Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Children’s Orthopaedic Center
Director, Neuromuscular Program
Associates Chair in Orthopaedics

Clinical Scholar and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Robert Kay, MD, serves as Division Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medical Director of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center. In these roles, he provides administrative and clinical leadership that includes overseeing the strategic planning, recruitment and programmatic development for the Children’s Orthopaedic Center’s clinical, research and educational programs focused on bone and soft tissue tumors; childhood hip disorders; hand and upper extremity conditions; neuromuscular conditions; scoliosis and spinal deformity; and sports medicine and other orthopaedic trauma injuries.

Dr. Kay earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite Hospital.

Dr. Kay came to CHLA in 1997, at which time he joined the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where he now is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Prior to being named interim Division Chief, Dr. Kay served as Vice Chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center from 2009 to 2021. He has also served as Chief of the Medical Staff at CHLA from 2009 to 2011, and as Medical Director of the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion and Sports Analysis Laboratory since 1997. Under his leadership, the laboratory has become internationally renowned and remains one of only 14 fully accredited motion analysis laboratories in the United States. The lab, which has been accredited by the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation (CMLA) four times, is the second lab in history to receive CMLA full accreditation with no deficiencies.

Dr. Kay has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters. He is active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the Board of Directors for the Committee for Motion Laboratory Accreditation.

Clinical Interests

Neuromuscular diseases, cerebral palsy, foot disorders (including club feet), hip disorders (including DDH), and fractures

Education

Medical School: 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Internship: 

University of California Los Angeles Medical Center; Surgical Internship

Residency: 

University of California Los Angeles Medical Center; Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Fellowship: 

Atlanta Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Accomplishments

Certification: 

Orthopaedic Surgery; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society

Research Interests: 

Orthopaedic care of children with cerebral palsy, Gait analysis, Pediatric orthopaedic trauma.  

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd.
Orthopaedic Surgery, #69
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-2142Office
Fax: 323-361-1310Fax

Children's Orthopaedic Center - Beverly Hills

444 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Suite #603
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-9942Office
Fax: 310-550-7680Fax