James O. Sanders, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics

Frank C. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics

Pediatric Orthopaedics


UNC Orthopaedics (Ambulatory Care Center)
102 Mason Farm Road
Second Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: (984) 974-5700
Referral Fax: (919) 966-7956

Provider Office
Phone: (919) 966-9072
Fax: (919) 966-6730

  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio TX
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic and Scoliosis: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children


  • Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery


  • Spine Deformity
    • Long-term results of surgical treatment of Scoliosis
    • Progression of scoliosis and how to modify it
    • Patient consequences of spine deformity
    • Early Onset Scoliosis
  • Childhood and adolescent growth and skeletal maturity of the spine and extremities
  • Using quality improvement techniques to create better care
2019-present Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery; UNC School of Medicine
2019-present Frank c. Wilson Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine
  • Best Doctors in America: 2009 – 2018
  • Hibbs Award for Best Basic Research Paper, Scoliosis Research Society 2015
  • Arthur H Huene Award for Excellence and Promise in Pediatrics Orthopedics,Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, 2009
  1. Casting for Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. Sanders JO. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics 09/2016.
  2. Simplified skeletal maturity scoring system: learning curve and methods to improve reliability. K. Verma, P. Sitoula, P. Gabos, K. Loveland, J. Sanders, S. Verma and S. A. Shah. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 39(26):E1592-8. Dec 15, 2014
  3. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis: how many patients require treatment to prevent one surgery? J. O. Sanders, P. O. Newton, R. H. Browne, D. E. Katz, J. G. Birch and J. A. Herring. J Bone Joint Surg Am 96(8):649-53. Apr 16, 2014

(see entire list available at PubMed)