Shriners Doctors Present Research Findings at Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Shriners Hospital doctors played a leading role at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine (AACPDM) that took place October 21-24 in Austin, Texas.  Three doctors from the Northern California Shriners Hospital shared important research findings and led discussions on how to best assess and manage care of children with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects a child’s coordination, balance, and ability to walk.

Presenters included Michelle James, M.D., chief of orthopaedics, Jon R. Davids, M.D., assistant chief of orthopaedics, and Loren Davidson, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. They were joined at the conference by nurse practitioners Karen Howes and Heather Davis, and physical therapist Gill Williams, all of whom are members of the multi-disciplinary team working on behalf of children through the Center of Excellence in Cerebral Palsy at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Michelle Anne James, M.D., is Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.Loren Davidson, M.D.Dr. Jon Robert Davids, Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California








Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor disability in children in North America and worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 300 children is identified with CP. The Center for Excellence in Cerebral Palsy actively engages in clinical research to improve outcomes for these children.

The AACPDM Annual Meeting provides high-quality dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. New Frontiers was the theme for this year’s meeting.

Shriners Hospital faculty presented on the following topics:

Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Management of Children with CP
A half day symposium including presentations by Jon R. Davids, M.D., Michelle James, M.D., and Loren Davidson, M.D.

Relationship Among Indices of Kinematic Deviations and Function in Children with CP
A podium presentation by Jon R. Davids, M.D., on research co-authored by Anita Bagley, Ph.D., and Adit Kothari from the Motion Analysis Laboratory.

Correlation between Standard Upper Extremity Impairment Measures and Activity Based Function Testing in Upper Extremity Cerebral Palsy
A podium presentation by Michelle James, M.D. on research co-authored by Anita Bagley, Ph.D., James Vogler, M.D., Jon Davids, M.D., and Ann Van Heest, M.D., from the Shriners Hospital in Twin Cities.

Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremity in Cerebral Palsy: An Update
An instructional seminar led by Michelle James, M.D., with Ann Van Heest, M.D., and Wendy Tomhave, M.D. from Twin Cities Shriners Hospital.



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.

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