"I came to the area to windsurf, ski and fish, and to raise my family in this wonderful area. I chose CHKD because it was a free-standing hospital dedicated to the treatment of children."

Dr. H. Sheldon St. Clair

(757) 668-6550
Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Residency: Tufts-New England Medical Center

Fellowship: Boston Floating Hospital For Children


Educated at Harvard, Dr. St. Clair has served in leadership roles for over 30 years at CHKD, including chief of the department of orthopedics, surgical director of orthopedics, vice president of Children's Health Network, vice president of surgical affairs,and president of the CHKD professional staff. He is a member of the clinical faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School as assistant professor of orthopedics and serves as the program director of pediatric orthopedic residency training at CHKD.

Dr. St. Clair is the founding and senior staff member of the orthopedics and sports medicine division at CHKD and has a special interest in treating scoliosis and spinal deformities, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular diseases, limb lengthening and deformity correction, and treatment of congenital deformities.

He has worked with the spinal implant industry to help develop and design spinal instrumentation for use in early onset scoliosis and other pediatric spine deformities. He has also worked in conjunction with Dr. John Birknes to formulate and apply the latest surgical techniques to treat complex and challenging pediatric spinal deformities and helped develop CHKD's spasticity management program, a multidisciplinary clinic designed to treat cerebral palsy patients. He also has served as the orthopedic surgery attending at the spina bifida clinic.

Dr. St. Clair is currently working on a CHS foundation grant, along with the Department of Engineering at Old Dominion University, to develop computer models of spine and ligaments and to develop models to predict forces required to correct spinal deformity along with measurements in surgery to help refine surgical techniques. 

Clinical Interests
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • Pediatric Society of North America
Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2018
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2015, 2017
(757) 668-6550

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