Robert N. Hensinger, MD

Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


Dr. Hensinger was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School as Valedictorian.  He attended the University of Michigan in 1956 to 1960 where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional.  He was accepted to the University of Michigan Medical School and graduated in 1964.  He was accepted as an intern and first year resident in Surgery at the University of Michigan. From 1966-1968 he served in the United States Navy as a Submarine Medical Officer.  He returned to Michigan in 1968 to complete his Orthopaedic Residency.  Subsequently, he went to the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware for a Fellowship in Pediatric Othopaedics.  He remained there on the faculty, returning to the University of Michigan in 1974 as the first Pediatric Orthopaedist at the University of Michigan.  He rose through the academic ranks to become full Professor of Surgery, Section of Orthopaedics in 1981.  Dr.  Hensinger became Section Head in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1996, and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001.  He is currently an Emeritus Professor and the William S. Smith Collegiate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Hensinger has published over 150 articles and several books on Pediatric Orthopaedics.  He is the Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.  His national leadership achievements include past President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dr. Hensinger is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has recertified twice.