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Aviva L. Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT


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Aviva L. Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT


Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT is an occupational hand therapist, clinician-scientist with a strong background in motor control and movement analysis. Her extensive experience working with performing artists and individuals with musculoskeletal injuries makes her an expert consultant to The Julliard School. She also runs the upper extremity clinical movement analysis programs and hand and wrist biomechanics research at the Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Her research interest is in customizing interventions to each individual's occupational needs and pathology. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative analysis of upper extremity movement dysfunction to generate data to better inform surgery therapy, and performance. She studies the underlying mechanisms of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions that affect upper extremity motion and function in order to further understand and develop more effective treatment strategies.

Her research has focused on wrist biomechanics and function, elbow biomechanics and function, hand and arm function in brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy, and upper extremity injury prevention in musicians. She has independently led and collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, scientists, and biomechanists on several funded studies that have led to multiple presentations and publications.

Dr. Wolff has served in various leadership capacities in multiple professional organizations.

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Industry Relationships

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As part of the disclosure process, this website lists Research staff collaborations with outside companies if the Research staff member received any payment during the prior year or expects to receive any payment in the next year. The disclosures are based on information provided by the Research staff and other sources and are updated regularly. Current ownership interests and leadership positions are also listed. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Wolff as of April 27, 2020.

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine - Committee member
  • American Association for Hand Surgery - Committee member
  • American Hand Therapy Foundation - Research support
  • Extremity Medical, LLC - Research support
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society - Board member, committee member

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS Research staff with industry on this website, HSS and its Research staff make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit payment of royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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Selected Books by Dr. Wolff

Wolff A. The Musician. In Jacons MA and Austin NM (Eds) Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity. Wolters Kluwer, 2019

Wolff A. Hand Function: Typical Development. In Abzuk, J et al (Eds) Pediatric Hand Therapy, Elsevier, 2019

Wolff A. and Duff S. Fine motor control in children and youth with cerebral palsy. In Miller F, et al (Eds) Cerebral Palsy, 2nd Edition. Springer 2018

Wolff A. Splinting the Elbow. In Copppard B and Lohman H (Eds) Introduction to Splinting: A clinical reasoning and problem solving approach. Mosby 2008.

Mosca J, Cahill J, Cavanaugh, J, Scalise D, Rudnick H, Wolff A (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006.

Wolff A. Total Elbow Arthroplasty. In Mosca J, et al (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006

Wolff A. Elbow fractures and dislocation. In Mosca J, et al (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006

Wolff A. Radial Head Replacements. In Mosca J, et al (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006

Wolff A. Contracture Release of the Elbow. In Mosca J, et al (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006

Wolff A. Hinged Dynamic External Fixation of the Elbow. In Mosca J, et al (Eds) Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopedic Clinician. Elsevier, 2006

 

Selected Publications

Wolff AL, Sama D, Lenhoff M, Daluisk A. Inertial Sensors effectively quantify arm asymmetry in individuals with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2020

Wolff AL, Patel Y, Zusstone E, Wolfe S. Self-Identified Functional Limitations Improve in Patients with Degenerative Wrist Arthritis Post Surgery. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2019

Wolff AL. Clinical relevance commentary in response to: Force transmission through the wrist during performance of push-ups on a hyperextended and a neutral wrist. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2018

Gordon BL, Wolff AL, and Daluiski A. Elbow kinematics during gait improve with age in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. 2018.

Wolff AL, Rosenzweig L. Anatomical and biomechanical framework for shoulder arthroplasty rehabilitation. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2017

Wolff AL, Wolfe S. Rehabilitation for scapholunate injury application of scientific and clinical evidence to practice. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2016

Rainbow MJ, Wolff AL, Crisco JJ, Wolfe SW. Functional Kinematics of the Wrist. Journal of Hand Surgery, European. 2015

Wolff AL, Raghavan, P, Kaminski, T, Hillstrom, H, Gordon AM. Differentiation of hand posture in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2015.

Wolff, AL, Garg, R., Kraszewski, AP, Hillstrom, HJ, Hafer, JF, Backus, SI, Lenhoff ML, Wolfe, SW. Surgical Treatments for Scapho-lunate advanced collapse wrist: kinematics and functional performance. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2015

Weinstock-Zlotnick, G, Page, C, Ghomrawi, H, Wolff, AL. Responsiveness of three patient report outcome measures in patients with hand fractures: A preliminary cohort study. Journal of Hand Therapy, 2015.

Trehan, SK, Wolff AL, Gibbons M, Hillstrom HJ, Daluiski A. The effect of simulated elbow contracture on temporal and distance gait parameters, Gait and Posture. 2015

For complete list of publications see:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/mybibliography/

Selected Presentations

Communication is Key, when things go wrong between patient and provider, Invited lecture, Georgia hand and Upper extremity special interest group, Memphis (2020)

Pain Neuroscience Education for chronic upper extremity pain conditions, Invited Keynote, Texas Society of Hand Therapy, Houston (2020)

Musician Injury Prevention: How do we close the gap between what we know and what we do, Invited International Lecture, Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery and Therapy of the Hand (APFSSH/APFSHT), Melbourne, Australia (2020)

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of upper extremity movement dysfunction to generate data to better inform surgery/ rehabilitation, Invited International Lecture, Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery and Therapy of the Hand (APFSSH/APFSHT), Invited International Lecture, Melbourne, Australia (2020)

Use of inertial sensors to quantify arm asymmetry in individuals with spastic cerebral palsy, accepted podium, Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery and Therapy of the Hand (APFSSH/APFSHT), Invited International Lecture, Melbourne, Australia (2020)

Reliability of two wearable inertial sensor devices for measuring arm activity during gait, accepted poster,Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery and Therapy of the Hand (APFSSH/APFSHT), Invited International Lecture, Melbourne, Australia (2020)

Development of a patient-derived expectations survey for degenerative wrist arthritis, accepted podium, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Fort Lauderdale (2020)

Elbow biomechanics, stability and function, Invited lecture, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Fort Lauderdale (2020)

Reliability of two wearable inertial sensor devices for measuring arm activity during gait, accepted poster, Orthopedic Research Society (2020)

Precision Rehabilitation for Upper Extremity Injuries in Musicians: Individualize, Assessment, Preventionand Treatment, Instructional Course, Instructional Course, Performing Arts in Medicine Association (PAMA), Los Angeles (2020)

 

 

Appointments

Clinician Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Executive Committee Member, Center for the Performing Artist, Weill Cornell Medicine