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Christopher S. Vara, M.D.

Christopher S. Vara, M.D.

Christopher S. Vara, M.D., is a board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Children's Twin Cities. After graduating from the United States Military Academy and completing five years of service in the United States Army, he completed medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and an orthopaedic residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He also completed an adult spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital and a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Primary Children's Hospital/Shriners Children's Salt Lake City.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Vara include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Foot deformities
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Lower extremity malalignment
  • Lower limb angular deformities
  • Spina bifida
  • Spine deformities:
    • Scoliosis (infantile, juvenile/adolescent idiopathic)
    • Kyphosis
    • Lordosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Spondylosis
    • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Trauma

He is drawn to Shriners Children's philosophy of caring for the "whole child," including social and emotional needs, as well as orthopaedic conditions. Dr. Vara believes that Shriners Children's Twin Cities truly embodies a team-centered approach to care.

Dr. Vara is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.


  • Medical Degree, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Residency, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship, Primary Children's Hospital/Shriners Children's Salt Lake City, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Mass., Spine Surgery

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