Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Andrea Bauer

My goal is to combine patience and flexibility with knowledge of anatomy and child development to make children’s office and surgery experience as pleasant as possible.


Undergraduate Degree

  • Princeton University , 2001 , Princeton , NJ

Medical School

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons , 2005 , New York , NY


Orthopedic Surgery
  • Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program , 2010 , Boston , MA


Hand Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 2011 , Boston , MA


Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Shriners Hospital for Children , 2011 , Sacramento , CA

Philosophy of Care

Children are not simply little adults, as any parent knows. Children’s orthopedics is very different from adult orthopedics: we need to work toward not only the child and family’s current goals, but also plan for a lifetime of activity. The hospital can be a scary place for patients who are young, in pain or in need of a nap. My goal is to combine patience and flexibility with knowledge of anatomy and child development to make children’s office and surgery experience as pleasant as possible.

As a pediatric hand and upper extremity specialist, I work with children from birth through college-age to improve function. I treat all conditions of the hand and arm, with a special interest in brachial plexus and other nerve injuries as well as congenital hand differences.


Dr. Andrea Bauer came to Boston Children’s Hospital after working at the Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California and UC Davis Medical School. Her specialty is pediatric hand and upper limb surgery with a special interest in brachial plexus birth palsy.

While at Shriners, Dr. Bauer directed the brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP) program and focused on building a research plan to improve the care of children with BPBP. She received a competitive traveling fellowship in 2014 from the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and used this to visit three centers expert in the treatment of this condition and bring these ideas from around North America back to Shriners.

Many of the advances in the care of children with BPBP in the last 20 years originated at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she hopes to continue that tradition. Dr. Bauer’s current research focuses on early diagnosis of the types of nerve injuries associated with BPBP with the goal to find treatments that can be applied earlier to improve outcomes.


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Subspecialty


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Wang KK, Waters PM, Bas MA, Bauer AS. Brachial Plexus Birth Injury in the Preterm Infant: Suspecting the Unsuspected. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Apr 07. View abstract
  2. Vuillermin C, Bauer AS, Kalish LA, Lewine EB, Bae DS, Waters PM. Follow-up Study on the Effects of Tendon Transfers and Open Reduction on Moderate Glenohumeral Joint Deformity in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Apr 02. View abstract
  3. Manske MC, Kalish LA, Cornwall R, Peljovich AE, Bauer AS. Reconstruction of the Suprascapular Nerve in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Comparison of Nerve Grafting and Nerve Transfers. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Feb 19; 102(4):298-308. View abstract
  4. Bauer AS, Kalish LA, Adamczyk MJ, Bae DS, Cornwall R, James MA, Lightdale-Miric N, Peljovich AE, Waters PM. Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Injury Before Versus After 6 Months of Age: Results of the Multicenter Treatment and Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Injury (TOBI) Study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 02 05; 102(3):194-204. View abstract
  5. Bauer AS, Netto AP, James MA. Thumb Hypoplasia Occurring in Patients With Preaxial Polydactyly. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Mar; 45(3):182-188. View abstract
  6. Daly MC, Bauer AS, Lynch H, Bae DS, Waters PM. Outcomes of Late Microsurgical Nerve Reconstruction for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Jan 09. View abstract
  7. Valone LC, Waites C, Tartarilla AB, Whited A, Sugimoto D, Bae DS, Bauer AS. Functional Elbow Range of Motion in Children and Adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Dec 09. View abstract
  8. Vuillermin C, Donohue KS, Miller P, Bauer AS, Kramer DE, Yen YM. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Oct; 39(9):e647-e651. View abstract
  9. Kim AE, Vuillermin CB, Bae DS, Samora JB, Waters PM, Bauer AS. Congenital pseudarthrosis of the clavicle: surgical decision making and outcomes. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Feb; 29(2):302-307. View abstract
  10. Manske MC, Bauer AS, Hentz VR, James MA. Long-Term Outcomes of Brachial Plexus Reconstruction with Sural Nerve Autograft for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 05; 143(5):1017e-1026e. View abstract
  11. Shah AS, Kalish LA, Bae DS, Peljovich AE, Cornwall R, Bauer AS, Waters PM. Early Predictors of Microsurgical Reconstruction in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. Iowa Orthop J. 2019; 39(1):37-43. View abstract
  12. Bauer AS, Rabinovich RV, Waters PM. The Anterior Approach for Transfer of Radial Nerve Triceps Fascicles to the Axillary Nerve. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Apr; 44(4):345.e1-345.e6. View abstract
  13. Leshikar HB, Bauer AS, Lightdale-Miric N, Molitor F, Waters PM. Clavicle Fracture Is Not Predictive of the Need for Microsurgery in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Feb; 38(2):128-132. View abstract
  14. Bauer AS, Storelli DAR, Sibbel SE, McCarroll HR, Lattanza LL. Preoperative Computer Simulation and Patient-specific Guides are Safe and Effective to Correct Forearm Deformity in Children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Oct/Nov; 37(7):504-510. View abstract
  15. Goodell PB, Bauer AS, Oishi S, Arner M, Laurell T, Taylor SL, James MA. Functional Assessment of Children and Adolescents with Symbrachydactyly: A Unilateral Hand Malformation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Jul 05; 99(13):1119-1128. View abstract
  16. Bauer AS, Lucas JF, Heyrani N, Anderson RL, Kalish LA, James MA. Ultrasound Screening for Posterior Shoulder Dislocation in Infants with Persistent Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 May 03; 99(9):778-783. View abstract
  17. Vuillermin C, Donohue KS, Miller P, Bauer AS, Kramer DE, Yen YM. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 24. View abstract
  18. Bauer AS, Shen PY, Nidecker AE, Lee PS, James MA. Neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Without Sedation Correlates With Injury Severity in Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 May; 42(5):335-343. View abstract
  19. Shen PY, Nidecker AE, Neufeld EA, Lee PS, James MA, Bauer AS. Non-Sedated Rapid Volumetric Proton Density MRI Predicts Neonatal Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy Functional Outcome. J Neuroimaging. 2017 03; 27(2):248-254. View abstract
  20. Goodell PB, Bauer AS, Sierra FJ, James MA. Symbrachydactyly. Hand (N Y). 2016 09; 11(3):262-270. View abstract
  21. Vuillermin C, Bauer AS. Boston Children's Hospital approach to brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):296-304. View abstract
  22. Goodell PB, Bauer A. Problematic Pediatric Hand and Wrist Fractures. JBJS Rev. 2016 05 03; 4(5). View abstract
  23. Schwarzkopf R, Bauer A, Chaurasia A, Hall AM, Zurakowski D, Scott RD. Distal femoral aspect ratios throughout childhood: an MRI study of normative data and sex comparisons. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 May; 25(3):241-4. View abstract
  24. Bauer AS, Pham B, Lattanza LL. Surgical Correction of Cubitus Varus. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Mar; 41(3):447-52. View abstract
  25. Singh AK, Mills J, Bauer AS, Ezaki M. Obesity in children with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Nov; 24(6):541-5. View abstract
  26. Bauer AS, Bae DS. Pediatric Trigger Digits. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Nov; 40(11):2304-9; quiz 2309. View abstract
  27. Figoni A, Bauer A, James M. Potential barriers to randomized clinical trials in infants with brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2015 Sep; 24(5):381-4. View abstract
  28. Storelli DA, Bauer AS, Lattanza LL, McCarroll HR. The use of computer-aided design and 3-dimensional models in the treatment of forearm malunions in children. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2015 Mar; 19(1):23-6. View abstract
  29. Sibbel SE, Bauer AS, James MA. Late reconstruction of brachial plexus birth palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Oct-Nov; 34 Suppl 1:S57-62. View abstract
  30. Winship B, Grisell M, Yang CB, Chen RX, Bauer AS. The quality of pediatric orthopaedic information on the internet. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jun; 34(4):474-7. View abstract
  31. Eismann EA, Bauer A, Kozin SH, Louden E, Cornwall R. The relationship between medical malpractice litigation and parent reports of patient function following neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Mar 05; 96(5):373-9. View abstract
  32. Alves K, Bauer A, Jupiter J. Papillary endothelial hyperplasia in association with vascular malformation of the hand. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2014; 23(2):111-4. View abstract
  33. Bauer AS, Singh AK, Amanatullah D, Lerman J, James MA. Free vascularized fibular transfer with langenskiöld procedure for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the forearm. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2013 Sep; 17(3):144-50. View abstract
  34. Sanchez TR, Chang J, Bauer A, Joyce NC, Patel CV. Dynamic sonographic evaluation of posterior shoulder dislocation secondary to brachial plexus birth palsy injury. J Ultrasound Med. 2013 Sep; 32(9):1531-4. View abstract
  35. Bauer AS, Bednar MS, James MA. Disruption of the radial/ulnar axis:congenital longitudinal deficiencies. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2293-302; quiz 2302. View abstract
  36. Bauer AS, Blazar PE, Earp BE, Louie DL, Pallin DJ. Characteristics of emergency department transfers for hand surgery consultation. Hand (N Y). 2013 Mar; 8(1):12-6. View abstract
  37. Bauer AS, Bae DS, Brustowicz KA, Waters PM. Intra-articular corrective osteotomy of humeral lateral condyle malunions in children: early clinical and radiographic results. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jan; 33(1):20-5. View abstract
  38. Campa D, Rizzato C, Bauer AS, Werner J, Capurso G, Costello E, Talar-Wojnarowska R, Jamroziak K, Pezzilli R, Gazouli M, Khaw KT, Key TJ, Bambi F, Mohelnikova-Duchonova B, Heller A, Landi S, Vodickova L, Theodoropoulos G, Bugert P, Vodicka P, Hoheisel JD, Delle Fave G, Neoptolemos JP, Soucek P, Büchler MW, Giese N, Canzian F. Lack of replication of seven pancreatic cancer susceptibility loci identified in two Asian populations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Feb; 22(2):320-3. View abstract
  39. Bauer AS, Lawson BK, Bliss RL, Dyer GS. Risk factors for posttraumatic heterotopic ossification of the elbow: case-control study. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jul; 37(7):1422-9.e1-6. View abstract
  40. Bauer AS, Blazar PE, Earp BE, Simmons BP. Mycobacterial hand infections occurring postoperatively in patients treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors for inflammatory arthritis: report of three cases. J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jan; 35(1):104-8. View abstract
  41. Vitale MA, Choe JC, Sesko AM, Hyman JE, Lee FY, Roye DP, Vitale MG. The effect of limb length discrepancy on health-related quality of life: is the '2 cm rule' appropriate? J Pediatr Orthop B. 2006 Jan; 15(1):1-5. View abstract
  42. Sesko AM, Choe JC, Vitale MA, Ugwonali O, Hyman JE. Pediatric orthopaedic injuries: the effect of treatment on school attendance. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Sep-Oct; 25(5):661-5. View abstract