Michael Wade Shrader, 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. Wade Shrader is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, division chief of the Nemours Cerebral Palsy Center, and is on the board of directors, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He’s also been an invited lecturer, active researcher, and a reviewer, editor and contributor of medical journals and book chapters.

Why I Treat Children

I think children represent the center of hope in our families. I became a pediatric doctor to help nurture that hope in each family so that each child we care for can reach their absolute best potential. I love the engineering aspects of orthopedics. Doing orthopedics in children just seemed like the perfect fit for me. After my two sons were diagnosed with their cerebral palsy (CP), the first time I took care of a family of a child with CP, I knew that this was my purpose in life: to try to help families like mine.

What I'm Passionate About

I am passionate about being an advocate for improved health care and improved access to society for children and adults with disabilities.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I truly try to treat each child and each family how I want my children and my family treated. As a special needs parent myself, I like to let my patients’ families know that, so that I can help in some small way by saying “I know what you’re going through, and I’m going to do everything in my power to help you.” 

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2005

Internship Residency

  • Orthopedic Surgery - Mayo Clinic College of Med and Science Program, 2004

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1999

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 Achievement Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State College of Engineering
  • 2015 Top Docs, Phoenix magazine
  • 2015 Nominated, Best Clinical Research Paper, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting
  • 2014 Traveling Fellowship, POSNA
  • 2014 Leadership Fellowship Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • 2013 Nominated, Arnold Award, Best Paper, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Annual Meeting
  • 2012 Nominated, Highlighted Award Poster, AACPDM Annual Meeting
  • 2012 Best Poster, Pediatrics, AAOS Annual Meeting
  • 2011 Nominated, Award Poster, POSNA Annual Meeting
  • 2005 Scoliosis Research Award, T. Boone Pickens Foundation
  • 2004 Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award, Mayo Clinic
  • 2004 Joseph B. Janes Award, Mayo Clinic
  • 2003 John Insall Clinical Research Award, Knee Society
  • 2003 Hamlet Peterson Scientific Writing Award, Mayo Clinic

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/EPO/POS
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware NJ
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna & Great West PPO
  • 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
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO DE/PA
  • 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
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • UPMC Medicaid
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fracture Management
  • Hip Conditions
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformities

Research Activities

  • Family dynamics in cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Hip dysplasia and scoliosis in CP
  • Postoperative pain control and assessment in CP
  • Quality of life in CP

Medical Interests

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Family centered care
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Quality improvement
  • Clinical research

  • Saisongcroh, T., Shrader, M. W., Lennon, N., Church, C., Sees, J. P., & Miller, F. (2022). Residual Deformity and Outcome of Ambulatory Adults With Cerebral Palsy: A Long-term Longitudinal Assessment. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000002057

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  • Kay, R. M., Pierz, K., McCarthy, J., Graham, H. K., Chambers, H., Davids, J. R., & Dreher, T. (2021). Distal rectus femoris surgery in children with cerebral palsy: Results of a delphi consensus project. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 15(3), 270-278. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.15.210044

  • Koop, S. E., & Shrader, M. W. (2021). What Happens to Our Neuromuscular Patients in Adulthood: Pathway to Independence and Maximal Function. Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 41, S87-S89. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001779

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  • Hariharan, A. R., Choi, J. H., Cook, R. W., Neal, K. M., Rogers, K. J., Shrader, M. W., & Howard, J. J. (2021). Orthopaedic Manifestations of Transverse Myelitis in Children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 41(7), E570-E574. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001845

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  • Salazar-Torres, J. J., Church, C., Shields, T., Lennon, N., Shrader, M. W., Sees, J. P., & Miller, F. (2021). Comparison of surgical outcomes for distal rectus femoris transfer and resection surgeries in children with cerebral palsy with stiff knee gait. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 41(8), 520-524. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001886

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  • Shrader, M. W., Church, C., Lennon, N., Shields, T., Salazar-Torres, J. J., Howard, J. J., & Miller, F. (2021). Well-Being of Ambulatory Adults With Cerebral Palsy: Education, Employment, and Physical Function of a Cohort Who Received Specialized Pediatric Care. Frontiers in Neurology, 12. doi:10.3389/fneur.2021.732906

  • Kanashvili, B., Rogers, K. J., Shrader, M. W., Miller, F., Dabney, K. W., & Howard, J. J. (2021). Hip Displacement in MECP2 Disorders: Prevalence and Risk Factors. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 41(9), E800-E803. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001898

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  • Lennon, N., Church, C., Shields, T., Shrader, M. W., Henley, J., Niiler, T., & Miller, F. (2021). Factors associated with walking activity in adults with cerebral palsy. Gait and Posture, 90, 43-47. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.08.005

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  • Kanashvili, B., Miller, F., Church, C., Lennon, N., Howard, J. J., Henley, J. D., & Shrader, M. W. (2021). The change in sagittal plane gait patterns from childhood to maturity in bilateral cerebral palsy. Gait and Posture, 90, 154-160. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.08.022

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  • Lennon, N., Church, C., Shrader, M. W., Robinson, W., Henley, J., Salazar-Torres, J. D. J., & Miller, F. (2021). Mobility and gait in adults with cerebral palsy: Evaluating change from adolescence. Gait and Posture, 90, 374-379. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.09.177

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  • Pargas, C., Saisongcroh, T., Rogers, K. J., Sees, J. P., Miller, F., & Shrader, M. W. (2021). The impact of asymmetry on the radiographical outcomes following hip reconstruction in patients with cerebral palsy. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 15(5), 510-514. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.15.210056

  • Burns, J., Shrader, M. W., Boan, C., & Belthur, M. (2021). Characteristics of medical professional liability claims in pediatric orthopedics. Journal of Patient Safety, 17(8), E1088-E1096. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000484

  • Church, C., McGowan, A., Henley, J., Donohoe, M., Niiler, T., Shrader, M. W., & Nichols, L. R. (2020). The 5-year outcome of the ponseti method in children with idiopathic clubfoot and arthrogryposis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 40(7), e641-e646. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001524

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  • McCarthy, J., Shrader, M. W., Graham, K., Veerkamp, M., Brower, L., Chambers, H., & Van Campenhout, A. (2020). Establishing surgical indications for hamstring lengthening and femoral derotational osteotomy in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 14(1), 50-57. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.14.190173

  • Lomax, M. R., & Shrader, M. W. (2020). Orthopedic Conditions in Adults with Cerebral Palsy. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 31(1), 171-183. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2019.09.013

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  • Rutz, E., McCarthy, J., Shore, B. J., Shrader, M. W., Veerkamp, M., Chambers, H., & Graham, H. K. (2020). Indications for gastrocsoleus lengthening in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy: A delphi consensus study. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 14(5), 405-414. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.14.200145

  • Shrader, M. W., Wimberly, L., & Thompson, R. (2019). Hip Surveillance in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 27(20), 760-768. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00184

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  • Belthur, M., Bosch, L., Wood, W., Boan, C., Miller, F., & Shrader, M. W. (2019). Perioperative management of patients with cerebral palsy undergoing scoliosis surgery: Survey of surgeon practices. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 12(2), 205-212. doi:10.3233/PRM-170504

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  • Shrader, M. W., Wood, W., Falk, M., Segal, L. S., Boan, C., & White, G. (2018). The Effect of Two Attending Surgeons on the Outcomes of Posterior Spine Fusion in Children With Cerebral Palsy. Spine Deformity, 6(6), 730-735. doi:10.1016/j.jspd.2018.03.002

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  • Rosenberg, R. E., Abzug, J. M., Rappaport, D. I., Mazziotti, M. V., Shrader, M. W., Zipes, D., & AAP Section on Hospital Medicine Surgical Care Subcommittee. (2018). Collaborations with pediatric hospitalists: National surveys of pediatric surgeons and orthopedic surgeons. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 13(8), 566-569. doi:10.12788/jhm.2921

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  • Belthur, M. V., Blair, J. E., Shrader, M. W., & Malone, J. B. (2018). Musculoskeletal coccidioidomycosis. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 29(4), 400-406. doi:10.1097/BCO.0000000000000652

  • Shore, B. J., Shrader, M. W., Narayanan, U., Miller, F., Graham, H. K., & Mulpuri, K. (2017). Hip surveillance for children with cerebral palsy: A survey of the POSNA membership. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 37(7), e409-e414. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001050

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