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Dignity Health Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedics

Karen Myung, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAOS

Specializing in scoliosis, kyphosis and other spinal deformities.

Meet Dr. Myung

Dr. Myung is known to colleagues and patients not only as a top academician, but as an internationally-renowned surgeon who has led her region in clinical outcomes for safety, quality, and value for eight consecutive years.  Dr. Myung works not only to achieve outstanding technical outcomes, but to optimize cosmesis and body image for her patients.  

Dr. Myung has over 1000 spine surgeries under her belt and many peer reviewed publication. She also serves on quality and safety committees in pediatric orthopedics at the national society level. 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry,  Washington University in St. Louis

​PhD, Chemistry, University of Iowa

​​Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa​

​Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

​Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

​Master of Business Administration, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Indianapolis

Certifications

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Scoliosis Research Society

Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America

Hospital affiliations

Dignity Health, St. Rose Dominican Siena

Publications

Neurophysiological monitoring of spinal cord function during spinal deformity surgery: 2020 SRS neuromonitoring information statement.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32451978/

Acute onset of central diabetes insipidus during adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32827088/

A classification of growth friendly spine implants

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23995146/

Methadone-based Multimodal Analgesia Provides the Best-in-class Acute Surgical Pain Control and Functional Outcomes With Lower Opioid Use Following Major Posterior Fusion Surgery in Adolescents With Idiopathic Scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32766507/

Intraobserver and Interobserver Measurement Variability of the Rib-Vertebral Angle Difference

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27984489/

Spinal Deformity in Russell-Silver Syndrome

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927458/

Early pelvic fixation failure in neuromuscular scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24992353/

Upper thoracic pedicle screw loss of fixation causing spinal cord injury: a review of the literature and multicenter case series

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23232384/

Ewing sarcoma of the tibia mimicking fibrous dysplasia

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22094991/

Clay-shoveler's fracture equivalent in children

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22990368/

Operative Intervention of Supracondylar Humerus Fractures More Complicated in July: Analysis of the July Effect

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26280293/

Sacral facet fractures in elite athletes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21971126/

Simple steps to minimize spine infections in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23812142/

Some Connectors in Distraction-based Growing Rods Fail More Than Others

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927432/

Nutritional improvement following growing rod surgery in children with early onset scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24760379/

Are Rib Versus Spine Anchors Protective Against Breakage of Growing Rods?

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927411/

The Effect of Growing Rod Treatment on Hemoglobin and Hematocrit Levels in Early-onset Scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25944296/

Neuromonitoring Changes Are Common and Reversible With Temporary Internal Distraction for Severe Scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927444/

Spondylolysis is frequently missed by MRI in adolescents with back pain

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23814624/

Perioperative ketorolac use in children undergoing lower extremity osteotomies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21926877/

Improvement of Kyphoscoliosis in a 9-Year-Old Using Growth Modulation With a Posterior Tether: A Case Report

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927327/

The Use of Pedicle Screws in Children 10 Years of Age and Younger With Growing Rods

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27927408/

Complications of ketorolac use in children undergoing operative fracture care

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20864848/

Ten percent of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have variations in the number of thoracic or lumbar vertebrae

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23636190/

Intensive care unit versus hospital floor: a comparative study of postoperative management of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23553303/

Comparison of the post-transcriptional regulation of the mRNAs for the surface proteins PSA (GP46) and MSP (GP63) of Leishmania chagasi

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11856749/

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