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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Laura Lewallen, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Laura Lewallen, MD, specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery with a focus on diagnosing and treating upper extremity conditions (shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand) in children of all ages. Dr. Lewallen has expertise in a wide range of traumatic conditions such as fractures (broken bones), as well as congenital and hereditary orthopaedic disorders, including extra fingers (polydactyly), webbed fingers (syndactyly), arthrogryposis (joint contractures), cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta (fragile bones that break easily), multiple hereditary exostoses and limb deficiency.

As part of Dr. Lewallen’s goal to improve orthopaedic care for children, she uses research to identify and evaluate new treatments and therapies for her patients. Her work has been published in several acclaimed journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Children’s Orthopedics

Dr. Lewallen is also dedicated to educating residents and medical students, providing guidance and mentorship throughout their careers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Congenital Hand Reconstruction
  • Fractures
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Acute and Chronic Injuries
  • Acquired Extremity Deformities
  • Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Limb Deformities

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Practicing Since

  • 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Medical Education

  • University of Minnesota


  • University of Minnesota Health


  • Mayo Clinic


  • Texas Children's Hospital; Shriners Hospitals for Children; Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Aetna PPO
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  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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