Pediatric Orthopedics Team

Hasbro Children’s Hospital has the only pediatric surgical unit in southeastern New England staffed by board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric surgeons. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, we offer the latest diagnostic and treatment options to provide family-centered care to our patients.

Our team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical and occupational therapists, specialized nursing teams and other physicians who work together to provide integrated, expert care that is unique in our region. We also offer care by social workers, child life professionals and a pediatric psychologist, as needed. We have an on-site pediatric pharmacy and offer ancillary services such as school tutoring, child life activities and family support groups.

Education and Research

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, which is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Our physicians are faculty members of the school, where they train the next generation of orthopedists and engage in groundbreaking research to develop new and more effective treatments. The hospital’s ongoing involvement in education and research ensures that our patients receive state-of-the-art treatment and have access to important clinical trials.

Meet the Team

Chief, Orthopedics, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

Edward Akelman, MD, is chief of the department of orthopedics at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital and the chair of the department of orthopedics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is an international and national leader in hand surgery and orthopedic education, a dedicated physician, surgeon, and colleague, and a well-respected member and distinguished leader of the orthopedic community.

Dr. Akelman joined Rhode Island Hospital and Brown in 1985 and has served as the chief of hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery for the last 30 years. He is currently professor of orthopedics and the Edward Akelman MD Scholar In Hand Surgery. He leads Brown University’s nationally recognized hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery fellowship program.

Dr. Akelman earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University, and his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, his orthopedic residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and spine and hand surgery fellowships at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven and Roosevelt Hospital in New York, respectively. Dr. Akelman is past-president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He served as chairman of the Council on Education of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and served on its board of directors. He is a past-president of the New England Hand Society and the Rhode Island Orthopaedic Society. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Rhode Island Hospital, on Rhode Island Hospital’s Board of Governors and as President of the Rhode Island Hospital Medical Executive Committee.

His research interests include orthopedic education, treatment of Dupuytren’s disease, nerve compression syndromes of the upper extremities, wrist and carpal kinematics, and wrist injuries.

Aristides I. Cruz Jr., MD is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon whose areas of interest include traumatic injuries, fracture care, treatment of sports-related conditions and general pediatric orthopedics.

Dr. Cruz received his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force as an orthopedic surgeon and later completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Cruz is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an associate member of the Arthroscopy Association of America, and a candidate member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Association of North America. He is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Craig P. Eberson, MD, is chief of the division of pediatric orthopedics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He is also the director of the orthopedic residency program and the pediatric orthopedic fellowship and an associate professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of orthopedic disorders in children. His main clinical interests are the treatment of scoliosis and other spine disorders, congenital or acquired problems of the lower extremities in children, and pediatric fracture care. His current research interests include the treatment of spine disorders, improved techniques of educating the next generation of physicians, the treatment of musculoskeletal infections, and the treatment of pediatric musculoskeletal injuries.

Eberson received his medical degree with honors from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. He went on to complete his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and fellowship training in orthopedic trauma at Brown University. He completed his training at the renowned Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Edwards Fellow in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Julia Ann Katarincic, MD, specializes in hand and microvascular surgery for children and adults, with particular expertise in pediatric upper extremity problems. Her chief areas of clinical practice interest include congenital hand anomalies, microsurgery, brachial plexus injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and fractures. Dr. Katarincic is one of the only fellowship-trained pediatric hand surgeons in New England. She is also an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Katarincic received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, and fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she remained a staff member for six years.

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Sports Medicine Physician

Peter Kriz, MD, is an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine. His areas of interest include musculoskeletal ultrasound, dance medicine, and sports concussion management. He is also an assistant professor (clinical) in the division of sports medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Kriz received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a pediatric and chief residency at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. His research interests include injury prevention in youth sports and sport-related concussion.

He currently has team physician responsibilities for student-athletes at Brown University and several area high schools, and provides concussion management for the Providence Bruins professional hockey team. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has lectured at national meetings on the topic of youth sports injuries.

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Orthopedic Surgeon

Jonathan Schiller, MD, specializes in pediatric orthopedics, specifically in the treatment of pediatric fracture care, limb deformity and lengthening, scoliosis, and adolescent and young adult hip problems. His current research interests include improving the success of limb-lengthening procedures, pediatric fracture management, scoliosis, and treatment of adolescent and young adult hip problems. He is also an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Service at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Schiller received his medical degree from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a trauma fellowship at Alpert Medical School and the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas.

The Division of Orthopedics at Hasbro Children's Hospital 

Orthopedic Surgeon

Patricia Solga, MD, specializes in pediatric orthopedics, specifically in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic trauma, sports medicine, congenital foot deformities, hip dysplasia, and neuromuscular disorders. She is also a clinical assistant professor of orthopedics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Solga received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her residency at Yale University Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut, and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Orthopedic Surgeon

Richard Terek, MD is an orthopedic surgeon and musculoskeletal oncologist who specializes in reconstructive surgery and musculoskeletal oncology for adult and pediatric patients. He is an expert in the treatment of patients with bone and soft tissue tumors. He is actively engaged in medical education and is an NIH-funded investigator whose research is focused on understanding how bone cancer grows and spreads to other parts of the body, with the ultimate goal of developing new targeted therapies. He is professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Terek received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, and was an American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.

Dr. Terek is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is past president of the Rhode Island Orthopedic Society and president-elect of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

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Kerry Clark, NP
Nurse Practitioner

is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She has extensive experience in general pediatric orthopedics, pediatric trauma and scoliosis.

Clark received her bachelor of science degree from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, and her master of science in nursing from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.