The Johns Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center is a multi-disciplinary clinic that focuses on the surgical repair of injured nerves, the removal of nerve tumors, and the decompression of nerve entrapments. Learn what it means to be treated by a multi-disciplinary team.
from left to right: Drs Thomas Brushart, Gene Deune, Allan Belzberg, and Richard Redett
Allan Belzberg, MD
Director, Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center
Special interests: peripheral nerve disorders, peripheral nerve tumors, pediatric surgery, brachial plexus injury, nerve injury, peripheral neuropathy, spine surgery
Thomas Brushart, MD
Division Chief, Hand Surgery
Special interests: peripheral nerve regeneration, muscle reconstruction
John Carrino, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science
Special interests: diagnostic radiology, MRI Neurography
E. Gene Deune, MD, MBA
Co-Director, Division of Hand Surgery
Special interests: constriction band syndrome, congenital trigger thumb, Dupuytren’s contracture, upper extremity nerve compressions, cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, hand nodules/tumors in the upper extremities
Richard Redett, MD
Director, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Special interests: obstetric brachial plexus palsy, botulinum toxin injections, hand and peripheral nerve surgery, brachial plexus injuries, muscle reconstruction
Multi-disciplinary care is for the benefit of our patients. Our doctors consult with each other, using specific knowledge of their specialized area of medicine to formulate an exact diagnosis and treatment plan for patients.
Many nerve injuries and disorders are first recognized by neurologists, neuromuscular specialists and orthopedists. Drawing on the expert medical talent at Johns Hopkins, our physicians rely on their expert colleagues in other disciplines to share information, leading to the highly specialized experience our world-renowned medical institution is known for.
The importance of multi-disciplinary care in the practice of neurosurgery
Working with other expert colleagues is of primary importance to our neurosurgeons. The surgical treatment of many nerve injuries and disorders relies heavily upon an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management planning. Surgical treatment is often a last resort, as the risks are many.
Often, the neurosurgeons at the Center rely on other world-renowned specialists who are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve injuries. In the case of muscle reconstruction, Dr Allan Belzberg often consults with Dr Gene Deune or Dr Richard Redett, plastic surgery specialists with experience in these types of plastic surgery reconstructions. They can move muscle from one part of the body to another and Dr Belzberg performs the nerve transfer to innervate the muscle.
The Role of Imaging Expertise
In the case of imaging, our doctors use the talent and expertise of Hopkins radiology and radiological science faculty. Using MRI Neurography, supervised by Dr John Carrino, our doctors are able to see nerves in a way that no other imaging test can provide.