Rachel M. Thompson, MD

Rachel M. Thompson, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Renee Meyer Luskin Children's Clinic
1225 15th Street
Suite 2100
Santa Monica, California 90404


Rachel Thompson is a Chicago native, who attended medical school at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She completed her first fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, TX and her second in neuromuscular orthopaedics at Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. She additionally completed a travelling fellowship in adolescent and adult hip dysplasia in Aarhus, Denmark before joining the faculty at UCLA.

Her primary area of practice is pediatric orthopaedics, with a specialization in neuromuscular orthopaedics/cerebral palsy and hip dysplasia/disease. She is on staff at Orthopaedic Institute for Children and UCLA as an assistant clinical professor-in-residence in the department of orthopaedics at UCLA, where she also serves as the Director for the UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy and the William and Patricia Oppenheim Presidential Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics . Her clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy and adolescent hip disease, in utilizing gait analysis to improve surgical decision making, and in the molecular basis for the muscular pathology seen in cerebral palsy.

Dr. Thompson has published clinical peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters in general orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedics and neuromuscular orthopaedics. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally. Dr. Thompson's research in a broad area of topics has led to receiving research awards from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.




Medical Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2019


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2016


Northwestern University GME, 2015


George Washington University School of Medicine, MD, 2010


  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2021
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America St. Giles Young Investigator Award
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association Best Pediatric Paper 2017
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Muscular pathology in cerebral palsy
  • Early identification of cerebral palsy
  • Gait analysis in surgical decision making and surgical outcomes
  • Hip surveillance in cerebral palsy
  • Pain management and surgical preparation for patients with cerebral palsy
  • Pain management and medication management in pediatric orthopaedic patients
  • Musculoskeletal Infections


1. Grace, R.F, Mednick, R.E., Neufeld, E.J. (2009).   Compliance with immunizations in splenectomized individuals with hereditary spherocytosis. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 52(7).

2. Alvi, H.M., Mednick, R.E., Manning, D.W. (2013). Tissue Necrosis Resulting From Vascular Injury Due to Failed Hardware in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connector Oct 9;3(4).

3. Mednick R.E., Alvi HM, Krishnan V, Lovecchio F, Manning DW. (2014) Factors Affecting Readmission Rates Following Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery America July 16;96(14).

4. Mednick, R.E., Alvi, H.M., Morgan C.E., Stover M.D., Manning D.W. (2014) Femoral Vein Blood Flow During a Total Hip Arthroplasty Using a Modified Heuter Approach.  Journal of Arthroplasty Dec 17.

5. Alvi, H.M., Mednick, R.E., Krishnan V., Kwasny, M.J., Beal, M.D., Manning, D.W. (2015) The Effect of BMI on Thirty Day Outcomes Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty Feb 7.

6. Mednick, R.E., Eller, E.B., Swaroop, V. T., Dias, L. (2015) Outcomes of Tibial Derotation Osteotomies Performed in Patients with Myelodysplasia. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Oct-Nov 35(7):721-4.

7. Suleiman, L., Edelstein, A., Thompson, R.M., Alvi, H.M., Beal, M., Manning, D.W. (2015) Perioperative Outcomes Following Unilateral versus Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty Nov 30(11):1927-30.

8. Alvi, H.M., Mednick, R.E., Lovecchio, F., Hardt, K.D., Manning, D.W. (2015) Unplanned Hospital Readmission Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. Ann Transl Med Nov 3(19): 29

9. Thompson, R.M., Thurm, C.W., Rothstein, D.H. (2016) Interhospital Variability in Perioperative Red Blood Cell Ordering Patterns in United States Pediatric Surgical Patients. J Pediatrics Oct 177: 244-24

10. Thompson, R.M., Gourineni, P. (2017) Arthroscopic Treatment of Septic Arthritis in Very Young Children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Jan 37(1): e53-e57.

11. Thompson, R.M., Hubbard, E., Jo, CH, Virostek, D., Karol, L. (2017) Brace Success is Related to Curve Type in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Jun 7;99(11): 923-928.

12. Thompson, R.M., Ihnow, S., Swaroop, V.T., Dias, L. (2017) Tibial derotational osteotomies in two neuromuscular populations: comparing cerebral palsy with myelomeningocele. Journal of Child Orthopaedics Aug 1;11(4): 243-248.

13. Thompson, R.M., Dean, D., Goldberg, S., Kwasny, M.J., Langman, C.B., Janicki, J.A. (2017) Vitamin D Insufficiency and Fracture Risk in Urban Children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Sep 37(6): 368-373.

14. Alvi, H.M., Thompson, R.M.., Krishnan V., Kwasny M., Manning D.W. (2018) Time to Surgery for Definitive Fixation of Hip Fractures:  A Look at Outcomes Based Upon Delay. The American Journal of Orthopedics Sep;47(9).

15. Thompson, R.M., Hubbard, E.W., Elliott, M., Riccio, A., Sucato, D. (2018) Is Less More? Assessing the Value of Early Clinical and Radiographic Follow-Up for Operative Supracondylar Humerus Fractures.  Journal of Child Orthopeedics Oct 1; 12(5): 502-508.

16. Thompson, R.M., Foley, J., Dias, L., Swaroop, V.T. (2019) Hip Status and Long-term Functional Outcomes in Spina Bifida. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Mar;39(3): e168-e172.

17. Shrader, M.W., Wimberly, R.L., Thompson, R.M. (2019) Hip Surveillance for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Apr 2019 (epub ahead of print)

18. Hubbard, E., Thompson, R.M., Pierce, W., Riccio, A., Wimberly, R.L. (2019) Biomechanical Performance of Nail Fixation Constructs in Pediatric Distal Third Femoral Shaft Fractures. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Apr;39(4): e258-e263.

19. Thompson R.M., Fowler E., Culo B., Shellock F.G. (2019) MRI safety and imaging artifacts evaluated for a cannulated screw used for guided growth. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Feb;66:219-225.

20. Randall, R., Thompson, R.M. (2020) What’s Important: Being Yourself, Even Under Stress. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dec 2;102(23):2106-2108.

21. Thompson, R.T. (2021) CORR Insights: Does a History of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis in Patients Undergoing Femoroacetabular Osteoplasty for Femoralacetabular Impingement Affect Outcomes Scores or Risk of Reoperation? CORR. May 1;479(5):1037-1039.

22. Nahm, N.J., Ludwig, M., Thompson, R.M., Rogers, K., Miller, Imici, A., Dabney, K.W., Miller, F., Sees, J.P. (2021) Single Event Multilevel Surgery In Cerebral Palsy: Value Added By A Co-Surgeon.  Medicine. Jun 18;100(24):e26294.

23. Hart, C.M., Chen, C., Hsiue, P.P., Farshchi, R., Silva, M., Zeegan, E., Thompson, R.M., Stavrakis, A. (2021) National Trends in Total Hip Arthroplasty Bearing Surface Usage in Extremely Young Patients Between 2006 and 2016. Arthroplasty Today. Aug;10:51-56.


  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2021
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America St. Giles Young Investigator Award
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association Best Pediatric Paper 2017
  • Mac Keith Press AACPDM Promising Career Award
  • Spine Research Award, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • OREF/ORS Midwest Resident Research Symposium 1st Place Clinical Science Award
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons “Game Changers” Paper
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Dallas B. Phemister Physician in Training Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Medical Society
  • Tauber Scholarship recipient
  • American Pediatric Society/Society for Pediatric Research Student Research Program
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society