The Hand and Upper Extremity Center is conducting research in areas that include advancements in surgery of the pediatric hand and upper extremities.

Roger Cornwall, MD, pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon and co-director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center, has an active basic science laboratory in conjunction with the Brachial Plexus Center investigating the effects of nerve injury on muscle growth and development.

Cornwall and Kevin Yakuboff, MD, are members of the Brachial Plexus Center, which is co-directed by Charles Mehlman, DO, orthopaedics, and Linda Michaud, MD, director of Rehabilitation Medicine. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that provides movement and feeling to the shoulder, arm and hand. When injuries occur to the brachial plexus, it is typically during delivery of a baby and most commonly during a vaginal birth.