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Brachial Plexus Center

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.

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

Referrals & Appointments

Parents and referring physicians may contact the Brachial Plexus Center for appointments and consultation.

Brachial Plexus Center

St. Louis Children's Hospital, Room 4S 20

One Children's Place

St. Louis, MO   63110-1077

Phone: (314) 454-2810

Fax: (314) 454-2818

For more information about the multidisciplinary team and the services we offer, please see Brachial Plexus Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital


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


Weekly Multidisciplinary Conference on Wednesday


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