Dr. Vernon T. Tolo Honored by California Children’s
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Los Angeles Surgeon has Pasadena Medical Therapy Unit renamed in his honor
LOS ANGELES – The Medical Therapy Program of California Children’s Services
(CCS) dedicated the Vernon Tolo Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) at Roosevelt School
in Pasadena. The dedication ceremonies were held on July 11, 2006.
Vernon T. Tolo, M.D., is head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and
director of the Childrens Orthopaedic Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
He is deputy chair of the Department of Surgery at Childrens Hospital and the
John C. Wilson, Jr., Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and vice chair for
pediatric orthopedics of the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of
Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Dr. Tolo is a past president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
and served on its board of directors between 1998 and 2005.
“Dr. Tolo has provided orthopedic services for the children of Pasadena since
1987,” according to a statement prepared by the CCS for the dedication ceremony.
“He also has provided services for the medical therapy units in Glendale, San
Luis Obispo and Mammoth Lakes.”
Dr. Tolo said that the “…dedicated and talented CCS therapists and staff make
this medical therapy unit a wonderful resource for the Pasadena community,and it
has been a real pleasure for me to work with them and the kids with special
needs for nearly 20 years. It is a great honor to have this unit named after
The author of chapters in 20 books, co-author of a book, and author or
co-author of 112 scientific papers and abstracts, Dr. Tolo has made scientific
presentations to more than 295 local, regional, national and international
He is a former associate editor for pediatrics of The Journal of the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and served on the editorial board
of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
. He is deputy editor for
pediatrics of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and is on the
JBJS board of trustees.
The past president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
(POSNA), Dr. Tolo served on its board of directors 1989-1997. He also is past
president of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Dr. Tolo has served on the national Medical Advisory Board for the Shriners
Hospital for Children, 1995-2000, and continues as an emeritus member of the
Dr. Tolo is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
American Orthopaedic Association, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North
America, Scoliosis Research Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American
Medical Association, and the California Orthopaedic Association.
Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most
seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and
it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its
leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of
America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of
Medicine of the University of Southern California for more than 74 years. It is
a national leader in pediatric research.
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is the only hospital in Greater Los Angeles
affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit
organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for
pediatric hospitals throughout North America.
Since 1990, U.S.News & World Report and its panel of
board-certified pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of
the top pediatric facilities in the nation. Child magazine also ranked Childrens
Hospital Los Angeles among the Top Ten children’s hospitals in America in its
February 2005 issue. The orthopaedic program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
was the only pediatric program on the west coast to be ranked in the Top Five by