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Thomas Kuivila, MD
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

About Thomas Kuivila, MD

Dr. Kuivila was appointed to the staff of the Section of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1995.

After completing his orthopaedic residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 1988, and a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at Brown University, Dr. Kuivila spent six years in the United States Air Force Medicals Corps. There he served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Wilford Hall U.S.A.F. Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, and as a consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General.

Dr. Kuivila brings to the department considerable experience and expertise in the management of acquired and congenital pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic disorders of the spine and extremities.

Dr. Kuivila's special interests include pediatric trauma, leg-length inequality, congenital and acquired scoliosis, and clubfoot surgery. His research interests include bioabsorable fixation, minimally invasive scoliosis surgery, and management of slipped subcapital femoral epiphyses.

Dr. Kuivila is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Publications

Publications

1. Tarazi R, Esselstyn C, Kuivila T, Hardesy I: Early Hospital Discharge Following Mastectomy. Cleveland Clinic Quarterly, 51:579-584, 1984.

2. Kuivila TE, Steffee AD, Bell GR, Berry JL: Controlling the Formation of the Laminectomy Membrane - A Pilot Study in Canines. Orthopaedic Transactions, 10(3):588, 1986.

3. Kuivila TE, Berry JL, Bell GR, Steffee AD: Controlling the Formation of the Laminectomy Membrane - A Study in Canines Using Heparinized Materials. Clinical Orthopaedics, 236:166-173, 1988.

4. Drvaric DM, Kuivila TE, Roberts JM: Congenital Clubfoot - Etiology, Pathoanatomy, and the Changing Spectrum of Management. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America, 20(4):641- 647, 1989.

5. Kuivila T, Berry J, Geiger J, Udovic N, Steffee A: Vacuum Cementation of Acetabular Components in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthopaedic Transactions, 13(1):178, 1989.

6. Kuivila TE, Brems J: Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of a Quadriceps Tendon Rupture: A Case Report. Clinical Orthopaedics, 262:236-241, 1991.

7. Salerni A, Kuivila T, Drvaric D, Deutsch S, Knuckey N: Traumatic Subarachnoid-Pleural Fistula in a Child: A Case Report. Clinical Orthopaedics, 264:184-188, 1991.

8. Weiker GG, Kuivila T, Pippinger C: Serum Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Levels in Local Technique Knee Arthroscopy. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 19(5):499-502, 1991.

9. Kuivila TE, Drvaric DM, Sutherland W: Ankle Arthropathy in Severe Hemophilia-A. Orthopaedic Transactions, 15(2):357, 1991.

10. Ford EG, Jaufmann BA, Kaste SC, Foody LJ, Kuivila TE: Successful Staged Surgical Correction of an Infant with Congenital, Segmental Spinal Dysgenesis and Complete Rotary Subluxation of the Thoracolumbar Spine. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 31(7):960-964, 1996.

11. May DA, McCabe KM, Kuivila TE: Intraosseus Ganglion in a Six Year Old Boy: A Case Report. Skeletal Radiology, 26:67-69, 1997. 12. Kuivila TE: Orthopaedic Issues in the Chondrodysplasia. Highlights, 5(1):3-9, 1997.

Submissions

1. Doski JJ, Heiman HA, Solenberg RA, Stefko RM, Kuivila TE et al: Successful Separation of Ischiopagus Tripus Conjoined Twins - Techniques With Comparative Analysis of Methods for Abdominal Wall Coverage and Use of the Tripus Limb. Journal of Pediatric Surgery (Submitted 1997).

2. Mahajan L, Klein A, Wyllie R, Kay M, Applegate K, Sabella C, Kuivila TE: Atlantoaxial Subluxation and Pericarditis in Child With Crohn’s Disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology. (Submitted 1997).

National Presentations

1. Controlling the Formation of the Laminectomy Membrane in Canines - A Pilot Study. Kuivila T, Steffee A, Bell G, Berry J: American Orthopaedic Association Resident’s Conference, Los Angeles, California, May, 1986.

2. Controlling the Laminectomy Membrane - A Study in Canines. Kuivila T, Steffee A, Bell G, Berry J: Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeon’s 28th Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, November, 1986.

3. Heparinized Biodegradable Materials in the Prevention of the Laminectomy Membrane in Canines. Kuivila T, Bell G, Berry J: Poster Session, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, January, 1987.

4. Heparinized Biodegradable Materials: A Study of Their Use in the Prevention of the Laminectomy Membrane in Canines. Kuivila T, Berry J., Bell G, Steffee A: Scientific Session, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, January, 1987.

5. Serum Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Levels in Local Technique Knee Arthroscopy. Kuivila T, Weiker G, Pippinger C: American Orthopaedic Association Resident’s Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, March, 1987.

6. Controlling the Formation of the Laminectomy Membrane: A Study in Canines. Kuivila T, Bell G, Steffee A. Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, March, 1987.

7. Serum Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Levels in Local Technique Knee Athroscopy. Kuivila T, Weiker G, Pippinger C: Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April, 1987.

8. Serum Lidocaine and Bupivacaine Levels in Local Technique Knee Arthroscopy. Kuivila T, Weiker G, Pippinger C: Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 29th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November, 1987.

9. Vacuum Cementation in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Kuivila T, Berry J, Geiger J, Steffee A: Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, 30th Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, December, 1988.

10. Negative Pressure Cementation of Acetabular Components in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Kuivila T, Berry J, Geiger J, Udovic N, Steffee A: Poster Session, Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, January, 1989.

11. Negative Pressure Cementation of Acetabular Components in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Kuivila T, Berry J, Geiger J, Udovic N, Steffee A: Poster Session, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, January, 1989.

12. Vacuum Cementation in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Kuivila T, Berry J, Geiger J, Steffee: Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, South Hampton, Bermuda, April, 1989.

13. Ankle Arthropathy in Hemophilia. Kuivila T, Drvaric D, Sutherland W: New England Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, June, 1989.

14. Ankle Arthropathy in Hemophilia. Kuivila T, Drvaric D, Sutherland W: American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Section, Chicago, Illinois, October, 1989.

15. The Natural History of Ankle Arthropathy in Severe Hemophilia-A. Kuivila T, Drvaric D, Sutherland W: Poster Session, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 6th Annual Summer Meeting, Banff, Canada, June, 1990.

16. Ankle Arthropathy in Hemophilia. Kuivila T, Drvaric D, Sutherland W: Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 32nd Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, December, 1990.

17. Bioabsorbable Fixation of Osteochondral Fractures: An In Vitro Biomechanical Comparison of PGA, PDS and Stainless Steel Fixation Constructs. Stapleton T, Ruder C, Parrish R, Kuivila T: Poster Session, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 35th Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland, December, 1993.

18. Pediatric Elbow Problems. Kuivila T: CME Program, American Academy of Physicians Assistants 22nd Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May, 1994.

19. Orthopaedic Management of Conjoined Twins. Kuivila T, Stefko R, Lindell B: Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 37th Annual Meeting, Vail, Colorado, December, 1995.

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