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Appointments and Referrals

If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 866-205-7270.

SPORTS Orthopedic referrals

For athletic injuries in need of more involved orthopedic care. Your insurance plan may require a referral from your child's primary care doctor.

  • SPORTS Orthopedic referral forms may be faxed to our office at 682-885-4407.

SPORTS Rehab referrals

For athletes who need rehabilitation after an injury. An evaluate and treat order will be needed to start physical or hand therapy.

Patient registration forms:

When to make a referral

Physicians often question when to refer an injured patient to an orthopedic specialist or a rehabilitation therapist. Cook Children's can fulfill both options with these helpful tips:

When to refer a patient to Cook Children's Orthopedics:

  • If he/she needs a surgical consultation
  • If there is an unknown or complicated diagnosis
  • If he/she cannot walk or move a joint without extreme pain
  • If there are abnormal results to radiographs, CT and/or MRI
  • If he/she needs fracture treatment

When to refer a patient to Cook Children's SPORTS Rehab:

  • If there is a known diagnosis
  • If he/she has recurrent injuries
  • If he/she has injuries that are not healing
  • If he/she needs equipment and/or orthosis
  • If he/she needs back-to-sport training
  • If he/she needs injury prevention information
  • To address proper body mechanics and alignment

Insurance information

Cook Children's has contracts with the following health care insurance companies, and we are committed to growing this list. We want to be sure that every family and child in our community has the coverage they need to get and stay healthy.

Did you know that Cook Children's also offers a health plan that may help you access the care you need? Learn more about Cook Children's Health Plan here.

Important phone numbers for referring physicians

Emergency referral/admission

For emergency referrals, call 1-800-KID-HURT (1-800-543-4878)

Please have the following patient information ready:

  • Patient's name and date of birth
  • Reason for admission
  • Admission type, such as observation or inpatient
  • Special needs of patient, such as isolation or equipment
  • Patient's medical history

International referrals

Our highly skilled physicians cover more than 30 specialties and subspecialties, which allows your patients to receive outstanding care, all in one place. Our International Patient Services team will review each case and recommend the best treatment plan for a child visiting Cook Children's.

If you'd like to refer an international patient, need assistance or have questions, our staff is here to help at +1-682-885-INTL (+1-682-885-4685).

Quick reference guide and specialty contacts

For a listing of referral contacts by department you can view, download and/or print our quick reference contact guide by clicking here.

Find a specialist. Looking for a particular specialist or specialty location? Here is our complete physician directory.