Thomas M. Brushart, M.D.

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Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205

Dr. Thomas Brushart is co-director of the Brachial Plexus Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also the division chief of hand surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch: 

Dr. Brushart earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard, where he also stayed for his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Program. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in 1983. Dr. Brushart recently received the Hanno Millesi Award from the World Federation of Neurological Societies in Vienna, Austria, recognizing Brushart's "outstanding contributions to peripheral nerve research." He has received several other awards, including the L.W. Freeman Award from the National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, the Joseph Boyes Award and the Emanuel Kaplan Anatomy Prize from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Brushart has served as the President of the Sunderland Society. Today, he is a professor of orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University and the vice chairman for research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Brushart is also the co-director of the Brachial Plexus Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Research Summary: 

Dr. Brushart has gained wide recognition for his expertise in the treatment of hand and peripheral nerve problems, as well as his research into the restoration of function after nerve injury. He focuses on techniques of stimulating nerve fibers to regenerate after injury, reconnecting properly with muscle and skin. His special research interest is peripheral nerve regeneration.

Research Publications:

Vyas A, Li Z, Aspalter M, Feiner J, Hoke A, Zhou C, O'Daly A, Abdullah M, Rohde C, Brushart TM (2010). An in vitro model of adult mammalian nerve repair. Exp Neurol. 223(1), 112-8. Abstract
Redett R, Jari R, Crawford T, Chen YG, Rohde C, Brushart TM (2005). Peripheral pathways regulate motoneuron collateral dynamics. J Neurosci. 25(41), 9406-12. Abstract
Brushart TM, Jari R, Verge V, Rohde C, Gordon T (2005). Electrical stimulation restores the specificity of sensory axon regeneration. Exp Neurol. 194(1), 221-9. Abstract
Witzel C, Rohde C, Brushart TM (2005). Pathway sampling by regenerating peripheral axons. J Comp Neurol. 485(3), 183-90. Abstract

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