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Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery

Debra Popejoy, M.D. View profile as PDF

Debra  Popejoy

Clinical Interests

Dr. Popejoy's clinical interests focus exclusively on pediatric orthopaedics, which includes the areas of reconstruction, scoliosis, sports and trauma. Her research interests focus on scoliosis, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and trauma.


Assistant Professor
Pediatric Fellowship Director


Orthopaedic Surgery - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery



Orthopaedic Surgery


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2700

Shriners Hospital for Children

Driving Directions
Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., UC San Diego, San Diego, California, 1998
B.A., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1994


John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999


Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals, Fort Worth, Texas, 2003


Dorothy & Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics and Scoliosis, TX, 2004

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
California Medical Association
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Scoliosis Research Society

Select Recent Publications:

Zide JR, Popejoy D, Birch JG. Revised modified Oxford bone score: a simpler system for prediction of contralateral involvement in slipped capital femoral epiphysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Mar;31(2):159-64.

Chambers PT, Popejoy D, Birch 1. Nerve palsy after hamstring lengthening in patients with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 28(7): 773-6. 2008.

Pedowitz RA, Popejoy D1. Initial laxity does not correlate with subsequent laxity after ACL reconstruction in humans: a prospective evaluation. Am J Orthop, 33(11): 560-4. 2004

To see if Debra Popejoy is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).