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As one of few pediatric hand programs in the Washington, D.C., area, Children’s National treats more than 3,000 patients per year. Our specialists are recognized the world over for their ability to restore normal or near normal functioning in children with rare and common disorders and injuries.

Our Providers

Our pediatric specialists provide personalized care for your child’s physical, mental and emotional health needs.

Contact Information

For appointments, please call 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) and for information, call 202-476-2150.

The Hand Program at Children’s National: Why Choose Us?

The Hand Program at Children’s National is unique to the Washington, D.C., area and is one of few pediatric programs in the country. Our team of pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeons is fellowship trained in treating all forms of hand and upper extremity disorders. They have devoted their entire practice to helping children from the area, the region, and around the world maximize function and use of their upper extremities.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Growth-plate sparing surgery: We use pediatric-specific surgical methods to treat your child without affecting his or her growth. These techniques, along with a conservative approach, help us protect special bone segments (growth plates) so your child is able to achieve his or her full growth potential. Learn more about hand and upper extremity treatments.
  • Referral center: Physicians from outside the Washington, DC, area put their trust in our expertise. Our experts help care for children from many other communities, including parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. We invite referring providers to view our referral guidelines.
  • Research: Children’s National is improving care and outcomes for pediatric hand disorders through research and clinical trials. We’re proud to be a part of new discoveries that are changing the way we care for rare conditions such as Proteus syndrome. Learn more about the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Surgical Innovation.
  • Education: Our experts are teaching the next generation of physicians and orthopaedic surgeons at several area medical schools. We teach residents and medical students at The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • International service: Orthopaedic hand surgeons at Children’s National are part of a global effort to improve awareness and care for pediatric hand and upper extremity disorders. We have spent time in Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nigeria, Morocco and Saudi Arabia on medical mission trips in addition to helping develop teaching programs in other countries.

We treat complex congenital conditions as well as orthopaedic trauma and injuries affecting children’s hands and upper extremities. This includes expert care for:

  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Tendons
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Fingers

Learn more about the conditions we treat.

Family Resources

As part of our comprehensive approach to care, we help parents get answers to questions about care and treatment for hand and upper extremity disorders. If you have any additional questions, we’re always happy to help.

Expert Care for Pediatric Hand Disorders at Children’s National

Our surgeons work alongside physical and occupational therapists to help your child achieve the best possible outcome. We also partner with physicians and experts across Children’s National to deliver seamless care for complex conditions.

Our team approach helps maximize your child’s quality of life. We work with other members of the orthopaedic team, as well as pediatric surgical subspecialists, to seamlessly deliver every phase of your child’s treatment.


Our team includes:


Physical and occupational therapists


Orthopaedic cast technicians

Radiologists and radiology technicians

Clinics and programs


Emily Hattwick, M.D. and the team of experts in our Hand Program treat the entire spectrum of disorders affecting children’s hands and upper extremities.


Children’s National is one of few programs in the Washington, D.C., area offering an array of specialized treatments for hand or upper extremity disorders.