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Brian Edward Grottkau, MD

  • Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Service
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Grottkau is an accomplished surgeon and researcher who treats all pediatric orthopaedic disorders in addition to complex spine disorders in adults and children.



Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Pediatric sport injuries
  • Pediatric fractures
  • Pediatric spine surgery
  • Adult spine surgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Clubfoot
  • Hip and leg abnormalities
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital|Fellowship, University of California Davis Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Brian Grottkau graduated from Harvard University Cum Laude in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1985, and he went on to earn his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1989. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Grottkau also completed fellowships in spine surgery and pediatric orthopaedics.

Dr. Grottkau came to Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002 and since has served as Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is involved with the Peabody Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics. In those roles, he is actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. In addition, Dr. Grottkau is an instructor in the Advanced Practice Nursing Program at Boston College, supervising advanced practice nursing students in his clinic weekly.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Grottkau's research interests are in three areas:

  1. Pediatric trauma: Dr. Grottkau studies various aspects of pediatric trauma. He is researching the demographics, injuries sustained, residual disabilities and other aspects of children who have suffered falls.
  2. Radiological evaluation of elbow fractures in children: Dr. Grottkau is researching this topic utilizing multidetector CT technology. He has published numerous articles about this topic.
  3. Treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Dr. Grottkau is researching this area, in conjunction with the Lab for Tissue Engineering at MGH, to develop an effective intervention in the treatment of this disease utilizing autogenous stem cells.

Select Publications:

Cai X, Zhang Y, Yang X, Grottkau BE, Lin Y. Uniaxial cyclic tensile stretch inhibits osteogenic and odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp stem cells. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2010 Sep 8.

Grottkau BE, Purudappa PP, Lin YF. Multilineage differentiation of dental pulp stem cells from green fluorescent protein transgenic mice. Int J Oral Sci. 2010 Mar;2(1):21-7.

Grottkau BE, Rebello G, Merlin G, Winograd JM. Coaptive film versus subcuticular suture: comparing skin closure time after posterior spinal instrumented fusion in pediatric patients with spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 1;35(23):2027-9.

Hart ES, Grottkau BE. Intraoperative neuromonitoring in pediatric spinal deformity surgery. Orthop Nurs. 2009 Nov-Dec;28(6):286-92.

Shannon EG, Hart ES, Grottkau BE. Clavicle fractures in children: the essentials. Orthop Nurs. 2009 Sep-Oct;28(5):210-4; quiz 215-6.

Hart ES, Metkar US, Rebello GN, Grottkau BE. Femoroacetabular impingement in adolescents and young adults. Orthop Nurs. 2009 May-Jun;28(3):117-24; quiz 125-6.

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News & Events

  • Heroes among us

    On an average day in the city of Watertown, Mass., the police department fields 28 emergency 911 calls; however, on April 19, 2013, 566 calls to 911 were made within a few short hours during the shootout with the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt.

  • Mass General Hospital Physicians make "The List"

    Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.


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