Paley Institute's Harry Shufflebarger, MD Spine Surgeon

Harry Shufflebarger

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In 2020, Dr. Harry L. Shufflebarger joined the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute. Dr. Shufflebarger has over 30 years of experience in care for children with spinal abnormalities and is a board-certified, nationally and internationally recognized expert in the care of pediatric spinal orthopedics.

He received his medical degree at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1966. He then completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory affiliated hospitals. He stays involved with innovation, both in the non-operative and operative treatment of pediatric spinal conditions. His contributions in the area of spinal instrumentation have been significant and continuous for over two decades.

His notable accomplishments include professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery and clinical professor at the University of Miami. He has a board certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the Scoliosis Research Society, serving as president in 2000.

Dr. Shufflebarger was a founding member of the very prestigious Harms Study Group 20 years ago, a national and international leader in research in pediatric spinal deformity, where he still serves on the executive committee. He’s also the director of the Division of Spinal Surgery at Miami Children's Hospital in Florida, where he has remained active since 1998. Dr. Shufflebarger’s passion for research has led to his high level of influence in his field. He’s the author of 20 textbook chapters, over 50 peer-reviewed spinal publications, has been published by abstract in over 200 instances, acted as visiting professor at over 100 institutions around the world, and has participated in over 150 spinal courses and conferences.

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Areas of Interest

  • Spinal deformities of all causes
    • Idiopathic scoliosis
    • Neuromuscular scoliosis
    • Congenital scoliosis
    • Early onset scoliosis
    • Syndromic scoliosis
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Scheuermann’s Disease
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal fractures
  • Adolescent disc disease

Education & Training

Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Post-graduate training (Internship & Residency)
Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta

Hospital Affiliations
St. Mary’s Medical Center

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • Fox Pediatric Severe Spinal Deformity Study Group, Core Member
  • North American Spine Society, Emeritus Member
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, Fellow
  • Scoliosis Research Society, Fellow and Past President (2000)
  • Scoliosis Research Society, Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
  • Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation (Harms Study Group)
    – Founding and Core Member
    – Executive Committee Member