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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Pediatric Service

UC Davis Health System and Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Service combines the resources of UC Davis Health System and Shriners' Hospital for Children, Northern California to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care for children, including:

reconstructive pediatric orthopaedics
pediatric orthopaedic trauma
limb deficiencies and prosthetics
hand and upper extremity surgery
spine surgery
sports medicine
neuromuscular conditions
spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Training in pediatric musculoskeletal care is provided to residents in orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and family practice, in addition to fellows in pediatric orthopaedics, musculoskeletal pediatrics and hand surgery.  Resources include Motion Analysis Lab at SHCNC and active clinical and basic science research programs at both institutions.

New Patients
You may complete this new patient questionnaire (PDF) online and print it, or print it and complete it by hand.  Please bring it with you when you bring your child in for their first appointment.  Thank you.

Patient Self Referral Form (PDF)

 Pediatric Orthopaedic Faculty


Michelle A. James, M.D.  

Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, SHCNC
Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Service, UC Davis
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis
NeuroNEXT Investigator

Jennette Boakes, M.D.  

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon, SHCNC
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis
Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship Director

Joel Lerman, M.D. 

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon, SHCNC
Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis

Debra Popejoy, M.D.  

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon, SHCNC
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis

Brian Haus, MD Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis
Jon Davids, MD Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis
Vedant Kulkarni, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery