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Child, Zachary, MD

Zachary Child, MD
Assistant Professor, Spine
Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Muskulosketal Oncology

Surgical Training

Orthopaedic Residency                                                                                         University of New Mexico Hospitals

Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology                                                               Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard

Fellowship in Spine Surgery                                                                                  Haborview Medical Center - University of Washington

Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and Musculoskeletal Oncology University of Texas Health Center San Antonio


Areas of Expertise: Dr. Child is fellowship trained and is active in research concerning complex spine surgery. He completed his AO Spine fellowship at the busiest and perhaps premier spine trauma center in the world at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Washington in a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery spine department. He presents nationally on topics including spine trauma and oncology. His focus includes:

               Craniocervical and upper cervical injuries

               Lumbopelvic trauma

               Spinal cord injury

               Infection (epidural abscesses, discitis and pyogenic osteomylitis)

Complex adult deformity and degenerative disorders of the spine

Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

Artificial disc replacement

Cervical thoracic and lumbar microscopic spine surgery

Minimally invasive XLIF lateral techniques

Safety and complication prevention in spine care


In addition he is a candidate member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and treats all aspects of tumor surgery with special emphasis on primary and malignant tumors of the pelvis, spine and extremities. Trained at Harvard, he worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital including Harris Chordoma center and presented research nationally on massive tumors and resections of the pelvis and sacrum. He has extensive experience with computerized navigation in these highly complex surgeries and team based comprehensive oncologic care. His focus includes:

Adult and pediatric primary and malignant bone tumors (Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Ewings)

Soft tissue sarcoma

Benign tumors of bone and soft tissue (giant cell, aneurysmal and unicameral bone cysts, osteochondroma)


Metastatic disease

Complex infection


These two disciplines also mean that Dr. Child is the only double-fellowship trained surgeon treating tumors of the spine in San Antonio and works closely with the UT Cancer Therapy and Research Center. Please consider Dr. Child for any advice transfer or consultation regarding care in these issues. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio is committed to bringing the best collaborative, team-based care to the citizens of greater south Texas.