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Hand Program

An Expert Team Dedicated to Upper Extremities

The Hand Program at Children's National Health System utilizes a team approach to treating and correcting pediatric hand and upper extremity ailments.

Meet the Team

Children's National Health System's Hand Program utilizes a team approach to treating and correcting pediatric hand ailments. The team consists of pediatric experts in hand surgery,orthopaedic surgery, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, and occupational therapy to provide comprehensive care to patients and families.

More than 3,000 pediatric and upper extremity patients are treated each year at the Hand Program. The Hand Program combines the skills and expertise of Children's Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine with subspecialty-trained pediatric hand surgeons. The two dedicated pediatric hand surgery specialists, Emily A. Hattwick, MD, and Robert H. Wilson, MD, have more than 20 years of experience combined. They participate in national and international programs focused on pediatric hand surgery and are part of a global effort to improve the understanding of pediatric hand and upper extremity disorders.

The team works closely with other team members including our dedicated pediatric plastic surgeons, the Cerebral Palsy Clinic, and the Brachial Plexus Palsy Clinic. These multidisciplinary clinics bring the pediatric hand surgeons together with other specialists in pediatric orthopedics, physical medicine, neurosurgery, prosthetics, and occupational therapy. In order to ensure the best outcomes, the Hand Program team joins with other specialists, families, and patient to understand the plan and follow through to the best functional result.

Conditions treated include:

  • Constriction ring syndrome/amniotic band syndrome
  • Radius deficiency
  • Ulnar deficiency
  • Central deficiency/cleft hand
  • Transverse failure of formation
  • Congenital dislocation of the radial head
  • Congenital radio-ulnar synostosis
  • Syndactyly
  • Thumb polydactyly/ finger polydactyly
  • Thumb deficiency/hypoplasia
  • Trigger thumb
  • Finger hypoplasia
  • Camptodactyly
  • Clinodactyly
  • Macrodactyly- hand and foot
  • Post-traumatic Elbow reconstruction
  • Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy
  • Neuromuscular Upper Extremity Contractures
  • Madelung's Deformity
  • Pediatric Hand fractures and soft tissue injuries

The Hand Program team is committed to ongoing research as they measure treatment outcomes of upper extremities in cerebral palsy patients. Researchers are also working with the National Institutesof Health's (NIH) Department of Genetics looking at the outcomes of surgical treatment of hand and wrist deformities in Proteus patients. Research efforts are coordinated with NIH for certain rare diagnoses. Additionally, Drs. Hattwick and Wilson participate in educating residents at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and Walter Reed Orthopedic Residency programs about pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery.

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