Providing Orthopedic Care to San Antonio’s Smallest Patients

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pediatric Orthopedic Associates of San Antonio, or POASA (pronounced pōsa), is a specialty care organization comprised entirely of board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons.

Founded in 1980, POASA is the longest established practice of its kind in San Antonio and has seen an array of pediatric orthopedic issues in our community’s children.

Besides general orthopedic surgery, POASA’s expertise is in reconstructive surgery, limb lengthening, sports injuries, treating spinal deformities, club foot release and hip dysplasia.

POASA is a long-time supporter of local children’s sports, pediatric support groups and school nurse continuation training. For many years POASA has backed Kinetic Kids, Spina Bifida Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the San Antonio Walk to End Lupus Now.

As a children’s specialty care organization, virtually all our patients are referred to POASA by primary care practices (such as pediatricians and family doctors), emergency rooms, urgent care facilities and other orthopedic groups. That’s understandable, as there are more than a few injuries from falling off bicycles, skate boards, trampolines, beds used as trampolines, playground equipment and just plain falling down the steps.

Current physicians are John Edeen, MD (joined in 1997), Raymond Stefko, MD (2007), Matthew Schmitz, MD (2013), Tina Creekmore, MD (2016), and our newest addition, Aaron See, DO (2018).

Aaron See, DO

Dr. See attended medical school at Midwestern University AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona. He then completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic residency training at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

He served four years as a general orthopedic surgeon at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he was chief of surgery for two years. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as part of a forward surgical team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. See completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital/Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah, this year.

He has a strong interest in spinal deformity, pediatric trauma and lower limb deformity. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has published research in anatomic studies of the lower extremity, spinal injuries and spinal surgery in adolescents.

Dr. Edeen is a former US Navy ship surgeon who has traveled the world and treated children from many countries. As “Doctor Teddy Bear,” he keeps the kids in stitches (pun intended) with his “humerus” stories and antics.

Dr. Edeen has a special concern for children with spina bifida and the variety of related conditions. He is also a frequent guest on radio shows and writes extensively about gun violence.

Dr. Stefko previously served as a U.S. Air Force officer, having risen through the enlisted ranks with numerous awards, and he was chief of pediatric orthopedics at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Care Consortium (Wilford Hall) for 10 years.

He has written extensively on scoliosis and its various treatments and techniques. Dr. Stefko has served on a number of surgical and disaster response missions in Honduras, El Salvador and Turkmenistan. He also supported U.S. Special Forces during Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of U.S. Air Force Mobile Field Surgical Team during deployments to Oman and Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Creekmore’s writing and presentations concern pediatric hip conditions (including Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease), treating orthopedic conditions in cerebral palsy patients and gait analysis.

Having participated in university gymnastics and as a member of the Sea World water-ski pyramid demonstration team, Dr. Creekmore has a keen interest in sports injuries, and she is well equipped to answer questions and concerns of young athletes.

Dr. Schmitz’s practice focuses on pediatric sports injuries, hip pathology and traumatic injuries. He performs periacetabular osteotomies in San Antonio.

He graduated with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy and had a distinguished collegiate rugby career. He also travels the world as a team physician for the USA Men’s Rugby Team.

Dr. Schmitz annually lectures at the Miller Orthopedic Review, the largest board review course for graduating orthopedic surgery residents.

We guarantee same-day or next-day appointments to all our referral sources, as we reserve the last part of every afternoon for acute injury patients. We are the around-the-clock, every-day-of-the-year, on-call orthopedic physicians for Methodist Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

To learn more about POASA, call 210-692-1613 or visit