Alexa J. Karkenny, MD, is an attending physician in the pediatric division of orthopedic surgery and Clinical Instructor at Montefiore-Einstein. Dr. Karkenny’s clinical interest is in the treatment of pediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal problems. She has particular focus on neuromuscular diseases affecting the extremities and the spine, complex pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, bone deformities, limb length discrepancies, scoliosis and traumatic injuries.
Her medical education began at Drexel University, earning her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in 2010 followed by her Doctor of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Karkenny started her postgraduate training at Montefiore-Einstein with an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery from 2014 to 2019. She then went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to pursue a yearlong fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery, which she completed in 2020.
Dr. Karkenny’s research interests include neuromuscular scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, intraoperative navigation in orthopedic surgery, hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, vitamin D deficiency and pediatric fractures, pediatric injury prevention and occupational radiation exposure. She has shared her research through publication in peer-reviewed journals, poster presentations and podium presentations.
Dr. Karkenny is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society.