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.


Undergraduate Degree

  • Harvard University , 1991 , Cambridge , MA

Medical School

  • Albany Medical College , 1999 , Albany , NY


Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center , 2000 , Worcester , MA


Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center , 2004 , Worcester , MA


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2005 , Boston , MA

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.


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.


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. What Is New in Pediatric Bone Health. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Sep 01; 41(8):e594-e599. View abstract
  2. Prospective Evaluation of Tarsal Coalition Excision Show Significant Improvements in Pain and Function. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Aug 19. View abstract
  3. Institutional Variation in Surgical Rates and Costs for Pediatric Distal Radius Fractures: Analysis of the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) Database. Iowa Orthop J. 2020; 40(1):75-81. View abstract
  4. Prospective evaluation of parental anxiety related to newborn foot disorder. J Child Orthop. 2019 Oct 01; 13(5):500-507. View abstract
  5. Decreasing Resource Utilization Using Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs). J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Apr; 39(4):169-174. View abstract
  6. Patient- and Nurse-Controlled Analgesia: 22-Year Experience in a Pediatric Hospital. Hosp Pediatr. 2019 02; 9(2):129-133. View abstract
  7. A comparison of screw versus drill and curettage epiphysiodesis to correct leg-length discrepancy. J Child Orthop. 2018 Oct 01; 12(5):509-514. View abstract
  8. Radiographic Evaluation of First Metatarsal and Medial Cuneiform Morphology in Juvenile Hallux Valgus. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 10; 39(10):1223-1228. View abstract
  9. Closed Versus Open Supracondylar Fractures of the Humerus in Children: A Comparison of Clinical and Radiographic Presentation and Results. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Feb; 38(2):77-81. View abstract
  10. Reducing the Incidence of Cast-related Skin Complications in Children Treated With Cast Immobilization. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):526-531. View abstract
  11. Clubfoot relapse: does presentation differ based on age at initial relapse? J Child Orthop. 2017 Oct 01; 11(5):367-372. View abstract
  12. 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
  13. Noise Reduction to Reduce Patient Anxiety During Cast Removal: Can We Decrease Patient Anxiety With Cast Removal by Wearing Noise Reduction Headphones During Cast Saw Use? Orthop Nurs. 2017 Jul/Aug; 36(4):271-278. View abstract
  14. Lisfranc injuries in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2017 Mar; 26(2):159-163. View abstract
  15. Does Weather Matter? The Effect of Weather Patterns and Temporal Factors on Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Volume. Open Orthop J. 2016; 10:550-558. View abstract
  16. Decreasing Resource Utilization Using Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs). J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sep 15. View abstract
  17. Treatment dilemma in multiple metatarsal fractures: when to operate? J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):354-60. View abstract
  18. Posteromedial subtalar coalitions: prevalence and associated morphological alterations of the sustentaculum tali. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 Jul; 46(8):1142-9. View abstract
  19. Patient-reported Outcomes of Tarsal Coalitions Treated With Surgical Excision. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Sep; 35(6):583-8. View abstract
  20. Likelihood of surgery in isolated pediatric fifth metatarsal fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Apr-May; 35(3):296-302. View abstract
  21. Maternal cigarette, alcohol, and coffee consumption in relation to risk of clubfoot. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 29(1):3-10. View abstract
  22. 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
  23. PedsQL correlates to PODCI in pediatric orthopaedic outpatient clinic. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep; 34(6):e22-6. View abstract
  24. Medication use in pregnancy in relation to the risk of isolated clubfoot in offspring. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jul 01; 180(1):86-93. View abstract
  25. Displaced intra-articular fractures of the great toe in children: intervene with caution! J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Mar; 34(2):144-9. View abstract
  26. Patient-based outcomes after tibia fracture in children and adolescents. Open Orthop J. 2014; 8:41-8. View abstract
  27. Prenatal screening for clubfoot: what factors predict prenatal detection? Prenat Diagn. 2014 Apr; 34(4):389-93. View abstract
  28. Is it worthwhile to routinely ultrasound screen children with idiopathic clubfoot for hip dysplasia? J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Dec; 33(8):847-51. View abstract
  29. Prospective evaluation of a prenatal sonographic clubfoot classification system. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2013; 34(4):236-40. View abstract
  30. Descriptive epidemiology of idiopathic clubfoot. . 2013 Jul; 161A(7):1569-78. View abstract
  31. 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
  32. 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. View abstract
  33. Complications of talus fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Dec; 30(8):779-84. View abstract
  34. Prenatally diagnosed clubfeet: comparing ultrasonographic severity with objective clinical outcomes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep; 30(6):606-11. View abstract
  35. Multiple level injuries in pediatric spinal trauma. J Trauma. 2009 Sep; 67(3):537-42. View abstract
  36. 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. View abstract
  37. Does swaddling influence developmental dysplasia of the hip? Pediatrics. 2008 Jan; 121(1):177-8. View abstract
  38. Does Swaddling Influence Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip?. Pediatrics Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2008; (121):177-178. View abstract
  39. Imaging in pelvic osteomyelitis: support for early magnetic resonance imaging. J Pediatr Orthop. 2007 Dec; 27(8):903-9. View abstract
  40. Operative management of displaced flexion supracondylar humerus fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2007 Jul-Aug; 27(5):551-6. View abstract
  41. To Screen or Not to Screen An Approach for the Evaluation of the Utility of Early Detection of DDH. 2007. View abstract
  42. 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. View abstract
  43. Pediatric Spine and Multiple Level Injuries. 2005. View abstract
  44. "Method and Apparatus for Ultrasound Imaging Using Adaptive Gray Mapping.". 2000. View abstract
  45. "Method and Apparatus for Automatically Adjust Contrast in Projected Ultrasound Image.". 1999. View abstract
  46. A simple and reliable method to calibrate respiratory magnetometers and Respitrace. J Appl Physiol (1985). 1995 Dec; 79(6):2169-76. View abstract
  47. Training Women: the Physiological Difference between Men and Women and How They Relate to Athletics. 1991. View abstract