National Leader in Pediatric Orthopaedics to Speak at Shriners Hospital’s 2016 Ashley Lectureship

James O. Sanders, M.D., a national leader in pediatric orthopaedics, will speak at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on March 15 as visiting professor for the 2016 R. Kirklin Ashley Lectureship.

Sanders Jim, M.D.Dr. Sanders is a Professor of Orthopaedics and the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, N.Y. His research interests include spinal deformity, the relationship of growth to musculoskeletal disorders, and human gait. Dr. Sanders has won national awards for his research and published many articles and textbook chapters on the treatment of pediatric orthopaedics. In 2009 he was included in the list of Best Doctors in America for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Sanders will give three lectures on three topics. Each lecture is approved for 1-hour of continuing medical education (CME) credit. The times and topics are as follows:

7 a.m.    Growth and Maturity in Pediatric Orthopaedics

8 a.m.    Evidence Based Orthopaedics

10 a.m.      Early Onset Scoliosis

The Ashley Lectureship was organized in 1993 to honor the contributions of an outstanding pediatric orthopaedist, provide cutting-edge education, and inspire orthopaedic residents to consider pediatric orthopaedics as a specialty. The lectureship is named in honor of R. Kirklin Ashley, M.D., who joined the medical staff at the San Francisco Shriners Hospital in 1951 and provided leadership and care until his death in 1996.

“The Ashley Lectureship celebrates the best in pediatric orthopaedic surgery by honoring an exceptional doctor who was respected by his colleagues as an outstanding surgeon and regarded for his kindness,” says Dr. Michelle James, chief of orthopaedics at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “Many remember him as the doctor who would stop in the hallway to chat with a child, an act of kindness that reminds us how important the human touch is in the healing process.”

A leader in pediatric orthopaedics, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 pediatric orthopaedic programs in the United States in conjunction with UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

For further information about the 2016 R. Kirklin Ashley Lectureship call Patti Barnes at 916-453-2049 or email

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go visit here.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |


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