Rick Schwend

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Dr. Schwend is the director of the orthopedic research program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. He served as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on orthopedics and a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and University of Kansas Medical Center. Research is also a critical part of Dr. Schwend’s career. He has published several articles on pediatric orthopedic and spine procedures. He is a journal reviewer and professor of orthopedics. He has been a visiting professor in the United States, India and China. He has worked on a National Institutes of Health-funded study on bracing in idiopathic scoliosis and other spine-focused studies. Dr. Schwend earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency in pediatric medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He also completed the Harvard University Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic and spine surgery at Harvard University, Children’s Hospital.