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The hope of future generations rests in the heart of a child. No one knows this better than the medical team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, where doctors work to ensure that best practices are passed on to those who will care for the most challenged among us. Physicians at the Northern California Shriners Hospital have faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, which creates unique opportunities for fellowship training in orthopaedics and burns.

Physicians and surgeons in training work side-by-side with the medical team in surgery and in clinic. The experience prepares them for a specialty practice as an orthopaedic surgeon, general surgeon, physiatrist, anesthesiologist or pediatrician. Some medical fellows come to prepare for a sub-specialty practice as a pediatric orthopaedist, burn surgeon, plastic surgeon, spine surgeon or hand surgeon.

Pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and UC Davis Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship offers an in-depth, hands-on exposure to all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics. Two fellows per year work closely with six pediatric orthopaedists, two spine surgeons and three pediatric upper extremity surgeons. A flexible schedule allows for dividing time between elective pediatric orthopaedics at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, and elective and urgent pediatric orthopaedics at UC Davis and its level I trauma center.

Fellows gain expertise in:

  • General pediatric orthopaedics
  • Spine
  • Sports
  • Young adult hip preservation
  • Trauma and fractures
  • Cerebral palsy and gait analysis
  • Limb deficiency and prosthetics
  • Upper extremity and brachial plexus birth palsy
  • Spina bifida and neuromuscular orthopaedics

Fellows have graduated responsibility during the year, gaining independence in the clinic and the operating room. Fellows receive in-depth instruction in the Northern California Shriners Hospital motion analysis center and participate in weekly didactic conferences. The fellows participate in the education of the four orthopaedic surgery residents and an orthopaedic surgery intern, and also contribute to active clinical and basic science research projects. The fellowship program will impart life-long enthusiasm for learning, practicing and teaching pediatric orthopaedics and prepares the fellow for a career in academic pediatric orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic fellowship applications

The pediatric orthopaedic fellowship is one-year in duration, beginning August 1 and ending July 31. Candidates who have completed their residency training in the United States may apply. Fellowship applicants must be legal residents of the United States and must have an unrestricted license to practice medicine in California before they start their training. Application to our program can be made through the SF Match. Our fellowship coordinator will guide future fellows through the process of obtaining an unrestricted California medical license and a California fluoroscopy supervisor and operation permit prior to the start of the fellowship year.

For information, please contact:

Laura Dayton
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2425 Stockton Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95817
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California

Burn fellowship

David Greenhalgh, M.D. chief of burn surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children  — Northern California and the UC Davis Regional Burn Center,  oversees an intensive and comprehensive curriculum for the burn fellowship program. Dr. Greenhalgh works in partnership with the following doctors from the Northern California Shriners Hospital: Soman Sen, M.D., assistant chief of burn surgery; Pirko Maguina, M.D., assistant professor of burn and plastic surgery; Hugh Vu, M.D., attending plastic surgeon; and Tina Palmieri, M.D., director of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center and professor at the University of California Davis. 

Two fellowships are given annually. Burn surgery fellows will gain extensive experience in both the acute and reconstructive management of pediatric and adult burn patients. The fellows will help manage burn patients at both Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and the University of California Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center. Combined, these institutions serve as the regional pediatric and adult burn centers for Northern California with an average of 600 inpatient admissions per year.

The areas of fellowship training will include:

  • Acute resuscitation and critical care management of pediatric and adult burn patients in the burn ICU
  • Surgical management and reconstruction of acute burns
  • Physical rehabilitation, nutrition and psychological therapy for pediatric and adult burn patients
  • Reconstructive surgery for burn survivors
  • Clinical research: Eeach fellow is expected to participate in at least one clinical research project and submit an abstract for presentation at the national American Burn Association meeting

Burn fellowship applications

Interested candidates may learn more and download an application.

Please return completed application and reference letters via email.

For more information contact:

David G. Greenhalgh, M.D., F.A.C.S.
2425 Stockton Blvd., Suite 718
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-453-2050
Fax: 916-453-2373