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John A. Heflin, MD

John A. Heflin, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor (Clinical)

Education History

Fellowship University of Utah
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Fellow

Residency Emory University
Orthopaedics
Resident

Internship Emory University School of Medicine
Surgery
Intern

Professional Medical Emory University School of Medicine
Medicine
M.D.

Undergraduate Auburn University
Mechanical Engineering
B.S.

Selected Publications - Journal Articles

Journal Article

  1. Bellaire LL, Zhang C, Smith JT, Heflin JA, Klatt J, Roye D, Sponseller P, Samdani A, Fedorak GT, Pediatric Spine Study Group (2020). Growth-friendly Spinal Instrumentation in Marfan Syndrome Achieves Sustained Gains in Thoracic Height Amidst High Rates of Implant Failure. J Pediatr Orthop, 41(3), e204-e210.
  2. Talmage MS, Nielson AN, Heflin JA, DAstous JL, Fedorak GT (2019). Prevalence of Hip Dysplasia and Associated Conditions in Children Treated for Idiopathic Early-onset Scoliosis-Don't Just Look at the Spine. J Pediatr Orthop, 40(1), e49-e52.
  3. Fedorak GT, Garg S, Heflin JA, Smith JT (2020). Management of Early-Onset Scoliosis-From Mehta Casts to Magnetically Expandable Rods: State of the Art in 2019. Instr Course Lect, 69, 641-650.
  4. Bellaire L, Fedorak G, Heflin J, Klatt J, Smith J, Sponseller P, Hedequist D, Pediatric Spine Study Group (2020). Growth-friendly Instrumentation for the Treatment of Early-onset Scoliosis in Marfan Syndrome. Spine Deform, 7(6), 1027-1028.
  5. Fedorak GT, Larkin K, Heflin JA, Xu J, Hung M (2019). Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System is Equivalent to Scoliosis Research Society-22 in Assessing Health Status in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine, 44(20), E1206-E1210.
  6. Haller JM, Heflin JA, Hulet DA, Ding Q, Presson AP, Smith JT (2019). Intrawound Vancomycin Powder Associated With Reduced Surgical Site Infection in Rib-based Distraction Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop, 39(9), e703-e707.
  7. Fedorak GT, DAstous JL, Nielson AN, MacWilliams BA, Heflin JA (2019). Minimum 5-Year Follow-up of Mehta Casting to Treat Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 101(17), 1530-1538.
  8. Fedorak GT, Larkin K, Heflin JA, Xu J, Hung M (2019). Pediatric PROMIS is Equivalent to SRS-22 in Assessing Health Status in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. (Epub ahead of print) Spine.
  9. Joukhadar N, Kubat O, Heflin J, Yasin MS, McClung A, Flynn T, Sheppard M, Skaggs D, El-Hawary R (2019). Superior Extension of Upper Instrumented Vertebrae in Distraction-based Surgery: A Surrogate for Clinically Significant Proximal Junctional Kyphosis. Spine Deform, 7(2), 371-375.
  10. Heflin J, Welborn M, Ramirez-Lluch N, Iriarte I, El-Hawary R, Fedorak GT, Smith JT, Childrens Spine Study Group (2018). Parallel Proximal Fixation in Rib-Based Growing Rod System: A Novel Approach to Deal With Proximal Anchor Migration. Spine, 43(14), E855-E858.
  11. Fedorak GT, Smith JT, Heflin JA (2018). Use of Halo-Gravity Traction and a Magnetically Controlled Growing Rod for Untreated Severe Kyphoscoliosis in an Adolescent: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect, 8(3), e75.
  12. Workman JK, Wilkes J, Presson AP, Xu Y, Heflin JA, Smith JT (2017). Variation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery: Implications for Improving Healthcare Value. J Pediatr, 195, 213-219.e3.
  13. Heflin JA, Fedorak GT, Presson AP, Morgan JV, Smith JT (2017). Surgeon Experience Does Not Change Rate of Perioperative Surgical Complication in Rib-Based Distraction Surgery for Early-Onset Scoliosis. Spine Deform, 6(5), 600-606.
  14. Welborn MC, DAstous J, Bratton S, Heflin J (2017). Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis: Factors Affecting EDF Casting Success. Spine Deform, 6(5), 614-620.
  15. Haller JM, Heflin JA, Hulet DA, Ding Q, Presson AP, Smith JT (2017). Intrawound Vancomycin Powder Associated With Reduced Surgical Site Infection in Rib-based Distraction Surgery. (Epub ahead of print) J Pediatr Orthop.
  16. El-Hawary R, Samdani A, Wade J, Smith M, Heflin JA, Klatt JW, Vitale MG, Smith JT, Childrens Spine Study Group (2015). Rib-based Distraction Surgery Maintains Total Spine Growth. J Pediatr Orthop, 36(8), 841-846.
  17. Heflin JA, Ford S, Stevens P (2016). Guided growth for tibia vara (Blount's disease). Medicine (Baltimore), 95(41), e4951.
  18. Tauchi R, Tsuji T, Cahill PJ, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker M, El-Hawary R, Heflin JA, Imagama S, Joshi AP, Nohara A, Ramirez N, Roye DP, Saito Toshiki, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Kawakami N (January 2016). Reliability Analysis of Cobb Angle Measurements of Congenital Scoliosis Using X-ray and 3D-CT Images. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology, 26(1), 53-57.
  19. Heflin JA, Cleveland A, Ford SD, Morgan JV, Smith JT (2015). Use of Rib-Based Distraction in the Treatment of Early-Onset Scoliosis Associated With Neurofibromatosis Type 1 in the Young Child. Spine Deform, 3(3), 239-245.
  20. Al Khudairy A, Gauthier L, Heflin JA, Fletcher ND, Matz J, Soroceanu A, El-Hawary R (2014). Reliability of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis Measurements for Young Children With Scoliosis. Spine Deform, 2(6), 448-453.
  21. Rhee JM, Heflin JA, Hamasaki T, Freedman B (2009). Prevalence of physical signs in cervical myelopathy: a prospective, controlled study. Spine, 34(9), 890-5.

Book Chapter

  1. Heflin JA, Rhee J (2010). Anterior Approaches to the Cervical Spine. In Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery (1st). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Patent

  1. Heflin JA (2019). Self-Loading Pedicle Screw for the Treatment of Spinal Deformities.
  2. Heflin JA, Kercher J (2010). Fluid-Powered Elongation Instrumentation for Correcting Orthopedic Deformities. U.S. Patent No. 20090306717. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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John A. Heflin, MD Practice Locations
  • Peds Ortho-Primary
    Children's Hospital

    100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr
    Suite 4550
    SLC UT 84113

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  • Peds Ortho-Riverton Primary
    Children's Hospital

    3773 W. 12600 S.
    Suite 302
    Riverton UT 84065

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  • Peds Ortho-Utah Valley
    Outpatient Center

    1157 N. 300 W.
    Suite 302
    Provo UT 84604

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  • Peds Ortho-Layton
    Intermountain Hospital

    201 W. Layton Parkway
    Suite 3B
    Layton UT 84041

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  • Peds Ortho Outreach clinic
    St.George

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

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Pediatric Orthopaedics Clinic locations

  • Primary Children's Hospital (PCH)

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

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  • Riverton Primary Children's Hospital (Riverton)

    3773 W. 12600 S.
    Suite 302,
    Riverton, UT  84065

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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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