Michelle A. James, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgery - Hand
Orthopaedic Surgery - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
- Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children
- Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. James is a pediatric hand and upper-extremity surgeon with special interests in congenital malformations, reconstruction of the upper extremity after spinal cord injury (tetraplegia), and reconstruction of the burned hand. She is conducting research on the functional outcomes of the treatment of brachial-plexus birth palsy, upper-extremity cerebral palsy and tetraplegia, in addition to researching the use of motion analysis in the upper extremity.
Philosophy of Care
I treat children with hand malformations, hand deformities from injuries, and problems with hand and arm function associated with neuromuscular conditions such as brachial plexus palsy, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. I focus on the child’s function and performance, especially from their own perspective. My greatest professional joy is hearing from a child or their parent that my intervention has improved their ability to accomplish a task that is important to them.
M.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, California, 1983
B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1979
UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1988
Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1989
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, 1993
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Orthopaedic Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Honors and Awards
AMA Women Physicians Congress Physician Mentor Recognition Program, 2011
Golden Apple Award, Health Volunteers Overseas, 2011
Outstanding Clinical Faculty Member, UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006
Leadership Fellows Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2003
Outstanding Clinical Faculty Member, UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998
Select Recent Publications
James MA, Seiler JG 3rd, Harrast JJ, Emery SE, Hurwitz S. The occurrence of wrong-site surgery self-reported by candidates for certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jan 4;94(1):e2(1-12).
Sheffler LC, Lattanza L, Hagar Y, Bagley A, James MA. The prevalence, rate of progression, and treatment of elbow flexion contracture in children with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Mar 7;94(5):403-9.
Sheffler LC, Lattanza L, Sison-Williamson M, James MA. Biceps brachii long head overactivity associated with elbow flexion contracture in brachial plexus birth palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Feb 15;94(4):289-97.
James MA. Symposium introduction. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2010 Jun;14(2):77.
James MA. Symposium introduction. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2010 Mar;14(1):21.
McCarroll HR Jr, James MA, Newmeyer WL 3rd, Manske PR. Madelung's deformity: diagnostic thresholds of radiographic measurements. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 May;35(5):807-12. Epub 2010 Mar 27.
McCarroll HR Jr, James MA. Very distal radial osteotomy for Madelung's deformity. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2010 Jun;14(2):85-93.
Borys D, Canter R, James MA. Monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the distal phalanx: case report. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Aug;35(8):1294-6. Epub 2010 Jul
Campbell AJ, Bagley A, Van Heest A, James MA. Challenges of randomized controlled surgical trials. Orthop Clin North Am. 2010 Apr;41(2):145-55.
de Roode CP, James MA, Van Heest AE. Tendon transfers and releases for the forearm, wrist, and hand in spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2010 Jun;14(2):129-34.