Brachial Plexus Center

Brachial Plexus Center

At St. Louis Children’s Hospital

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The Brachial Plexus Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital was established in 1991 as a multidisciplinary resource for children with birth brachial plexus injury. The team in the Center has extensive experience with the management of this type of injury and has cared for more than 1,000 infants and children with this condition. The team includes a pediatric neurosurgeon, neurologist, and an orthopedic surgeon as well as occupational and physical therapists. For patients needing complex surgery, Washington University neurosurgeons have performed more than 200 brachial plexus repair or nerve transfer procedures for this condition.


1,000+  infants & children with birth brachial plexus injuries have been treated by Washington University physicians and surgeons.

Conditions & Treatments

Birth brachial plexus injury can cause weak or paralyzed muscles in the hand, arm or shoulder. While the majority of infants recover from this condition, some have ongoing weakness. The Brachial Plexus Center offers both conservative (non-operative) and surgical treatment options for birth brachial plexus injury.

Treatments include:

  • Brachial plexus repair with nerve grafts
  • Nerve transfer procedures
  • Orthopedic treatment of shoulder and arm
  • Physical and occupational therapy


Neurosurgery Providers

T. S. Park, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Providers from Other Departments

Michael J. Noetzel, MD, Neurologist-In-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Lindley Wall, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Specialty Links



Weekly Multidisciplinary Conference on Wednesday

For more information visit Brachial Plexus Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital