Mark Erickson, MD
Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (1989)
Graduate School :
  • MMM, University of Southern California (2010)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Miami University of Ohio (OH) (1984)
Internship:
  • Wright State University Program (1990)
Residency:
  • Wright State University Program, Orthopedic Surgery (1994)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Pediatric Orthopedics (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Orthopedics
  • Medical Director, Spine Center, Children's Hospital Colorado

Recognition & Awards

  • Top 10 Orthopaedic Centers at Children's Hospitals, U.S. News & World Report (2014)
    Ranked as the #7 Orthopaedic Center for Children by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.
  • Top Hospitals with Orthopaedic Programs, Becker's Hospital Review (2014)
    Ranked as one of only 6 Children's Hospitals with top Orthopaedic Programs named to Becker's Hospital Review of the 125 top hospitals and health systems with great orthopaedic programs.
  • Top 20 Spine Surgeons & Specialists at Children's Hospitals, Becker's Spine Review (2013)
    Recognized as one of the country's top 20 Spine Surgeons & Specialists at Children’s Hospitals by Becker’s Spine Review.
  • Service Excellence Team Award, Children's Hospital Colorado (2007)
    Children’s Medical Practice Service Excellence Team Award of Appreciation issued to Spine Program at Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • Top 10 Best Children's Hospitals Orthopaedic Programs, Child Magazine (2007)
    Named the #3 Orthopaedic Program at a Children's Hospital in the U.S. by Child Magazine.
  • Faculty and Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Orthopaedics (2000)
    Faculty and Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused in the area of pediatric spinal deformity. My research interests include: pediatric orthopedics and trauma, the management of spinal deformity in children, multi-institutional approaches to gaining insights towards improving quality, and local quality improvement initiatives. Under my direction we developed a multidisciplinary task force to look at all variables that could have an impact on surgical site infection in spine surgery patients. We coined the term "target zero" implying that our mission was to drive our surgical site infection rate down to zero. We are quite proud to report that this has been very effective and also sought after for replication at many sites across the country. This project has also led to significant scholarly work. I am involved in several national multi-center studies including the Prospective Pediatric Scoliosis Study, Fox Pediatric Deformity Study Group, Minimize Implants/Maximize Outcomes, and the Children's Spine Study Group.

Teaching

  • Professor (1995)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics

Publications

  • Ramo B, Tran DP, Reddy A, Brown K, Niswander C, Erickson M, Garg S. Delay to Surgery Greater Than 6 Months Leads to Substantial Deformity Progression and Increased Intervention in Immature Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Spine Deform. 2019 May;7(3):428-435. PubMed PMID: 31053313
  • Polly DW Jr, Ledonio CGT, Diamond B, Labelle H, Sucato DJ, Hresko MT, Emans JB, Vitale MG, Erickson MA, Larson AN. What Are the Indications for Spinal Fusion Surgery in Scheuermann Kyphosis?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 May Jun;39(5):217-221. PubMed PMID: 30969249
  • Garg S, Quick HD, Kim EB, Erickson MA. Use of Activity Trackers in Orthopaedics. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Oct 1;27(19):e859-e866. PubMed PMID: 30829985
  • Michael N, Carry P, Erickson M, Bloch N, Gibbons S, O'Donnell C, Garg S. Spine and Thoracic Height Measurements Have Excellent Interrater and Intrarater Reliability in Patients With Early Onset Scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Feb 15;43(4):270-274. PubMed PMID: 28665821
  • Garg S, Bloch N, Potter M, Quick H, Palmer C, Michael N, O'Donnell C, Erickson M. Topical Vancomycin in Pediatric Spine Surgery Does Not Reduce Surgical Site Infection: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Spine Deform. 2018 Sep - Oct;6(5):523-528. PubMed PMID: 30122387
  • O'Donnell C, Michael N, Pan X, Emans J, Garg S, Erickson M. Anterior Spinal Fusion and Posterior Spinal Fusion Both Effectively Treat Lenke Type 5 Curves in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Multicenter Study. Spine Deform. 2018 May - Jun;6(3):231-240. PubMed PMID: 29735131
  • Michael N, Carry P, Erickson M, Bloch N, Gibbons S, O'Donnell C, Garg S. Spine and Thoracic Height Measurements Have Excellent Interrater and Intrarater Reliability in Patients With Early Onset Scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Feb 15;43(4):270-274. PubMed PMID: 28665821
  • Vandenberg C, Niswander C, Carry P, Bloch N, Pan Z, Erickson M, Garg S. Compliance With a Comprehensive Antibiotic Protocol Improves Infection Incidence in Pediatric Spine Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 May Jun;38(5):287-292. PubMed PMID: 27280896
  • O'Donnell C, Michael N, Bloch N, Erickson M, Garg S. Strategies to Minimize Blood Loss and Transfusion in Pediatric Spine Surgery. JBJS Rev. 2017 May;5(5):e1. PubMed PMID: 28471775
  • Cohen M, Zuk J, McKay N, Erickson M, Pan Z, Galinkin J. Intrathecal Morphine Versus Extended-Release Epidural Morphine for Postoperative Pain Control in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Posterior Spinal Fusion. Anesth Analg. 2017 Jun;124(6):2030-2037. PubMed PMID: 28448398
  • Spruiell MD, Searns JB, Heare TC, Roberts JL, Wylie E, Pyle L, Donaldson N, Stewart JR, Heizer H, Reese J, Scott HF, Pearce K, Anderson CJ, Erickson M, Parker SK. Clinical Care Guideline for Improving Pediatric Acute Musculoskeletal Infection Outcomes. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Sep 1;6(3):e86-e93. PubMed PMID: 28419275
  • Polly DW Jr, Ledonio CG, Diamond B, Labelle H, Sucato DJ, Hresko MT, Emans JB, Vitale MG, Erickson MA, Larson AN. What are the Indications for Spinal Fusion Surgery in Scheuermann Kyphosis?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28141687
  • Garg S, LaGreca J, Hotchkiss M, Erickson M. Management of Late (>1 y) Deep Infection After Spinal Fusion: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Apr-May;35(3):266-70. PubMed PMID: 25025743
  • Garg S, Kipper E, LaGreca J, Carry P, Erickson M. Are routine postoperative radiographs necessary during the first year after posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis? A retrospective cohort analysis of implant failure and surgery revision rates. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Jan;35(1):33-8. PubMed PMID: 24840654
  • Barsi J, Caprio B, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. Do Intraoperative LIV-Tilt and Disc Angle Remain Stable at 2 Year Follow-Up Compared to Upright Radiographs in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24662284
  • Barsi J, Caprio B, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. Do Intraoperative LIV-Tilt and Disc Angle Remain Stable at 2 Year Follow-Up Compared to Upright Radiographs in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24662284
  • Mansour A, Ballard R, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. The use of barbed sutures during scoliosis fusion wound closure: a quality improvement analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Dec;33(8):786-90. PubMed PMID: 24213622
  • Glotzbecker MP, Riedel MD, Vitale MG, Matsumoto H, Roye DP, Erickson M, Flynn JM, Saiman L. What's the evidence? Systematic literature review of risk factors and preventive strategies for surgical site infection following pediatric spine surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jul-Aug;33(5):479-87. PubMed PMID: 23752143
  • Vitale MG, Riedel MD, Glotzbecker MP, Matsumoto H, Roye DP, Akbarnia BA, Anderson RC, Brockmeyer DL, Emans JB, Erickson M, Flynn JM, Lenke LG, Lewis SJ, Luhmann SJ, McLeod LM, Newton PO, Nyquist AC, Richards BS 3rd, Shah SA, Skaggs DL, Smith JT, Sponseller PD, Sucato DJ, Zeller RD, Saiman L. Building consensus: development of a Best Practice Guideline (BPG) for surgical site infection (SSI) prevention in high-risk pediatric spine surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jul-Aug;33(5):471-8. PubMed PMID: 23752142
  • Barnard JG, Albright K, Morrato EH, Nowels CT, Benefield EM, Hadley-Miller NA, Kempe A, Erickson MA. Paediatric spinal fusion surgery and the transition to home-based care: provider expectations and carer experiences. Health Soc Care Community. 2013 Nov;21(6):634-43. PubMed PMID: 23647700
  • Crawford CH 3rd, Lenke LG, Sucato DJ, Richards BS 3rd, Emans JB, Vitale MG, Erickson MA, Sanders JO. Selective thoracic fusion in Lenke 1C curves: prevalence and criteria. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jul 15;38(16):1380-5. PubMed PMID: 23632336
  • Mueller TL, Miller NH, Baulesh DM, Hastings LH, Chang FM, Georgopoulos G, Benefield EM, Pan Z, Erickson MA. The safety of spinal pedicle screws in children ages 1 to 12. Spine J. 2013 Aug;13(8):894-901. PubMed PMID: 23523435
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Professional Memberships

  • Spinal Deformity Study Group (SDSG), Member
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Member
  • Colorado Orthopaedic Society (COS), Member
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Board of Directors
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Safety and Practice Improvement Committee
  • Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA), Member
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), Member
  • American College of Physician Leadership, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certification (1997, 2006)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Surgery
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include treatment of children and young adults with spinal disorders including: idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma, as well as general pediatric orthopedic conditions.

Care Philosophy
I am committed to providing the highest quality, professional, and ethical care to all patients. My care philosophy is that the entire family, including the patient, should be involved in the decision making and care. At Children's Hospital Colorado we have amazing resources at our disposal specifically geared towards treating the pediatric and young adult patient. Our team concept of treating the patient involves not only the physician but a multidisciplinary approach from a team of pediatric specialty trained experts including: anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and child life specialists. The spine team at Children's Colorado is one of the top pediatric spine care teams in the country. Our surgeons, including myself, perform more than 200 pediatric spine procedures each year – that's more than anyone else in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and two sons. We like to spend our free time hiking, fishing, golfing, and camping. I'm also an avid sports fan and enjoy cheering on my favorite teams - the Denver Broncos and the Nebraska Cornhuskers!

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (1989)
Graduate Schools:
  • MMM, University of Southern California (2010)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Miami University of Ohio (OH) (1984)
Internships:
  • Wright State University Program (1990)
Residency Programs:
  • Wright State University Program, Orthopedic Surgery (1994)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Pediatric Orthopedics (1995)
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Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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