Shriners Northern CA

AboutUs-HospitalExteriorAs a regional pediatric medical center, the Northern California Shriners Hospital cares for children throughout the Western United States, Canada and Mexico. The hospital is a destination of choice for patients and families seeking comprehensive, compassionate care for complex medical needs that include orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, scars from any cause, cleft lip, ano-rectal disorders, chest wall malformations and other surgical needs. The hospital partners with emergency air ambulances to transport critically injured children and coordinates transportation to and from the hospital for patients whose families cannot provide or afford travel. Children have the opportunity to be evaluated and treated by doctors recognized by their peers as the best of the best.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California
2425 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817


At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, a distinguished leadership team works collaboratively to ensure that children have access to and benefit from the highest quality of pediatric surgical care and rehabilitation.

Margaret Bryan
Hospital Administrator & CEO

Michelle James, M.D.
Chief of Staff, Orthopaedics

Jon Robert Davids, M.D.
Assistant Chief, Orthopaedics

David Greenhalgh, M.D.
Chief of Staff, Burns

Tina Palmieri, M.D.
Assistant Chief of Staff, Burns

Sundeep S. Tumber, D.O
Chief of Staff, Anesthesia

Loren Davidson, M.D.
Director of Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation

Diana L. Farmer, M.D
Chief of Pediatric Surgery

Shinjiro (Shin) Hirose, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Surgery

David Pleasure, M.D.
Director of Research

Annual Reports

Hospital Facts & Figures

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing surgical care and rehabilitation to children with congenital conditions and complex medical needs regardless of the ability of the patient or family to pay. Located just minutes from downtown Sacramento, the Northern California Shriners Hospital treats children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, specialized plastic surgery needs, chest wall malformations, ano-rectal disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders and other complex surgical needs. Our hospital is a destination of choice for families throughout Northern California, the Western United States, Northwestern Mexico and Canada. The course of care is determined individually for each patient. Each patient’s path to success is fueled by private donations and driven by excellence in treatment, teaching and research.

National Ranking

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is ranked s ranked 38th in pediatric orthopaedics and 32nd in pediatric urology together with UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This is the fifth consecutive year the hospitals have shared national recognition in the best hospital survey. This is the fifth consecutive year the hospitals have shared national recognition. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties. Rankings are based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

*Ranked together with UC Davis Children’s Hospital


April 1997


Donations support hospital in its mission to transform the lives of children through treatment, teaching and research.


  • Ranked in the 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 pediatric orthopaedic programs in America in conjunction with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
  • Distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center.
  • Distinguished as the region’s most active and most noted pediatric burn center.
  • Fully accredited by the Joint Commission

Signature Clinical Programs

  • Orthopaedics
  • Burns
  • Specialized Plastic Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Cleft Lip Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Program

Patient Eligibility

Based on just two criteria:

  • Age (under18)
  • Diagnosis (within scope of services)

Regions Served

The hospital serves children throughout California, the Western United States, Canada & Mexico.

Referral & Admission

Admission to the program is just a phone call away.

  • Referral Center: 916-453-2191
    Parents, physicians and other health care providers wishing to refer a child in need should call the Patient Referral Center at 916-453-2191.
  • Emergency Referral: 916-453-2111
    Children with severe burns and other emergent needs are admitted through a physician-to-physician referral. The referring physician should contact the physician-on-call at 916- 453-2111.

Patient Activity

Continues to increase with more than:

  • More than 75,000 children treated
  • 30,000 patient visits annually
  • Over 7,000 new referrals annually

The Medical Complex

  • 80 pediatric beds, including 20 critical care beds and 10 step-down beds
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Ambulatory Sub-Specialty Clinics
  • Pediatric Orthotic & Prosthetic Services (LLC)
  • Center for Movement Analysis


The Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM) at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is home to a collaborative research program devoted to bringing discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Integrated basic science and clinical research studies are focused on tissue regeneration of skin, the nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

Board of Govenors

Shriners from California, Oregon and Nevada provide leadership to the hospital as members of the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California Board of Governors. The Shrine leaders are members of the seven Shrine Temples that directly support our hospital.


Temple Affiliation

David Pirie, Chairman Al Bahr
Kay C. Dunn, Vice Chairman Aahmes
Russell Godt, Treasurer Ben Ali
David Kubel, Secretary Ben Ali

2020 Board of Governors

Temple Affiliation

Fred Avery Aahmes
Gary Charland Aahmes
Michael J. Cornell Aahmes
Howard Feinberg Asiya
Michael J. Fox Kerak
Richard Graver Kerak
Steven F. Johnson Ben Ali
Frank Kastl Asiya
Adolph “Gus” Lopez Asiya
Ronald “Ron” Obernolte Tehran
Mark Parinas Aahmes
Steven Parkinson Hillah
William Wells Ben Ali


Temple Affiliation

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California would like to thank the following Shrine temples (chapters) for their support and dedication to our mission.

Aahmes Hillah
Al Bahr Kerak
Asiya Tehran
Ben Ali


HistoryKidsThe history of Shriners Hospitals for Children is a rich one. Each day, patients and families say thank you to the Shriners – those men in the red fezzes – for imagining a brighter future. Our model for care was imagined and established by the Shriners, the fraternal organization for which the hospital is named. Determined to give all children access to specialized pediatric care, the Shriners opened their first hospital in 1922. Polio was reaching epidemic proportions and only families of means had ready access to doctors, leaving thousands of children at risk without health care. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened as a place where children suffering from the crippling effects of polio, clubfoot and other orthopaedic conditions could receive life-changing medical care.

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest philanthropies, Shriners Hospitals for Children has evolved into an international hospital system recognized for its devotion to transforming the lives of children through expert care and research. It is a destination of choice for parents whose children have orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, and other complex surgical needs. Care is funded by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Endowment, which is sustained by contributions from all walks of life.

The Northern California Hospital — A Center of Medical Excellence

Motivated by a need for a pediatric burn center on the West Coast, Shriners saw an opportunity to advance care, promote discovery and create a center of medical excellence by building a multi-disciplinary flagship facility in the heart of a rapidly growing region. Since opening its doors in April 1997, the Northern California Shriners Hospital has become a recognized leader in all its disciplines. The hospital is located just minutes from downtown Sacramento, and the central location allows families from communities throughout the region to access much-needed surgical care and rehabilitation. The proximity to the University of California Davis Medical Center, a vibrant academic medical community, promotes professional collaboration and allows young doctors to gain insight and expertise by working side-by-side with noted Shriners specialists. The collaborative approach to care inspires researchers to advance medicine in an environment where cross-pollination is a key to discovery.

Advances in care are reflected in the lives of the children served. At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, professionals work so children can play.


Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of children, their families and the communities in which they live.

Our success is guided by our hospital mission to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
Our Promise to the Community

Imagine a world where children do not suffer from the consequences of disease, birth defects and accidents. Shriners Hospitals for Children believes such a world is possible and is striving to make it happen. We are committed to building and rebuilding the promise of every child’s life. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California:

  • provides cutting edge pediatric medical care in a welcoming, warm and reassuring environment;
  • eliminates barriers to care for children in need of sub-specialty services; and
  • ensures that every child’s needs are met, from the surgeon’s magical touch to the most complex technology.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides pediatric health care the way it should be provided.

We promise.

Make an Appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.
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