Hip, Knee and Foot

So many childhood aspirations are linked to the ability to walk straight, stand tall, move gracefully and run easily. Performance depends on how well feet, legs, knees and hips function. The Pediatric Orthopaedic team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California address the surgical and non-surgical needs of children with hip, knee and foot issues so they can achieve their personal best. Babies born with club foot, a limb deficiency or hip dysplasia are among patients seen by pediatric orthopaedic specialists at Shriners Hospital. Care also extends to children and adolescents who suffer accidental and traumatic injuries that impair function.  The course of care is determined individually for each patient. In each and every case, the goal is to optimize function and put the child on the road to independence.

Medical Concentration

  • Arthrogryposis
  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
  • Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Limb Deficiencies (Prosthetics & Orthotics)
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Tarsal coalitions 
  • Vertical talus 

The Medical Team

Jennette L. Boakes, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Boakes’ special areas of interest include long-term outcomes of lengthening verses amputation for congenital limb deficiency, muscle strength recovery following lower extremity surgery, muscle adaption during limb lengthening, and timing and planning of deformity correction by growth manipulation.

Jon R. Davids, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Davids is internationally recognized for his pioneering research using motion analysis to improve clinical decision making and outcomes in children with orthopaedic disorders.

Brian Haus, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist
Dr. Haus is dedicated to providing world-class care to children in Northern California. He specializes in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, pediatric trauma, arthroscopy, and joint preservation. Dr. Haus also performs hip preservation surgery in adolescents with hip disorders.

Fatema L. Iqbal, M.D. M.S.
Musculoskeletal Pediatrician
Dr. Iqbal is devoted to making a positive impact on the health and welfare of children through pediatrics and non-operative orthopaedics.  One of only a handful of non-operative pediatric orthopedists in the nation, she evaluates, diagnoses, and treats gait concerns, limb abnormalities, fractures, scoliosis and other pediatric musculoskeletal conditions.

Vedant Kulkarni, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Kulkarni’s work is devoted to improving outcomes for children with neuromuscular conditions, hip disorders and traumatic injuries.

Joel Lerman, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Lerman provides care to children with congenital and acquired orthopaedic conditions. He is noted for his non-surgical treatment of children with clubfoot.

Debra Templeton, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Templeton focuses exclusively on Pediatric Orthopaedics, which includes reconstruction, scoliosis, sports, and trauma. In 1994, she was a Member of the United States Olympic Development Track and Field Team and received the United States Olympic Committee Scholar Athlete Award.

Ary Arauz, P.A.
Physician Assistant


Clinical research studies focus on improving non-surgical and surgical outcomes of pediatric sports injuries.

Patient Referral

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

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