Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Research and Publications

“Our mission is to be a source for outstanding initiatives in education, training, research and information for local, national and international communities to treat musculoskeletal conditions and enhance patient care.”

Research is viewed as a critical component in fostering ideal patient outcomes. Surgeons and scientists at the HSS Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury collaborate to develop a basic science research program as a means to better understand and modulate peripheral nerve regeneration. In the Motion Analysis Laboratory, we will refine novel means to measure functional recovery and measure three dimensional upper extremity motion.

Articles By Our Physicians


Our clinical registries will incorporate a universal outcomes tool for the upper extremity that is in development at Hospital for Special Surgery. Investigational research on nerve imaging could potentially augment the diagnostic potential of clinicians. The synergy of a multispecialty team will establish an efficient mode for cultivating innovative ideas and concepts and bring them from bench to beside.

Published Manuscripts, 2014

  • Schreiber J, Feinberg J, Byun D, Lee S, Wolfe SW: Preoperative donor nerve   Electromyography as a predictor of nerve transfer outcomes. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jan;39(1):42-9.
  • Johnsen P, O’Shea K, Wolfe SW: Traumautic flexor digitorum superficialis and A2-A3 pulley rupture: case report. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Mar;39(3):524-6.
  • Henn CM, Wolfe SW: Distal radius fractures in athletes: approaches and treatment   considerations. Sports Med Arthrosc. 2014 Mar; 22(1):29-38.
  • Hillstrom HJ, Garg R, Kraszewski A, Lenhoff M, Carter T, Backus SI, Wolff A, Syrkin G, Cheng R, Wolfe SW: Development of an Anatomical Wrist Joint Coordinate System to Quantify Motion During Functional Tasks.  J. Appl. Biomechanics 2014 Mar 10.
  • Garg R, P Kraszewski A, Stoecklein HH, Syrkin G, Hillstrom HJ, Backus S, Lenhoff ML, L Wolff A, Crisco JJ, Wolfe SW: Wrist Kinematic Coupling and Performance during Functional Tasks: Effects of Constrained Motion. J. Hand Surg Am. 2014 Feb 27.
  • Moritomo H, Apergis EP, Garcia-Elias M, Werner FW, Wolfe SW: International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand 2013 Committee's Report on Wrist Dart-Throwing Motion. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May 7.
  • Dy CJ, Jang E, Taylor SA, Meyers KN, Wolfe SW: The Impact of Coronal Alignment on Distal Radioulnar Joint Stability Following Distal Radius Fracture. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May 20.
  • Wolfe SW, Johnsen PH, Lee SK, Feinberg JH: Long-Nerve Grafts and Nerve Transfers Demonstrate Comparable Outcomes for Axillary Nerve Injuries. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Apr 29.
  • Dy CJ, Wolfe SW, Jupiter JB, Blazar PE, Ruch DS, Hanel DP: Distal radius fractures: strategic alternatives to volar plate fixation. Instr Course Lect. 2014;63:27-37.
  • Taylor SA, Trehan SK, Crivello KM, Schneider R, Wolfe SW: Osteoid osteoma of the triquetrum: a case of four-year delay in diagnosis. HSS J. 2014 Jul;10(2):191-6.
  • Wolfe SW, Johnsen PH, Lee SK, Feinberg JH: Long-nerve grafts and nerve transfers demonstrate comparable outcomes for axillary nerve injuries. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jul;39(7):1351-7.
  • Suh N, Ek ET, Wolfe SW: Carpal fractures. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Apr;39(4):785-91.
  • Jang E, Dy CJ, Wolfe SW: Selection of Tendon Grafts for Distal Radioulnar Ligament Reconstruction and Report of a Modified Technique. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Aug 15.  
  • Subclavius Posticus: an Anomalous Muscle in Association with Suprascapular Nerve Compression in an Athlete. Accepted, Hand 2014.
  • Optimal Axon Counts for Brachial Plexus Nerve Transfers. In Press, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2014.
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