Matthew Halanski, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Omaha, NE, Children's Hospital and Medical Center


Orthopaedic Surgery Omaha, NE

Pediatric Orthopedics

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center / Division Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Children's Hospital of Omaha

Dr. Halanski is on Doximity

As a Doximity member you'll join over a million verified healthcare professionals in a private, secure network.

  • Connect with other colleagues in the same hospital or clinic
  • Search all U.S. specialist profiles and refer a patient
  • Read the latest clinical news and earn CME/CEU credits

See Dr. Halanski's full profile

Already have an account?

  • Office

    Children's Hospital & Medical Center
    8200 Dodge Street,
    Omaha, NE 68114
    Phone(402) 955-6317 x 4134
    Fax(402) 955-6330
  • Is this information wrong?


  • I am a board certified Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in the care of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases particularly SMA. I have broad research interests spanning basic science research to clinical trials with a focus on translational medicine. Areas of interest include bone growth and deformity correction, improving cast treatment, predicting and treating recurrent clubfoot deformities, minimizing blood loss during spinal surgery, minimizing radiation, and improving the quality of life for children with SMA. While diverse, all of this work is ultimately focused on minimizing the unnecessary morbidity of orthopaedic procedures performed on children.

Education & Training

  • Starship Children's HospitalFellow, Paediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity Surgery, 2006 - 2007
  • University of Wisconsin
    University of WisconsinResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2003 - 2006
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Wayne State University School of MedicineResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2001 - 2003
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Wayne State University School of MedicineClass of 2001
  • University of MichiganB.S., Majors: Chemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, High Distinction Graduate with High Honors in Chemistry, 1992 - 1996

Certifications & Licensure

  • NE State Medical License
    NE State Medical License 2019 - 2021
  • WI State Medical License
    WI State Medical License 2004 - 2021
  • MI State Medical License
    MI State Medical License Active through 2014
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Meeting's Best Paper Award Winner, Phillip Zorab Symposium British Scoliosis Society, 2017
  • Invited as Society’s Best Poster POSNA, 2017
  • Recipient of Angela Kuo Memorial Young Investigator Award POSNA, 2016
  • Join now to see all

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • The Role of Periosteal Fibers in Accelerated Bone Growth  
    Rajeev Chaudhary, Ming-Song Lee, Kuwabo Mubyana, Sarah Duenwald-Kuehl, Jarred Kaiser, Ray Vanderby Jr., Kevin W. Eliceiri, David T. Corr, Wan-Ju Li, Paul J. Campagnola..., Bone, 1/1/2016
  • Amicar versus Tranexamic Acid in pediatric spine deformity surgery, a prospective randomized double-blinded study  
    Matthew A. Halanski, MD, Jeffery A. Cassidy, MD, Scott Hetzel, Diann Reischman PhD, Nabil Hassan, MD, Spine Deformity, 1/1/2014
  • Efficiency and Safety: When is the best time to valve a plaster cast?  
    Samuel RH Steiner, MD, Kirollos Gendi, BA, Matthew A. Halanski, MD, and Kenneth J. Noonan, MD, JBJS, 1/1/2017
  • Join now to see all

Books/Book Chapters


  • Scientific Exhibit: Challenges of Pediatric Orthopedic Implant Design and Approval.
    Matthew A. Halanski, Michael W. Shrader, Michael Vitale, Brian Snyder, POSNA annual meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 1/1/2016
  • Can Radiographs Predict Outcome in Patients with Idiopathic Clubfoot Treated with the Ponseti Method?
    Conor P. O’Halloran, BS; Blaise A. Nemeth, MD; Matthew A. Halanski, MD; Catherine Carlyle Zimmermann, MD; Kenneth J. Noonan, MD, POSNA annual meeting, Hollywood, CA, 1/1/2014
  • Critical Evaluation of Spinal Growing Rods in the Treatment of Scoliosis in the SMA Population.
    Matthew A.Halanski, Karen Patterson, Sarah Sund, Linda Makholm, Mary Schroth, Families of SMA annual meeting, Washington, DC, 1/1/2014
  • Join now to see all


  • Maternal Vitamin D Deficient Diets Increase Kyphosis in Offspring. 
    London, England - 1/1/2017
  • To Cast, To Saw, and Not To Injure: Can Safety Strips Decrease Cast Saw Injuries? 
    Hollywood, CA - 1/1/2014
  • The Effect of “Education on Orthopaedic Surgery Residents’ Ability to Objectively Evaluate a Simulated Compartment Syndrome. 
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2013; San Antonio, TX, 2014; New Orleans, LA, 2014 - 1/1/2014
  • Join now to see all

Press Mentions

  • Study Finds Ponseti Method of Clubfoot Correction
    Study Finds Ponseti Method of Clubfoot CorrectionMay 22, 2019 23:55
  • Editor’s Spotlight/Take 5: To Cast, to Saw, and Not to Injure: Can Safety Strips Decrease Cast Saw Injuries?
    Editor’s Spotlight/Take 5: To Cast, to Saw, and Not to Injure: Can Safety Strips Decrease Cast Saw Injuries?May 22, 2019 23:55
  • Less-Invasive Scoliosis Treatment Allows Kids to Be Kids
    Less-Invasive Scoliosis Treatment Allows Kids to Be KidsApril 17, 2018 11:00

Grant Support

  • Periosteal Transection to Accelerate Bone Growth by a Knifeless TechniqueThe Hartwell Foundation2016–2019
  • AAOS/ORS The Physis: Fundamental Knowledge to a Fantastic Future through Research - SymposiumNIH2018
  • How Tendon Anchoring Affects Fixation in Tendon Transfers to Unossified BoneOREF2017–2018
  • Ultra focus Digital Radiography System with DXANIH2017–2018
  • Therapeutic Application of M2 Macrophages to Improve Tendon HealingOREF2016–2018
  • Growth following Periosteal Resection:Utilization of a novel Bio-Delivery System to Regulate Expansion of the Growth PlateThe Hartwell Foundation2013–2018
  • Non-invasive Limb LengtheningAngela Kuo Memorial Award/POSNA2016–2017
  • Improving the Care of Children with SMAUW-ICTR PCORI Pilot2015–2017
  • Core Competency Innovation: Development of a hip modelOMEGA Medical Grant Association2014–2015
  • New Porcine Model for Pediatric Spinal DeformityPOSNA2014–2015
  • SMA DatabaseFamilies of SMA (Now CURE SMA)2013–2015
  • Is ossification necessary to transfer tendon to bone?OREF2013–2014
  • Establishing the Electronic Pediatric Orthopaedic Teaching System (TEPOTS)Omega Residency Enhancement Grant2013–2014
  • Elucidating the Mechanism of Growth Acceleration following Periosteal ResectionSt Giles Young Investigator Award/POSNA2012–2013


  • Memeber, SRS Growing Spine Committee 2017 - 2019
  • Member, POSNA Membership Committee 2016 - 2019
  • Wisconsin Ambassador, OREF 2014 - 2019
  • Member, POSNA Traveling Fellowship Committee 2014 - 2016
  • Member, AAOS Biomedical Engineering Committee 2013 - 2016
  • Member, POSNA Research Committee 2011 - 2013

Research History

  • HHMI-NIH Research ScholarLived at Cloister working at NIH in John Brady lab studying HIV, TAT protein, and interactions with the cell cycle.1998 - 1999
  • Parke Davis Paharmaceuticals - Summer ExternSummer Extern optimizing and utilizing a purification pathway for clinically interesting metaloporphyrins1995 - 1995

Professional Memberships

  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Fellow
  • Scoliosis Research Society
    Candidate Member
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Academy of Cerebra Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • Alpha Chi Sigma, Professional Chemistry Fraternity

Hospital Affiliations