Within the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, our expert physicians, nurses and care teams treat the toughest cases – from the rare to the routine – with dedication and compassion. As a pediatric orthopaedist, I have the privilege to work with extraordinary young people every day. It is my personal goal to provide every child – whether they are healing from a fracture or facing more complex issues such as brachial plexus injuries or limb differences – to reach their full potential and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
For a child with a congenital birth disorder of the arms and/or hands, simple tasks such as feeding, dressing and bathing are a challenge. Moreover, the ability to move freely and play just like their peers is also daunting and, quite literally, out of reach. Against these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, my patients share boundless optimism and incredible strength and determination.
My research is focused on identifying and optimizing surgical and non-surgical treatments that will enhance a child’s ability to conduct vital self-care tasks. In addition, I founded Camp Open Arms in 2015 to provide opportunities for my patients and other kids with limb differences to share the joy and fun of summer camp.
Camp Open Arms provides a safe and supportive environment for kids to engage in traditional summer camp activities with their specific physical and emotional needs in mind. As one camper shared, “I finally have friends who are like me.” Moreover, campers are building lasting friendships and happy memories based on shared experiences, which are all vital to a child’s well-being and sense of self-esteem.
Joshua M. Abzug, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Brachial Plexus Clinic
University of Maryland Medical System
Director, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Deputy Surgeon in Chief
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
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