John P. Lubicky, MD, FAOA
Honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession

John P. Lubicky, MD, FAOA

John P. Lubicky, MD, FAOA is being honored as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession for his contributions to the subspecialty of pediatric orthopaedic surgery and pediatric spinal surgery. Dr. Lubicky’s recognition is being championed by Sanford E. Emery, MD, MBA, FAOA.


Dr. Lubicky graduated from Philadelphia-based Sidney Kimmel Medical College, then known as Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed his internship and residency from the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, VA. He continued his training in Chicago by completing two fellowships; one at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s MC, University of Illinois MC in Spine Surgery and the other at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

He was the first chair holder of Rush University’s Ronald L. DeWald, MD, Endowed Chair in Spinal Deformities, established in 1996. As a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Lubicky trains residents and fellows, and is involved with clinical research activities including the development of new treatments and procedures.

In 2018, Dr. Lubicky performed the first robotic-assisted pediatric spine surgery in West Virginia using the Mazor X robotic system to treat a patient’s neurofibromatosis and severe scoliosis.

Throughout his influential career, he has provided patient care to children from around the world. Starting in 1992, in his work with Lithuanian Children’s Hope at the Vilnius University Children’s Hospital, he provided patient care as well as professional teaching in pediatric orthopaedics and spine surgery to the hospital’s staff and residents for more than 15 years. During that time, he and his team also brought thousands of dollars’ worth of donated instruments, implants and OR materials to help the struggling staff.

As a member of the American Orthopaedic Association since 1993, Dr. Lubicky is a dedicated supporter of AOA programs and initiatives.

The AOA acknowledges and appreciates Dr. Lubicky’s significant contributions to the orthopaedic specialty, and proudly recognizes him as an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.


“The AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession honor for Dr. John Lubicky is to recognize his national and international contributions to the orthopaedic profession in pediatric orthopaedics and particularly scoliosis. As much if not more, is the acknowledgment of his deep impact on our Department of Orthopaedics at West Virginia University. John’s dedication to teaching and quality patient care has greatly inspired our residents and faculty alike- he has become a legend! He is truly an AOA Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession.”

– Sanford E. Emery, MD, MBA, FAOA
Dr. Bohlman’s Champion

For a list of those who contributed to this Pillar honor, please click here.

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Entire listing of AOA Pillars of the Orthopaedic Profession can be found here.