Northern California Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

an image of a group of doctors in white lab coats posing for a photo outsideThe Northern California Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship offers an in-depth, hands-on exposure to all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics across three high-volume centers: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The fellow is closely mentored by attending staff at all three institutions. A flexible schedule allows for dividing time between complex elective pediatric orthopaedics and spine surgery at Shriners Hospital, and elective and urgent pediatric orthopaedics at UC Davis and its Level I Trauma Center. A three-month elective at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (housing provided) allows fellows to delve further into complex spine, hip preservation, limb deformity, sports, and trauma.

Fellows gain expertise in:

  • General pediatric orthopaedics
  • Pediatric and young adult sports
  • Young adult hip preservation
  • Trauma & fractures
  • Early onset, congenital, and adolescent spinal deformity
  • Cerebral palsy and gait analysis
  • Spina bifida and neuromuscular orthopaedics
  • Limb deficiency & prosthetics
  • Upper extremity & brachial plexus birth palsy

In-depth instruction in the Shriners Hospital Motion Analysis Lab and participation in weekly didactic conferences adds to the experience. The fellows participate in the education of orthopaedic surgery residents and contribute to active clinical and basic science research projects. The fellowship program will impart life-long enthusiasm for learning, practicing, and teaching pediatric orthopaedics and prepares the fellow for a career in academic pediatric orthopaedics.

Fellowship Applications

The Northern California Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship accepts one fellow per year through the SF Match, and is 12 months in duration, beginning August 1 and ending July 31.  Compensation is commensurate with a PGY-6 salary with excellent benefits. Upon acceptance to the fellowship through the SF Match, our fellowship coordinator will guide future fellows through the process of obtaining a California medical license and a California Fluoroscopy Supervisor and Operator Permit prior to the start of the fellowship year. 

Program Brochure

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For information, please contact:

Vedant Kulkarni, MD
Director, Northern California Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Laura Dayton
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2425 Stockton Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95817
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California






Make an Appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.
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