Dr. Chester H. Sharps is a member of the Pediatric Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, where he also served his internship and orthopedic residency. During his training, he spent one year at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Steel. He was then awarded a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellowship at Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, DE. (A fellowship is an extra year of specialized training that a physician chooses to pursue after completing medical school and residency training.) After his training, he began his practice in Richmond, Virginia, where he has been since 1986.
Dr. Sharps and his medical staff treat children with injuries, diseases, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. He devotes his practice entirely to children ranging in age from newborn to 21 years. He continues to follow his existing patients beyond age 21. He is trained to treat any orthopedic condition and is especially interested in congenital and developmental hip issues, scoliosis, club feet, and sports fractures and injuries. He is also dedicated to helping children with neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Many of his patients benefit from conservative treatments and less invasive surgeries. When surgery is required, he offers expertise in the most up-to-date surgical procedures.
Dr. Sharps has helped develop and attends the Spasticity Clinic at Children’s Hospital. He also attends clinic at Children’s Hospital for cerebral palsy and spina bifida. He has been on staff for VCU Orthopaedics as Assistant Professor for 20 years. He trains their orthopedic residents in pediatric orthopedics.
Dr. Sharps has made numerous surgical trips to the Caribbean and Central America. He is a member of the Board for Special Olympics and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Sharps does ongoing in-depth orthopaedic research and is involved in marked improvements in scoliosis surgery. Recently the new Taurus system for scoliosis surgery has been released by Amedica. This spinal instrumentation is state-of-the-art for correction of scoliosis in open, minimally invasive, or robot assisted. Dr. Sharps has also developed the patented Sharps Derotation system to derotate, as well as, straighten scoliosis.
He holds the honor of being named one of Richmond Magazine’s “Top Doctors” numerous times. He’s been recognized in two categories: Pediatric Surgical Specialist and Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Dr. Sharps is actively involved with World Pediatric Project (previously known as International Hospital for Children) by volunteering his time to lead international surgical missions to St. Vincent and Barbados. World Pediatric Project treats children suffering from birth defects, illness, and injury around the world. The children helped would not otherwise receive treatment for their condition due to a lack of qualified surgeons. Many families have just accepted an orthopedic deformity such as a clubbed foot, as the “hands they were dealt.” Dr. Sharps has been able to offer hope to these children and their families. Dr. Sharps believes that their joy and gratitude are more than enough compensation for these pro bono activities.
“When you make a difference in children’s lives and have helped them for the rest of their lifetime, this is the greatest reward.”
Dr. Sharps is married and has four children and three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf.
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