Ahead Of The Curve

“I always have wanted to be a doctor, but being around Dr. Hoernschemeyer gave that idea a boost”

- Elizabeth Tustison

Published in the University of Missouri Children's Hospital magazine, Imagine, Winter 2013


I would like to thank you personally. I am happy that my back is straight. Everyone I talk to is amazed at what you and your team did, and what has turned out to look like. My scar is healing great. I will see you in January. Thank you!!!!

- Millayna Dennis, Jefferson City, Mo.


When the spine develops in an abnormal lateral position, the curve is termed “scoliosis”. True scoliosis is diagnosed when the lateral curve is greater than 10 degrees. Four types are identified: Idiopathic Scoliosis, Congenital Scoliosis (infantile idiopathic), Neuromuscular scoliosis, Degenerative scoliosis.
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A Welcome Place for Kids

University of Missouri Children's Hospital is moving to a new home. A dream home. A place where kids are cared for so they may fulfill their own dreams. In our new hospital, all rooms are private and big enough for Mom and Dad to stay overnight. Our physicians represent more than 35 pediatric specialties, treating everything from asthma to vasculitis.

Dr. Hoernschemeyer

• Specializes in pediatric and adult skeletal dysplasia
• Fellowship–trained at Johns Hopkins University
In addition to serving the general orthopaedic needs of young patients, Dr. Daniel Hoernschemeyer and his staff offer specialized care for pediatric spine problems.

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Vertebral Body Tethering

Dr. Hoernschemeyer uses vertebral body tethering to reduce spinal curves. This allows the spine to grow and remain flexible, and is a one-time surgery with no lengthening required.

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Scoliosis Specialty Surgeon

At the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, pediatric care is a priority. Our staff works with experts in a variety of medical disciplines, such as Child Health, Physical Medicine, and other specialties, to apply a team approach that addresses a patient's medical, social, emotional, and physical problems. Dr. Hoernschemeyer is trained to perform Fusionless Spine Surgeries, including Vertebral Body Stapling and Vertebral Body Tethering. Watch this video to find out more.

Our Specialties

  • Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Scoliosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Clubfoot
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