Dr. Ronald Childs, MD

Dr. Ronald Childs, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 60
Dr. Ronald Childs, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Fairfax, VA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Howard University College Of Medicine in 1983 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

8501 Arlington Blvd Ste 400

Fairfax, VA 22031

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
very high
more than 95% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 89% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Childs' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Childs "Dr. Childs has practiced orthopedic spine surgery in Northern Virginia since 1993. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1979, he attended Howard University College of Medicine and graduated in 1983. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 1989 at Howard University Hospital and then went on active duty in The United States Army where he served three years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Childs was the first spine surgeon at OrthoVirginia where he has been practicing since 1994. He is currently the chief of the Orthopaedics Spine Section at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is Medical Co-Director of the Inova Spine Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and also chairman of Spine and Osteobiologics committee, which has system-wide control of the products allowed into the Inova Health System for spine surgery. He has also been appointed Chairman of the State's Region II of the Workers Compensation Peer Review Board. Dr. Childs is board certified and was re-certified in 2001 and 2011, by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has been an active member in the North American Spine Society, the Old Dominion Medical Society, and the Fairfax Medical Society. He is also a member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons. Dr. Childs has particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive spinal surgery and has several patents pending in that area."


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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

63  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


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10  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

2 Sanctions
  • Disciplinary action in another state (4/20/2015)
    Action Taken: Reprimand
    Summary: Dr. Ronald Clayton Childs; License # MD025907E; NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has his license disciplined by the proper licensing authority of another state. ACTION TAKEN: The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine issued the physician a public reprimand.
    State: Pennsylvania
  • Disciplinary action in another state (6/24/2013)
    Action Taken: Reprimand
    Summary: Childs, Ronald Clayton MD: License # 036084788: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has been disciplined by the State of Virginia: ACTION TAKEN: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued a REPRIMAND on the physician’s Illinois license and may renew effective upon payment of fees, filing of forms and completion of continuing education.
    State: Illinois
1 Board Action
  • Wrong-site surgery (7/5/2013)
    Action Taken: Release from Prior Order
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Virginia


  • Boston University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Howard University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Howard University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Howard University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Childs has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Childs' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Childs to family and friends
30 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (30)

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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Childs' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

Worst doctor ever. Doesn’t care about his patients and offers no help or solutions. Do not go to him if you want real answers and solutions
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I had broken vertebrae in my spine, was refered to a PA on Monday, after waiting in the office for over 1 1/2 hours as the office staff evidently lost my chart and never told me this. The PA ordered an MRI and made an appointment for me to see Dr. Childs at the end of the week. Tuesday I receive a...more
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Fusion w/ Dr. Childs in 12/16. Booted out of hospital day after surgery despite pain/weakness on left side. After 7 months of worse pain, I finally insisted on follow up MRI and CT scans. BOTH tests stated "loosening hardware." Response "....I don't put much faith in these tests" and suggested a...more
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I had a 3 level spinal fusion in 2015. I was referred to Dr. Childs from my former Dr who retired. I was experiencing a new leg pain so he ordered an MRI. He looked at the MRI and could not see the problem and prescribed a nerve block Rx. A friend referred me to a Dr at GeoTown Hosp. When I met...more
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Dr. Childs is wonderful, caring and a very knowledgeable surgeon. He was recommended by a friend, now me and 2 sisters have used him for spinal fusion. I think he is the best in his field. Highly recommend him. Marilyn Keaton
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