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Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center

CHArm Center Faculty and Staff

Michelle Gerwin Carlson, MD
CHArm Director
Dr. Carlson, the founder of the CHArm Center, is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at HSS and Assistant Professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and she is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and holds a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery. She applies her general training in orthopedic surgery and specialized training in hand surgery to patients with cerebral palsy and neurological diseases as well as pediatric patients in need of hand surgery. In 1994, Dr. Carlson created the CPNUE service in order to address the needs of hand patients with Cerebral Palsy and patients with neurological upper extremity disorders. Her research interests and dedication to the community drove her decision to start a children's hand center. 

Tracy Klein, MSW
CHArm Administrative Manager
Tracy Klein oversees the operations of the CHArm Center and works with the medical and rehabilitation staff to ensure that CHArm patients receive the best possible care. Tracy evaluates the needs of the CHArm Center patient population and develops methods to make certain patients receive expedited care.

Lorene Janowski, OTR/L, MS
CHArm Clinical Therapist
Lorene Janowski has been working in the pediatric rehabilitation department at HSS since March 2008. In 2011, she joined the CHArm Center to ensure that patients' surgical procedures are complimented by appropriate rehabilitation techniques. Lorene collaborates with pediatric orthopedic surgeons and hand surgeons to determine the most effective treatment plans for patients.

Krystle Hearns, MA
CHArm Director of Research
Krystle Hearns oversees the research division of the CHArm Center. She manages all CHArm research projects which includes completing IRB submissions, conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, and submitting articles for publication. 

CHArm Physicians:
Edward A. Athanasian, MD
Aaron Daluiski, MD 
Daniel W. Green, MD
Brian C. Halpern, MD
Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
S. Robert Rozbruch, MD
David M. Scher, MD
Andrew J. Weiland, MD
Roger F. Widmann, MD
Scott W. Wolfe, MD