Dr. Michelle James Shares Best Practices at Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Dr. Michelle James, Chief of Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, shared best practices in pediatric hand and upper extremity care at the 2016 meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). The annual meeting of the 3,800 member organization took place September 29 through October 1 in Austin, Texas.

Dr. James presented three lectures and co-authored two research studies presented at the meeting.   “The ASSH Annual Meeting attracts hand surgeons from all over the world.  It is an honor and privilege to present our research results and my congenital hand surgery experience to the other members of this professional association.”

Dr. James delivered two instructional lectures on congenital hand surgery: 1) Opposition Transfers for Thumb Hypoplasia; and 2) Index Dorsal Rotation Flaps for Arthrogryposis.  The purpose of these lectures was to provide details and outcomes of two recently developed operations to improve prehension for children with thumb anomalies, and she was invited to present her 27 year experience with surgical treatment of the forearm in radial longitudinal deficiency at a symposium entitled “What I Have Learned in Congenital Hand Surgery”

Dr. James also co-authored a study on Ultrasound Screening for Posterior Shoulder Dislocation in Infants with Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy, which was presented by Dr. Andrea Bauer, who practiced at the Northern California Shriners Hospital before joining the orthopaedic team at Boston Children’s Hospital.   Drs. James and Bauer screened infants with this condition for shoulder dislocation with ultrasound scans, and discovered a higher rate of early shoulder dislocation than previously described.  This finding could change early treatment of this condition.

In addition, Dr. James collaborated with Drs. Lindsey C. Valone and Lisa Lattanza from UC San Francisco to investigate possible reasons why female orthopaedic surgeons have higher rates of breast cancer than the general population.  Dr. Valone presented their findings in a talk entitled Breast Radiation Exposure in Orthopaedic Surgeons.  For this study, a mannequin simulating a surgeon using fluoroscopic radiation during simulated surgery was found to receive more radiation to the part of the breast that is most susceptible to cancer, when the protective lead apron did not fit properly.

A noted pediatric hand surgeon, Dr. James has served as a mentor for many pre-medical and medical students and orthopaedic surgery residents. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is Deputy Editor for Hand, Upper Extremity, and Topics in Training for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest and most prestigious medical society dedicated to the hand and upper extremity; their mission is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.

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 visit here.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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  1. Dr. James is so very impressive! We would love for her to share our group with all of her upper limb patients. Every year, we hold 2 family events in CA (one is this weekend in S. CA) and 2 family events on the East Coast (MA). Our families find these events extremely helpful for support and building strong bonds! I would be happy to connect with Dr. James and her team and/or send informational postcards about our group to Shriners. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

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