Brachial Plexus Palsy Center

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Since 1991, our Brachial Plexus Center at the St. Louis Children's Hospital has evaluated and treated over 700 hundred children with birth brachial plexus injury and performed repair of the brachial plexus on over a 150 infants. At our multidisciplinary Center, children are examined by a team of pediatric neurosurgeons, neurologists, and therapists. An orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and a pediatric neurologist also work with children who have persistent muscle weakness.
Brachial Plexus Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital Ste. 4S 20
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: 314-454-2811
Fax: 314-454-2818

Center Members

Neurosurgery T.S. Park, M.D.
Neurology Michael Noetzel, M.D.

Charles A. Goldfarb, M.D.

Neuroradiology Robert McKinstry, M.D., Ph.D.
Electrophysiology Ann Padberg, B.S.
Physical Therapy Deanna Walter, MPT
Rachel Rose, PT, PhD, PCS
Occupational Therapy Nikki Blankenship, MSOTR/L
Katie Shaffer, OTR/L
Clinical Coordinator Nicole Ladousier, PA-C

Social Worker

Cathy Ammons, M.S.W., LCSW
Administration Carmen Horn


  1. Francel PC, Koby M, Park TS, Henegar MM, Kaufman BA, Noetzel MJ, Mackinnon SE, Lee BCP: Fast spin-echo magnetic resonance imaging for radiological assessment of neonatal bachial plexus injury. J Neurosurg, 1995, 83:461-466.
  2. Sherburn EW, Day RAA, Kaufman BA, Park TS: Subdental synchondrosis fracture in children: The value of 3-dimensional computerized tomography. Case report. Pediatr Neurosurg, 1996, 25:256-259.

  3. Noetzel MJ, Park TS, Robinson S, Kaufman BA: A prospective study of recovery following birth related brachial plexus injury.  J Child Neurol 2001, 16;488-49.

  4. Park TS, Kaplan SS: Birth brachial plexus injury. Youman’s Neurological Surgery-5th
          Edition. Winn HR, Park TS (ed) W. S. Saunders, 2003, 3488-3497.

  5. O’Brien DF, Park TS, Noetzel MJ, Weatherly T: Management of birth brachial plexus palsy.  Chils Nerv Syst 22:103-112, 2006.

  6. Ashley, WW, Park TS: Collagen Nerve Guides for Surgical Repair of Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury Technical Note and Case Series  J Neurosurg (6 Suppl Pediatr)r 2006, 105:452-456.

  7. Ashley, WW, Baty JD, Hollander T, Park TS:  Long-term motor outcome analysis
          using  a motor score composite following surgical brachial plexus repair. 
         J Neurosurg (4 Suppl Pediatrics) 106:276-281, 2007.



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Brachial Plexus Palsy Brochure

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– a brief description of the brachial plexus palsy treatment and the Center for Brachial Plexus Palsy at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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