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Carla Bridges, MD

Carla Bridges pediatric orthopedic surgeon
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pronouns: She\Her\Hers


pediatric sports medicinefractures, ACL injury prevention, ACL repair & reconstruction, MPFL reconstruction, shoulder instability, multi-ligament knee injuries, meniscus and cartilage treatments


Carla Bridges, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Dayton Children's. In addition to practicing general pediatric orthopedic surgery and fracture care, her expertise is in pediatric sports medicine. 

Dr. Bridges received her doctorate of medicine from the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her residency in orthopedics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and her fellowship in pediatrics orthopedics from Phoenix Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon. In addition, she completed a second fellowship in sports medicine with the Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.

When asked why she pursued a career in pediatric orthopedic medicine, Dr. Bridges says, "It is extremely rewarding working with the pediatric and adolescent population and young athletes. Children are a different breed. They are strong, and always motivated to get better. We can learn so much from them.

As a pediatric orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Dayton Children's Hospital, my role involves specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in young athletes, ensuring they receive expert care to recover and thrive in their sports endeavors. My expertise lies in the delicate balance of providing medical care tailored to children's unique needs while helping them achieve their athletic potential safely."

ctively involved in global outreach opportunities. She enjoys snow skiing and traveling. In fact, she has been to 27 countries and lived in 8 states!

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Scheduling in-person appointments for new patients only. For follow-up, second opinion or video visit appointments, please call 937-641-3010

education and training

  • medical school: Morehouse School of Medicine
  • residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Orthopedic Surgery
  • fellowship: 
    • Pediatric orthopedic surgery (Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon; Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona)
    • Sports medicine (Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan)

awards, honors and organizations

  • Pride Orthopaedics
  • Nth Dimensions
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
  • PRiSM
  • Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

The path towards pediatric orthopedic surgery was driven by a profound passion for making a positive impact on the lives of young patients. I feel deeply that my purpose is to help young patients lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. By addressing musculoskeletal issues and teaching preventative care during childhood, pediatric orthopedic surgeons have the ability to correct problems before they become more complex or irreversible. I am also excited to be part of a dynamic field that embraces innovation and allows us to continue raising the bar for patient care and treatment.

I like working with kids because...

Pediatric orthopedic surgery presents unique challenges and rewards. It combines the intricacies of orthopedic procedures with the delicate nature of treating children, who require specialized care tailored to their growing bodies and emotions. The opportunity to work with children is a privilege, as their resilience and ability to bounce back from adversity truly inspire me.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

Dayton Children's Hospital aligns with my values and mission, an unwavering commitment to provide exceptional pediatric care while fostering a warm and compassionate environment and always actively working towards transforming the lives of children and their families.

Dayton Children's is special because...:

Dayton Children's has a highly skilled and dedicated team of professionals who prioritize the well-being of every young patient and their family. They are committed to patient-centered care which ensures that each child receives the personalized attention and treatment they deserve. I also enjoy the collegiality among the different specialties and the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded professionals who share a common goal of providing exceptional care to the youngest and most vulnerable.

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Dr. Bridges is a true professional! Thank you!

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She was recommending procedures that we already had done!!! She did not even view the stuff before she came into the room, had she would've realized we already had the stuff done that she was recommending!!!

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Dr. Bridges was timely, thorough, kind, and professional. Her diagnosis confirmed my daughter's pediatrician's diagnosis. I highly recommend this physician.

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Dr. Bridges was thourough, her staff was friendly! Jacob her nurse went above and beyond to help with my childs pain! A true angel!

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