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Christopher A. Makarewich, MD

Christopher A. Makarewich, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Christopher Makarewich, MD is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and Instructor in the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics, seeing patients at Primary Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children – Salt Lake City.

Dr. Makarewich specializes in limb lengthening and reconstruction for limb deformities of any cause, including trauma, infection, congenital differences, and genetic/syndromic disorders. In addition, he also focuses on hip disorders including hip dysplasia, Legg-Calves-Perthes disease, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis, as well as pediatric orthopaedic trauma. He finds the process of restoring a child’s function and ability to stay or become active to be incredibly rewarding.

Dr. Makarewich graduated cum laude from Colby College in Maine. He received his medical degree with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the Freddie H. Fu, MD Outstanding Student Award in Orthopaedics as well as the Frederick P. Lord Award in Anatomy. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah and went on to a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then continued to further subspecialize in pediatric limb lengthening and reconstructive surgery through a fellowship with the International Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at the Rubin Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society.

When Dr. Makarewich is not working he can be found spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors while hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Instructor

Research Interests

  • Quality, Safety and Value Initiatives
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Guided Growth
  • Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma

Education History

Fellowship Sinai Hospital, Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics
Limb lengthening and reconstruction

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency University of Utah
Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Medical Dartmouth Medical School

Undergraduate Colby College
Concentration in Environmental Science
B.A. (Hons)

Selected Publications - Journal Articles

Journal Article

  1. Makarewich CA, Talwar D, Baldwin KD, Swarup I (2020). Flexible Intramedullary Nailing of Femoral Shaft Fractures in Children Weighing ≥40 kg: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Pediatr Orthop, 40(10), 562-568.
  2. Hughes MS, Swarup I, Makarewich CA, Williams BA, Talwar D, Cahill PJ, Flynn JM, Anari JB (2019). Expert Consensus for Early Onset Scoliosis Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop, 40(7), e621-e628.
  3. Makarewich CA, Swarup I, Davidson RS (2020). A simple approach for determining tendon limb length in open Achilles lengthening: technical note. J Pediatr Orthop B, 29(4), 359-362.
  4. Williams BA, Makarewich CA, Montoya-Williams DC, Krakow A, Lioy J, Horn BD (2020). Epidemiology and management of appendicular fractures occurring in neonatal intensive care patients. (Epub ahead of print) Acta Paediatr.
  5. Makarewich CA, Herzenberg JE, McClure PK (2020). Latest Advances in Limb Lengthening Using Magnetically Controlled Intramedullary Lengthening Nails. Surg Technol Int, 36, 404-411.
  6. Makarewich CA, Stotts AK, Yoo M, Nelson RE, Rothberg DL (2019). Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment of Gartland Type II Supracondylar Humerus Fractures: A Cost and Safety Comparison. J Pediatr Orthop, 40(5), 211-217.
  7. Rothberg DL, Makarewich CA (2019). Fat Embolism and Fat Embolism Syndrome. J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 27(8), e346-e355.
  8. Makarewich CA, Anderson MB, Gililland JM, Pelt CE, Peters CL (2018). Ten-year survivorship of primary total hip arthroplasty in patients 30 years of age or younger. Bone Joint J, 100-B(7), 867-874.
  9. Makarewich CA, Lang P, Hutchinson DT (2017). Digital Ischemia After Application of Self-Adherent Elastic Wrap Dressing: A Case Series. Pediatrics, 141(1).
  10. Wylie JD, Makarewich CA, Working ZM, Jacobson L, Schmidt RL, Crim JR, Burks RT (2017). Findings Associated With Knee Pathology on MRI in Patients Without Osteoarthritis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 25(11), 780-786.
  11. Montanez A, Makarewich CA, Burks RT, Henninger HB (2016). The Medial Stitch in Transosseous-Equivalent Rotator Cuff Repair: Vertical or Horizontal Mattress? Am J Sports Med, 44(9), 2225-30.
  12. Makarewich CA, Hutchinson DT (2016). Tendon Transfers for Combined Peripheral Nerve Injuries. Hand Clin, 32(3), 377-87.
  13. Makarewich CA, Dwyer KW, Cantu RV (2015). Severe neurologic manifestations of fat embolism syndrome in a polytrauma patient. Am J Orthop, 44(1), E25-8.

Videos & News

News Articles

My Child Has One Leg That’s Shorter Than the Other, Can This Be Treated?

Leg length discrepancies are the result of one leg growing faster or slower than the other. This can be caused by many different things and is generally grouped into two categories: acquired or congenital.

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Christopher A. Makarewich, MD Practice Locations
  • Peds Ortho-Primary
    Children's Hospital

    100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr
    Suite 4550
    SLC UT 84113


  • Peds Ortho Outreach clinic

    Moab Regional Hosp
    450 Williams Way
    Moab UT 84532


  • Peds Ortho Outreach clinic

    San Juan Health Dept.
    735 S 200 W Ste 2
    Blanding UT 84511


  • Idaho Falls Community Hospital
    Pediatric Specialty Center

    2330 Desoto Street
    Idaho Falls, ID 83404



Pediatric Orthopaedics Clinic locations

  • Idaho Falls Community Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center

    2330 Desoto Street
    Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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  • Primary Children's Hospital (PCH)

    100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
    Suite 4550,
    Salt Lake City, UT  84113

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  • Lehi Primary Children’s Hospital

    250 N Miller Campus Dr
    Suite 300,
    Lehi, UT 84043

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  • Utah Valley Outpatient Center (Provo)

    1157 N. 300 W.
    Suite 302,
    Provo, UT 84604

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  • Layton Intermountain Hospital (Layton)

    201 W. Layton Parkway,
    Suite 3B,
    Layton, UT 84041

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  • Outreach Clinic - Missoula MT

    2360 Mullan Rd
    Suite C,
    Missoula MT 59808

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  • Outreach Clinic - St. George

    1380 E Medical Center Drive,
    Bldg 1; St.
    George UT 84790

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  • Outreach Clinic - Moab

    Moab Regional Hosp,
    450 Williams Way,
    Moab UT 84532

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  • Outreach Clinic - Blanding

    San Juan Health Dept.,
    735 S 200 W Ste 2,
    Blanding UT 84511

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  • Outreach clinic - Vernal

    Tricounty Health Dept.,
    133 S 500 E,
    Vernal UT 84078

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  • Outreach Clinic- Idaho Falls, ID

    Pediatric Specialty Clinic,
    Eastern ID Regional Medical Center,
    2330 Desoto St.
    Idaho Falls 83401

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