Shriners Hospitals for Children Joins AMA in Celebrating Women in Medicine

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) celebrates Women
in Medicine Month. Shriners
Hospitals for Children – Northern California
has much to celebrate
as it is home to a dynamic team of female physicians who have pioneered
research and medical procedures that have helped elevate heath care
across a broad spectrum of the medical landscape.

The 14 female physicians practicing at the Northern California Shriners
Hospital include orthopaedic, burn and pediatric surgeons, a physical
medicine and rehabilitation specialist, an anesthesiologist, radiologist
and a pediatrician. Individually and collectively they are working to
advance the lives of children through clinical practice and innovative
research. They serve as physician leaders, mentors and distinguished
practitioners who represent the growing number of women who have entered
the field of medicine in the past 40 years.

Medical Leadership

Three female surgeons provide medical leadership at the Northern
California Shriners Hospital.

Michelle
James, M.D
., specializes in the treatment of children’s hand
and arm
conditions, including malformations and neuromuscular
problems. She joined the Shriners Hospital medical staff in 1991 and was
appointed Chief of Orthopaedics in 2007. A noted pediatric hand surgeon,
Dr. James is Deputy Editor for Hand and Upper Extremity for the
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
She serves on the Board of
Directors of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Perry
Initiative, and Orthopaedics Overseas. She has been a principal
investigator in several clinical research studies of hand function in
children, including a study published in the April 2015 issue of the Journal
of Bone and Joint Surgery
that is likely to change medical practice
regarding the use of botulinum toxin (one brand of which is called
botox) in upper-extremity cerebral palsy cases. The conclusions from the
multi-center study show that tendon transfer surgery improves hand and
arm function more than botulinum toxin injections or therapy alone. Dr.
James also serves as Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Department
of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Davis
Health System.

Tina
Palmieri, M.D.,
Assistant Chief of Burns, is past president of
the American Burn Association and Director of the Firefighters Burn
Center at the University of California, Davis, thus extending her
critical care expertise to both adults and children. Dr. Palmieri is
devoted to improving outcomes in those with burn
injuries
through critical care, research and education. She has
published numerous prevention studies on topics ranging from fire
imagery in toy packaging to a campfire safety campaign that was adopted
by the California State Parks. Dr. Palmieri published results of a
nine-year study on mortality rates for burn-injured children in the May
2015 issue of Pediatric Critical Care medicine. The study found
that mortality rates are lower in high-volume pediatric burn centers,
including the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Board certified by
the American Board of Surgery in Surgical Critical Care and General
Surgery, Dr. Palmieri is also a Fellow of the American College of
Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Surgery.

Diana
L. Farmer, M.D.,
an internationally renowned pediatric surgeon,
practices at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California,
where she is leading a program focused on the complex surgical needs of
children. At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Farmer’s expert surgical
care
extends to children one-year of age and older who are faced
with complex intestinal disorders, complex rectal disorders and complex
chest wall and neck disorders. Dr. Farmer was inducted into the Royal
College of Surgeons of England in 2010, becoming the second American
woman surgeon to receive this honor. In 2011, Dr. Farmer received one of
the highest honors in medicine when she was elected to membership in the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr. Farmer is a member
of many professional organizations including the American Academy of
Pediatrics (Section on Surgery), American College of Surgeons, American
Pediatric Surgical Association, American Surgical Association,
Association of Women Surgeons, International Fetal Medicine and Surgical
Society, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, and the Royal
College of Surgeons of England

Orthopaedic Surgeons

While women constitute less than 10 percent of practicing orthopaedists,
according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, women in
medicine are strongly represented on the orthopaedic team at the
Northern California Shriners Hospital.

Jennette
L. Boakes, M.D
., is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon whose
practice includes congenital and acquired
limb deformity, club foot and foot deformity
, congenital hip
dysplasia, scoliosis and fracture care as well as surgical
reconstruction for these conditions. Dr. Boakes has special expertise in
limb lengthening and guiding growth to correct limb deformity. Areas of
research interest to Dr. Boakes include muscle strength recovery
following lower extremity surgery and planning deformity correction by
growth manipulation. Dr. Boakes is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of
North America, and Shands Circle, Orthopaedic Research and Education
Foundation.

Lisa
L. Lattanza, M.D
.,
is a clinical consultant in the Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern
California and Chief of Service in Elbow Reconstructive Surgery in the
Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San
Francisco.

Candice O. McDaniel, M.D., is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon
specializing in the treatment and care of children with skeletal trauma,
clubfoot deformity, lower extremity sports injuries, and scoliosis. She
is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Debra
Templeton, M.D.,
focuses exclusively on pediatric orthopaedics,
which includes reconstruction, scoliosis, sports,
and trauma. She has served as a consultant editor for the Journal of
Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of the American Academy of
Orthopedic Surgeons. While in medical school, Dr. Templeton was a Member
of the United States Olympic Development Track and Field Team and
received the United States Olympic Committee Scholar Athlete Award. Dr.
Templeton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons,
and a member the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, for
which she has served on several national committees.

Other Specialists

Other female physicians bringing their unique experience to Shriners
Hospitals for Children – Northern California include a physical medicine
and rehabilitation specialist, pediatric surgeon, radiologist and
pediatrician.

Maya
Evans, M.D
., is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Specialist and Medical Director for the Spina
Bifida program
. She previously served as Medical Director of
Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital of
Wisconsin. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Medicine, Pediatric
Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr.
Evans has lectured on a number of topics including the Challenges of
Cerebral Palsy and Caring for Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries. Her
research studies include the Effect of Obesity on Acute Rehabilitation
Following Spinal Cord Injury and Dysesthesias Following Ethyl Alcohol
Nerve Blocks in Children.

Sandra Wootton Gorges, M.D., is Medical Director of Imaging
and Radiation Safety Officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children –
Northern California. She also holds positions as Assistant and Associate
Professor of Radiology at the University of California Davis, School of
Medicine.

Rebecca Stein-Wexler, M.D., is a pediatric radiologist who
practices at the Northern California Shriners Hospital and is Vice Chair
for Education in the Department of Radiology at the University of
California Davis, School of Medicine.

Rebecca A. Stark, M.D., a pediatric surgeon, recently joined the
medical team at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. She comes to
Shriners Hospital from Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she completed
a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Stark has published and presented
internationally and is a candidate member of the American Pediatric
Surgical Association.

Sampaguita-Inez
(Sam) Tafoya, M.D
.,
a pediatric anesthesiologist, is dedicated
to excellence in patient care and passionate about resident education.

Jennifer H. Yang, M.D., is a urologist who practices at Shriners
Hospitals for Children and the University California Davis Children’s
Hospital.

Fatema
Lakhani Iqbal, M.D
., is a musculoskeletal pediatrician devoted
to making a positive impact on the health and welfare of children
through pediatrics and non-operative orthopaedics.
One of only a handful of non-operative pediatric orthopedists in the
nation, Dr. Iqbal assesses patients for surgical readiness. She has
strong clinical interests in injury prevention, preventive health, and
development.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of
children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located
at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for
Children – Northern California provides care to children with
orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars
from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers
to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided
regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call
(916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinerschildrens.org.

Contacts

Shriners Hospitals for Children
Catherine Curran, 916-453-2218
Public
Relations
ccurran@shrinenet.org