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Sarah Steward, MD


pediatric sports medicinefractures, shoulder injury/impingement, knee injury,  hip injury/impingementlimb inequality, Blounts disease, bowleg, toe walkingankle injury, arthroscopic surgery


Sarah Steward, MD, is an attending pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Dayton Children's. In addition to practicing general pediatric orthopedic surgery and fracture care, her expertise is pediatric sports medicine. Dr. Steward is working to grow the pediatric sports medicine program at Dayton Children's and provides the surgical care of sports injuries within a comprehensive team of practitioners that is uniquely focused on the child athlete. She is a Beavercreek native and played college basketball at Marquette University and also for one year professionally in Finland.

meet Dr. Steward

Learn more about why Dr. Steward chose orthopaedic surgery as her specialty and what her approach will be when you come to see her.

schedule an appointment

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


get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I am able to treat patients hands-on and it is gratifying to see results very quickly. Also, I was heavily involved in sports as I grew up and now enjoy taking care of the next generation of young athletes.

I like working with kids because...

they are so fun! Kids are motivated to resume play and I love that I can help them return to their normal activities.

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

of the fantastic opportunity to practice my specialty in the area where I grew up.

Dayton Children's is special because...

of the collegial staff that is focused on providing the highest level of care in a comfortable environment.

education and training

  • medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • internship: University of Virginia
  • residency: University of Virginia and Medical College of Wisconsin - orthopaedic surgery
  • fellowship: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery fellowship  - Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • board certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

awards, honors and organizations

  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2006
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Marquette University 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2002

publications and presentations


  • Jain VV, Zawodny S, McCarthy JJ.

    Etiology of Lower Limb Deformity

    In Pediatric Lower Limb Deformities: Principles and Techniques of Management

    ed. Sabharwal S, Springer Publishers 2016

  • Wall EJ, Albright JC, Steward SR

    Acute Patellar and Chronic Patellar Instability

    In Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2ndEdition

    ed. Wiesel SW, Wolters Kluwer 2016

  • Zawodny SR, Miller MD.

    Complications of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery. 

    Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Review. 2010 Dec;18(4):269-74.

ratings and reviews

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My son got injured playing soccer in a tournament the nurse on the tournament told us and also my son his knee cap move a little out his way due to the impact against the ground. First doctor ( Dayton Children's campus) agreed, physical therapist agreed but the doctor in South campus couldn't explain why the knee is inflamed and she said it is s knee cup injury....take out brace giving by first doctor, give another one that make inflammation worse... Only to said I really don't know what's wrong... After MRI and x rays.

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After making us wait almost 2 hours after our appointment time.. which isn't easy to do with a 3 year old. She was incredibly rude and barely saw him for 5 minutes. How she can not even interact with children but work with them I can't understand. I would absolutely never see Sarah Steward again. She acted as if we were just a number she needed to get checked off. How anyone can be that behind at 9 am must have overbooked herself which is unacceptable. I give her a 0 as a doctor and her bedside manner a negative 100.. HORRIBLE. Her notes say she answered all my questions well she didn't even give me a chance to ask any. Find better doctors that care about children and not money. Her nurses on the other hand were AMAZING!

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The Provider we seen was very patient , listened to us , and our Daughter . She was very Trusting amongst working on my daughters ankle . We felt reassured to know she cares about her patients , she even described her own personal experiences as a parent . She shown a caring & grateful attitude .

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We were incredibly disappointed in our visit with Dr. Steward. After waiting a full week to get our child into ortho for a broken toe, a week which she spent in a constrictive boot, we came in expecting answers to questions, a treatment plan, and a discussion of options. Dr. Steward said simply for my child to stay in the boot for an additional three weeks and offered no other explanation other than "it's her big toe." When I asked about casting or buddy taping as other options the doctor basically ignored my questions and refused to even talk about why those options wouldn't work. We explained that my daughter's foot gets wet in snow and ice with the boot and she didn't offer any suggestions to help with that either. She then told us that our daughter could not go out to recess to simply talk to her friends and socialize for three weeks, and that she could not go to dance class to even watch the routine. We had to explain that Ingrid's mental health needed to be considered too and that to isolate her so completely from her peers for a broken toe seemed incredibly extreme. We eventually got the doctor to write a note stating no running or jumping (obviously!) but she was extremely begrudging. She treated us like idiots who didn't care that our child had a broken toe. Of course we care, but you have to balance mental health with physical health. The doctor absolutely did not like being questioned. She was cold and sarcastic and dismissive. I do not understand in this day and age how doctors can still continue to treat patients and their families as if we are also not allowed to participate in making our care plans or even ask questions. She simply did not want to have to take the time to explain anything to us. It was a horrible experience and we will never agree to be seen by her again. Parents are not idiots. They deserve to be listened to and families deserve to have their questions answered.

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conditions I treat

"Growing" pains, achilles tendon injury, ACL injury, Ankle Injuries, Blounts Disease, bowlegs, broken bone, Bunions, burners, bursitis, Curly Toes, DDH (hip dysplasia), disk herniation, dislocations, Femoroacetabular impingement, Flat Feet, foot pain, Ganglion Cyst, General Fracture Care, golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), Growth plate injuries, Hammer toes, hand deformity, Hip Impingement, Hip Injuries/Pain, hip pain, Ingrown Toenails, joint pain, jumpers knee, labral tear, LCL injury, Limb Length Inequality (LLI), little league elbow, MCL injury, Meniscus injury, Musculoskeletal tumors, osgood-schlatter disease, Osteogenesis imperfecta, overuse injury, patellar dislocation, patellar femoral syndrome, PCL injury, Perthes disease, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injury, severs disease, Shin splints, Shoulder impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, Shoulder Pain, Slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Snapping hip, sprain, stingers, strain, Stress fractures, subluxation, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), thigh pain, Toewalking, Torticollis, UCL injury

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