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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 Clinical Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery 513-636-4785
Clinical Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Surgical Director, Epidermolysis Bullosa Center
Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery 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.
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.
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.
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 Apr 3.
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.
Eismann EA, Lucky AW, Cornwall R. Hand function and quality of life in children with epidermolysis bullosa. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014 Mar-Apr;31(2):176-82.
Nikolaou S, Hu L, Tuttle LJ, Weekley H, Christopher W, Lieber RL, Cornwall R. Contribution of denervated muscle to contractures after neonatal brachial plexus injury: not just muscle fibrosis. Muscle Nerve. 2014 Mar;49(3):398-404.
Eismann EA, Bauer A, Kozin SH, Louden E, Cornwall R. The relationship between medical malpractice litigation and parent reports of patient function following neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Mar 5;96(5):373-9.
Eismann EA, Little KJ, Kunkel ST, Cornwall R. Clinical research fails to support more aggressive management of pediatric upper extremity fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Aug 7;95(15):1345-50.
Reading BD, Laor T, Salisbury SR, Lippert WC, Cornwall R. Quantification of humeral head deformity following neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Sep 19;94(18):e136(1-8).
Weekley H, Nikolaou S, Hu L, Eismann E, Wylie C, Cornwall R. The effects of denervation, reinnervation, and muscle imbalance on functional muscle length and elbow flexion contracture following neonatal brachial plexus injury. J Orthop Res. 2012 Aug;30(8):1335-42.
Kunkel S, Eismann E, Cornwall R. Utility of the pediatric outcomes data collection instrument for assessing acute hand and wrist injuries in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Oct-Nov;31(7):767-72.
Nikolaou S, Peterson E, Kim A, Wylie C, Cornwall R. Impaired growth of denervated muscle contributes to contracture formation following neonatal brachial plexus injury. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Mar 2;93(5):461-70.
Douglas G. Kinnett, MD Staff Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 513-636-7480 email@example.com
Staff Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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 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 and was named Top Doctor in his field in 2015 by Cincinnati magazine. 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 within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 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.
MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994 (re-certification, 2004); Pediatrics, 1997 (re-certification, 2004).
Kinnett DG. Pediatric critical illness neuropathy. PMR Knowledge NOW: AAPMR Website (http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=295). 2014.
Dickey MP, Rice M, Lambert R, Kinnett DG, Gerber MA, Staat MA. Infectious Complications of Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Devices in a Pediatric Population. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jul;32(7):715-722.
Schapiro A, Racadio JM, Kinnett DG, Maugans TA. Combined C-arm Fluoroscopy and C-arm Cone Beam Computed Tomography For the Evaluation of Patients With Possible Intrathecal Baclofen Delivery System Malfunctions. Neurosurgery. 2011;69(suppl):s27-33.
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;31(2):194-204.
Burrows TA, Bailey L, Kinnett DG, Hopkin RJ. Acute progression of neuromuscular findings in a patient with infantile Pompe disease. Pediatric Neurol. 2010;42(6):455-458.
Vargus-Adams JN, Michaud LJ, Kinnett DG, McMahon MA, Cook EF. Effects of oral baclofen on children with cerebral palsy [letter]. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2004 Nov;46(11):787.
Kinnett DG. Botulinum Toxin A Injections in Children: Technique and Dosing Issues. Amer J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 83:S59-S64.
Adams BB, Vargus-Adams JN, Franz DN, Kinnett DG. Hyperhidrosis in pediatric spinal cord injury: A case report and novel therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002;46:444-446.
Kinnett DG. Guillain–Barré Syndrome. In MR Nelson (ed): Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference: Pediatrics. Demos Medical Publishing Inc, New York, NY. 2011.
Kinnett DG, McMahon MA. Management of the Child with Spasticity. In CD Rudolph and AM Rudolph (eds): Rudolph’s Pediatrics 21st Ed, ch 6 Childhood Disability and Rehabilitation. McGraw-Hill Publishing Inc, New York, NY. 2002. pp 540-541.
Kevin J. Little, MD Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Center 513-636-4787 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Center
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Hand and upper extremity trauma; congenital hand malformations; peripheral nerve injuries; upper extremity reconstruction from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and brachial plexus 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. He is currently the director of the Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity center and specializes in upper limb surgery, congenital hand anomalies, brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy and trauma.
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.
Hopkins TM, Heilman AM, Liggett JA, LaSance K, Little KJ, Hom DB, Minteer DM, Marra KG, Pixley SK. Combining Micro-Computed Tomography with Histology to Analyze Biomedical Implants for Peripheral Nerve Repair. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Aug 20.
Vennemeyer JJ, Hopkins T, Herschcovitz M, Little KD, Hagen MC, Minteer D, Hom DB, Marra KG, Pixley SK. Initial observations on using magnesium metal in peripheral nerve repair. J Biomater Appl. 2015 Mar;29(8):1145-54.
Fader LM, Laor T, Eismann EA, Cornwall R, Little KJ. Eccentric Capitellar Ossification Limits the Utility of the Radiocapitellar Line in Young Children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Feb 26.
Little KJ, Zlotolow DA, Soldado F, Cornwall R, Kozin SH. Median and/or Ulnar Nerve Fascicle Transfer for the Restoration of Elbow Flexion in Upper Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy. JBJS Essent Surg Tech. 2014 Apr 23;4(2):e8.
Little KJ. Elbow Fractures and Dislocations. Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Jul;45(3):327-340.
Fader LM, Laor T, Eismann EA, Cornwall R, Little, KJ. MR imaging of capitellar ossification: a study in children of different ages. Pediatr Radiol. 2014 Aug;44(8):963-970.
Abzug JM, Little KJ, Kozin SH. Physeal Arrest of the Distal Radius. J Amer Acad Orthop Surg. 2014;22(6):381-389.
Little KJ, Zlotolow DA, Soldado F, Cornwall R, Kozin S. Early Functional Recovery of Elbow Flexion and Supination Following Median and/or Ulnar Nerve Fascicle Transfer in Upper Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Feb;96:215-21.
Eismann EA, Little KJ, Kunkel ST, Cornwall RC. Clinical research fails to support more aggressive management of pediatric upper extremity fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Aug 7;95(15):1345-50.
Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research 513-636-4785 email@example.com
Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children
DO: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH, 1989.
MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1998.
Internship: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center, Dayton, OH, 1989-1990.
Residency: Internal Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Akron General Medical Center; Akron, OH; 1990-1991; Orthopaedic Surgery, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Grandview Hospital and Medical Center, Dayton, OH, 1991-1995.
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1996; MPH, Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1996-1998.
Certification: Board-certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998-2008.
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 Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member, Division of Plastic Surgery
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
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.
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, Canada.
Certification: Plastic Surgery, 2006.
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. Review.
Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Brachial plexus injury nerve repair; congenital and trauma hand surgery; burn reconstruction; microsurgery
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
Clinical Program Manager, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 513-636-3816 firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa A. Miller, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Brachial Plexus Center 513-803-6365 email@example.com
Myra E. Overton, MSW, LISW-S
Social Worker, Division of Social Services 513-636-4043 Myra.Overton@cchmc.org
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