Dr. Jonathan Pellett
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Honolulu, HI
“Gifted Hawaii surgeon, patient advocate, humanitarian, dedicated father of 4, avid surfer, and friend.” These are just a few of the words used to describe Dr. Pellett
“Gifted Hawaii surgeon, patient advocate, humanitarian, dedicated father of 4, avid surfer, and friend.” These are just a few of the words Mahealani R. used to describe Dr. Pellett when she submitted him as a Hospital Hero. Dr. Pellett works with children of all ages who are suffering with ailments as common as sports injuries and bone fractures, and as debilitating as spina bifida. No matter the cause of the child’s pain, Mahealani says he “treats every child and family member as if they were part of his own `ohana.”
Ryan, one of Dr. Pellett’s patients, is passionate about soccer. He’s had to have 29 painful bone spurs removed from his body via 10 surgeries in just 4 years, and with every passing surgery, he considered walking away from his goal of playing on an elite team. Dr. Pellett recognized Ryan’s athletic spirit and encouraged him as a coach would.
Now, Ryan plays soccer for the well-respected Colorado Rush Soccer Club, which has jump-started the careers of many professional athletes. “I am so thankful to have Dr. Pellett as my doctor. He is trustworthy, intelligent, understanding, friendly, and is [the] best doctor in the world,” Ryan says.
Multiple times per year, Dr. Pellett will take time away from his practice and family to work in outreach clinics on neighboring Hawaiian and Pacific islands. There, he sees dozens of patients per day, working late into the night to reach children who have very limited access to medical care.
Many of the children Dr. Pellett sees are unable to walk and play like normal children due to deformities or debilitating pain. With his medical and technical knowledge, Dr. Pellett has healed children of their physical ailments, but perhaps more importantly, Mahealani shares, “he has mended their spirits, allowing them to just be kids who can run, play, and laugh again.”
Thank you, Dr. Pellett, for your caring approach and patients first attitude!
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