Shriners Hospital Team Presents at International Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Meeting


Dr. Davids giving a speech

Shriners Hospital doctors played a leading role at an international meeting of cerebral palsy and developmental medicine specialists held in Anaheim, Calif., September 18-21.

More than 1,500 doctors and scientists from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim participated in 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) held in conjunction with the 2nd Triannual Meeting of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability (IAACD). It was the first joint meeting of the AACPDM and IAACD.

Knowledge Without Borders themed the conference in which specialists from around the globe shared their clinical experience and scientific research on ways to improve function in children with developmental disabilities. Representing Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California were Jon R. Davids, M.D., assistant chief of orthopaedics, Vedant Kulkarni, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists Lauren Davidson, M.D., and Shawna Arsenault, M.D. Nurse practitioner Heather Rojas and physical therapist Lisa Wiedeman also participated in the conference. All are members of the multi-disciplinary team working through the Center of Excellence in Cerebral Palsy at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor disability in children in North America and worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 300 children is identified with CP. The Center for Excellence in Cerebral Palsy actively engages in clinical research to improve outcomes for these children.

“At Shriners Hospital our work focuses on creating individualized treatment plans designed to optimize function, activity, and participation,” says Dr. Davids. “Patient/parent goals are integrated into clinical decision making that considers the best available evidence to optimize outcomes. All of this happens within the framework of the Shriners Hospitals for Children three-part mission to provide excellent care to children, perform clinical and scientific research, and train tomorrow’s health care providers,” he adds.

Dr. Davids was invited to give two lectures, including the Presidential Guest Lectureship. He spoke to the international gathering of specialists on two topics:

Rationale and Evolution of the Application of Quantitative Gait Analysis to the Management of Gait Disorders in Children with Cerebral Palsy.

International Perspectives on Hip Surveillance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

In addition to Dr. Davids’ invitational lectures, the Northern California team presented 4 instructional courses and 6 scientific posters. Presentations, course materials and posters are accessible online here.

The instructional courses addressed four topics:

  • Postoperative Urinary Retention in Children with Cerebral Palsy Undergoing Musculoskeletal Surgery: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management. Faculty: Mohan Belthur, M.D.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Loren
  • Davidson, M.D.
  • Interpreting Hip Surveillance X-Rays with the HipScreen App — A Primer for the Radiology Novice. Faculty: Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Pam Thomason, B Phty, M Physio, Lisa Wiedeman, MPT.
  • Gait Analysis without a Gait Lab: Using Technology to Enhance Observational Gait Assessment in Resource-Challenged Environments. Faculty: Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Abhay Khot, BBS, FRACS; Alaric Aroojis, MS, D’Ortho, DNB
  • Optimization of Outcomes Following Single Event Multi-Level Surgery (SEMS): International Perspectives on a “Team Approach” to Improve Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Faculty: Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Pam Thomason, B Phty, M Phusio; Alaric Aroojis, MS, D’Ortho, DNB; H. Kerr Graham, M.D., FRCS (Ed), FRACS

The Northern California team also presented six posters:

  • Comparison of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Scores for Children with Cerebral Palsy to a Typically Developing Cohort: Effect of Age and GMFCS. Authors:
  • Madeline Ball, B.A.; Donald Kephart, M.D., Anita Bagley, Ph.D., MPH; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; and Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.
  • A New Radiographic Measurement for Quantitative Assessment of Forefoot Splay in Children with Persistent Idiopathic Toe Walking. Authors: Donald T. Kephart, M.D.; Janet Phan, B.A.; Arash Calafi, M.D.; Sean Brown, M.A.; Anita M. Bagley, Ph.D; Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; and Jon R. Davids, M.D.
  • Neuraxial Anesthesia for Hip Surgery in Children with Cerebral Palsy with Pre-Existing Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps: Indwelling Epidural Catheter and a Novel Pump-Delivered Spinal Anesthetic Method
  • Are Effective. Authors: Madeleine Ball, B.S.; Donald T. Kephart, M.D.; Alisha Othieno, B.A.; Sundeep Tumber, D.O.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.
  • Effectiveness of Video-Based Training on Mobile App Measurement of Migration Percentage: Is Community-Based Hip Surveillance Feasible? Authors: Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; Nina Cung, B.A., B.S.; Anita Bagley, Ph.D., MPH; and Jon R. Davids, M.D.
  • Skeletal Age Assessment Using the Calcaneal Apophysis in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Authors: Donald Kephart, M.D.; S. Reed Laing, B.A.; Vincent Tang, B.S.; Anita Bagley, Ph.D., MPH; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; and Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.
  • Post-Operative Immobilization Following Hip Reconstruction in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Practice Patterns and Associated Complications from a Prospective Multi-Center International Cohort Study. Authors: Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.; Jon R. Davids, M.D.; Ashley Ferkul, B.A.; S. Reed Laing, B.A.; Anita Bagley, Ph.D., MPH; Unni G. Narayanan, MBBS, MSc, FRCS (C)

The AACPDM Annual Meeting provides high-quality dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. The purpose and mission of IAACD are to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and adults with childhood-onset disabilities around the globe by enhancinglocal multidisciplinary professional capacity and expertise through an international collaboration between academies.

Dr Kulkarni giving a speech

Team of doctors at the meeting

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. The Northern California Shriners Hospital is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 pediatric orthopaedic programs in conjunction with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 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.