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.


Undergraduate Degree

  • Princeton University , 2001 , Princeton , NJ

Medical School

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


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


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


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.


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.


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


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Leshikar HB, Bauer AS, Lightdale-Miric N, Molitor F, Waters PM. Clavicle Fracture Is Not Predictive of the Need for Microsurgery in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Feb; 38(2):128-132. View abstract
  2. Bauer AS, Storelli DAR, Sibbel SE, McCarroll HR, Lattanza LL. Preoperative Computer Simulation and Patient-specific Guides are Safe and Effective to Correct Forearm Deformity in Children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Oct/Nov; 37(7):504-510. View abstract
  3. Goodell PB, Bauer AS, Oishi S, Arner M, Laurell T, Taylor SL, James MA. Functional Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Symbrachydactyly: A Unilateral Hand Malformation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Jul 05; 99(13):1119-1128. View abstract
  4. Bauer AS, Lucas JF, Heyrani N, Anderson RL, Kalish LA, James MA. Ultrasound Screening for Posterior Shoulder Dislocation in Infants with Persistent Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 May 03; 99(9):778-783. View abstract
  5. Vuillermin C, Donohue KS, Miller P, Bauer AS, Kramer DE, Yen YM. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 24. View abstract
  6. Bauer AS, Shen PY, Nidecker AE, Lee PS, James MA. Neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Without Sedation Correlates With Injury Severity in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 May; 42(5):335-343. View abstract
  7. Shen PY, Nidecker AE, Neufeld EA, Lee PS, James MA, Bauer AS. Non-Sedated Rapid Volumetric Proton Density MRI Predicts Neonatal Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy Functional Outcome. J Neuroimaging. 2017 03; 27(2):248-254. View abstract
  8. Goodell PB, Bauer AS, Sierra FJ, James MA. Symbrachydactyly. Hand (N Y). 2016 09; 11(3):262-270. View abstract
  9. Vuillermin C, Bauer AS. Boston Children's Hospital approach to brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):296-304. View abstract
  10. Goodell PB, Bauer A. Problematic Pediatric Hand and Wrist Fractures. JBJS Rev. 2016 05 03; 4(5). View abstract
  11. Schwarzkopf R, Bauer A, Chaurasia A, Hall AM, Zurakowski D, Scott RD. Distal femoral aspect ratios throughout childhood: an MRI study of normative data and sex comparisons. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 May; 25(3):241-4. View abstract
  12. Bauer AS, Pham B, Lattanza LL. Surgical Correction of Cubitus Varus. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Mar; 41(3):447-52. View abstract
  13. Singh AK, Mills J, Bauer AS, Ezaki M. Obesity in children with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Nov; 24(6):541-5. View abstract
  14. Bauer AS, Bae DS. Pediatric Trigger Digits. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Nov; 40(11):2304-9; quiz 2309. View abstract
  15. Figoni A, Bauer A, James M. Potential barriers to randomized clinical trials in infants with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Sep; 24(5):381-4. View abstract
  16. Storelli DA, Bauer AS, Lattanza LL, McCarroll HR. The use of computer-aided design and 3-dimensional models in the treatment of forearm malunions in children. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2015 Mar; 19(1):23-6. View abstract
  17. Sibbel SE, Bauer AS, James MA. Late reconstruction of brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Oct-Nov; 34 Suppl 1:S57-62. View abstract
  18. Winship B, Grisell M, Yang CB, Chen RX, Bauer AS. The quality of pediatric orthopaedic information on the internet. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jun; 34(4):474-7. View abstract
  19. Eismann EA, Bauer A, Kozin SH, Louden E, Cornwall R. The relationship between medical malpractice litigation and parent reports of patient function following neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Mar 05; 96(5):373-9. View abstract
  20. Alves K, Bauer A, Jupiter J. Papillary endothelial hyperplasia in association with vascular malformation of the hand. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2014; 23(2):111-4. View abstract
  21. Bauer AS, Singh AK, Amanatullah D, Lerman J, James MA. Free vascularized fibular transfer with langenskiöld procedure for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the forearm. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2013 Sep; 17(3):144-50. View abstract
  22. Sanchez TR, Chang J, Bauer A, Joyce NC, Patel CV. Dynamic sonographic evaluation of posterior shoulder dislocation secondary to brachial plexus birth palsy injury. J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Sep; 32(9):1531-4. View abstract
  23. Bauer AS, Bednar MS, James MA. Disruption of the radial/ulnar axis:congenital longitudinal deficiencies. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2293-302; quiz 2302. View abstract
  24. Bauer AS, Blazar PE, Earp BE, Louie DL, Pallin DJ. Characteristics of emergency department transfers for hand surgery consultation. Hand (N Y). 2013 Mar; 8(1):12-6. View abstract
  25. Bauer AS, Bae DS, Brustowicz KA, Waters PM. Intra-articular corrective osteotomy of humeral lateral condyle malunions in children: early clinical and radiographic results. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jan; 33(1):20-5. View abstract
  26. Campa D, Rizzato C, Bauer AS, Werner J, Capurso G, Costello E, Talar-Wojnarowska R, Jamroziak K, Pezzilli R, Gazouli M, Khaw KT, Key TJ, Bambi F, Mohelnikova-Duchonova B, Heller A, Landi S, Vodickova L, Theodoropoulos G, Bugert P, Vodicka P, Hoheisel JD, Delle Fave G, Neoptolemos JP, Soucek P, Büchler MW, Giese N, Canzian F. Lack of replication of seven pancreatic cancer susceptibility loci identified in two Asian populations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Feb; 22(2):320-3. View abstract
  27. Bauer AS, Lawson BK, Bliss RL, Dyer GS. Risk factors for posttraumatic heterotopic ossification of the elbow: case-control study. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jul; 37(7):1422-9.e1-6. View abstract
  28. Bauer AS, Blazar PE, Earp BE, Simmons BP. Mycobacterial hand infections occurring postoperatively in patients treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors for inflammatory arthritis: report of three cases. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jan; 35(1):104-8. View abstract
  29. Vitale MA, Choe JC, Sesko AM, Hyman JE, Lee FY, Roye DP, Vitale MG. The effect of limb length discrepancy on health-related quality of life: is the '2 cm rule' appropriate? J Pediatr Orthop B. 2006 Jan; 15(1):1-5. View abstract
  30. Sesko AM, Choe JC, Vitale MA, Ugwonali O, Hyman JE. Pediatric orthopaedic injuries: the effect of treatment on school attendance. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Sep-Oct; 25(5):661-5. View abstract