Dr. Karen Myung


Dr. Karen Myung, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAOS is a board certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in scoliosis, kyphosis and other spinal deformities in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Dignity Health.


Dr. Myung has performed over 1,000 pediatric spine surgeries and has over twenty peer-reviewed scoliosis research publications. She serves on quality and safety committees in pediatric orthopedics at the national society level. Her orthopedic residency training was at the University of Wisconsin and her spine fellowship was at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, where she stayed on as an attending physician. She then moved on to Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health at Indiana University in Indianapolis where she built a large pediatric spine program. She also holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she earned a certification in Lean/Six Sigma methods to further devote her career to the improvement of quality, safety and operational processes in pediatric spinal surgery.

Dr. Myung is known to colleagues and patients not only as a top academician, but as an internationally-renowned surgeon who has led her region in clinical outcomes for safety, quality, and value for eight consecutive years.  Dr. Myung works not only to achieve outstanding technical outcomes, but to optimize cosmesis and body image for her patients. 


Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 

Washington University in St. Louis

PhD, Chemistry, University of Iowa

Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa​

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Master of Business Administration, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Indianapolis

Board Certification &

Society Affiliations

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Scoliosis Research Society

Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America

Hospital Affiliations

Sunrise Hospital Medical Center

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center


Neurophysiological monitoring of spinal cord function during spinal deformity surgery: 2020 SRS neuromonitoring information statement.


Acute onset of central diabetes insipidus during adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery


A classification of growth friendly spine implants


Methadone-based Multimodal Analgesia Provides the Best-in-class Acute Surgical Pain Control and Functional Outcomes With Lower Opioid Use Following Major Posterior Fusion Surgery in Adolescents With Idiopathic Scoliosis


Intraobserver and Interobserver Measurement Variability of the Rib-Vertebral Angle Difference


Spinal Deformity in Russell-Silver Syndrome


Early pelvic fixation failure in neuromuscular scoliosis


Upper thoracic pedicle screw loss of fixation causing spinal cord injury: a review of the literature and multicenter case series


Ewing sarcoma of the tibia mimicking fibrous dysplasia


Clay-shoveler's fracture equivalent in children


Operative Intervention of Supracondylar Humerus Fractures More Complicated in July: Analysis of the July Effect


Sacral facet fractures in elite athletes


Simple steps to minimize spine infections in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis


Some Connectors in Distraction-based Growing Rods Fail More Than Others


Nutritional improvement following growing rod surgery in children with early onset scoliosis


Are Rib Versus Spine Anchors Protective Against Breakage of Growing Rods?


The Effect of Growing Rod Treatment on Hemoglobin and Hematocrit Levels in Early-onset Scoliosis


Neuromonitoring Changes Are Common and Reversible With Temporary Internal Distraction for Severe Scoliosis


Spondylolysis is frequently missed by MRI in adolescents with back pain


Perioperative ketorolac use in children undergoing lower extremity osteotomies


Improvement of Kyphoscoliosis in a 9-Year-Old Using Growth Modulation With a Posterior Tether: A Case Report


The Use of Pedicle Screws in Children 10 Years of Age and Younger With Growing Rods


Complications of ketorolac use in children undergoing operative fracture care


Ten percent of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have variations in the number of thoracic or lumbar vertebrae


Intensive care unit versus hospital floor: a comparative study of postoperative management of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis


Comparison of the post-transcriptional regulation of the mRNAs for the surface proteins PSA (GP46) and MSP (GP63) of Leishmania chagasi