Michael Mendelow is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery. After graduating from Duke University, he obtained his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1990. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan in 1995 and continued his education at Vanderbilt University, finishing a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Until 2011, Dr. Mendelow practiced primarily in the Detroit area at Children's Hospital of Michigan and at Wayne State University Department of Orthopedic Surgery, where he served on the faculty as a clinical assistant professor. Subsequently, he was Coordinator of Pediatric Orthopedics and continued his practice at Providence Hospital in Novi, Michigan. In 2012, he joined the Medical Staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children: Greenville, in South Carolina.
Dr. Mendelow has always maintained an active practice in complex pediatric spine deformity surgery, in care of children with neuromuscular disorders including cerebral palsy, and in management of foot deformities in children. He was among the early adopters of the Ponseti method of clubfoot management in the United States, outside of Iowa. He has since been inspired and committed to bringing this "gold standard" for clubfoot care to children in Ghana. Dr. Boachie, a mentor to Dr. Mendelow, invited him to participate in the development of FOCOS. He has been a member of the FOCOS Board of Directors since 2000. Dr. Mendelow has represented FOCOS in multiple activities over the years, working in Ghana and Barbados. Along with fellow FOCOS board members, Hank Brown and Pam Lupo, and other FOCOS volunteers, he founded the FOCOS Ghana Clubfoot Program. The Clubfoot Program, which has successfully treated this otherwise disabling condition in hundreds of infants and children, now continues as a collaboration with Cure Clubfoot Worldwide and Cure International.
Dr. Mendelow spent much of 2011 representing and working for FOCOS in spine surgery programs, in planning for the new hospital, and in further development of the clubfoot program. This work included efforts in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia, as well as in Ghana. He continues to be an active Board member and participant in FOCOS activities as FOCOS continues to develop as a tertiary resource, training, and research center for complex spine and adult and pediatric orthopedic disorders in the developing world.