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Michelle James, M.D.

Michelle James, M.D.

Michelle Anne James, M.D., is chief of orthopaedic surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and chief of pediatric orthopaedics in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of California Davis Health System.

Specializing in the treatment of children's hand and arm conditions, including malformations and neuromuscular problems, Dr. James is a noted pediatric hand surgeon. Dr. James serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Perry Initiative and Orthopaedics Overseas. She is deputy editor for Hand and Upper Extremity for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. She is also principal investigator on two multicenter clinical research studies of hand function in children and has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as contributing to chapters to surgical textbooks.

Dr. James has worked for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California since 1989. She is a  clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis and UC San Francisco. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Association, and Ruth Jackson Society, for which she served as president in 2012.

Dr. James organizes and attends a pediatric hand surgery service trip to a pediatric hospital in Managua, Nicaragua twice each year, and has served as a mentor for many premedical and medical students and orthopaedic surgery residents.


  • Medical Degree, University of California, San Diego
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Fellowship in Hand Microsurgery, Indiana Hand Center

Awards, publications and textbook contributions

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