Brachial Plexus Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Brachial Plexus Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is committed to improving the quality of life for every child by providing evidence-based, family-centered care. We believe an important part of family-centered care is to help our patients and families get to know us a little better.

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    Faculty

    A photo of Roger Cornwall.

    Roger Cornwall, MD
    Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center

    513-636-4785

    Roger Cornwall, MD

    Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center

    Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brachial plexus birth palsy; pediatric hand and wrist trauma; congenital hand and upper extremity abnormalities; complex pediatric elbow trauma and deformities; gymnast wrist.

    Research Interests

    Brachial plexus injury and the growth and development of muscles; minimally invasive surgical treatment for shoulder contracture in brachial plexus birth palsy; nerve transfers for unreconstructable brachial plexus birth injuries; outcomes following surgical and nonsurgical treatment algorithms for pediatric hand fractures; outcomes of non-operative and operative treatment algorithms for chronic adolescent wrist pain.

    Education and Training

    MD: Columbia University, New York, NY, 1997.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2002.

    Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 2003.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.

    Visiting Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2004.

    Visiting Fellowship: Pediatric Hand and Brachial Plexus Surgery, l'Institut de la Main, Paris, France, 2004.

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006;Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand,The American Board of Surgery, 2009. 

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    Douglas G. Kinnett, MD
    Staff Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    513-636-7480

    rehab@cchmc.org

    Douglas G. Kinnett, MD

    Staff Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7480

    Fax: 513-636-7360

    Email: rehab@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spasticity evaluation and management; traumatic brain injury evaluation and management

    Biography

    Douglas Kinnett, MD, specializes in pediatric rehabilitation. Children with impairments resulting in restrictions in their ability to function in society are the primary interest of the pediatric rehabilitation physician. A majority of these children have injury to their brain from trauma or have cerebral palsy.

    Dr. Kinnett has developed expertise in the treatment of spasticity that is often seen in these children. Because of his experience, Dr. Kinnett is frequently asked to lecture on spasticity management in this region of the country. Beyond this special interest, he works with other members of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to provide a comprehensive approach to develop the full potential of these children as they grow into adulthood.

    Training of new physicians in this area is also a priority in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kinnett provides teaching experiences for these physicians in training along with other members of the division. He has twice been honored to receive a teaching award for his efforts in this training. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation Training Program is considered one of the top programs in the country.

    Dr. Kinnett has been a faculty member at Cincinnati Children's since 1993. He accepted this position after being the first resident physician to complete the Pediatric Rehabilitation Training Program at Cincinnati Children's.

    Dr. Kinnett attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati after working four years as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children's. Prior to this, he completed BS and MA degrees at Indiana State University.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994 (re-certification, 2004); Pediatrics, 1997 (re-certification, 2004).

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    Kevin J. Little, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4787

    Email: kevin.little@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Hand and upper extremity trauma; congenital hand malformations; peripheral nerve injuries; upper extremity reconstruction from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and brachial plexus injuries

    Research Interests

    Enhancing muscle recovery following peripheral nerve injuries

    Biography

    Kevin Little, MD, completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati and received fellowship training in hand and microsurgery at the Philadelphia Hand Center/Thomas Jefferson University. He completed an additional fellowship in pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    MD: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2004.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2009.

    Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2009-2010; Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2011.

    Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009.

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    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH
    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    513-636-4785

    charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH

    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children

    Research Interests

    Pediatric outcomes: quality of life following traumatic injury, traction and casting versus flexible intramedullary nailing of femoral fractures in children; brachial plexus injuries; effectiveness of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in the management of pediatric spinal deformity biomechanical study of Nancy nails, outcomes following pediatric thoracolumbar spinal trauma; medical soft-tissue release and petrie casting for the treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; perioperative complications associated with operative treatment of supracondylar humeral fractures in children; undisplaced fractures of the distal radius and ulna in children -- risk factors for displacement; talus fractures in children; complications associated with the use of meniscal arrows in children; effectiveness of halo-femoral traction in the management of severe spinal deformity; orthopaedic injuries in children secondary to airbag deployment; buckle fractures of the distal radius and ulna -- risk factors for displacement; hip problems associated with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and effectiveness of flexible intramedullary nailing of pediatric tibia fractures

    Education and Training

    DO: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, Ohio; 1989.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 1998.

    Internship: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio; 1989-1990.

    Residency: Internal Medicine; Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; Akron General Medical Center; Akron, Ohio; 1990-1991; Orthopaedic Surgery; Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio, 1991-1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Children's Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, Ohio; 1995-1996; MPH: Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, MPH; Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, Mass., 1996-1998.

    Certification: Board-certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998-2008.

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    Ann R. Schwentker, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Email: ann.schwentker@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Brachial plexus reconstruction; facial nerve reconstruction; microtia (ear) reconstruction; cleft lip and palate; congenital hand surgery

    Biography

    Ann R. Schwentker, MD graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990, and completed a Fullbright fellowship the following year in Vienna, Austria. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an American Heart Association fellowship for research in wound healing. During her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, she completed an additional two years of basic science wound healing research.

    During her fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schwentker’s clinical research received the outstanding nerve paper award at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She then began a pediatric plastic surgery practice with a teaching appointment at Emory University in Atlanta. She founded the Center for Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Reconstruction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and developed expertise in ear reconstruction and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Schwentker joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2011.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1996.

    Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Fellowship: Paediatric Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.

    Certification: Plastic Surgery, 2006.

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    Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS
    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    513-636-7181

    Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Fax: 513-636-7182

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brachial Plexus injury nerve repair, congenital and trauma hand surgery, burn reconstruction; microsurgery

    Research Interests

    Growth deformities in the burned child; use of external fixation in difficult burn contractures; microsurgical reconstruction of pediatric burn problems; peripheral nerve surgery; brachial plexus reconstruction multi-center trial on early vs. late surgery

    Education and Training

    MD: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1977.

    Residencies: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982; Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

    Fellowships: Aesthetic Surgery, Miami, FL, 1987; Microsurgery, Louisville, KY 1988; Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, Ky. 1990

    Certification: Surgery, 1983, 1997; Plastic Surgery, 1992.

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    Staff

    A photo of Allison Allgier.

    Allison Allgier, OTR/L
    Clinical Program Manager, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-3816

    allison.allgier@cchmc.org

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    Melissa A. Miller, RN, BSN
    Registered Nurse, Brachial Plexus Center

    513-803-6365

    melissa.miller3@cchmc.org


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    Myra E. Overton, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker, Division of Social Services

    513-636-4043

    Myra.Overton@cchmc.org