Michelle A. James, M.D., is Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Davis Health System.
Michelle Anne James, M.D., is Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Davis Health System.
Specializing in the treatment of children’s hand and arm conditions, including malformations and neuromuscular problems, Dr. James is a noted Pediatric Hand Surgeon. Dr. James serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Perry Initiative, and Orthopaedics Overseas. She is Deputy Editor for Hand and Upper Extremity for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
She is also Principal Investigator on two multi-center clinical research studies of hand function in children and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as contributing to chapters to surgical textbooks. She is conducting research on the functional outcomes of the treatment of brachial-plexus birth palsy, upper-extremity cerebral palsy and tetraplegia, in addition to researching the use of motion analysis in the upper extremity.
Dr. James has worked for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California since 1989. She is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis and UC San Francisco. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the Ruth Jackson Society, for which she served as President in 2012. Dr. James organizes and attends a pediatric hand surgery service trip to a pediatric hospital in Managua, Nicaragua twice per year, and has served as a mentor for many pre-medical and medical students and orthopaedic surgery residents.
Education and Training
- Medical Degree, University of California, San Diego
- Residency, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
- Fellowship in Hand Microsurgery, Indiana Hand Center
2016: Non-Sedated Rapid Volumetric Proton Density MRI Predicts Neonatal Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy Functional Outcome. Journal or Neuroimaging
2017: Pediatric Hand Surgery Training in Nicaragua: A Sustainable Model of Surgical Education in a Resource-Poor Environment. Frontiers in Public Health
2017: Ultrasound Screening for Posterior Shoulder Dislocation in Infants with Persistent Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
2017: Assessment of Health Needs in Children with Congenital Upper Limb Differences in Nicaragua: Community Case Study. Frontiers in Public Health.5:123. Frontiers in Public Health
2017: Neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Without Sedation Correlates With Injury Severity in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. Journal of Hand Surgery
2017: Functional Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Symbrachydactyly: A Unilateral Hand Malformation. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
2017: Correlation between Standard Upper Extremity Impairment Measures and Activity-based Function Testing in Upper Extremity Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics