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Mark F Abel, MD

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery Division: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery Title: Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor of Pediatrics ABMS Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery Other Appointment: Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Medical Director, University of Virginia Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory; Division Head, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic
Fourth Floor 1204 W. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22903 Phone: 434.982.4215 | Fax: 434.982.1727 Other Locations:
Spine Center
Battle Building


Dr. Abel has been with the UVA Health System since 1993. He has served in numerous leadership roles including chair of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery between 2002 and 2003 and from August of 2008 through August 2013. He has been involved in committees overseeing quality and strategy.

He serves as the clinical director of the Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory and leads the division of pediatric orthopaedics. His expertise covers a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions affecting children. Approximately 50% of his practice deals with the management of scoliosis and other spinal deformities and conditions of the children's spine.

He is nationally recognized as an expert in pediatric orthopaedic and scoliosis as well as for the management of neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy. He has published well over 70 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters on pediatric orthopaedic topics. He has been listed among Connelly's Best Doctors in America for 7 consecutive years.

Learn more about Dr. Mark Abel (video).    

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  • 2016, 2015, 2006-2013 Best Doctors in America® List 
  • 2008 Named Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia
  • 2004 awarded Alfred R. Shands, Jr Endowed Chair, at the University of Virginia 
  • 2000 admitted to American Orthopaedic Association: "Membership reflects leadership in orthopaedic surgery through teaching & research"
Research Awards from American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine
  • 2000 Original Research Award: Southern Medical Association: "For outstanding clinical research" in Southern Region 
  • 2000 for study entitled: "Relationships Among Musculoskeletal Impairment, Function and Perceived Health Status in Spastic CP: A multi-center collaboration"
  • 1996 for study on: "Relationship of Gait Analysis to Gross Motor Function in Cerebral Palsy"


View all publications on PubMed