Kathryn Leigh Bauer, M.D.
Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Dr. Kathryn Bauer believes orthopedic practice should have a strong focus on preventing injury, instead of simply treating injuries after they occur.
“Educating the community on safe ways to participate in sports and the importance of injury prevention programs is one of my primary goals,” she says. “Of course, in turn, I’m also here to provide compassionate care when injuries do occur.”
Dr. Bauer practices at the Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine as an orthopedic surgeon. She specializes in pediatric sports medicine, trauma and fracture care, and also has a strong interest in some aspects of general pediatric orthopedics, including angular limb deformity, hip dysplasia, benign bone lesions, and leg length discrepancies/limb lengthening procedures.
“Children, in general, tend to respond to adversity with a bold desire to simply get better,” she says. “Their energy and healing potential make them a fun cohort to treat. Also, factors such as open growth plates and different stages of skeletal growth can make treating children challenging, and I enjoy a challenge.”
Dr. Bauer earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She then spent six years at the University of Missouri, Columbia, for her orthopedic surgery residency and sports medicine fellowship.
During her fellowship, she spent a significant amount of time as team physician for the football, gymnastics, softball and women’s tennis teams.
“Having the opportunity to treat highly competitive young athletes during my training was a big benefit,” she says. “I feel very confident with the diagnostic and surgical techniques I learned during this time. I developed a strong interest in treating cartilage injuries during that fellowship, and I learned exciting new techniques for treating articular cartilage injuries and injuries to the meniscus, including research I personally constructed regarding meniscus transplants.”
These new techniques to help people avoid the need for joint replacement surgery when they get older, as a result of injuries they sustained as children, are in the forefront of orthopedic advances and have become one of Dr. Bauer’s passions.
She also completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, Orthopedic Institute for Children, where she says she learned how to take the adult surgical techniques she learned in Missouri and safely apply them to growing patients.
Dr. Bauer is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. She serves as 2nd lieutenant in the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade, chartered by the governor to assist public health authorities during times of actual or imminent health-related crises. And she was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award in 2005 by Gov. Rick Perry for active duty service in the Texas State Guard during relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as a unit citation for service during Hurricane Katrina.
The youngest of seven children, she was inspired to enter medicine by her father, a general trauma surgeon, and her mother, an operating room scrub nurse.
Outside of her practice, Dr. Bauer enjoys cooking and running half marathons with her husband, trauma surgeon Dr. Chris Cooper.
Education and Training
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2008)
University of Missouri School of Medicine GME (2013), Orthopaedic Surgery
UCLA - Orthopaedic Institute for Children (2015), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Missouri School of Medicine GME (2014), Sports Medicine
Conditions & Treatments
Research & Publications
- Strength of Thoracic Spine Under Simulated Direct Vertebral Rotation: A Biomechanical Study., Borkowski SL, Sangiorgio, SN, Bowen, RE, Scaduto AA, He B, Bauer KL, Ebramzadeh E. Spine Deformity 2016; 4(2):85-93.
- What’s New in Pediatric Flatfoot?, Bauer K, Mosca VS, Zionts LE. J Pediatr Orthop 2015 Aug 20. [Epub]
- Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation for the Knee: Current Concepts., Sherman SL, Garrity J, Bauer K, Cook J, Stannard J, Bugbee W. JAAOS 2014; 22(2): 121-33.
- Surgical Approach to the Posteromedial Corner: indications, technique, outcomes., Bauer KL, Stannard JP. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2013; 6(2): 124-131
- Current Concepts in Knee Dislocations: PCL, ACL, and Medial Sided Injuries., Stannard JP, Bauer KL. Journal of Knee Surgery 2012; 25(04): 287-294
Awards & Honors
- Humanitarian Service Award (2005)
- Unit Citation (2005)
- Lewis Scholar Award (2004)