Hand & Upper Extremity

Principal Investigator


Sarah Sibbel, MD
Sarah Sibbel, MD
Frank Scott, MD
Frank Scott, MD

Professional Research Assistant

Andy Lalka, MPH
Andy Lalka, MPH

Research Focus

Our research evaluates topics including congenital hand differences, hand and forearm surgical outcomes, and associations between healthcare systems and provider well-being. We look forward to initializing a national pediatric congenital hand database in conjunction with other top-tier children’s hospitals. Our mission is to research excellent health outcomes in upper extremity surgery, keeping in mind that treatment should be personalized for every child’s unique healing trajectory.

Wrist Tendon Transfer

We seek to establish a method for evaluating hand function in patients with congenital upper extremity disorders. Patients with hemiplegic cerebral palsy who are undergoing a Green’s tendon transfer are eligible for participation. Participants will be subject to an upper extremity kinematics analysis and a Shriners Hospital Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE) before and after surgery. Outcomes will be quantified to assess the correlation between the SHUEE and pre-operative & post-operative kinematics analysis.

 

Adolescent Midshaft Clavicle Fractures

The goal of this study is to retrospectively review the radiographic outcomes, return to sport & patient-reported outcomes for midshaft clavicle fractures among 10-17-year-old patients. This study was presented at the American Association for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in September 2019.

 

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