CHOC Children’s Names New Orthopaedic Institute Director

Bringing a wealth of clinical and administrative knowledge and experience, Dr. Lucy Morizio has been named director of the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute.

Dr. Lucy Morizio is director of the CHOC Children's Orthopaedic Institute

In her new administrative leadership role, Dr. Morizio will partner with CHOC leadership to accomplish the Orthopaedic Institute’s strategic and operational goals, including developing the institute as a destination location for pediatric orthopedic services. She begins her new duties Oct. 22.

“I am excited to collaborate with clinicians, employees and executive leadership at CHOC Children’s to help grow its orthopedic services,” Dr. Morizio said. “My goal is to build upon the Orthopeadic Institute’s already top-notch care and outcomes to further enhance and improve how we serve children in Orange County and beyond.”

The Orthopaedic Institute consistently ranks among the Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics.

Dr. Morizio joined CHOC in 2016 as part of its population health efforts, first serving as a quality improvement specialist and later becoming manager of population health-quality.

Previously, Dr. Morizio had a private practice while working with the California’s Newborn Screening Program for 16 years.

Dr. Morizio graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Irvine and earned a doctorate in podiatric medicine from Samuel Merritt University. She completed her surgical residency in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Dr. Francois Lalonde Discusses Pediatric Orthopaedics

Stretching before activity as well as at home, and alternating between sports are key to prevent sports-related injuries, Dr. Francois Lalonde, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and chief of the department of surgery at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

Children interested in a specific sport should spend three to four months each year participating in an activity that utilizes other muscle groups and movements as not to incur repetitive-use injuries, says Dr. Lalonde.

Learn more about pediatric orthopaedics, including common sports injuries, in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit

More About Dr. Lalonde

Francois Lalonde, M.D., is the chair of the department of surgery at CHOC Children’s. Dr. Lalonde graduated from the University of Toronto. He completed his internship in pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University in Montreal and his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.

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