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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.
Roger Cornwall, MD Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center
Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center
Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Brachial plexus birth palsy; pediatric hand and wrist trauma; congenital hand and upper extremity abnormalities; complex pediatric elbow trauma and deformities; gymnast wrist.
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.
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 Womens 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.
Cornwall R. Finger metacarpal fractures and dislocations in children. Hand Clinics. 2006 Feb;22(1):1-10. Review.
Cornwall R, Ricchetti ET. Pediatric phalanx fractures: unique challenges and pitfalls. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Apr;445:146-56. Review.
Cornwall R, Gilbert MS, Koval KJ, Strauss E, Siu AL. Functional outcomes and mortality vary among different types of hip fractures: a function of patient characteristics. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2004 Aug;(425):64-71.
Cornwall R. Hand Injuries. In Mattei P (ed.) Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2011.
Cornwall R. Pediatric trigger thumb release. In Flynn J, et al (Ed): Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
Cornwall R, Frances, J. Pediatric radial neck fractures. In Flynn J, et al (Ed): Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
Cornwall R. Congenital Hand Deformities. In Trumble T (ed.): Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 2009.
Cornwall R. The Upper Limb. In Kleigman R, Behrman R, Jenson H, Stanton B (ed.): Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2007.
Cornwall R, Dormans JP. Diseases of the Hematopoietic System. In Morrisy RT, Weinstein SL (ed.): Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2006.
Douglas G. Kinnett, MD Staff Physician
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Spasticity evaluation and management; traumatic brain injury evaluation and management
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 Pediatric 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 Pediatric 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.
Burrow TA, Bailey LA, Kinnett DG, Hopkin RJ. Acute progression of neuromuscular findings in infantile Pompe disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Jun;42(6):455-8.
Kinnett D. Botulinum toxin A injections in children: technique and dosing issues. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Oct;83(10 Suppl):S59-64.
Adams BB, Vargus-Adams JN, Franz DN, Kinnett DG. Hyperhidrosis in pediatric spinal cord injury: a case report and gabapentin therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Mar;46(3):444-6.
Kinnett D, Keebler P. Functional changes and adverse reactions after successful treatment of hereditary myokymia: a case report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Feb;82(2):256-9.
Kevin J. Little, MD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Hand and upper extremity trauma; congenital hand malformations; peripheral nerve injuries; upper extremity reconstruction from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and brachial plexus injuries
Enhancing muscle recovery following peripheral nerve injuries
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.
Little KJ, Taras JS. Zone III-V Flexor Tendon Repair. In Diao E, and Mass DP (Eds.) Tendon Injuries in the Hand and Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Rosemont IL 2011.
Little KJ, Taras JS. Silfverskiold Epitendinous Suture. In Diao E, and Mass DP (Eds.) Tendon Injuries in the Hand and Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Rosemont IL, 2011.
Little KJ, Jacoby SM. Intra-articular Hand Fractures and Joint Injuries: Part I – Surgeon’s Management. In Skirven TM, Osterman AL, Fedorczyk J, Amadio PC (Eds.) Rehabilitation of the Hand and The Upper Extremity. 6th Ed. Elsevier: Maryland Heights, MO, 2010.
Little KJ, Stern PJ. SLAC reconstruction: four-corner arthrodesis with headless screws. In Gelberman RH (Ed.) Wrist: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA, 2009.Little KJ, Stern PJ. Rheumatoid Arthritis – Skeletal Reconstruction. In Trumble TE (Ed.) Hand Surgery Update IV. American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Rosemont, IL, 2007.
Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children
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
Talbert RJ, Michaud LJ, Mehlman CT, Kinnett DG, Laor T, Foad SL, Schnell B, Salisbury S. EMG and MRI are Independently Related to Shoulder External Rotation Function in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Mar;31(2):194-204.
Parikh SN, Wells L, Mehlman CT, Scherl SA. Management of fractures in adolescents. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Dec 15;92(18):2947-58. Review.
Bowman EN, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Tamai J. Nonoperative treatment of both-bone forearm shaft fractures in children: predictors of early radiographic failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):23-32.
Gammon SR, Mehlman CT, Chan W, Heifetz J, Durrett G, Wall EJ. A comparison of thoracolumbosacral orthoses and SpineCor treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients using the Scoliosis Research Society standardized criteria. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep;30(6):531-8.
White L, Mehlman CT, Crawford AH. Perfused, pulseless, and puzzling: a systematic review of vascular injuries in pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures and results of a POSNA questionnaire. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Jun;30(4):328-35. Review.
Babal JC, Mehlman CT, Klein G. Nerve injuries associated with pediatric supracondylar humeral fractures: a meta-analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Apr-May;30(3):253-63.
McCarty ME, Mehlman CT, Tamai J, Do TT, Crawford AH, Klein G. Spondylolisthesis: intraobserver and interobserver reliability with regard to the measurement of slip percentage. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7):755-9.
McGraw MA, Mehlman CT, Lindsell CJ, Kirby CL. Postnatal growth of the clavicle: birth to 18 years of age. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):937-43.
Mehlman CT, Yihua G, Bochang C, Zhigang W. Operative treatment of completely displaced clavicle shaft fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):851-5.
Foad SL, Mehlman CT, Foad MB, Lippert WC. Prognosis following neonatal brachial plexus palsy: an evidence-based review. J Child Orthop. 2009 Nov 3.
Ann R. Schwentker, MD
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
UC Department of Pediatrics
Brachial plexus reconstruction; facial nerve reconstruction; microtia (ear) reconstruction; cleft lip and palate; congenital hand surgery
Burstein FD, Williams JK, Schwentker AR, Nahai F. Intralesional laser therapy treatment for hemangiomas: technical evolution. J Craniofac Surg. 2006 Jul;17(4):756-60.
Rubin JP, Nguyen V, Schwentker A. Perioperative management of the post-gastric-bypass patient presenting for body contour surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2004 Oct;31(4):601-10, vi. Review. Schwentker A, Billiar TR. Nitric oxide and wound repair. Surg Clin North Am. 2003 Jun;83(3):521-30. Review. Weller R, Schwentker A, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Autologous nitric oxide protects mouse and human keratinocytes from ultraviolet B radiation-induced apoptosis. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2003 May;284(5):C1140-8. Carty SE, Colson YL, Garvey LS, Schuchert VD, Schwentker A, Tzeng E, Corcoran NA, Simmons RL, Webster MW, Billiar TR. Maternity policy and practice during surgery residency: how we do it. Surgery. 2002 Oct;132(4):682-7; discussion 687-8.
Schwentker A, Vodovotz Y, Weller R, Billiar TR. Nitric oxide and wound repair: role of cytokines? Nitric Oxide. 2002 Aug;7(1):1-10. Review. Schwentker A, Billiar TR. Inducible nitric oxide synthase: from cloning to therapeutic applications. World J Surg. 2002 Jul;26(7):772-8. Epub 2002 Apr 18. Review.
Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Brachial Plexus injury nerve repair, congenital and trauma hand surgery, burn reconstruction; microsurgery
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
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.
Warner P, Fields AL, Braun LC, James LE, Bailey JK, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ. Thrombocytopenia in the pediatric burn patient. J Burn Care Res. 2011 May-Jun;32(3):410-4. Warner P, Neely A, Bailey JK, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus furunculitis in the outpatient burn setting. J Burn Care Res. 2009 Jul-Aug;30(4):657-60. Warner PM, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ, Boyce S, Warden GD. An 18-year experience in the management of congenital nevomelanocytic nevi. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Mar;60(3):283-7. Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Greenhalgh DG, Warner P, Yakuboff KP, Palmieri T, Warden GD. Cultured skin substitutes reduce requirements for harvesting of skin autograft for closure of excised, full-thickness burns. J Trauma. 2006 Apr;60(4):821-9. Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Warner P, Warden GD. Surgical treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa: a 10-year experience. Surgery. 2005 Oct;138(4):734-40; discussion 740-1. Warner PM, Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Kemalyan N, Palmieri TL, Greenhalgh DG, Sheridan RL, Mozingo DW, Heimbach DM, Gibran NS, Engrav L, Saffle JR, Edelman LS, Warden GD. Current management of purpura fulminans: a multicenter study. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 May-Jun;24(3):119-26.
Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Meyer NA, Rieman MT, Greenhalgh DG, Warden GD. Cultured skin substitutes reduce donor skin harvesting for closure of excised, full-thickness burns. Ann Surg. 2002 Feb;235(2):269-79.
MacLennan SE, Kitzmiller WJ, Yakuboff KP. Free-tissue transfer for limb salvage in Purpura fulminans. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 May;107(6):1437-42. Thai KN, Billmire DA, Yakuboff KP. Total eyelid reconstruction with free dorsalis pedis flap after deep facial burn. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Sep;104(4):1048-51. Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Meyer NA, Yakuboff KP, Warden GD. The 1999 clinical research award. Cultured skin substitutes combined with Integra Artificial Skin to replace native skin autograft and allograft for the closure of excised full-thickness burns. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1999 Nov-Dec;20(6):453-61.
Allison Allgier, OTR/L Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Carrie E. Emhoolah Administrative Assistant, Orthopaedic Physicians and Staff
Emily Louden, MPH Outcomes Coordinator, Brachial Plexus Center
Melissa A. Miller, RN, BSN Registered Nurse, Brachial Plexus Center
Myra E. Overton, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker, Division of Social Services
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