Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


The research of William J. Shaughnessy, M.D., pertains to the diagnosis and management of pediatric orthopedics. Dr. Shaughnessy's research includes:

  • Scoliosis.
  • Spinal deformities.
  • Pediatric trauma.
  • Fracture management.
  • Acquired and congenital deformities of the upper and lower limbs.
  • Clubfeet.
  • Neonatal brachial plexus injuries.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Gait lab analysis.
  • Sports injuries in children.

Focus areas

  • Neonatal brachial plexus reconstruction with tendon transfers and osteotomies.
  • Scoliosis and pediatric spinal deformities.
  • Sports injuries in children.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Shaughnessy's research provides the best clinical care for his patients. His research allows him to bring new techniques to treat children with fractures, deformities and congenital conditions. Dr. Shaughnessy is a member of the Mayo Clinic Brachial Plexus Clinic, which provides the most complex care to children with residual brachial plexus birth palsies.

Professional highlights

  • Editorial board, Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, 2022-present.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
    • Member, 1993-present.
    • Editorial board, Orthopedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics 2, 2002-2005.
    • Section editor, Orthopedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics 2, 2002.
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
    • Member, 1993-present.
    • Member, board of directors, 1995-1996 and 2018-2021.
    • Chair, bylaws committee, 2010-2011.
    • Member, bylaws committee, 2009-2011.
    • Member, nominating committee, 2010-2011.
    • Chair, membership committee, 2008-2009.
    • Member, membership committee, 2004-2009.
    • Chair, publications committee, 2001-2003.
  • Outstanding Surgeon Educator Award, Mayo Clinic, 2021.
  • Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo Clinic, 2011.
  • Contributing editor, Yearbook of Hand Surgery, 1990-2004.
  • Karis Award, Mayo Clinic, 1996.
  • Editorial board, Advances in Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991-1996.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Orthopedics


  1. Fellow - Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children
  2. Resident - Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident Orthopedic Surgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. MD University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine
  5. MS - Medical Physics University of Wisconsin, Madison
  6. BA - Physics St. Olaf College

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