Pediatric Orthopaedics

Girl in CastFor children with club foot, hip disorders, scoliosis, hand differences, limb deficiencies, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, sports injuries, and a host of other orthopaedic conditions, there is no place like Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. Doctors provide care in the only free-standing children’s hospital in the Sacramento region. A statewide leader in pediatric orthopaedics, our Northern California Shriners Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 pediatric orthopaedic programs in the nation.

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Medical Concentration

Motion Analysis Lab

Patients benefit from the sophisticated technology found in the Motion Analysis Lab, one of only four of its kind in California, where a patient’s movement is measured with video documentation, 3-D motion analysis, and muscle-timing information.

Pediatric Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Orthotics & Prosthetics

A regional leader in scoliosis and club foot bracing, the Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialists (POPS) bring more than 175 years of combined experience designing braces, artificial arms and legs, and other adaptive devices for children. Occupational and physical therapists help children regain strength, skills, abilities and independence as they guide young patients on how to use adaptive devices and walk on their new legs. Take a look at our Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialists (POPS) brochure.

Patients Explore Potential

Patients are encouraged to engage in therapeutic recreation and other activities that allow them to explore their full potential. Recreation specialists organize patient outings that include ski trips, sporting events and movies. Patients with hand differences and their families are invited to participate in Camp Winning Hands.


The Medical Team

Michelle James, M.D.
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jon Davids, M.D.
Assistant Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Motion Analysis Lab

Jennette Boakes, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Loren Davidson, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

Brian Haus, M.D. 
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine Specialist

Fatema L. Iqbal, M.D. M.S.
Musculoskeletal Pediatrician

Vedant Kulkarni, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Joel Lerman, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Candice McDaniel, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Craig McDonald, M.D.
Director, Spina Bifida Program

Debra Templeton, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Melina McCahon, P.A.
Physician Assistant

Research & Education

The orthopaedic team is engaged in clinical trials and scientific research to advance patient outcomes. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California also is home to a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics.

Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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