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Tom Novacheck MD
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  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Chair, Cerebral Palsy Institute; Medical Director, Integrated Care Services


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  • Tom Novacheck, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with an international reputation, has been instrumental in the growth of orthopedics and cerebral palsy care for more than 30 years at Gillette Children’s. He serves as Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Institute and Medical Director of Integrated Care Services at the Saint Paul, Minnesota based specialty health care system. Founded in 1897, Gillette Children’s was the nation’s first pediatric hospital focused on children with disabilities. 

    Dr. Novacheck served a term as president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) in 2021. He has been involved in more than 150 academic papers, research studies and presentations in his tenure. He is a professor of orthopedics at the University of Minnesota.   

    Additionally, he’s an active member of the American Orthopedic Association, the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.   

    Research and Teaching Focus 

    • Motion analysis testing methods and reporting 

    • Normal and pathological gait 

    • Cerebral palsy pathology 

    • Cerebral palsy gait management, treatment, and outcomes assessment 

    • Annual gait course teaching faculty since 1991 


    • Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery, Newington Children’s, now Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford 

    • Orthopedic Residency, Penn State University 

    • Medical School, University of Wisconsin 

  • I like to partner with other providers and families to help children and young adults achieve happiness, comfort, and fulfillment to the greatest extent possible given any underlying conditions.

  • Medical School: 
    University of Wisconsin

    Penn State University

    Newington Children's

    Board Certification(s): 
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
    • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society
    • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Find a list of Dr. Tom Novacheck's publications here.

  • Running, backpacking and tree farming.

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