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.

MEDIA

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 in 2015 after beginning her career at the Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California and UC Davis Medical School. Her specialty is pediatric hand, upper limb, and peripheral nerve surgery with a special interest in brachial plexus birth injury, congenital hand differences, and peripheral nerve injuries.

Dr. Bauer received a competitive traveling fellowship in 2014 from the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society which she used to visit three centers expert in the treatment of brachial plexus birth injury and bring these ideas from around North America back to her patients.

Many of the advances in the care of children with BPBI 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 BPBI 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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Congenital Upper Limb Differences Registry (CoULD): Registry Inclusion Effect. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Jun; 46(6):515.e1-515.e11. View abstract
  2. Extensor Retinaculum Reconstruction of the Distal Radioulnar Joint in Adolescents. Hand (N Y). 2020 Nov 12; 1558944720966707. View abstract
  3. Association of Radial Longitudinal Deficiency and Thumb Hypoplasia: An Update Using the CoULD Registry. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Oct 21; 102(20):1815-1822. View abstract
  4. Brachial Plexus Birth Injury in the Preterm Infant: Suspecting the Unsuspected. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Oct; 40(9):515-519. View abstract
  5. Closed Reduction and Immobilization of Pediatric Fifth Metacarpal Neck Fractures. Hand (N Y). 2020 Sep 17; 1558944720942890. View abstract
  6. A Comparative Analysis of 150 Thumb Polydactyly Cases from the CoULD Registry Using the Wassel-Flatt, Rotterdam, and Chung Classifications. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Jan; 46(1):17-26. View abstract
  7. Variation Among Surgeons Regarding the Use of Preoperative Antibiotics in Percutaneous Pinning Procedures of the Upper Extremity in the Pediatric Population. Hand (N Y). 2020 Aug 06; 1558944720944259. View abstract
  8. Association of Radial Longitudinal Deficiency and Thumb Hypoplasia: An Update Using the CoULD Registry. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Jul 29. View abstract
  9. Follow-up Study on the Effects of Tendon Transfers and Open Reduction on Moderate Glenohumeral Joint Deformity in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Jul 15; 102(14):1260-1268. View abstract
  10. Functional Elbow Range of Motion in Children and Adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Jul; 40(6):304-309. View abstract
  11. Follow-up Study on the Effects of Tendon Transfers and Open Reduction on Moderate Glenohumeral Joint Deformity in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Apr 02. View abstract
  12. Reconstruction of the Suprascapular Nerve in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Comparison of Nerve Grafting and Nerve Transfers. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Feb 19; 102(4):298-308. View abstract
  13. Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Injury Before Versus After 6 Months of Age: Results of the Multicenter Treatment and Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Injury (TOBI) Study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 02 05; 102(3):194-204. View abstract
  14. Thumb Hypoplasia Occurring in Patients With Preaxial Polydactyly. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Mar; 45(3):182-188. View abstract
  15. Outcomes of Late Microsurgical Nerve Reconstruction for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Jun; 45(6):555.e1-555.e9. View abstract
  16. Functional Elbow Range of Motion in Children and Adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Dec 09. View abstract
  17. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Oct; 39(9):e647-e651. View abstract
  18. Congenital pseudarthrosis of the clavicle: surgical decision making and outcomes. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Feb; 29(2):302-307. View abstract
  19. Long-Term Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Reconstruction with Sural Nerve Autograft for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 05; 143(5):1017e-1026e. View abstract
  20. Early Predictors of Microsurgical Reconstruction in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. Iowa Orthop J. 2019; 39(1):37-43. View abstract
  21. The Anterior Approach for Transfer of Radial Nerve Triceps Fascicles to the Axillary Nerve. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Apr; 44(4):345.e1-345.e6. View abstract
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 24. View abstract
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Symbrachydactyly. Hand (N Y). 2016 09; 11(3):262-270. View abstract
  30. Boston Children's Hospital approach to brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):296-304. View abstract
  31. Problematic Pediatric Hand and Wrist Fractures. JBJS Rev. 2016 05 03; 4(5). View abstract
  32. 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
  33. Surgical Correction of Cubitus Varus. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Mar; 41(3):447-52. View abstract
  34. Obesity in children with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Nov; 24(6):541-5. View abstract
  35. Pediatric Trigger Digits. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Nov; 40(11):2304-9; quiz 2309. View abstract
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. Late reconstruction of brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Oct-Nov; 34 Suppl 1:S57-62. View abstract
  39. The quality of pediatric orthopaedic information on the internet. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jun; 34(4):474-7. View abstract
  40. 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
  41. Papillary endothelial hyperplasia in association with vascular malformation of the hand. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2014; 23(2):111-4. View abstract
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. Disruption of the radial/ulnar axis:congenital longitudinal deficiencies. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2293-302; quiz 2302. View abstract
  45. Characteristics of emergency department transfers for hand surgery consultation. Hand (N Y). 2013 Mar; 8(1):12-6. View abstract
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
  51. Pediatric orthopaedic injuries: the effect of treatment on school attendance. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Sep-Oct; 25(5):661-5. View abstract