Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Andrea Bauer

My goal is to combine patience and flexibility with knowledge of anatomy and child development to make children’s office and surgery experience as pleasant as possible.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Princeton University , 2001 , Princeton , NJ

Medical School

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons , 2005 , New York , NY

Residency

Orthopedic Surgery
  • Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program , 2010 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Hand Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2011 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Shriners Hospital for Children , 2011 , Sacramento , CA

Philosophy of Care

Children are not simply little adults, as any parent knows. Children’s orthopedics is very different from adult orthopedics: we need to work toward not only the child and family’s current goals, but also plan for a lifetime of activity. The hospital can be a scary place for patients who are young, in pain or in need of a nap. My goal is to combine patience and flexibility with knowledge of anatomy and child development to make children’s office and surgery experience as pleasant as possible.

As a pediatric hand and upper extremity specialist, I work with children from birth through college-age to improve function. I treat all conditions of the hand and arm, with a special interest in brachial plexus and other nerve injuries as well as congenital hand differences.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Andrea Bauer came to Boston Children’s Hospital after working at the Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California and UC Davis Medical School. Her specialty is pediatric hand and upper limb surgery with a special interest in brachial plexus birth palsy.

While at Shriners, Dr. Bauer directed the brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP) program and focused on building a research plan to improve the care of children with BPBP. She received a competitive traveling fellowship in 2014 from the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and used this to visit three centers expert in the treatment of this condition and bring these ideas from around North America back to Shriners.

Many of the advances in the care of children with BPBP in the last 20 years originated at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she hopes to continue that tradition. Dr. Bauer’s current research focuses on early diagnosis of the types of nerve injuries associated with BPBP with the goal to find treatments that can be applied earlier to improve outcomes.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Subspecialty