Orthopaedic Residents Select Shriners Hospital Surgeon as Teacher of the Year

Dr. Davids, chief of orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California


Graduates of the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program unanimously selected Dr. Jon R. Davids as 2016 Teacher of the Year.  The residents presented the award to Dr. Davids at their graduation program on June 10, in San Francisco.

Dr. Davids, assistant chief of orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California, is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon internationally noted for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy. He pioneered research using motion analysis to improve clinical decision making and outcomes in children with orthopaedic disorders.

The San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program is a training program based at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Residents rotate through several Bay Area hospitals, including Highland Hospital, Kaiser Oakland, St. Mary’s, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  The program accommodates 15 residents, and six residents from the program rotate through Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California each year.

Dr. Ryan O’Shea, a graduate of the program and co-chief resident, praised Dr. Davids for his commitment and thoughtful approach to educating young surgeons.

“Dr. Davids regularly makes the drive from Sacramento to the Bay Area to participate in our didactic schedule. His lectures ─ with the perfect balance of teaching, history, and comic relief ─ are regarded as some of the best in our program. His approach to gait analysis is thoughtful and methodical, and adopted by all residents. Dr. Davids is also an outstanding mentor in the operating room. Through example, he teaches us to be precise and efficiently operate in a stepwise, algorithmic fashion,” said O’Shea, who was motivated by his experience to become a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.

Teaching is at the foundation of the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission. Thousands of physicians have received residency education or postgraduate fellowship training at Shriners orthopaedic and burns hospitals located across the United States. The Northern California hospital works in partnership with the University of California Davis School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program to ensure that best practices are passed on to young doctors.  Dr. Davids is one of nine Shriners Hospital surgeons who serve as faculty for the Residency and Fellowship programs in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California, which are coordinated in partnership with the University of California Davis Health System, where Dr. Davids is Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery and the Ben Ali Chair.

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 go online to www.shrinerschildrens.org.

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

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