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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Noonan earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, and his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Fla.


Dr. Noonan's clinical specialties include all aspects of pediatric orthopedics, especially scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and other pediatric spine deformities. Spinal techniques include spinal fusion, growing rods and titanium rib lengthening.


He is a member of many honorary societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association and the prestigious International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank.


He is active in leadership positions within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Noonan has been identified in many "Who's Who" lists of medical practitioners. In 2014, he was listed as one of the top 17 U.S. Pediatric Orthopaedists by "Orthopaedics Today."


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Pediatric Spine Medicine

Cerebral Palsy

Complex Spine Care


Limb Deformity

Limb Lengthening

Pediatric Deformity (Scoliosis)

Ponseti Method

Spine Deformity Surgery (Pediatric)



American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
Aurora Children's Health (Oshkosh)
(920) 303-8700 | | Map
Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Residency University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Internship University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Medical School University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Noonan’s research interests have included the closed treatment of hip dysplasia as well as clubfoot casting and deformities of the hip and spine in adults with cerebral palsy.

PubMed Articles
Kopriva J Awowale J Whiting P Livermore A Siy A Hetzel S Noonan K Compartment Syndrome in Operatively Managed Pediatric Monteggia Fractures and Equivalents. J Pediatr Orthop . 2020 Sep;40(8):387-395
[PubMed ID: 32496461]
Hanna R Sharafinski M Patterson K Noonan KJ Sund S Schultz M Schroth MK Hetzel S Halanski MA Is prophylactic formal fusion with implant revision necessary in non-ambulatory children with spinal muscular atrophy and growing rods who are no longer lengthened? Spine Deform . 2020 Jun;8(3):547-552
[PubMed ID: 32096140]
Kopriva JM Miller KJ Legare JM Noonan KJ Trevor's disease of the distal radioulnar joint in two children with achondroplasia. Am J Med Genet A . 2020 May;182(5):1249-1254
[PubMed ID: 32112622]
Lins LAB Nechyporenko AV Halanski MA Hetzel SJ Noonan KJ Does an intrathecal baclofen pump impact scoliosis progression and complicate posterior spine fusion in patients with cerebral palsy? Spine Deform . 2020 Feb;8(1):115-121
[PubMed ID: 31981152]
Dale KM Livermore A Hanna R Laham S Noonan KJ Haleanski M Long PJ Is There a Connection Between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Osteochondritis Dissecans? Iowa Orthop J . 2020;40(1):105-109
[PubMed ID: 32742216]
Nazareth A Gyorfi MJ Rethlefsen SA Wiseley B Noonan K Kay RM Comparison of plate and screw constructs versus screws only for anterior distal femoral hemiepiphysiodesis in children. J Pediatr Orthop B . 2020 Jan;29(1):53-61
[PubMed ID: 31361704]
Samtani RG Bernatz JT Halanski MA Noonan KJ Cervical Spine Injury Following Thoracic Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Cureus . 2019 Oct 5;11(10):e5840
[PubMed ID: 31754575]
Hughes M Dua K O'Hara NN Brighton BK Ganley TJ Hennrikus WL Herman MJ Hyman JE Lawrence JT Mehlman CT Noonan KJ Otsuka NY Schwend RM Shrader MW Smith BG Sponseller PD Abzug JM Variation Among Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons When Treating Medial Epicondyle Fractures. J Pediatr Orthop . 2019 Sep;39(8):e592-e596
[PubMed ID: 31393295]
Shore BJ Miller PE Noonan KJ Bae DS Predictability of Clinical Knowledge Through Mobile App-based Simulation for the Treatment of Pediatric Septic Arthritis: A Pilot Study. J Pediatr Orthop . 2018 Oct;38(9):e541-e545
[PubMed ID: 30036289]
Moua PK Nguyen CL Piotrowski DA Resch MJ Tabassum T Noonan K Nimunkar AJ Surgical sponge blood salvage spinning device design and testing. J Med Eng Technol . 2018 Aug;42(6):426-434
[PubMed ID: 30657356]
Mitchell J Bishop A Feng Y Farley D Hetzel S Ploeg HL Nguyen J Noonan KJ Residual Equinus After the Ponseti Method: An MRI-based 3-Dimensional Analysis. J Pediatr Orthop . 2018 May Jun;38(5):e271-e277
[PubMed ID: 29635261]
Steiner SRH Gendi K Halanski MA Noonan KJ Efficiency and Safety: The Best Time to Valve a Plaster Cast. J Bone Joint Surg Am . 2018 Apr 18;100(8):e49
[PubMed ID: 29664854]
Allen H Davis KW Noonan K Endo Y Nguyen JC Orthopaedic Fixation Devices Used in Children: A Radiologist's Guide. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol . 2018 Feb;22(1):12-24
[PubMed ID: 29409070]
Lenhart RL Youlo S Schroth MK Noonan KJ McCarthy J Mann D Hetzel S Sund SA Halanski MA Radiographic and Respiratory Effects of Growing Rods in Children With Spinal Muscular Atrophy. J Pediatr Orthop . 2017 Dec;37(8):e500-e504
[PubMed ID: 27636914]
Clement AE Vanderby R Jr Halanski MA Noonan KJ Guided Growth Implant Failure is a Result of Cyclic Fatigue: Explant Analysis With Scanning Electron Microscopy. J Pediatr Orthop . 2017 Jan;37(1):e37-e42
[PubMed ID: 26523701]
Halanski MA Abrams S Lenhart R Leiferman E Kaiser T Pierce E Franklin RR Opel D Noonan KJ Crenshaw TD Tendon transfer to unossified bone in a porcine model: potential implications for early tibialis anterior tendon transfers in children with clubfeet. J Child Orthop . 2016 Dec;10(6):705-714
[PubMed ID: 27900541]
Dietz FR Noonan K Treatment of Clubfoot Using the Ponseti Method. JBJS Essent Surg Tech . 2016 Sep 28;6(3):e28
[PubMed ID: 30233921]
Stork NC Lenhart RL Nemeth BA Noonan KJ Halanski MA To Cast, to Saw, and Not to Injure: Can Safety Strips Decrease Cast Saw Injuries? Clin Orthop Relat Res . 2016 Jul;474(7):1543-52
[PubMed ID: 26847455]
O'Halloran CP Halanski MA Nemeth BA Zimmermann CC Noonan KJ Can Radiographs Predict Outcome in Patients With Idiopathic Clubfeet Treated With the Ponseti Method? J Pediatr Orthop . 2015 Oct-Nov;35(7):734-8
[PubMed ID: 25393569]
Nemeth BA Montero RJ Halanski MA Noonan KJ Epidural Baclofen for the Management of Postoperative Pain in Children With Cerebral Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop . 2015 Sep;35(6):571-5
[PubMed ID: 26251959]