Scott Sorenson, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who cares for children at the Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He treats a wide range of bone and musculoskeletal issues, including sports injuries, scoliosis, broken bones, and limb deformities.
Dr. Sorenson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed orthopedic surgery residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and then a subsequent fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery with Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite hospital, one of the nation’s busiest trauma, spinal deformity and sports medicine centers.
He joined Children's Health Andrews Institute after working as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in the Penn State Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. As a faculty member at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center he received high marks as an outstanding instructor for orthopedic surgery residents and medical students. He also received multiple awards for patient satisfaction scores in/above the 99th percentile nationally.
Dr. Sorenson has a special understanding for pediatric orthopedic patients as he dealt with his own limb deformity as a young man. He is dedicated to improving their ability to move and participate in sports and other activities children love.
“I spent a significant amount of time as a youth with pediatric orthopedic surgeons due to a lower extremity deformity,” says Dr. Sorenson. “They became my heroes and I wanted to become like them. It is very rewarding to develop those same bonds with my patients.”
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. His research has been published in multiple journals. He currently researches scoliosis and hip conditions in children.
Dr. Sorenson has volunteered annually in Central and South America, caring for children with deformities. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as boating, hiking and mountain biking. His hobbies also include guitar playing and quartet singing. His five children are heavily involved in youth sports so when he is not working, he is usually at a sporting event with his wife cheering for them. He speaks English and German.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Utah School of Medicine (2009)
- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2010), Orthopaedic Surgery
- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2014), Orthopaedic Surgery
- Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta (2015), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
- Board Certification
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Acetabular Labral Hip Tear
- Ankle Instability and Sprains
- Articular Cartilage Injury
- Benign Bone Tumors and Cysts
- Bone Joint and Muscle Infections in Children
- Congenital Scoliosis
- Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
- Early Onset Scoliosis
- Elbow Instability
- Growth Plate Injuries
- Hip Dysplasia in Teens and Young Adults
- Hip Impingement
- Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis
- Kneecap Instability and Dislocation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Limb Disorders
- Lordosis (Swayback) and Kyphosis
- Meniscus Tears
- Overuse Injuries
- Shoulder Instability and Dislocation
- Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
- Spinal Problems
- Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
- Strains and Sprains
- Stress Fractures
- Tendinitis (tendinopathy)
Departments and Programs
- Dissociation of Mineral and Collagen Orientations may Differentially Adapt Compact Bone for Regional Loading Environments: Results From Acoustic Velocity Measurements in Deer Calcanei. Skedros J.G., Sorenson S.M., Turner C.H., Takano Y. Bone 2006 Vol:39 143-151.
- Ontogenetic structural and material variations in ovine calcanei: A model for interpreting bone adaptation. Skedros J.G., Sorenson S.M. Hunt K.J., Holyoak J.D. The Anatomical Record 2007 290:284-300.
- Are distributions of secondary osteon variants useful for interpreting load history in mammalian bones? Skedros J.G., Sorenson S.M., Jenson, N.H. Cells Tissues Organs 2007 185:285-307.
- Analysis of the Effect of Osteon Diameter on the Potential Relationship of Osteocyte Lacuna Density and Osteon Wall Thickness. Skedros J.G., Clark G.C., Sorenson S.M., Taylor, K., Qiu S. The Anatomical Record 2011 294:9, 1472-1485.
- Scaling of Haversian Canal Surface Areato Secondary Osteon Bone Volume in Ribs and Long Bones. Skedros J.G., Knight, A, Clark G.C., Crowder, C, Dominguez, VM, Qiu, S, Mulhern, D, Donahue, SW, Busse, B, Hulsey, Zedda, M, Sorenson S.M. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2015 151: 230-244.
- Pain During Office Removal of K Wires in Children. Sorenson S.M. and Hennrikus W.H. J Pediatr Orthop June 2015 35 (4), 341-344.
- Scapular Malunion in Vietnam War Veteran: Superior Medial Angle of Scapula Impinging on Clavicle. Sorenson S.M. and Armstrong A.A. JBJS Case Connect, Nov 2015 25; 5 (4): e102.
Peer-Reviewed Abstract Presentations
- Can Fusionless Scoliosis Surgery Reverse the Hueter-Volkamann Effect? Braun JT, Sorenson SM. Scoliosis Research Society 42nd Annual Meeting. Paper #66. Hibbs Nominee – Basic Science.
- Creation of a Scoliotic Curve in an Immature Goat: Evaluation of Fusionless Scoliosis Implants of Varying Rigidity. Hunt KJ, Braun JT, Sorenson SM, and Bachus KN. Orthopaedic Research Society 53rd Annual Meeting. Paper #1033.
- Active and Passive Tethering Effects of Four Clinically Relevant Fusionless Scoliosis Implant Strategies. Scoliosis Research Society 42nd Annual Meeting. Paper #107.
- The Evaluation of four different fusionless scoliosis implant strategies in an animal model. Hunt KJ, Braun JT, and Sorenson SM, and Bachus KN. Western Orthopaedic Society.
- Pain During Office Removal of K Wires in Children. Sorenson SM and Hennrikus W.H. Podium Presentation- AAOS. Chicago, Il.
- Pelvic Tilt Affects Measurement of the Acetabular Index by Volume-Rendered CT. Schrader T, Sorenson SM, Hire J, Faust J, Cantrell A, Herzog M. ePoster presentation #028 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Awards and Honors
- Russell Hibbs Award for Best Basic Science Presentation Nomination at the Scoliosis Research Society 42nd annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland (September 5-7, 2007)
- AOFAS resident scholar at 2012 annual AOFAS meeting (San Diego, CA, June 2012)
- AOA 2013 Resident Leadership Forum Nominee (Denver, CO; June 2013)
- IPOS resident scholarship (Orlando Florida, November 2012; December 2014)
- Chief Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Penn State Hershey Medical Center (2013-2014)
- Child HCAHPS Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in the 99th percentile among providers nationwide (August 2016 FYTD).
- CG CAHPS Peak Performer, Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring between the 75th and 98th percentile among providers nationwide (August 2016).
- HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, Q1-FY 2017 (Oct-Dec 2016)
- Child HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, Q1-FY 2017 (Oct-Dec 2016)
- HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, Q3-FY 2017 (Jan-Mar 2017)
- Adult HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, FY 2017
- Child HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, FY 2017
- Medical Group Dean’s List Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction in Recognition of scoring in or above the 99th percentile among providers nationwide, Q3-FY 2018