- Sports Medicine
Laura M. Lemke, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.
Dr. Lemke holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Honors from Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed an Internship and Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals, where she was appointed Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Lemke completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Illinois State Medical Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and Kane County Medical Society.
Why I Chose to Specialize in Pediatric Orthopaedics
My athletic endeavors led me to orthopaedics. I swam competitively through high school and college. After college, I competed in triathlons including the Hawaiian Ironman and I was a member of the National Triathlon Team. I chose to specialize in pediatric orthopaedics because I love children their innocence and honesty. It’s a rewarding field because kids heal quickly. It’s so gratifying to see them return to their activities with such joy.
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon On Treating Children Versus Adults
There’s a saying in this field: Children are not small adults. They have unique deformities and musculoskeletal issues related to growth and development. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons practice more general orthopaedics because with kids, you see problems related to all areas of the body. I see patients with scoliosis, congenital abnormalities, hip dysplasia, club feet, traumatic injuries, and much more. Sometimes I operate less frequently than an orthopedic surgeon who treats adults. Many conditions in pediatric orthopaedics can be resolved without surgery.
My Philosophy of Patient Care
The most important thing to remember when treating children is patience. It takes time for kids to trust you, so you have to continually reach out to them on their level. Sometimes that means playing a game; sometimes it involves singing songs together. Being a mother has taught me as much or more about children than I learned in medical school I have a fuller understanding of what makes them tick and what anxieties they have. At the same time, I need to connect with parents and put them at ease by explaining the issues and laying out a clear treatment plan.
On Joining the MOI Team
I’ve had professional interactions with various MOI physicians for the past 10 years and have always been impressed by their comprehensive and caring approach to patients. I feel very fortunate to be joining a practice that represents every orthopedic sub-specialty. With the addition of pediatric orthopaedics, MOI has the capabilities to provide care for the entire community.
When I’m Not Treating Patients
I enjoy being with my family and supporting my kids in all of their activities. We are very involved in baseball, soccer, and soball. I also play a little piano, and my children are all learning instruments, so we occasionally play together at their performances.
Laura M. Lemke, MD, FAAOS