Pediatric orthopaedists are the best-trained doctors to properly evaluate and treat musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) problems in children who are still growing, from newborn babies through teenagers.

Because children are still growing, the body’s response to injuries, infections, and deformities may be quite different than what would be seen in a full-grown person. They cannot always say what is bothering them, answer medical questions, or cooperate during a medical examination. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way to help them relax and cooperate.

Children with complex pediatric problems are best managed by a medical-surgical team approach. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage such children’s musculoskeletal problems as:

  • Limb and spine deformities noted at birth or later in life (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences)
  • Gait abnormalities (limping)
  • Broken bones
  • Bone or joint infections and tumors

The UC Davis Pediatric Orthopaedic Service combines the resources of UC Davis Health and Shriners’ Hospital for Children, Northern California (SHCNC), 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

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the Pediatric Orthopaedic Service as a leader in its 2022-2023 rankings of U.S. children’s hospitals, together in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, our longstanding partner in caring for children with orthopaedic disorders. Being ranked in the annual survey is a distinction given to only the country's top children’s hospitals.

Our team

Dr. Brian Haus, M.D., is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine Brian Hausspecialist with UC Davis Childrens Hospital. Dr. Haus is a native of Sacramento and is dedicated to providing world-class care to children in his community. After graduating from Stanford University, Dr. Haus completed training at the Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program. This was followed by two year-long fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School; one in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and another in Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine. Currently, he is the only board-certified pediatric orthopaedist in Northern California, who is also double-board certified in Sports Medicine. As such, he has expertise is managing the most complex sports injuries affecting the young athlete.

Holly LeshikarIn addition to serving as chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Haus is also an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC Davis School of Medicine, director of Pediatric Sports Medicine and Joint Preservation at Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California.

Dr. Holly Leshikar, assistant professor of pediatric orthopaedic surgery, received her M.D. at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and her Masters in Public Health, Quantitative Methods and Decision Sciences at Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at UC Davis and her pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.