Musculoskeletal Infection Program


A musculoskeletal infection is commonly found in the emergency room and can take many forms, depending on the factors involved including soft-tissue layers, bones and joints. Our Musculoskeletal Infection (MSI) Program, led by Medical Director Lawson Copley, M.D., combines the expertise of multiple pediatric specialists to provide diagnosis and treatment of the bone, tissue or joint damaging infections. The MSI team’s commitment to research offers patient and family centered care by efficiently and accurately diagnosing and treating your child. The pediatric MSI Program at Children’s Health is the first and only disease specific program in the nation recognized by The Joint Commission.

Why Children’s Health℠

Our Musculoskeletal Infection Program is committed to providing exceptional care to your child faced with the challenge of a musculoskeletal infection. The Musculoskeletal Infection Program at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health, is led by pediatric orthopedic surgeons who are consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report to be among the best in the nation.

Additionally, a team of experts including rheumatologists, hematology, oncology, infectious disease and other specialists are available at Children’s Health to treat and support all musculoskeletal infection patients. The MSI team will support you and your child as you make many important choices along the way.

National Recognition

Constantly striving for excellence in quality, value and safety, the MSI program was recognized by The Joint Commission with distinction in the management of pediatric musculoskeletal infection. We are proud to be the first and only program in the United States with this honor

Children’s Health has also been designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which puts us in the top 7% of the world’s hospitals and is a reflection of the excellence of our nursing staff.

Conditions We Treat

We focus our attention on children with deep infection of the arms, legs, spine, or pelvis and other related conditions that may initially appear similar to deep infection.

Musculoskeletal Infection

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The Children’s Health team is actively involved with basic science and translational research in collaboration with investigators in the UT Southwestern Core Genomics Laboratory, the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s Genetic Laboratory.