Primary Office

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

Other Offices

Why I Treat Children

I’m very grateful for the opportunity to take care of children and get to know families. Kids deserve the very best chance to live an active, fulfilling childhood.

What I'm Passionate About

I'm passionate about providing great orthopedic care to kids and teens. My medical interests include: bowed legs foot deformity knock knees limb deformity orthopedic surgery osteogenesis imperfecta prosthetics  trauma

How I Try to Make A Difference

I’m proud to be part of a dedicated team that’s committed to improving the quality of life for children and young adults. In addition to caring for patients and teaching our residents and fellows, research is an important part of my work — and can lead to improved care and patient outcomes.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Limb Deformity - International Center for Limb Lengthening, 2017
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics - Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 2016

Internship Residency

  • Orthopedic Surgery - NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Univ Med Ctr, 2015

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Columbia Univ. College of Physicians & Surgeons, 2010

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • 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/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
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • National Transplant (Humana)
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO DE/PA
  • 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
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • UPMC Medicaid
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Clubfoot
  • Fracture Management
  • Limb Length Discrepancy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Research Activities

My research is focused on improving surgical techniques and orthopedic care for children and young adults with osteogenesis imperfecta. I’m proud to be part of our multidisciplinary osteogenesis imperfecta team, which participates in a multicenter, national research consortium focused on brittle bone disorders.


My other areas of active research include pediatric limb deformity and pediatric trauma.

  • McClure, P. K., Franzone, J. M., & Herzenberg, J. E. (2022). Challenges with fassier-duval rod exchanges in congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia: Explant roadblock and solution. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B, 31(1), E95-E100. doi:10.1097/BPB.0000000000000907

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  • Franzone, J. M., Sargent, B. M., Dang Do, A. N., Knue, M., Marini, J. C., & Kruse, R. W. (2021). Stress Shielding in the Setting of Osteogenesis Imperfecta and the Effect of Downsizing an Intramedullary Rod: A Case Report. JBJS case connector, 11(3). doi:10.2106/JBJS.CC.20.00680

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  • Pargas, C., Franzone, J. M., Rogers, K. J., Artinian, F., Santana, A., Shah, S. A., & Bober, M. B. (2020). Cervical kyphosis: A predominant feature of patients with osteogenesis imperfecta type 5. Bone Reports, 13. doi:10.1016/j.bonr.2020.100735

  • Franzone, J. M., Finkelstein, M. S., Rogers, K. J., & Kruse, R. W. (2020). Evaluation of Fracture and Osteotomy Union in the Setting of Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Reliability of the Modified Radiographic Union Score for Tibial Fractures (RUST). Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 40(1), 48-52. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001068

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  • Franzone, J. M., Shah, S. A., Wallace, M. J., & Kruse, R. W. (2019). Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Pediatric Orthopedic Perspective. Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 50(2), 193-209. doi:10.1016/j.ocl.2018.10.003

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  • Hung, A. L.-H., McClure, P. K., Franzone, J. M., Hammouda, A. I., Standard, S. C., Chau, W.-W., & Herzenberg, J. E. (2019). Bone ninja mobile app for reverse planning method in internal limb deformity and lengthening surgery. Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction, 14(2), 72-76. doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10080-1425

  • Santana, A., Franzone, J. M., McGreal, C. M., Kruse, R. W., & Bober, M. B. (2018). A moderate form of osteogenesis imperfecta caused by compound heterozygous LEPRE1 mutations. Bone Reports, 9, 132-135. doi:10.1016/j.bonr.2018.09.002

  • Franzone, J. M., Rogers, K. J., & Kruse, R. W. (2018). Categorization of the usage of adjunctive structural allograft bone graft in extremity surgery for patients with osteogenesis imperfecta. Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, 28(3), 205-208. doi:10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2018028895

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  • Heydemann, J. A., Abousamra, O., Franzone, J. M., Kaufman, B. E., & Sees, J. P. (2018). What's New in the Management of Foot Deformities in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 38(1), e20-e24. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000901

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  • Franzone, J. M., & Kruse, R. W. (2018). Intramedullary nailing with supplemental plate and screw fixation of long bones of patients with osteogenesis imperfecta: Operative technique and preliminary results. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B, 27(4), 344-349. doi:10.1097/BPB.0000000000000405

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  • Franzone, J. M., Bober, M. B., Rogers, K. J., McGreal, C. M., & Kruse, R. W. (2017). Re-alignment and intramedullary rodding of the humerus and forearm in children with osteogenesis imperfecta: Revision rate and effect on fracture rate. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 11(3), 185-190. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.11.160214

  • Franzone, J. M., Yang, J. H., & Herzenberg, J. E. (2017). Reuse of single-use hemaclear exsanguination tourniquets: A technique note. Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, 27(1), 59-66. doi:10.1615/JLONGTERMEFFMEDIMPLANTS.2018022527

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