Mission Children’s Hospital Responds to Region’s Need with Second Orthopedist

ASHEVILLE - Whether it’s the pre-holiday lines in supermarkets, the procession at the mall to see Santa or the anticipation of Black Friday sales, no one likes to wait. That premise is true in health care as well – and for our region – the anticipation for the addition of a new pediatric orthopedic surgeon is over.

Mission Children’s Hospital has announced the addition of board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Ole Raustol, MD, effective Jan. 15. Dr. Raustol joins Jennifer Hooker, MD, and the pediatric orthopedics program, which includes a continuum of care with the physical therapy team. Like Dr. Hooker, Dr. Raustol will see patients at the Reuter Outpatient Care Center at 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive and perform surgical procedures at Mission Hospital and Asheville Surgery Center.

Before the addition of Drs. Hooker and Raustol, western North Carolina residents were forced to seek care from specialists in Upstate South Carolina and the Charlotte area. When Dr. Hooker joined Mission Children’s Hospital in January 2011 as the region’s only pediatric orthopedic surgeon, her schedule filled quickly.

“As the region’s referral center, we are fortunate to have a highly qualified orthopedic specialist like Dr. Raustol join our now expanded care team,” said Susan Mims, MD, MPH, executive medical director of Mission Children’s Hospital. “The existing patient waitlist reflects the region’s need for an additional specialist. We are pleased we can continue to meet this need and have an immediate positive impact for many families,” she said.

Before joining the Mission care team, Dr. Raustol was employed as an orthopedist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA.

“Working with children is very inspiring,” he said. “They usually have such a positive perspective on life and so much to teach the rest of us about dealing with difficult situations.”

After completing his medical degree at Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI, and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, Dr. Raustol completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He went on to complete a pediatric orthopedics fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite.

“My interest in the specialty of orthopedic surgery is combined with my interest in working with kids of all ages,” Dr. Raustol said.  “So I feel like I get the best of both worlds joining Mission Children’s Hospital.”

Originally from Norway, Dr. Raustol came to the United States after high school. His life later took him to Western Carolina University for a semester. It was there he developed a deep affinity for western North Carolina’s natural environment and rich culture.

Mission Children’s Hospital is the regional referral center with pediatric subspecialists in fields including cardiology, child abuse prevention and treatment, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, hospitalist medicine, intensive care, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology and radiology. For more information, visit missionchildrens.org.

In addition to joining Mission Children’s Hospital, Dr. Raustol joins Mission Medical Associates, the physician group practice of Mission Health. It is a physician-led organization focused on high-quality, patient-centered care. Our practice encompasses more than 160 physicians and 50 advanced practitioners in over 25 specialties. Our vision is to provide convenient regional access to high-quality medical care and services through an integrated health care delivery system. For more information, visit missionMD.org.