Joel Allen Lerman, M.D.


Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Associate Clinical Professor
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Shriners Hospital for Children

2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

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

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.


Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopaedics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


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.