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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Bellaire is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in general pediatric orthopaedic care and pediatric spinal deformity. She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University, followed by medical school and orthopaedic surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Bellaire’s clinical interests include the operative and non-operative treatment of all pediatric orthopaedic diagnoses including but not limited to scoliosis, kyphosis, pediatric fractures, upper and lower extremity angular deformities and deficiencies, and neuromuscular conditions. Her research has largely focused on perioperative optimization of patients undergoing scoliosis surgery and clinical outcomes and complications following spinal fusion. She has conducted studies at institutions across the country in conjunction with the Growing Spine Study Group and the Children’s Spine Study Group, and she is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Pediatric Spine Medicine

Pediatric Deformity (Scoliosis)

Spine Deformity Surgery (Pediatric)



American Family Children's Hospital
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American Family Children's Hospital
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American Family Children's Hospital
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(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

Professional Certifications and Education

Fellowship University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
Residency Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA
Medical School Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

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PubMed Articles
Bellaire LL Zhang C Smith JT Heflin JA Klatt J Roye D Sponseller P Samdani A Fedorak GT Pediatric Spine Study Group. Growth-friendly Spinal Instrumentation in Marfan Syndrome Achieves Sustained Gains in Thoracic Height Amidst High Rates of Implant Failure. J Pediatr Orthop . 2021 Mar 1;41(3):e204-e210
[PubMed ID: 33370003]
Fletcher ND Bellaire LL Dilbone ES Ward LA Bruce RW Jr Variability in length of stay following neuromuscular spinal fusion. Spine Deform . 2020 Aug;8(4):725-732
[PubMed ID: 32060807]
Bellaire LL Bruce RW Jr Ward LA Bowman CA Fletcher ND Use of an Accelerated Discharge Pathway in Patients With Severe Cerebral Palsy Undergoing Posterior Spinal Fusion for Neuromuscular Scoliosis. Spine Deform . 2019 Sep;7(5):804-811
[PubMed ID: 31495482]
Nielsen E Andras LM Bellaire LL Fletcher ND Minkara A Vitale MG Troy M Glotzbecker M Skaggs DL Don't You Wish You Had Fused to the Pelvis the First Time: A Comparison of Reoperation Rate and Correction of Pelvic Obliquity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) . 2019 Apr 15;44(8):E465-E469
[PubMed ID: 30299416]
Borden TC Bellaire LL Fletcher ND Improving perioperative care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients: the impact of a multidisciplinary care approach. J Multidiscip Healthc . 2016;9:435-445
[PubMed ID: 27695340]
Gottschalk MB Bellaire LL Moore T Radiation exposure in the young level 1 trauma patient: a retrospective review. J Surg Orthop Adv . 2015 Spring;24(1):57-63
[PubMed ID: 25830265]