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Kristin Alves, MD, MPH

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Kristin Alves is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Wake Orthopaedics. Her clinical interests include the operative and non-operative treatment of pediatric traumatic injury, conditions of the pediatric lower extremity and pediatric foot and ankle conditions. She has had additional training with a traveling fellowship at the International Center for Limb Lengthening in Baltimore, Maryland, working on developing skills in limb deformity and lengthening.

Dr. Alves has worked on a number of outreach and international projects to increase knowledge of pediatric orthopaedic care worldwide. She enjoys taking care of complex challenges of traumatic and congenital limb deformity and caring for the unique injuries of growing children and adolescents. Her free time is spent with her husky Houdini hiking on trails and exploring the mountains whenever possible.

  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Masters: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, NC (Neuroscience)
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Best Clinical Research Paper, 2019
  • American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Ruben Certificate of Academic Achievement, 2012
  • Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society, 2010
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2008


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America


  • Alves K, Lerner A, Silva G, Katz J. Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) implant follow-up: Assessment of Squat and Smile and fracture Healing. JOT. 2019.
  • Alves K, Katz J, Sabatini C. Gluteal Fibrosis and its surgical treatment. JBJS. 2019;101:361-368.
  • Alves K, Godwin C, Chen A, Akellot D, Katz J, Sabatini C. Gluteal fibrosis, post-injection paralysis, and related injection practices in Uganda: a qualitative analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18:892.
  • Alves K, Penny N, Ekure J, Olupot R, Kobusingy O, Katz J, Sabatini C. Burden of Gluteal Fibrosis and Post-Injection Paralysis in the Children of Kumi District in Uganda. BMC Muskuloskel Disorders. 2018; 19:343.
  • Alves K, Penny N, Kobusingye O, Olupot R, Katz J, Sabatini C. Paediatric musculoskeletal disease in Kumi District, Uganda: a cross-sectional survey. International Orthopaedics. 2018;42:1976-1973.
  • Alves K, Spencer S, Barnewolt C, Waters P, Bae D. Mid-Term Outcomes of Vein Grafting for Reconstruction of Brachial Arterial Injuries in Children. J Hand Surg. 2018;43:287.
  • Gartland RM, Alves K, Brasil NC, Mossanen M, Mort E, Wright CD, Lubitz CC, May C. Does overlapping surgery result in worse surgical outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Surg. 2018; 18:31411-9.
  • Bhashyam A, Dowling J, Alves K, Stephen D, Chertoute G, Benzael J, Jean Louis M, Dyer D. Advancing Orthopaedic Surgical Management in Haiti: a partnership in quality improvement. INFO-CHIR: La Revue Haitienne de Chirurgie et d’Anesthesiologie. 2014;3:42-44.
  • Alves K, Bauer A, Jupiter J. Papillary Endothelial Hyperplasia in Association with Vascular Malformation of the Hand. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2014;23:111-4.
  • Alves K, Jupiter J. Clavicle Fractures: Plate versus Intramedullary fixation. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2014;15:55-9.
  • Alves K, Dahners L. A Technical Trick Which Reduces The Need For Stab Incisions When Using Bone Tenaculums For Fracture Reduction. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2012;26:58-9.

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4/24/2023 Dr. Laces is an amazing pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She was so patient and always answered all of questions with such compassion.

4/21/2023 The timely manner in which things were done. No delays…excellent and courteous treatment

4/20/2023 The tech who put on the cast. She was very thorough and sung to help calm my baby.

4/20/2023 Our experience at Wake Ortho Kildare was prompt and thorough.

4/10/2023 Dr. Kristin Alves was very professional and nice. She treated my son with top care. She helped his situation a lot. I appreciate the way Wakemed treated us. The wait wasn’t long at all, they jumped right on the issue. The young black male at the front desk was very nice and professional with the scheduling. I would definitely recommend them. I live in Wake Forest and decided to take my son to see this Dr. so to me that speaks volumes . Thanks again

4/6/2023 Amazing doctor as well as everyone else were friendly and helpful couldn't ask for any better care

3/27/2023 That staff is A+. Nice to have friendly competent people working with my kid. Put him at ease, good clinical work, professional.

3/22/2023 the doctor is very professional.

3/20/2023 WakeMed Wake Orthopedics-Cary was our first follow-up and the service was amazing. Quick with great care and instructions (highly impressed) we had not experienced this service in the past from other Ortho appointments. My child has been hurt a lot! The staff was so personable and explained thoroughly. Same staff and experience during our second follow-up at the Apex location. I’m not hoping for future Ortho however if the need arises we will return to Wake in the future.

3/17/2023 The staff were so friendly. From the receptionist out front to the x ray tech to Dr Alves, everyone was so kind, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

3/17/2023 DR.Alves was very nice and kind. I should say about nurse practitioner too.. They all were excellent kind and patient. Really appreciate Wake pediatric urgent care Doctor and nurses . They did a mind blowing job. Hatsoff to the whole team.

3/13/2023 Dr. Alves has worked over the past year to educate our family about our son's medical condition and to share the most effective ways of treating it during the teenage years. She performed surgery last summer, and it went perfectly producing the exact result that we had hoped to receive. During our recent visit, we all celebrated. Dr. Alves was genuinely excited to hear about the physical activities that our son is doing with no pain. She took time to answer all of our questions as well.

3/5/2023 Everyone was friendly and accommodating. They clearly explained what care was needed. Great experience.

3/4/2023 Good doctor

2/27/2023 The wait time for the appt was brief, the nurse and Dr. Alves were cheerful, kind, and patient with my daughter and us. They made her feel much better about her injury, how it would heal, and what to do for her as it healed. I was impressed. Friendly and nice folks there who didn't seem rushed and were attentive to our needs.

2/25/2023 Dr. Alves was incredibly caring, professional and thorough. She explained all angles so incredibly well it helped us be able to make the best decision about our daughters participation in the weekends cheer competition with her injury. We would want her treating our children, over anyone else, in the event that we need her again.

2/24/2023 Dr Alves is so wonderful... She is clearly a skilled Dr, but she also does an amazing job of explaining things so that both my son and I can understand... He has a lot of anxiety, but is never nervous with or around her.... She regularly goes 'above and beyond'... Because of her, we are happy to make the drive from fayetteville

2/8/23 Dr. Albee was very patient and understanding my child’s needs and was very knowledgeable in the diagnosis of my child. Dr. Albee was also very pleasant and kind towards us and made my child feel at ease and not so nervous.

2/6/2023 Dr. Alves is really specific and clear with everything, pleasant to my child and myself.

1/31/2023 The staff made me and my two year old feel so warm and right at home, highly recommend!

1/30/2023 The team and Dr. Alves are so kind and very comfortable and at ease in the office. She noted that maybe she would like to be an orthopedic dr one day!

1/30/2023 In and out quick visit for my 12-month-old was fantastic all around. Short enough to not upset or overwhelm a young toddler, fantastic care, pleasant people, and I never felt like they were rushed or inconvenienced by our add-on appointment. Thank you.

1/23/2023 This is a wonderful office. From check in and check out , it’s easy. Dr Elves was kind and thorough as well as the friendly person who took us to the room. The technicians were nice. We have already recommended this practice to friends. The easiest WakeMed visit ever!

1/19/2023 The personalized care was outstanding.

1/13/2023 Thank you so much for the wonderful care for our daughter and her feet!

1/10/2023 Our son needed surgery. Dr. Alves and her team did an amazing job from start to finish! Dr. Alves was very informative, professional, and confident which alleviated our concerns as we knew our son was in the right hands. Our post-surgery visits have been awesome. We have had only positive experiences with Dr. Alves and her team, and I have already recommended Dr. Alves to friends.

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