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Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Center

Associate Fellowship Director, Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric hand surgeon, I work with kids of all ages with hand and upper limb malformations, diseases and injuries. I specialize in treating brachial plexus injuries, congenital hand malformations, thoracic outlet syndrome and cerebral palsy.

I have always enjoyed working with children, and I love the complexity and problem-solving skills needed to restore function to the hand, including expert care for microvascular and peripheral nerve problems.

We have specialty clinics for many of the children I treat, including cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and thoracic outlet syndrome. I also have many clinics for all types of patients at Cincinnati Children’s Burnet, Green Township and Liberty campuses.

In my practice, I try to make kids and their parents comfortable and laugh during their visits. I believe that keeping children calm and happy decreases their anxiety and improves their overall results from treatment.

I am proud to be one of Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors for hand surgery, from 2015 to 2020. I was also in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s Young Leaders Program in 2014-2015 and am currently the fellowship director for the Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship.

In my research, I’m working to improve patient care by designing orthopaedic and nerve implants that are bioresorbable. These implants can improve recovery from injury and then will be reabsorbed by the body over time. This will eliminate the need for a second surgery for hardware removal.

In my free time, I enjoy fencing — especially with my daughter — and I coach youth sports for my kids' teams. Participating in the Cincinnati Children’s choir games gave me the opportunity to sing onstage at the Cincinnati Music Hall. I volunteer on yearly international mission trips with Cincinnati Children’s and have helped kids with hand and upper limb problems in India, Honduras and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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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

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Orthopaedic Surgery, Brachial Plexus, Hand and Upper Extremity

Research Divisions


My Locations

My Education

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.

Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013; Hand Surgery, 2014.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Outcomes of Isolated Radial Osteotomy for Volar Distal Radioulnar Joint Instability Following Radial Malunion in Children. Miller, A; Lightdale-Miric, N; Eismann, E; Carr, P; Little, KJ. Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2018; 43:81.e1-81.e8.

Fracture obliquity is a predictor for loss of reduction in supracondylar humeral fractures in older children. Segal, D; Cobb, L; Little, KJ. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Part B. 2020; 29:105-116.

Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Injury Before Versus After 6 Months of Age: Results of the Multicenter Treatment and Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Injury (TOBI) Study. Bauer, AS; Kalish, LA; Adamczyk, MJ; Bae, DS; Cornwall, R; James, MA; Lightdale-Miric, N; Peljovich, AE; Waters, PM; Plexus, TO B. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2020; 102:194-204.

Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas. Iobst, CA; Frick, SL. Springer.

Phalangeal Shaft Fracture. Little, K. In: Iobst C; Frick SL, Ed. Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma Case Atlas. New York: Springer; 2020.

Multiligamentous Laxity. Little, K; Dorich, J. In: Abzug JM; Kozin SH; Neiduski R, Ed. Pediatric Hand Therapy. New York: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2019.

Embedding magnesium metallic particles in polycaprolactone nanofiber mesh improves applicability for biomedical applications. Adhikari, U; An, X; Rijal, N; Hopkins, T; Khanal, S; Chavez, T; Tatu, R; Sankar, J; Little, KJ; Hom, DB; et al. Acta Biomaterialia. 2019; 98:215-234.

A Dedicated Fracture Reduction Room: A Cost-Effective Alternative to the Operating Room. Whitlock, PW; Little, KJ; Singleton, SS; Mahmoud, M; Ngamprasertwong, P; McCarthy, JJ. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2019; 27:e887-e892.

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.

Wrist and Hand Fractures and Dislocations. Little, K; Chaudhry, S. In: Weiss A-PC, Ed. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Rosemont, IL: American Society for Surgery of the Hand; 2019.