Perry Schoenecker, MD
Perry Schoenecker, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery, is being honored for his 30+ years of service with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a clinician, educator and researcher. Schoenecker has a local, national and international reputation for excellence as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. He performs hundreds of procedures annually at St. Louis Shriners Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His philosophy is that the clinical evaluation is complete only when all the questions are answered, and the operation is over only when you have it right.
As an educator of surgeons he has always generously and effectively shared his vast intraoperative clinical experience with students, residents, fellows and surgical partners. He has been a three-time recipient of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Palma Chironis Award for teaching excellence.
Schoenecker has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics including traumatic injury of the upper and lower extremities and developmental deformities of the lower extremity, hip and foot. He has a longstanding interest in hip conditions involving the child, adolescent and young adult. He frequently serves as an invited instructor in surgical technique around the world. His socratic-like dialogue is conducive to meaningful interaction and a positive educational experience.
Schoenecker served as the acting chairman of orthopaedic surgery in the early ’80s and is a past president of the Shrine Surgeons Association and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (2006-07). He is the chief of staff at Shriners Hospital and acting surgeon-in-chief of orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital. He is the current president of the medical staff at Children’s Hospital. Schoenecker earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Washington University Medical Center, then joined the faculty in 1975.