediatric congenital spinal deformities. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb; 31(1):1-5. View abstract
  35. Complications of growing-rod treatment for early-onset scoliosis: analysis of one hundred and forty patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Nov 03; 92(15):2533-43. View abstract
  36. Multiple level injuries in pediatric spinal trauma. J Trauma. 2009 Sep; 67(3):537-42. View abstract
  37. Kyphectomy for myelodysplasia. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr; 18(2):357-64. View abstract
  38. Lateral entry compared with medial and lateral entry pin fixation for completely displaced supracondylar humeral fractures in children. A randomized clinical trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Apr; 89(4):706-12. View abstract
  39. A provisionally unique syndrome of macrosomia, bone overgrowth, macrocephaly, and tall stature. . 2005 May 01; 134(4):443-6. View abstract
  40. Visual field defect after posterior spine fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005 Feb 01; 30(3):E83-5. View abstract
  41. Waterproof casts for immobilization of children's fractures and sprains. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Jan-Feb; 25(1):56-9. View abstract
  42. Postoperative shoulder-spine spica cast for young children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2004 Mar-Apr; 24(2):227-30. View abstract
  43. Spinal arthrodesis for scoliosis in Down syndrome. J Pediatr Orthop. 2003 Mar-Apr; 23(2):159-61. View abstract
  44. Transoesophageal echocardiography during scoliosis repair: comparison with CVP monitoring. Can J Anaesth. 1998 Oct; 45(10):925-32. View abstract
  45. A reassessment of spinal stabilization in severe cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 1994 Nov-Dec; 14(6):731-9. View abstract
  46. The relationship between preoperative nutritional status and complications after an operation for scoliosis in patients who have cerebral palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1993 Jun; 75(6):880-4. View abstract
  47. Advances in pediatric orthopaedics. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1991 Oct; 3(5):854-9. View abstract
  48. Segmental spinal dysgenesis. Neurosurgery. 1988 Apr; 22(4):739-44. View abstract