School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics

Michael Heffernan, MD

Michael Heffernan, MD

Practice Location:

Children's Hospital - New Orleans
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA  70118
(504) 896-9569, office
(504) 896-9849, fax

Academic Office:

LSU Health Sciences Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
1542 Tulane Ave., 6th Fl
New Orleans, LA  70112
(504) 568-4680, office
(504) 568-4466, fax



Children's Hospital Los Angeles

University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Medical School:
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Heffernan is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis Surgery at Children's Hospital. He is fellowship-trained in all aspects of pediatric orthopedic surgery with a special focus on the treatment of spinal deformity, including congenital, early-onset, infantile, neuromuscular and idiopathic scoliosis.

He serves as Director of the Children's Hospital Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Program and leads our research team in the Department of Pediatric Orthopedics. He serves on several national committees through the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Scoliosis Research Society.  He is also a member of the Pediatric Spine Study Group, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of children with spinal deformity.

Dr. Heffernan received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Heffernan then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics and Scoliosis Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Heffernan sees patients at the main campus of Children's Hospital in Uptown New Orleans, Children's Hospital Northshore Center in Covington, Children's Hospital Lafayette Clinic, and in Lake Charles, LA.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spine Deformity Surgery
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Foot Deformities
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma


Research Interests

Outcomes in spinal surgery, neuromuscular scoliosis, pediatric femur fractures, slipped capital femoral epiphysis


Department of Orthopaedics