Patrick Cahill, MD
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Patrick J. Cahill, MD

Attending Spine Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Assistant Director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA


I am an orthopaedic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with specialized training in spine surgery. I worked as a spine surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, from 2007 to April 2015, gaining extensive practice in pediatric spinal deformity surgery. My particular area of interest is in early onset chest and spinal deformity. I am the Assistant Director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at CHOP. In this role I treat many children with congenital scoliosis, chest wall deformities, and thoracic insufficiency, guide longitudinal clinical research efforts, and oversee development of clinical protocols, best practice guidelines, and patient safety.

In addition to my clinical work, I have conducted extensive research focused on pediatric spinal deformity. This research covers a range of spinal deformity issues mainly focused on early onset spinal deformity. I have also conducted innovative research on the effect of learning for surgeons treating scoliosis to determine the impact of experience on operative and post-operative outcomes.

In addition to my clinical research, my research pursuits extend across multiple disciplines, including biomechanics, basic science, and spinal modeling. I have furthered my research and teaching pursuits to encompass spine deformity biomechanics and modeling. Together, my research pursuits are dedicated to advancing our understanding of chest and spinal deformity and its surgical interventions and evaluating the benefits of these interventions to our patients’ health.