Kenneth J. Noonan, MD

Dr. Noonan earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. He completed two research fellowships at the University of Iowa in growth plate physiology and at the Clinica Universitaria in Pamplona, Spain in limb lengthening. He is currently working toward a Masters of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Noonan’s clinical specialties include all aspects of pediatric orthopedics, especially scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and other pediatric spine deformities. Spinal techniques include spinal fusion, magnetic growing rods, and titanium rib lengthening. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery. His research interests include growth plate function, spinal deformity surgery, clubfoot and foot deformities, benign bone tumors, and pain management in post-operative patients.

Dr. Noonan was named to the Best Doctors in America List in 2014. He has served on numerous committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and is also a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics and the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma and Spine. He has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has been a visiting professor at many universities in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Noonan is passionate about providing the very best care for children and contributing to the field of Pediatric Orthopedics through education and research. He endeavors to bring cutting edge treatment to pediatric orthopedic patients here in the U.S. and abroad. Every year he leads a pediatric orthopedic team to Honduras for charitable work.

  • Specialty Training and Research - Limb Lengthening
    University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 1996
  • Fellowship - Pediatric Orthopedics
    Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL, 1995-1996
  • Fellowship - Department of Orthopedics
    NIH Training Grant
    University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA, 1994-1995
  • Residency - Department of Orthopedics
    University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA, 1989-1994
  • Medical Doctorate
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts - Biology and Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics
    Luther College, Decorah, IA, 1985
Certification and Licensure
  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 1999
  • Re-Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 2009
  • Medical Licensure
    • Wisconsin, 2001 – #43510-020
    • Indiana, 1997 – #01046187B
  • American Orthopedic Association, 2007-present
  • ASAMI (LLRS), 2002–present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2000-present
  • European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society, 2000-present
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), 2000-present
  • Scoliosis Research Society Fellow, 2000-present
  • Orthopaedic Research Society, 1998-present
Honors & Awards
  • Society of Pediatric Radiology – Caffey Aware for Best Educational Exhibit, “Nuts and Bolts: A Radiologist’s Guide to Orthopedic Hardware Utilized in the Lower Extremities of Children.”, 2017
  • Alvin Crawford Best e-Poster Award, POSNA Annual Meeting-May, 2014
  • Peter Armstrong Best QSVI Paper Award, POSNA Annual Meeting-May, 2014
  • AAOS Special Achievement Award, 2012
  • Top 17 US Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, 2012
  • Best Doctors in America Database, 2007-2008
  • Excellence in Innovation Award by Allergan, 2005
  • Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education, February, 2005
  • Okagaki Teaching Award, U.W. Department of Orthopedics, June, 2003
  • Children Matter Award, UWHC, March, 2004
  • Kaye Wilkins, Outstanding Clinical Paper, “Interobserver Variability of Gait Analysis in Cerebral Palsy”, Annual POSNA Meeting, 2001

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