Community Invited to Lunchtime Lectures


A boy in the motion lab

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is pleased to announce its Spring 2018 Lunchtime Lecture Series. The public is invited to attend the lectures, which are organized to engage and educate health care professionals, parents and the community at large.  All lectures take place from 12 noon – 1 p.m., at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, 2425 Stockton Boulevard. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and free parking is available in the Shriners Hospital garage.  Brown bag lunches are welcome.

The lectures are as follows:

A Stroll through Gait Analysis — Where Technology, Engineering and Medicine Meet

Thursday, March 8

The Motion Analysis Center kicks off the spring lecture series with a presentation highlighting innovations and research taking place in the hospital’s high-tech laboratory. Presenters include Kyria Petuskey, M.S., Leslie Torburn, PT, and kinesiologist Sean Brown.  They will discuss how their work in the Motion Analysis Center provides doctors with data used to optimize surgical plans, therapy and other interventions. Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, club foot, limb differences and brachial plexus birth palsy are among those who benefit from motion analysis.

Sports Injuries in Children

Friday, March 16

Shriners Hospital orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Nicole Friel, M.D., shares her insight on a topic near and dear to parents and young athletes. At the Northern California Shriners Hospital, Dr. Friel works to treat sports injuries in children and adolescents and return them to the playing field.  She has special interest in shoulder instability, knee ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration.  Dr. Friel has served as the team physician for multiple high school and college teams and assisted in the care of professional athletes playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Bulls.

History of Burn Care

Wednesday, April 25

The newest member of the burn surgery team at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., will discuss the history of burn care and how care and outcomes have been advanced through research and education. Dr. Romanowski’s research interests include frailty of burn patients, the use of long-acting pain medications, and disparities in burn care. Her work has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Journal of Burn Care & Research and other professional journals.

For more information, call 916-453-2041 or email

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