Dr. Grottkau is an accomplished surgeon and researcher who treats all pediatric orthopaedic disorders in addition to complex spine disorders in adults and children.
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.
Dr. Grottkau's research interests are in three areas:
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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