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’m a kid at heart, and I usually express that in my work. When I was accepted into my pediatric fellowship, following a residency in orthopedics, I knew my professional life would always center on kids. I’m a doer and my favorite quote by Emerson is, “What you do speaks so loudly that I can't hear what you say.”

Why I Treat Children

Whether as a doctor, parent, or coach, I really enjoy working with kids. I’ve always found the human body fascinating and mystifying in all its complexity. The science of growth is absolutely amazing.

What I'm Passionate About

I’m passionate about working with kids. I’ve taken a group of middle school recreational runners to two league championships. I also received a national coaching award at Stanford University.

How I Try to Make A Difference

In my research, I’ve helped develop new surgical techniques for an extremely difficult condition called osteogenesis imperfecta.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Orthopedics - Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1990


  • Rotating - Tripler Army Medical Center, 1982


  • Surgery - Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1989

Medical/Dental School

  • Osteopathic Physician - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1981

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 Best Doctors in America
  • 2014 Delaware Today magazine, Top Doctors
  • 2013 Best Doctors in America
  • 2011 Best Doctors in America

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Devon Health Services
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • 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
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • Insurance Administrators of America
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • 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
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services/CHAMPVA
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Fracture Management
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Hip Conditions
  • Knee Conditions
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sports Medicine

Medical Interests

  • Exercise training
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology of sport

  • 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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  • Sakkers, R. J., Montpetit, K., Tsimicalis, A., Wirth, T., Verhoef, M., Hamdy, R., & Kruse, R. W. (2021). A roadmap to surgery in osteogenesis imperfecta: results of an international collaboration of patient organizations and interdisciplinary care teams. Acta Orthopaedica, 92(5), 608-614. doi:10.1080/17453674.2021.1941628

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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

  • Hariharan, A. R., Schindelar, L., Nichols, L. R. B., & Kruse, R. W. (2020). A Metaphyseal Corner Fracture that Wasn't: A Case Report of Osteitis from Congenital Syphilis. JBJS case connector, 10(1), e0557. doi:10.2106/JBJS.CC.19.00557

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  • Shirley, E. D., Maguire, K. J., Mantica, A. L., & Kruse, R. W. (2020). Alternatives to Traditional Cast Immobilization in Pediatric Patients. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 28(1), e20-e27. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00152

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  • 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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  • Harcke, H. T., Lawrence, L. L., Gripp, E. W., Kecskemethy, H. H., Kruse, R. W., & Murphy, S. G. (2019). Adult tourniquet for use in school-age emergencies. Pediatrics, 143(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2018-3447

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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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  • Cobanoglu, M., Bauer, J. M., Neiss, G., Yorgova, P., Rogers, K., Kruse, R. W., & Shah, S. A. (2019). Treatment of scoliosis in osteogenesis imperfecta: Experience at a single institution. Indian Spine Journal, 2(2), 114-121. doi:10.4103/isj.isj_36_18

  • 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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  • 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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  • Gaebe, G., Kruse, R., Rogers, K., Mackenzie, W. G., & Holmes, L. (2018). Dynamic Lower Extremity Deformity in Children with Pseudoachondroplasia. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 38(3), 157-162. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000798

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  • Wallace, M. J., Kruse, R. W., & Shah, S. A. (2017). The spine in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 25(2), 100-109. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00169

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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

  • Savage, J. S., Attia, M., & Kruse, R. (2016). An Unusual Cause of Limp in a Toddler. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 67(2). doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.05.008

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  • Wallace, M., Kruse, R., Eutsler, E. P., & Averill, L. W. (2016). MRI findings of post-traumatic subperiosteal hematoma of the iliac bone with resultant femoral nerve palsy in an adolescent boy. Pediatric Radiology, 46(9), 1350-1353. doi:10.1007/s00247-016-3581-3

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