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Medical Director, Center for Motion Analysis
BS, Yale University, 1991
MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1995
Orthopedic Surgery, University of Connecticut, 2000
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2001
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Dr. Pierz treats a variety of musculoskeletal problems, and has a special interest in gait abnormalities. The Center for Motion Analysis, often referred to as the “gait lab,” studies walking disorders along with more complicated movements such as running, throwing and jumping. Dr. Pierz is an expert in the treatment of limb deformity, and performs limb lengthening and shortening procedures as well as corrects other bone deformities using a variety of techniques, including minimally invasive growth plate surgeries and complex Ilizarov external fixation devices. In addition, her expertise includes the management of sports injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, osteochondritis dissecans and overuse injuries. Dr. Pierz also specializes in the treatment of cerebral palsy, child and adolescent trauma, clubfeet, developmental dysplasia of the hip, and injury prevention.
Dr. Pierz is a member of the following professional organizations: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS’s Committee on the Medical Aspect of Sport), the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (Session Moderator, 2012 Annual Meeting), Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society.
Pierz KA: CORR Insights ®: Does exercise influence pediatric bone? A systematic review. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Nov;473(11):3673-4 (Epub 2015 Sep 1).
Ounpuu S, Solomito M, Bell K, DeLuca P, Pierz K: Long-term outcomes after multilevel surgery including rectus femoris, hamstring and gastrocnemius procedures in children with cerebral palsy. Gait Posture. 2015 sep;42(3):365-72 (Epub 2015 Jul 23).
Jane-Acsadi A, Ounpuu S, Pierz K, Acsadi G: Pediatric Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2015 Jun;62(3):767-786 (Epub 2015 Apr 15).
Ounpuu S, Garibay E, Solomito M, Bell K, Pierz K, Thomson J, Acsadi G, Deluca P: A comprehensive evaluation of the variation in ankle function during gait in children and youth with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Gait Posture. 2013 Sep;38(4):90-06 (Epub 2013 May 20).
Grottkau BE, Hart ES, Kavadi N, Pierz, K: Rotational Variations of the Lower Extremity in Children in Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO). Grana WA ed. Pediatric Orthopaedics. Sullivan JA section ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Vol 11, January 2013.
Lee MC, Stone NE, Ritting AW, Silverstein EA, Pierz KA, Johnson DA, Naujoks R, Smith BG, Thomson JD: Mini C-Arm Fluoroscopy for Emergency-department Reduction of Pediatric Forearm Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011 Aug 3:93(15);1442-7.
Pierz, K*: Limb Length Discrepancy in Children in Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO). Grana WA ed. Pediatric Orthopaedics. Sullivan JA section ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Vol 9, Number 6, June 2011.
Pierz KA*: Fractures in Children and Adolescents: Distal Humerus Supracondylar Fractures. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 24(3):172-183; Sept 2009.
Pierz KA*: Tarsal Coalition, in Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO). Grana WA ed. Pediatric Orthopaedics. Sullivan JA section ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Vol 7, Number 8, August 2009.
Nissen CW, Westwell M, Ounpuu S, Patel M, Tate JP, Pierz K, Burns JP, Bicos J: Adolescent baseball pitching technique: a detailed three-dimensional biomechanical analysis. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007 Aug;39(8):1347-57.
Pierz KA*: Pediatric Sports Medicine. Current Opinion in Orthopaedics.14(6), 392-397, 2003.
Pierz KA, Steiber JR, Kusumi K, Dormans JP: Hereditary multiple exostosis: One center’s experience and review of etiology. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Aug (401):49-59, 2002.
Stieber J, Pierz K, Dormans J: Hereditary Multiple Exostoses: A Current Understanding of Clinical and Genetic Advances. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal. 14: 39-48, Spring, 2001.
Pierz K, Womer R, Dormans J: Current Issues – Pediatric Bone Tumors: Osteosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, and Chondrosarcoma Associated with Multiple Hereditary Osteochondromatosis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 21(3):412-418, May, 2001.
Pierz K, Pill S, Ganley T: Knee Injury – Football. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 33(5):S310, May, 2001.
Pierz K, Hartford J, Gahm N, Thomson J, Banta J: The Effect of Tethered Cord Release on Scoliosis Curve Progression. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 20(3):362-365, 2000.
Pomeroy G, Baltz M, Pierz K, Nowak M, Post W, Fulkerson J: The Effects of Bone Plug Length and Screw Diameter on the Holding Strength of Bone-Tendon-Bone Grafts. Arthroscopy 14(2):148-52, March, 1998.
Pierz K, Baltz M, Fulkerson J: The Effect of Kurosaka Screw Divergence on the Holding Strength of Bone-Tendon-Bone Grafts. American Journal of Sports Medicine 23(3):332-5, May-June, 1995.
Pierz KA*, Smith BG: Open reduction and internal fixation of displaced lateral condyle fractures of the humerus (Part 4; Chapter 2), in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Flynn, JM section editor; Wiesel, SW editor in chief. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010:1035-1041. (Second edition released July, 2015)
Smith BG, Pierz KA: Open reduction and internal fixation of fractures of the medial epicondyle (Part 4; Chapter 3), in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Flynn, JM section editor; Wiesel, SW editor in chief. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010:1042-1045. (Second edition released July, 2015)
Smith BG, Pierz KA, Zahradnik JL: Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (Chapter 13), in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics 3. Abel MA, editor. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, 2006:165-178.
Pierz KA*, Dormans JP: Spine Disorders, in Pediatric Orthopaedics – Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics. Dormans JP, ed. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2005:265-289.
Pierz KA*, Dormans JP: Spinal Disorders: The Essentials for the Pediatrician, in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine – The Requisites in Pediatrics. Dormans JP, ed. Harcourt, St. Louis, 2004:146-174.
Pierz KA*: Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, in Hip Disorders in Childhood. Banta JV, Scrutton D, eds. Mac Keith Press, Cambridge, 2003:74-87.
Pierz KA*: Trauma, in Hip Disorders in Childhood. Banta JV, Scrutton D, eds. Mac Keith Press, Cambridge, 2003:119-129.
Site Director for Residency Education at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Honored by the Arthritis Foundation, October 2012
Didactic Teaching Award – University of Connecticut School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program (June 2008)
Dr. Pierz enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Her favorite sport is soccer which she continues to play as much as possible.