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Susan Novotny PhD
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Clinical Scientist, Musculoskeletal Research

Research Focus Area(s)

  • Pediatric Bone Health; Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease; Neuromuscular conditions
  • Dr. Susan Novotny is a clinical scientist and co-leader of Orthopedic Research Program at Gillette Children's. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Novotny joined Gillette in 2013.

  • Graduate Degree: 
    Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology - University of Minnesota

  • Novotny, S. A., Hailer, Y. D., Laine, J. C., Wetzel, M., Gillespie, S. E., Gilbert, S. R., . . . International Perthes Study, G. (2023). Do Weightbearing Restrictions Cause Excess Weight Gain in Children With LEGG-Calve-Perthes Disease? J Pediatr Orthop, 43(1), 31-36. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000002264

    Laine, J. C., Novotny, S. A., Weber, E. W., Georgiadis, A. G., & Dahl, M. T. (2020). Distal Tibial Guided Growth for Anterolateral Bowing of the Tibia: Fracture May Be Prevented. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 102(23), 2077-2086. doi:10.2106/JBJS.20.00657

    Novotny, S. A., Warren, G. L., & Hamrick, M. W. (2015). Aging and the muscle-bone relationship. Physiology (Bethesda), 30(1), 8-16. doi:10.1152/physiol.00033.2014

    Find a list of Dr. Novotny's publications here

  • Research Areas of Interest:

    • Pediatric Bone Health
    • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
    • Neuromuscular conditions

    Dr. Novotny focuses on understanding the role of physical activity in building strong bones to prevent bone fractures. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between muscle activity and bone strength, and the importance of physical activity in making bones stronger in children who have pediatric conditions and diseases.


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