Hand Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Hand Program

A team working for you and your child’s upper extremity needs.

Children who are born with hand or upper extremity differences or acquire an injury from birth or trauma, face unique challenges.  The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hand Program is one of the few in the United States in which patients and their families benefit from a comprehensive approach to upper extremity care that involves the Departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Orthopaedic Surgery.

Contributions from both disciplines as well as a multidisciplinary team, provides comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans that provide the best outcomes in terms of mechanics, physical appearance, and a child’s confidence. This perspective helps us look beyond surgery and rehabilitation towards a goal of achieving optimal long-term health for every child.

We support and care for children and their families through evaluation, therapy, surgical and psychological interventions for all phases of growth and development, from infant to teenager.

While patients come to us for many reasons, the following indicates those areas of highest patient volume.

  • Hand Program
  • Congenital Differences: hypoplasia / polydactyly / syndactyly/ overgrowth/ club hands/ complex congenital hands
  • Trauma: fractures / nerve damage / tendon damage/ burns
  • Microvascular Reconstruction: nerve injuries / soft tissue conditions / congenital hand differences/ reconstruction after tumor resection
  • Sports: fractures / over-use / arthroscopic
  • Cerebral Palsy: spastic upper extremity conditions

Services Provided

Serving patients in two locations.

The program offers convenient access by providing clinic and surgery care at two state-of-the-art facilities on our main campus in downtown Columbus and at the Westerville Surgery Center.


James Popp, MD is co-director of the Hand and Microsurgery and Brachial Plexus Program. He is also an assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State College of Medicine. Dr. Popp specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity in adult and pediatric patients. He has been published in various medical journals, and he is actively involved in research and resident education.

Help is available now.

A common misconception among patients and their families with congenital anomalies is that their condition is something they just have to live with. We don’t believe that’s true. Advancements in treatment options enable us to help in ways that would have been unimaginable only a few short years ago. There is no reason why a patient should wait to seek help. In fact, the younger a patient is when we begin treatment, the better the outcome we can achieve. And when the outcome is good, quality of life in enhanced.

International Outreach

Our partnership with hand surgeons at Regions Hospital in Minnesota to provide surgeries for women and children at a convent run hospital in Balatnr, India allows us to provide reconstructive surgeries to an underprivileged population and provide hand and reconstructive training to the local healthcare providers.

Contact Info

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Hand Program

(614) 722-HAND (4263)

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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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Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Main Campus
700 Children's Drive
Suite T5E
Columbus, Ohio 43025

Westerville Surgery Center
455 Executive Campus Drive
Westerville, Ohio 43082

Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Local Phone: (614) 722-6299
Toll Free: 1 (877) 722-6220
Fax: (614) 722-4000

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000