Ryan Ballard, PA
Instructor, Orthopedics

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Graduate Schools :
  • MHS, Duke University (2005)
  • PA-C, Duke University (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1996)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Certified Physician Assistant

Recognition & Awards

  • Five Star Excellence Award, Children's Hospital Colorado (2013)
    Recognized for scoring in the top 10% nationally for "Excellent" patient satisfaction responses.
  • Service Excellence Team Award, Children's Hospital Colorado (2007)
    Children’s Medical Practice Service Excellence Team Award of Appreciation issued to Spine Program at Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • Class President, Duke University (2005)
    Class President, Duke University Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2005
  • Duke Alumni Scholarship, Duke University (2005)
    Recipient of 2005 Duke University Alumni Scholarship

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on the area of pediatric spinal deformity. I am involved in a multi-disciplinary task force designed to look at all variables that could have an impact on surgical site infection in spine surgery patients. We coined the term "target zero" implying that our mission was to drive our surgical site infection rate down to zero. We are quite proud to report that this has been very effective and also sought after for replication at many sites across the country. This project has also led to significant scholarly work.


  • Instructor (2005)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
    Pediatric Orthopaedics

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Member
  • Spinal Deformity Study Group (SDSG), Member
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Practioners Society (POPS), Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Certified Physician Assistant, Certificate (2005)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
I work in the Spine Program at Children's Hospital Colorado in conjunction with Dr. Mark Erickson. My clinical interests include treatment of children and young adults with spinal disorders including: idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal trauma, as well as general pediatric orthopedic conditions.

Care Philosophy
I am committed to providing the highest quality, professional, and ethical care to all patients. I work as a team with Dr. Mark Erickson and we share a care philosophy that the entire family, including the patient, should be involved in the decision making and care. At Children's Hospital Colorado we have amazing resources at our disposal specifically geared towards treating the pediatric and young adult patient. Our team concept of treating the patient involves not only the physician and physician assistant but a multidisciplinary approach from a team of pediatric specialty trained experts including: anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and child life specialists. The spine team at Children's Colorado is one of the top pediatric spine care teams in the country.

Personal Interests
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 children. We like to get up to the mountains when we can for skiing and spending time with family. My hobbies include carpentry and building custom furniture.

Public Speaking

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MHS, Duke University (2005)
  • PA-C, Duke University (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1996)
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Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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