A photo of Roger Cornwall.

Pediatric Hand Surgeon

Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics 

Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery



My Biography & Research


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

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Brachial Plexus, Hand and Upper Extremity, Fanconi Anemia, 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

Cornwall R, Waters PM. Pediatric Brachial Plexus Palsy. In Wolfe SW, et al (eds): Green's Operative Hand Surgery. 7th ed. Elsevier. 2017;1391-1424.

Dua K, Abzug JM, Bauer AS, Cornwall R, Wyrick TO. Pediatric distal radius fractures. Instr Course Lect. 2017;66:447-460.

Godfrey J, Cornwall R. Pediatric metacarpal fractures. Instr Course Lect. 2017;66:437-445.

Ting B, Bauer AS, Abzug JM, Cornwall R, Wyrick TO, Bae DS. Pediatric scaphoid fractures. Instr Course Lect. 2017;66:429-436.

Abzug JM, Dua K, Bauer AS, Cornwall R, Wyrick TO. Pediatric Phalanx Fractures. J Am Acad Orthop Surgeons. 2016;24(11):e174-e183.

Little K, Cornwall R. Congenital Anomalies of the Hand-Principles of Management. Ortho Clin NA. 2016 Jan;47(1):153-68.

Eismann E, Laor T, Cornwall R. Three dimensional magnetic resonance imaging of glenohumeral dysplasia in neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016;98(2):142-51.

Nikolaou S, Hu L, Cornwall R. Afferent Innervation, Muscle Spindles, and Contractures Following Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury in a Mouse Model. J Hand Surg Am. 2015;40(10):2007-16.

Cheng W, Cornwall R, Crouch DL, Li Z, Saul KR. Contributions of Muscle Imbalance and Impaired Growth to Postural and Osseous Shoulder Deformity Following Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy: A Computational Simulation Analysis.  J Hand Surg Am. 2015;40(6):1170-6.

Eismann EA, Little KJ, Laor T, Cornwall R. Glenohumeral abduction contracture in children with unresolved neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jan 21;97(2):112-8.