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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Joel Allen Lerman, M.D. View profile as PDF

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lerman's clinical interests include clubfoot, congenital lower extremity deficiencies, spina bifida, pediatric and adolescent spinal deformity as well as general pediatric orthopaedics. His research focuses on clinical outcomes in lower extremity deficiencies, orthotic management of spinal cord injured patients, and orthotic management of patients with clubfoot.

Philosophy of Care

I attempt to provide state of the art, high level, vigilant, safe care for pediatric and adolescent patients with orthopaedic conditions, accounting for present and future function. The child's needs are critical, and the child's and parent's assistance in care is enlisted.


Associate Clinical Professor


Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery



Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation:


Shriners Hospital for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-453-2180
Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone:

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


M.D., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1992
B.A., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1986

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2001

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
Association of Children's Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinics
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Scoliosis Research Society

Select Recent Publications:

Gupta MC, Wijesekera S, Sossan A, Martin L, Vogel LC, Boakes JL, Lerman JA, McDonald CM, Betz RR. Reliability of radiographic parameters in neuromuscular scoliosis. Spine 32: 691-695, 2007.

Huffman GR, Bagley AM, James MA, Lerman JA, Rab G. Assessment of children with brachial plexus birth palsy using the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 25: 400-404, 2005.

Lerman JA, Sullivan E, Barnes DA, Haynes RJ. The Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) and functional assessment of patients with unilateral upper extremity deficiencies. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 25: 405-407, 2005.

Lerman JA, Emans JB, Hall JE, Karlin LI. Spinal arthrodesis for scoliosis in Down syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 23: 159-161, 2003.

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