The expert team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California treats spine conditions of all degrees – from a fatigue fracture in the lower spine that requires careful monitoring to a congenital kyphosis that can lead to paralysis. The medical team responds to the individual needs of each patient and works to achieve the best possible outcomes through research, minimally invasive treatments, therapy and leading-edge surgical care.

The newest treatment being offered for young children with scoliosis curves too large for bracing is the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System. Children worldwide are affected by scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine and our Sacramento hospital team has an extensive scoliosis program that is designed to treat all forms of the condition.

Medical ConcentrationBrace Fitting

Scoliosis – congenital, idiopathic and neuromuscular
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis

Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Care

Patients benefit from the expertise of the entire medical team that extends to a host of professionals including pediatric physiatrists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric intensive care specialists, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and orthotists, who custom design and fabricate braces on-site. The Shriners medical center allows professionals to work collaboratively and provides patients and parents with easy access to care. The expertise, experience and child-centered culture of care create a synergy that distinguishes the pediatric spine program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

The Medical Team

Eric Klineberg, M.D.

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Klineberg’s clinical interests include all aspects of spinal degeneration and deformity with a particular interest in minimal access surgery. Dr. Kleinberg serves as the Director of the University of California, Davis Spine Fellowship Program.

Joel Lerman, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Lerman is active in the Scoliosis Research Society and the Association of Children’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinics. Dr. Lerman’s expertise is treatment of the growing spine, including EDF (Elongation, Derotation Flexion) casting.

Debra Templeton, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Templeton focuses exclusively on pediatric orthopaedics and provides surgical care to children with scoliosis. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Rolando Roberto, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Roberto is an expert in spine deformity, including EDF casting and surgical treatment. He also serves as the University of California, Davis Residency Program Director.

Prarthana Mysore, P.A.
Physician Assistant

Spine Research

A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists, bio-mechanical engineers, and clinical research professionals comprise the orthopaedic clinical research program.  Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California pediatric spine surgeons ares the principal investigator on several studies focused on improving pediatric spine care. His research initiatives include a Scoliosis Outcomes Database Registry, a study of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, and Pediatric Spinal Deformity.

Patient Referral

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

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