During mid-winter 2019, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) welcomed two new physicians to the team, including the hospital’s first pediatric sports orthopaedic surgeon. The physicians are John T. Braun, MD, and Nikolaos Paschos, MD, PhD. 

“The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics feels honored to be joined by two luminous innovators and thought leaders in orthopaedics. They are both outstanding surgeons who also bring their diagnostic and surgical skills to caring and providing for our pediatric patients,” said Brian Grottkau, MD, chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at MGHfC. “This is the core of what we do every day.”

Meet the new physicians here:

Nikolaos Paschos, MD, PhD

Nikolaos Paschos, MD, PhD, is MGHfC’s first pediatric surgeon to specialize in sports orthopaedic surgery. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder joints in sports injuries and regenerative medicine. Paschos serves as an associate editor for the Arthroscopy Journal and is a member of several sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery associations. This includes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy.

Paschos has also served as a member of the medical team on sports teams of various levels, including the Boston Celtics, UMass Boston, UPenn Athletics, Merrimack College, Upper Darby and Dexter Southfield Schools.

Paschos earned his medical degree from the University of Ioannina Medical School in Greece and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also completed fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the New England Baptist Hospital.

John T. Braun, MD

John T. Braun, MD, has dedicated his career to improving the understanding and treatment of scoliosis. Braun’s research has focused on the genetics of scoliosis and fusionless scoliosis surgery, establishing an alternative treatment for severe and progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis that avoids fusion, called vertebral body tethering (VBT).

Braun received his medical degree from Cornell University. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, followed by the John H. Moe Fellowship in Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the Twin Cities Scoliosis and Spine Center and the University of Minnesota. After completing an active duty service commitment in the U.S. Air Force, Braun began his academic spine surgery career at the University of Utah. Eventually, Braun moved back east to Vermont where he practiced at both the University of Vermont and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for a number of years before transitioning to Massachusetts General Hospital and MGHfC this past year.

Braun joins MGHfC with the goal of expanding the surgical offerings to pediatric scoliosis patients and developing a program dedicated to minimally invasive anterior vertebral tethering.