Spine and Scoliosis

Brace FittingChildren from across Northern California make their way to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento to explore treatment options for curved spines, severe back pain and injuries. Our expert team treat spine conditions of all degrees – from fractures to kyphosis, to congenital or idiopathic scoliosis. The medical team responds to the individual needs of each patient and works to achieve the best possible outcomes through minimally invasive treatments, therapy and leading-edge surgical care. Our EOS Imaging System (EOS) is helping us provide the highest quality care while reducing exposure to radiation for our patients. We are honored to bring orthopaedic patients this new technology and are grateful for the funding that was made entirely by donations.

The newest treatment being offered for young children with scoliosis curves too large for bracing is the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System. Children worldwide are affected by scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine and our Sacramento hospital team has an extensive scoliosis program that is designed to treat all forms of this condition.

Medical Concentration

Scoliosis – congenital, idiopathic and neuromuscular
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis

The Medical Team

Eric Klineberg, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon 

Joel Lerman, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Debra Templeton, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Rolando Roberto, M.D.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Yashar Javidan, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Prarthana Mysore, P.A.
Physician Assistant

Melina McCahon, P.A.
Physician Assistant


Patients benefit from the expertise of the entire medical team that includes pediatric physiatrists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric intensive care specialists, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and orthotists, who custom design and fabricate braces on-site. The Shriners medical center allows professionals to work collaboratively and provides patients and parents with easy access to services, under one roof. The expertise, experience and child-centered culture of care create a synergy that distinguishes the pediatric spine program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Spine Research

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California has a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists, bio-mechanical engineers, and clinical research professionals on our orthopaedic clinical research program.  Our pediatric spine surgeons are the principal investigators on several studies focused on improving pediatric spine care. Their research initiatives include a Scoliosis Outcomes Database Registry, a study of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Pediatric Spinal Deformity.

Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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