UI Hospitals and Clinics



Jose Morcuende, MD, PhD

Professor, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (view Academic Profile)


Jose Morcuende, MD, PhD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon that specializes in clubfoot, hip disorders, tumors, fractures, and a number of other pediatric orthopedics diagnoses. Dr. Morcuende received his medical education and training from the University Autonoma of Madrid with an additional residency in Orthopedic Surgery here at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

His research interests include many of the diseases he treats as well as evidence-based outcomes in orthopedics and global health. He has presented at many national and international meetings, published many peer reviewed papers as well as numerous textbook chapters.

Dr. Morcuende is also involved in a number of professional societies and he is the President of the Ponseti International Association, dedicated to eliminate clubfoot disability worldwide by the development of sustainable national clubfoot programs.



  • Oncology
  • Cerebral Palsy (Pediatric)
  • Clubfoot (Pediatric)
  • Fractures (Pediatric)
  • Hip Dysplasia (Pediatric)
  • Perthes (Pediatric)
  • Skeletal dysplasias (Pediatric)
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) (Pediatric)

Education and Training


  • MD, University Autonoma Madrid Faculty of Medicine, Spain
  • PhD, University Autonoma Madrid Faculty of Medicine, Spain


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA


Pediatric Orthopaedics, Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • English
  • Spanish


  • America's Best Doctors: 2013
  • U.S. News and World Report: 2012