Orthopedic Center – Pediatric Orthopedics

Specialties Orthopedics Pediatric Orthopedics


Michael P. Horan, MD

Christopher R. Hydorn, MD

Mark D. Locke, MD

Kristen M. Nathe, MD

Advanced practice providers

Jennifer Cooper, PA

Valerie Shah, PA

Kelly Kage, PA

About our team

Our pediatric orthopedic team at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center makes up the largest pediatric musculoskeletal program in South Carolina and includes the only specialized pediatric orthopedic rehabilitation facility in the Midlands.

Our growing team consists of four board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons and two physician assistants with a passion for children and innovation. The rehabilitation facility consists of specialized pediatric physical and occupational therapists trained to treat growing bodies of patients ages 0-18.

Our services

Common pediatric orthopedics conditions and treatments include:

  • 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

On average, we see 15,000 patients each year with the goal of returning to normal, active lifestyles. Our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for pediatric orthopedic trauma and urgent patient needs, providing a constant ease of mind for parents as the patient is always in specialized hands.

Education and research

In looking to the future, our pediatric orthopedic team aims to continue to serve the community in preventive educational discussions as well as immediate care for injured children. 

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About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.

Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded in late 2019 and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health-USC Medical Group