Christopher R. Hydorn, MD

Orthopedic Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery


Christopher R. Hydorn, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his internship and residency at Prisma Health in Columbia, South Carolina, and completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Hydorn serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

A practicing physician at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands, Hydorn serves as chair of the Pediatric Surgical Committee and as a member of the Operations Committee at the hospital. His specialties and clinical interests include pediatric orthopedics and surgery, young adult hip disorders, scoliosis, hand and foot deformity and limb lengthening and external fixation.

“Kids are much more fun and interactive – they come at their processes completely different than adults, so they have a more fun approach. The questions they ask are often very interesting and to-the-point, and it makes it a lot more fun to treat.”


Education and training

Specialty Orthopedic Surgery

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

EducationUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine

ResidencyPalmetto Health Richland

FellowshipChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia

Research and publications
  • A critical appraisal of the first-year experience of 5 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. View »
    Fletcher ND, Larson AN, Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ, Hydorn CR
    J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep;34(6):655-9. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000158.
  • Early career experience of pediatric orthopedic fellows: What to expect and need for their services. View »
    Glotzbecker MP, Shore BJ, Fletcher ND, Larson AN, Hydorn CR, Sawyer JR
    Practice Management Committee of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
    J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jun;36(4):429-32. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000452.
  • Removal of deep extremity implants in children. View »
    Davids JR, Hydorn C, Dillingham C, Hardin JW, Pugh LI
    J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Jul;92(7):1006-12. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.92B7.24201

Research and Publications

Treatments and services
  • Pediatric orthopedics and trauma
  • Children’s fractures
  • Spinal deformity
  • Early onset scoliosis
  • Scoliosis casting/growing rods
  • Young adult hip disorders
  • Hand and foot deformity
  • Limb lengthening, external fixation
  • Special clinics for club feet and Spina Bifida
Professional associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

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