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Practice areas

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Faculty rank

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Clubfoot
  • Injury Prevention
  • Limb Deficiency
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Perthes Disease
  • Scoliosis



Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Additional information


Vishwas Talwalkar is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Lexington and Associate Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Kentucky. His expertise is all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics and complex spinal deformity and he is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is involved in a broad spectrum of research with a focus on the areas of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, spinal deformity and clubfoot. He has been a recipient of research awards from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the resident teaching award from the University of Kentucky.

He graduated summa cum laude from Murray State University and obtained his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University and sub-specialized in pediatric orthopaedics and spine surgery with training at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Talwalkar is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Association of Children’s Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He continues to be active in multiple leadership positions in these organizations.

Personal statement

Part of the beauty of pediatric orthopaedics is that we get to take care of such a broad variety of patients. I like to take care of children in particular because they're so resilient and they're so much fun to take care of. Every day they seem to have a different funny story, and every day when I come to work it's always a little bit different. That variety is very intriguing, and it also makes work fun. That's why I enjoy kids in particular, and orthopaedics is great because it allows you to impact patients in ways that you can see the results of what you've done. With kids you can see the results as they continue to grow up, so it's very gratifying that way.


  1. Erickson S, Hosseinzadeh P, Iwinski HJ, Muchow RC, Talwalkar VR, Walker JL, Milbrandt TA. Dynamic pedobarography and radiographic evaluation of surgically treated cavovarus foot deformity in children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Jul;24(4):336-40.
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  2. Garabekyan T, Hosseinzadeh P, Iwinski HJ, Muchow RD, Talwalkar VR, Walker J, Milbrandt TA. The results of preoperative halo-gravity traction in children with severe spinal deformity. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2014 Jan;23(1):1-5.
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  3. Zou Y, Brooks JL, Talwalkar V, Milbrandt TA, Puleo DA. Development of an injectable two-phase drug delivery system for sequential release of antiresorptive and osteogenic drugs. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2012 Jan; 100(1):155-62. PMID: 22102375.
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  4. Patel J, Walker JL, Talwalkar VR, Iwinski HJ, Milbrandt TA. Correlation of spine deformity, lung function, and seat pressure in spina bifida. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 May; 469(5):1302-7. PMID: 21125362.
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  5. Nowicki PD, Tylkowski CM, Iwinski HJ, Talwalkar V, Walker JL, Milbrandt TA. Structural bone allograft in pediatric foot surgery. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2010 May; 39(5):238-40. PMID: 20567741.
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  6. Pienkowski D, Resig J, Talwalkar V, Tylkowski C. Novel three-dimensional MRI technique for study of cartilaginous hip surfaces in Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. J Orthop Res. 2009 Aug; 27(8):981-8. PMID: 19405084.
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  7. Milbrandt TA, Singhal M, Minter C, McClung A, Talwalkar VR, Iwinski HJ, Walker J, Beimesch C, Montgomery C, Sucato DJ. A comparison of three methods of pain control for posterior spinal fusions in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jun 15; 34(14):1499-503. PMID: 19525843.
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  8. Walker JL, Coburn TR, Cottle W, Burke C, Talwalkar VR. Recreational terminal devices for children with upper extremity amputations. J Pediatr Orthop. 2008 Mar; 28(2):271-3. PMID: 18388728.
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  9. Roche C, Mattingly B, Talwalkar V, Tylkowski C, Stevens DB, Hardy PA, Pienkowski D. Tarsal shape, size, and articulating surface morphology in adolescent surgically treated clubfoot and their contralateral normal foot. J Pediatr Orthop. 2006 May-Jun; 26(3):329-35. PMID: 16670544.
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  10. Mattingly B, Talwalkar V, Tylkowski C, Stevens DB, Hardy PA, Pienkowski D. Three-dimensional in vivo motion of adult hind foot bones. J Biomech. 2006; 39(4):726-33. PMID: 16439242.
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  11. Banit DM, Iwinski HJ, Talwalkar V, Johnson M. Posterior spinal fusion in paralytic scoliosis and myelomeningocele. J Pediatr Orthop. 2001 Jan-Feb; 21(1):117-25. PMID: 11176365.
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