Orthopaedics

Treating trauma and complex sports injuries

UC Davis pediatric orthopaedic surgeons perform a high volume of trauma surgery and play an important role in our American College of Surgeons-verified level I pediatric trauma center. We also provide a significant amount of care for sports injuries and complex hip disorders, via a team that includes faculty members double-boarded in pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine. Pediatric sports injuries and brachial plexus birth palsy are recent research focus areas.

Nationally ranked

U.S. News & World Report ranked our pediatric orthopaedics program 18th in the nation in 2017-18, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, our longstanding partner in caring for children with orthopaedic disorders and spinal injuries. UC Davis and Shriners combine to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care for children, including trauma, limb deficiencies and prosthetics, hand and upper extremity surgery, spine surgery, neuromuscular conditions and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.


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"Los milagros existen (miracles exist)." – Alma Portugal on son Jorge, whose seventh birthday celebrations also marked his recovery from lifesaving surgery to remove cancer from his leg.