Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon's Favorite Tool: Listening

Pediatric Pathways

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon's Favorite Tool: Listening

American Family Children's Hospital pediatric orthopedic surgeon Lee Segal, MDFor all of his accomplishments throughout three decades as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Lee S. Segal, MD, is most honored when family members refer to him as a great listener.

“If a child needs complex orthopedic care, the family is often highly stressed,” said Dr. Segal. “The best way I can help the family feel more comfortable is to simply ask why they came to see me and let the parents and child do the talking. By sitting back and listening carefully, I usually have a good idea of the diagnosis before doing an examination of the child.”

Dr. Segal, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery, came to Madison in June 2014 following 25 years of practice at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He specializes in spinal deformities, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), and other pediatric hip disorders and neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

He chairs the Professional Advisory Committee of the Spina Bifida Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Orthopedics Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

“I really enjoy the collaborative environment of an academic setting,” said Dr. Segal. “Close communication with all members of the health care team typically produces the best result for the child and the family.”

Karen Farrish, whose daughter, Lucy, required surgery at 13 months of age to repair a dislocated hip, said her family immediately bonded with Dr. Segal.

“He has such a kind, calm demeanor,” she said. “He made us feel very comfortable and never seemed rushed. No parent ever wants to see their child wheeled off to the operating room, but consider yourself incredibly lucky if Dr. Segal ever does surgery on your child.”

Dr. Segal was honored in the Best Doctors® in America List from 2002-14 and, as a faculty member at Penn State, received the 2004 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This award honors a physician who embodies the ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence.

Dr. Segal can be reached at (608) 262-0432 or