Shriners Hospital Hosts R. Kirklin Ashley Lectureship on May 1st

William G. Mackenzie, M.D., a world-renowned pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, will speak at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on May 1, 2018 as visiting professor for the 2018 R. Kirklin Ashley Lectureship.

The Ashley Lectureship is organized by the Department of Orthopaedics to advance care through clinical excellence and continuing education. The program is offered as a community service and is free of charge to all participants. Registration is not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mackenzie is chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Nemours, Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. He is internationally noted for his work in caring for children with skeletal dysplasia, limb length discrepancy, limb alignment and muscle diseases. Dr. Mackenzie is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for Little People of America and Medical Director of the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. He is the past President of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Mackenzie is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Mackenzie has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written 17 book chapters.

As the 2018 R. Kirklin Ashley Lecturer, Dr. Mackenzie will lecture on four topics:

  • Evaluation and Diagnosis of Skeletal Dysplasia and Management of Achondroplasia
  • Management of Spine and Extremities in Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Progressive Neuromuscular Conditions of Children
  • Uncommon Pediatric Orthopaedic Syndromes

Dr. Mackenzie, the 2018 Ashley Lecturer, will be joined by Shriners Hospital doctors in the all-day program that also includes talks on general orthopaedics, sports medicine, spine and upper-extremity care. The program begins with Grand Rounds at 7 a.m., in the Hospital Auditorium. Medical professionals are invited to attend one or all of the presentations. The program is approved for continuing education credit.

The Ashley Lectureship was organized in 1993 to honor the contributions of R. Kirklin Ashley, M.D., who joined the medical staff at the San Francisco Shriners Hospital in 1951 and provided leadership and care until his death in 1996. The lectureship is organized to honor the hospital’s commitment to advancing care through clinical excellence and continuing education.

A leader in pediatric orthopaedics, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 pediatric orthopaedic programs in the United States in conjunction with UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

For further information about continuing education programs at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, contact the Staff Development Office at 916-453-2041 or email

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