Louise Reid Nichols, MD

Orthopedics

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

I chose orthopedics because I love helping people get back on their feet, and I looked at how happy Orthopedic surgeons were 20 years into their practice. That is always a good sign that you have chosen a career path wisely!

Why I Treat Children

I was once a kid myself! Growing up I was a babysitter and a nanny, so I kind of grew up around kids. When I did mission work in Guatemala, I gravitated toward taking care of children. When I became interested in pediatric orthopedics, I started focusing on deformity correction because that mostly affects children.

What I'm Passionate About

I’m passionate about being a doctor in general, and a doctor at Nemours in particular. Also, I think it’s important for people to learn to take care of themselves. As health issues, smoking and obesity are personal hot-buttons for me.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I love what I do, and enjoy the interaction with parents and kids. I treat the whole patient as an individual, not just their orthopedic needs, and I treat each child as my own.

Education & Training

Fellowship

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 2011
  • Orthopedic Surgery - Sinai Hospital Of Baltimore, 2010

Internship

  • General Surgery - Union Memorial Hospital, 2004

Residency

  • Orthopedics - Maimonides Medical Center, 2009

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Northeastern Ohio Univ College of Medicine, 2003

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2015 Main Line Today Magazine, Top Doctors
  • 2016 Main Line Today Magazine, Top Doctors

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas DE - PENNSYLVANIA SPECIALISTS ONLY
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • AvMed
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Health First Health Plans
  • 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)
  • Interlink Transplant
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • National Transplant (Humana)
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Preferred Healthcare PPO
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • UPMC MCAID/CHIP PA DE
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Arthrogryposis
  • Clubfoot
  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Fracture Management
  • Hip Conditions
  • Knee Conditions
  • Limb Length Discrepancy

Research Activities

I’m interested in correcting orthopedic deformities and have done studies on an angular correction technique called hemi-epiphyseodsis, as well as a paper on club feet.

Medical Interests

  • Angular correction
  • Spinal balance
  • Clubfoot

  • Reply to: The Effectiveness of Serial Casting in the Treatment of Recurrent Equinovarus in Children with Arthrogryposis; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2023).

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  • The Effectiveness of Serial Casting in the Treatment of Recurrent Equinovarus in Children With Arthrogryposis; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2023).

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  • Test–retest reliability for performance-based outcome measures among individuals with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita; BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders; (2022).

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  • Lower Limb Deformity Correction: Analysis and Preoperative Planning.; Instructional course lectures; (2022).

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  • Applications and error ratios of calibration techniques in EOS, orthoroentgenogram, and teleoroentgenogram for length measurement: A comparative study; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2022).

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  • Dynamic supination in congenital clubfoot: A modified delphi panel approach to standardizing definitions and indications for treatment; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2022).

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  • Characterizing Pain among Adolescents and Young Adults with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita; Pediatric Physical Therapy; (2022).

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  • Has the Threshold for Epiphysiodesis Versus Lengthening Changed in the Era of Magnetically Controlled Nails?; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2021).

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  • Management of Mild Lower Extremity Deformity and Leg Length Discrepancy; Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics; (2021).

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  • Falls and Associated Factors among Adolescents and Young Adults with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita; International Journal of Rare Diseases & Disorders; (2021).

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  • Percutaneous Osteotomies in Pediatric Deformity Correction.; The Orthopedic clinics of North America; (2020).

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  • A Metaphyseal Corner Fracture that Wasn't; JBJS Case Connector; (2020).

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  • The 5-year outcome of the ponseti method in children with idiopathic clubfoot and arthrogryposis; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2020).

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  • Orthopedic Manifestations of Bruck Syndrome: A Case Series with Intermediate to Long-term Follow-Up.; Case reports in orthopedics; (2019).

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  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip and clubfoot treated by Pavlik and Ponseti methods; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B; (2019).

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  • Gravity line analysis in adult volunteers: age-related correlation with spinal parameters, pelvic parameters, and foot position.; Spine; (2006).

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