Jennette L. Boakes, M.D., M.S. for UC Davis Health

Jennette L. Boakes, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Orthopaedic Surgery - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations and Contact

Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospital for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Phone: 916-453-2180

Clinic Fax: 916-453-2373

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

With my expertise and interest in exercise physiology, muscle function and physical fitness I encourage patients to participate in their own healing with exercise, muscle retraining and therapy when needed. I frequently advise non-operative treatment before recommending surgery. I try to incorporate my patients' needs as well as their parents' goals in developing a treatment plan. I strive for excellence in surgery, using safe and proven techniques that I know will improve patients' function.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Boakes' interests include treatment of hip dysplasia in children and adolescents, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, congenital and acquired limb deformity, leg length discrepancy, congenital disorders of the foot (including clubfoot), and fracture care. Currently, Dr. Boakes is only teaching and mentoring physicians and students in non-clinical setting.


Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Kinesiology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 1981

Medical School

M.D., UC San Diego, La Jolla CA 1986

Other School

M.S., Physiology, UC Davis, Davis CA 1982


General Surgery, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB CA 1986-1987


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City UT 1987-1991


Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1991-1992

SacTown Magazine Top Doctors, 2021

Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2019, 2020, 2021

America’s Best Physicians, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Visiting Professor for the Macedonia - US Physician Exchange Project, 2016

AAOS representative from California for Capital Hill Research Days, 2009

Kulkarni VA, Boyles AD, Carl J, Boakes JL, Wilson B, Bagley AM, Muchow RD. Proximal Femoral Deformity Following Threaded Prophylactic Fixation for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: Risk Stratification Using the Modified Oxford Score. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Aug;40(7):e592-e597. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001552. PMID:32218015.

Davids JR, Cung NQ, Sattler K, Boakes JL, Bagley AM. Quantitative Assessment of Muscle Strength Following "Slow" Surgical Lengthening of the Medial Hamstring Muscles in Children With Cerebral Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 May/Jun;39(5):e373-e379. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001313. PMID:30570590.

Haus B, Agatstein L, Patel AR, Skaggs AW, Boakes J. Comparsion of prophylactic in-situ screw fixation versus observation of the asymptomatic contralateral hip in slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Mar 29;7(3 Suppl):2325967119S00140. doi:10.1177/2325967119S00140.

Boakes JL. Growth and Development of the Skeletal System. Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery, 4th Edition. 2019;239.

Walker JL, Knapp D, Minter C, Boakes JL, Salazar JC, Sanders JO, Lubicky JP, Drvaric DM, Davids JR. Adult outcomes following amputation or lengthening for fibular deficiency. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Apr;91(4):797-804. doi:10.2106/JBJS.G.01297. PMID:19339563.

Wright JG, Yandow S, Donaldson S, Marley L; Simple Bone Cyst Trial Group. A randomized clinical trial comparing intralesional bone marrow and steroid injections for simple bone cysts. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Apr;90(4):722-30. doi:10.2106/JBJS.G.00620. PMID:18381307.

Gupta MC, Wijesekera S, Soosan A, Martin L, Vogel LC, Boakes JL, Lerman JA, McDonald CM, Betz RR. Reliability of radiographic parameters in neuromuscular scoliosis. Spine. 2007 Mar 15;32(6):691-695.

Boakes JL, Foran J, Ward SR, Lieber RL. Muscle adaptation by serial sarcomere addition 1 year after femoral lengthening. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Mar;456:250-3. doi:10.1097/ PMID:17065842.

Boakes JL. Viewpoint: Muscle analysis strengthens understanding. Between Us. 2004 Dec;19(3):4-5.

Brower JS, Wootton-Gorges SL, Costouros JG, Boakes J, Greenspan A. Congenital diplopodia. Pediatr Radiol. 2003 Nov;33(11):797-9. doi:10.1007/s00247-003-1017-3. Epub 2003 Sep 5. PMID:12961041.