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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, 1984
    Hospital For Sick Children-Toronto
  • Residency, Orthopaedics, 1983
    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), 1980
    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, 1979
    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, 1978
    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • MD, 1977
    Harvard Medical School
  • BA, 1971
    Boston University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2021, 2020, 2019)

National Provider ID: 1801986278


Laura L. Tosi, M.D., is the director of the Bone Health Program at Children’s National Hospital. Her practice focuses on orthopaedic management of children with physical disabilities and birth defects. Dr. Tosi also works to increase physician awareness of bone health issues for women and children, with the goal of reducing debilitating bone injury as the population ages.

Dr. Tosi also treats children and adults with spina bifida and other congenital orthopaedic problems.

Dr. Tosi has lectured extensively on women’s bone health, particularly osteoporosis prevention, to women’s organizations throughout the United States. Dr. Tosi is a member of the Committee on Women’s Health Issues for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Academic Orthopaedic Society.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Medical Society of DC 
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals  

Research & Publications

An AOA critical issue: The future of the orthopaedic surgeon, proceduralist, or keeper of the musculoskeletal system

(2005) Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Bone and Muscle Health

(2006) The Savvy Woman Patient

Common Causes of Limp in Toddlers Children and Adolescents

(2000) Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine for Primary Care

Does Sex Matter in Musculoskeletal Health

(2005) Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Fragility Fractures and Pay for Performance Where the Private Good and the Public Good Divide

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Ligamentous Instability of the Knee in Children Sustaining Fractures of the Femur A Prospective Study with Knee Examination under Anesthesia

(1996) Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics

Muscles Nerves and Bone the Body's Framework

(2002) Children with Disability

Pediatric Orthopaedic Infections

(2002) Orthopaedic Knowledge Update - Pediatrics

Round Table Part II Evaluating Patients with Fragility Fractures Preventing Refractures the Role of Vitamin D Calcium Other Agents

(2004) Orthopaedics Today

Vertebral Compression in the Child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

(1994) Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

4.2 / 5 4.2 out of 5 stars (based on 50 Patient/Family Ratings)

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  • 4.2 / 5

    Care Provider explanations of prob/condition

  • 4.2 / 5

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