2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Dave Shukla, MD
Medical Honoree

Dr. Shukla specializes in the full spectrum of conditions of the shoulder & elbow. In addition to his primary interest of managing arthritic conditions of the shoulder and elbow, he also performs minimally invasive/arthroscopic surgery for rotator cuff disorders and other sports conditions. He has a strong interest in degenerative, sports-related and traumatic disorders of the elbow as well.

Having been born at Hoag Hospital, Dr. Shukla attended Harbor Day School & went on to attend U.C. Berkeley for an undergraduate degree. His goal was always to return to serve the community in which he was raised, and in which he now has busy practice locations in Irvine & Newport Beach with Newport Orthopedic Institute & Hoag Orthopedic Institute.

Aubrey Mills
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Aubrey was a healthy, active 8 year old child when suddenly an unexplained limp & complaints of her leg hurting stopped her parents in their tracks. For the first few months, it was thought to just be growing pains, but finally one orthopedic surgeon immediately pointed out Aubrey’s red, extremely swollen knee. He referred her to a pediatric rheumatologist where she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, formerly called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Aubrey was fortunate in the beginning because her arthritis was well controlled for much of her life. However in 2017, things took a turn for the worse. Her diagnosis was changed to extended oligoarticular JIA, meaning that it began with a few joints but spread to more areas later. Today, Aubrey has constant pain in nearly every joint from head to toe and requires more aggressive treatments, like biweekly painful injections. She is still struggling to find the right combination of medications to treat her arthritis.


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