Faculty Spotlight | Daniel Hedequist, MD

Dr. Daniel Hedequist, co-director of the Complex Cervical Spine ProgramDaniel Hedequist, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Spine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has been in practice at Boston Children’s since 2000, specializing in pediatric spine surgery and trauma surgery.

Dr. Hedequist has authored numerous research papers and textbook chapters on cervical spine disorders in children and is co-editor of a cervical spine textbook. He is a member of the Pediatric Cervical Spine Study Group, a collaborative national group of surgeons with expertise in managing cervical spine disorders in children. He is well known as a national expert in the use of modern spinal instrumentation in young children and has written extensively on the use of spinal implants in children.

Dr. Hedequist is also the co-founder of CORTICES, a national study group whose mission is to improve the orthopedic trauma care of children, including children with spinal trauma. He has authored numerous chapters on spine trauma in children for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and recently received a grant to collaborate with other leading children’s hospitals to study the classification of spinal injuries in children.

Dr. Hedequist also specializes in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis and is a member of the HARMS study group, the nation’s premiere study group evaluating the surgical treatment of children with idiopathic scoliosis. In addition, he actively treats children with kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, early onset scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, tumors and vascular malformations of the spine, and neuromuscular scoliosis.


View Dr. Hedequist’s research on use of modern instrumentation in young children