A photo of Roger Cornwall.

Pediatric Hand Surgeon

Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics 

Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

513-636-7319

513-636-3928

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

Dr. Cornwall is a full time pediatric hand and upper extremity surgeon who founded the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2009. He is nationally known for his expertise in treating conditions that affect the pediatric hand and upper extremities, including complex trauma and congenital deformities, and brachial plexus injuries. He also runs a basic science laboratory investigating the neurological control of postnatal muscle growth, aiming to develop novel physiological treatments for neuromuscular contractures.

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.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Departments

Orthopaedic Surgery, Brachial Plexus, Hand and Upper Extremity, Fanconi Anemia, Orthopaedics, Developmental Biology, Neuromuscular Development

My Locations

My Education

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. 

My Publications

Increasing Brace Treatment for Pediatric Distal Radius Buckle Fractures: Using Quality Improvement Methodology to Implement Evidence-based Medicine. Little, KJ; Godfrey, J; Cornwall, R; Carr, P; Dolan, K; Samora, JB. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39:e586-e591.

Increasing Brace Treatment for Pediatric Distal Radius Buckle Fractures: Using Quality Improvement Methodology to Implement Evidence-based Medicine. Little, KJ; Godfrey, J; Cornwall, R; Carr, P; Dolan, K; Balch Samora, J. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39:e586-e591.

Outcomes of Spinal Accessory-to-Suprascapular Nerve Transfers for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. Segal, D; Cornwall, R; Little, KJ. Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2019; 44:578-587.

Extensor Tendon Injury Associated With Dorsal Entry Flexible Nailing of Radial Shaft Fractures in Children: A Report of 5 New Cases and Review of the Literature. Murphy, HA; Jain, VV; Parikh, SN; Wall, EJ; Cornwall, R; Mehlman, CT. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39:163-168.

Extensor Tendon Injury Associated With Dorsal Entry Flexible Nailing of Radial Shaft Fractures in Children: A Report of 5 New Cases and Review of the Literature. Murphy, HA; Jain, VV; Parikh, SN; Wall, EJ; Cornwall, R; Mehlman, CT. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39:163-168.

A Bundled Payment Model for Pediatric Distal Radius Fractures: Defining an Episode of Care. Godfrey, JM; Little, KJ; Cornwall, R; Sitzman, TJ. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39:e216-e221.

Early Predictors of Microsurgical Reconstruction in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. Shah, AS; Kalish, LA; Bae, DS; Peljovich, AE; Cornwall, R; Bauer, AS; Waters, PM. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal. 2019; 39:37-43.

Decreasing Unexpected Returns to Orthopedic Hand Clinic: Improving Efficiency of Health Care Delivery. Little, KJ; Trehan, S; Cornwall, R; Garrison, S; Dastillung, E; McFadden, L. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2018; 3:e107-e107.

The Effect of Scapular Position on Magnetic Resonance Imaging Measurements of Glenohumeral Dysplasia Caused by Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy. Stein, J; Laor, T; Carr, P; Zbojniewicz, A; Cornwall, R. Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2017; 42:1030.e1-1030.e11.

Does using PAs in the closed treatment of pediatric forearm fractures increase malunion risk?. Garrison, S; Eismann, EA; Cornwall, R. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2017; 30:41-45.