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Laurel Blakemore, MD

Board Certifications:
Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Areas of Clinical Interest:
Scoliosis, complex spinal deformity, and general pediatric orthopaedics

Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Case Western Reserve University (1998)
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan (1997)
Internship: Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford Affiliated Hospitals (1992)
Medical Degree: University of Alabama (1991)


Awards & Recognition:

Top Doctors Recognition: Northern Virginia Magazine

President Elect, Scoliosis Research Society

Clinic Locations: Fairfax

Keystone Publications:

Radiographic Resource Utilization in the Initial Referral and Evaluation of Patients With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018

Radiographic Resource Utilization in the Initial Referral and Evaluation of Patients With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018

Growth Patterns of the Neurocentral Synchondrosis (Ncs) in Immature Cadaveric Vertebra. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics2018

Pediatric Injuries at An Annual Motocross Competition: Rates and Severity. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2017

Patient Reviews:
"Dr. Blakemore is always very professional and uses friendly terms that kids and adults can both understand. She looks you in the eye and answers questions thoroughly."

"Dr. Blakemore is very professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and informative. We enjoy interacting with her."

"Dr. Blakemore is amazing as is her staff. She's fantastic. We always come out of our visit understanding everything clearly. She answers all our questions and concerns and she's just wonderful. We have always had a wonderful experience. Thank you!"

Where did you grow up?
All over- I was born in Philadelphia and have lived from Washington to Palo Alto- even in Ireland for a few years!
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
I had a lot of outside interests growing up, but my parents really instilled a belief in service in all of us: I figured I could do more good as a doctor than doing some of the other things I liked- and still do them a little as well. When I saw pediatric orthopedics I was hooked- it’s such a privilege to care for these kids and we often have relationships that last years, so I get to see them grow up and thrive.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
I was here for ten years, and after a six-year move to Florida, I’ve returned home.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Riding horses- show jumpers specifically- has always been my other passion. It’s a great sport that you can participate in and keep learning about your whole lifetime. My husband likes to ride too so it’s something we can do together.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
Definitely taking care of all the patients and families I’ve known in my career- it’s really an honor and it’s what we all love about pediatrics. When I get a note or photo of one of my patients doing something they love or reaching a goal it makes my whole week!

Personally, I guess winning my first grand prix this summer! It was a dream goal for me.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
Probably a veterinarian.
Personal Sketch:

Married to my best friend and have three great stepdaughters, all four are amazing!