Brachial Plexus Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Brachial Plexus Program

Our experts deliver collaborative, individualized care.

Many parents are unaware of something called the brachial plexus and how important it is to their baby’s life. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that begins at the spinal cord and controls the arm, shoulder and hand function. Injury to these nerves during birth or later trauma can leave the arm without feeling or movement. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and sometimes surgery is necessary to improve an arm’s function. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, our Hand, Microsurgery, and Brachial Plexus Program is staffed by a team of experts ready to evaluate, educate and provide appropriate interventions.

Nationwide Children’s is home to one of the few programs in the country offering a truly collaborative, multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to obstetric brachial plexus injuries. Our team of experts provides comprehensive care that is individualized to each patient and family. Brachial plexus injuries can have a lifelong impact on children and their families. We strive for each of our patients to achieve their fullest potential, while realizing they may not achieve completely normal function. We support children and their families through evaluation, therapy, and surgical and psychological interventions for all phases of growth from infant to teenager.

Because there are only a few programs across the country that treat brachial plexus injuries, many of the families we serve travel to Nationwide Children’s for care, and when necessary, leave with a follow-up care plan that can be coordinated with their local specialists.

Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides an extensive range of services, including:
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Social Work


Maya Spaeth, MD, is Co-director of the Hand, Microsurgery, and Brachial Plexus Program and assistant professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has a special interest in education and outcomes for brachial plexus patients. Dr. Spaeth’s work has been published in leading professional journals, and she is actively involved in clinical research.

James Popp, MD, is Co-director of the Hand, Microsurgery, and Brachial Plexus Program. James E. Popp, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity in adult and pediatric patients. His expertise includes common hand problems (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), wrist arthroscopy, joint replacement surgery for arthritis, and complex pediatric and adult reconstructive microvascular surgery.

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Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Brachial Plexus Program
Services are provided on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Outpatient Care Center, First Floor
555 South 18th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43025

Local Phone: (614) 722-6299
Toll Free: 1-877-722-6220
Fax: (614) 722-4000

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Urgent Physician Consults

For urgent consultations, contact our Physician Direct Connect Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Local Phone: (614) 355-0221
Toll Free: 1 (877) 355-0221
Fax: (614) 722-2140

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Pediacast Interview with Dr. Maya Spaeth

Pediacast with Dr. Mike features Dr. Maya Spaeth on the topics of microsurgery techniques, hand injuries, brachial plexus, and facial re-animation.

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