Alfred Atanda, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 Appointment: (800) 416-4441

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

Dr. Alfred Atanda, Jr. is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert; Surgical Director, Center for Sports Medicine; medical reviewer for and American Journal of Sports Medicine; and author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, reviews and book chapters.

Why I Treat Children

I come from a big family and am the youngest of seven kids. Being around children is natural for me, and love interacting with my patients and parents. My goal is to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for the entire family.

Education & Training


  • Sports Medicine - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2011
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 2010


  • General Surgery - University of Chicago Medical Center, 2005


  • Orthopedic Surgery - University of Chicago Medical Center, 2009

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 Delaware Today magazine, Top Doctors

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/EPO/POS
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware NJ
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna & Great West PPO
  • Cigna Lifesource Transplant
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health PPO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Global Medical Mangment NJ
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc Contiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware *PA Loc NONContiguous to DE*
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • National Transplant (Humana)
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO NJ
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • UPMC Medicaid
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Fracture Management
  • Hip Conditions
  • Knee Conditions
  • Sports Medicine

Medical Interests

  • ACL injury prevention
  • Shoulder and elbow overuse injuries
  • Trauma prevention

  • Imerci, A., McDonald, T. C., Rogers, K. J., Thacker, M. M., & Atanda, A., Jr. (2022). Outcomes of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and tibial tubercle osteotomy in syndromic adolescents with patellar dislocation. Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma, 25. doi:10.1016/j.jcot.2022.101770

  • D'Cruz, R. J., MacDonald, L.-Q., Zisa, N., Zomorrodi, A., Murren-Boezem, J., Atanda, A., & Berman, L. (2021). Institution-initiated text messaging can reduce unplanned emergency department visits after appendectomy. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 56(1), 37-42. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2020.09.046

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  • Podolnick, J. D., Donovan, D. S., & Atanda, A. W. (2017). Incidence of Delayed Diagnosis of Orthopaedic Injury in Pediatric Trauma Patients. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 31(9), e281-e287. doi:10.1097/BOT.0000000000000878

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  • del Pilar Duque Orozco, M., Record, N. C., Rogers, K. J., Bober, M. B., Mackenzie, W. G., & Atanda, A., Jr. (2017). Arthroscopic knee anatomy in young achondroplasia patients. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 11(3), 169-174. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.11.160168

  • Atanda, A., Averill, L. W., Wallace, M., Niiler, T. A., Nazarian, L. N., & Ciccotti, M. G. (2016). Factors Related to Increased Ulnar Collateral Ligament Thickness on Stress Sonography of the Elbow in Asymptomatic Youth and Adolescent Baseball Pitchers. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(12), 3179-3187. doi:10.1177/0363546516661010

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  • Low, S., Kern, M., & Atanda, A. (2016). First-rib stress fracture in two adolescent swimmers: a case report. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(13), 1266-1270. doi:10.1080/02640414.2015.1108452

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  • Hoernschemeyer, D. G., Atanda, A., Jr, Dean-Davis, E., & Gupta, S. K. (2016). Discoid meniscus associated with achondroplasia. Orthopedics, 39(3), e498-e503. doi:10.3928/01477447-20160427-06

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  • Eiszner, J. R., Atanda, A., Jr, Rangavajjula, A., & Theroux, M. (2016). A case series of peripheral nerve blocks in pediatrics and young adults with skeletal dysplasia. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 26(5), 553-556. doi:10.1111/pan.12875

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  • Atanda, A., Jr, Wallace, M., Bober, M. B., & Mackenzie, W. (2016). Arthroscopic treatment of discoid lateral meniscus tears in children with achondroplasia. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 36(5), e55-e58. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000622

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  • Dizdarevic, I., Low, S., Currie, D. W., Comstock, R. D., Hammoud, S., & Atanda, A. (2016). Epidemiology of Elbow Dislocations in High School Athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1), 202-208. doi:10.1177/0363546515610527

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  • Karatas, A. F., Dede, O., Atanda, A. A., Holmes, L., Jr, Rogers, K., Gabos, P., & Shah, S. A. (2016). Comparison of direct pars repair techniques of spondylolysis in pediatric and adolescent patients: Pars compression screw versus pedicle screw-rod-hook. Clinical Spine Surgery, 29(7), 272-280. doi:10.1097/bsd.0b013e318277cb7d

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  • Atanda, A., Buckley, P. S., Hammoud, S., Cohen, S. B., Nazarian, L. N., & Ciccotti, M. G. (2015). Early anatomic changes of the ulnar collateral ligament identified by stress ultrasound of the elbow in young professional baseball pitchers. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 43(12), 2943-2949. doi:10.1177/0363546515605042

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  • Akyol, Y., Averill, L. W., Atanda, A., Kecskemethy, H. H., Bober, M. B., & Mackenzie, W. G. (2015). Magnetic resonance evaluation of the knee in children and adolescents with achondroplasia. Pediatric Radiology, 45(6), 888-895. doi:10.1007/s00247-014-3228-1

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  • O'Brien, D. F., O'Hagan, T., Stewart, R., Atanda, A. W., Jr, Hammoud, S., Cohen, S. B., & Ciccotti, M. G. (2015). Outcomes for ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction: A retrospective review using the KJOC assessment score with two-year follow-up in an overhead throwing population. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 24(6), 934-940. doi:10.1016/j.jse.2015.01.020

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  • Hussain, W. M., Reddy, D., Atanda, A., Jones, M., Schickendantz, M., & Terry, M. A. (2015). The longitudinal anatomy of the long head of the biceps tendon and implications on tenodesis. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 23(5), 1518-1523. doi:10.1007/s00167-014-2909-5

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  • Ludwig, M., & Atanda, A., Jr. (2015). Management of anterior cruciate ligament tears in skeletally immature athletes. Physician and Sportsmedicine, 43(4), 440-447. doi:10.1080/00913847.2015.1084213

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  • Dizdarevic, I., Bishop, M., Sgromolo, N., Hammoud, S., & Atanda, A., Jr. (2015). Approach to the pediatric athlete with back pain: More than just the pars. Physician and Sportsmedicine, 43(4), 421-431. doi:10.1080/00913847.2015.1093668

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