Melissa Bent

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Bent is an assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery. She trained in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and then completed a fellowship in non operative pediatric orthopedics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a co-director and site principal investigator of the Consortium of Technology in Pediatrics (CTIP 3.0), an FDA funded pediatric medical device accelerator with Drs. Yaniv Bar Cohen and Juan Espinoza at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She currently focuses on the use of augmented reality in pediatric rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy. Melissa’s other academic interests include health equity in orthopedics and rehabilitation, pediatric medical device and techequity, clubfoot clinical outcomes, and advancing the growing field of non operative pediatric orthopedics.


  • Using a mobile health app in a weight management program for overweight and obese adolescents and young adults with spina bifida J Spinal Cord Med. 2023 Sep 28; 1-10. . View in PubMed
  • Gait Analysis Characteristics in Relapsed Clubfoot J Pediatr Orthop. 2023 Feb 01; 43(2):65-69. . View in PubMed
  • Feasibility of temperature monitoring smart socks in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2023; 16(4):649-655. . View in PubMed
  • Response to: Neuromuscular Patients Are 40% More Likely to Get a Cast Injury J Pediatr Orthop. 2023 09 01; 43(8):e692-e693. . View in PubMed
  • Neuromuscular Patients Are 40% More Likely to Get a Cast Injury J Pediatr Orthop. 2022 Mar 01; 42(3):144-148. . View in PubMed
  • Relationships among classifications of impairment and measures of ambulatory function for children with spina bifida Disabil Rehabil. 2021 12; 43(25):3696-3700. . View in PubMed
  • The prevalence and risk factors for foot pressure ulcers in ambulatory pediatric patients with spina bifida Disabil Rehabil. 2021 05; 43(9):1287-1291. . View in PubMed
  • The diagnosis and management of common childhood orthopedic disorders: An update Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2020 10; 50(10):100884. . View in PubMed
  • A Single Education Session of Orthopaedic Residents Does Not Reduce The Rate of Failed Nonoperative Management or Improve Radiographic Outcomes in Pediatric Distal Radius FracturesJ Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 10 16; 4(10):e20. 00170. . View in PubMed
  • A Pilot Study on Resident and Pediatrician Knowledge and Confidence in the Diagnosis of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Glob Pediatr Health. 2019; 6:2333794X19862127. . View in PubMed