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Hand & Upper Extremity


Principal Investigators: Sarah Sibbel, MD; Frank Scott, MD

Professional Research Assistant: 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.


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 of the SHUEE, and pre-operative & post-operative kinematics analysis.​​
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 Last Vegas in September 2019.