Specialties Orthopedics Research and Education Pediatric Orthopedics Research

Looking to the future

The pediatric specialists at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center aim to serve our community with preventive medicine educational discussions as well as immediate care for injured children.

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center Pediatric Orthopedics TeamIn order to continue leading the way in pediatric orthopedics, our physicians and therapists are involved in orthopedic research to better understand and treat growing children effectively. Research initiatives include patellar femoral syndrome, vitamin D effects, and multiple athletic injury protocols in the high school athlete.


In addition to research, education is a key focus. Dr. Christopher Hydorn leads the pediatric education portion of the Orthopedic Residency
program by conducting conferences throughout the year and monitoring case studies presented by residents and medical students. Dr. Mark Locke is a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM), sharing his experience and knowledge with future physicians. Dr. Michael Horan serves as a clinical associate professor with the USCSOM as well. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine provides rotations in the pediatric orthopedic service, providing a learning environment and opportunities to further the education of others.

Future directions

As the needs of our patients grow, so will the pediatric orthopedic program. In looking to the future, our team aims to continue to serve the community in preventive educational discussions as well as immediate care for injured children. The unique medical care of pediatric orthopedics can only be found in passionate physicians who aim to learn the underdeveloped musculoskeletal system of a child, and the pediatric orthopedic team pioneers and stays up to date on the latest medical advancements in this area.

Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

Our promise is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

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Palmetto Health is becoming Prisma Health. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is part of Prisma Health.