Lauren Elisabeth Wessel

Title(s)HS Clinical Instructor, Orthopaedic Surgery
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    Duke University, Durham, NCBSE05/2009Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MOMD05/2015Medicine
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY06/2020Orthopaedic Surgery
    Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO07/2021Hand & Microvascular Surgery
    University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA07/2022Orthopaedic Oncology
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    Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society2022Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Alexandra J. Kirkley, MD, Academic Traveling Fellowship
    Hospital for Special Surgery2020Russell F. Warren MD, Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Basic/Translational Research
    Hospital for Special Surgery2020Todd J. Albert MD, Leadership Award
    American Orthopaedic Association2020  - 2022Emerging Leaders Program
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand2020  - 2022American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting Scholarship
    New York Society for Surgery of the Hand2020Second Place Abstract, Residents and Fellows Meeting
    2020Hand Rehabilitation Foundation Tuition-Travel Grant
    Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation2019First Place Clinical Science Award
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand2019Best Papers Award
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2019Game Changers Award
    2018Esther Diamond Humanitarian Fund Grant
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand2018Best Papers Award
    Eastern Orthopedic Association2017Resident/Fellow Travel Grant
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand2015Clinical Pearl Award Winner

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    Dr. Lauren E. Wessel, MD is trained Hand and Upper Extremity surgery with additional training in Orthopaedic Oncology. She works with orthopedic conditions of the hand and sees the full range of upper extremity pathology, including trauma, athletic injuries, arthritis, peripheral nerve problems and vascular conditions with a specialized knowledge base to treat upper extremity tumors. She has an additional interest in reconstruction after amputation, using techniques such as targeted muscle reinnervation and regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces.

    Dr. Wessel completed her orthopaedic training at top ranked institution in the nation, Hospital for Special Surgery. She completed her hand surgery training at Washington University in St. Louis where she saw a full breadth of upper extremity pathology and learned from a group of the most prominent hand surgeons in the country. She then furthered her specialization in the treatment of upper extremity bone and soft tissue tumors, and in limb salvage and reconstruction at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Wessel was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area.

    Dr. Wessel is one of few hand surgeons with specific knowledge and training in upper extremity tumors. She is amongst fewer than five hand surgeons in the country with these credentials and is the only dual upper extremity and tumor trained surgeon on the West Coast. Her specialized training affords her patients expertise that can guide their care in defining the highest quality and least morbid treatment to upper extremity tumors, calling on her understanding of the roles of interdisciplinary treatment in care of musculoskeletal oncology and her understanding of upper extremity anatomy and biomechanics in surgical reconstruction for her patients. With regard to limb salvage, her hand surgery training affords superior care for upper extremity patients through her understanding of nerve and tendon transfers, soft tissue reconstruction and upper extremity arthroplasty, which are techniques unique to hand fellowship trained surgeons. With her knowledge of soft tissue techniques, Dr. Wessel has additional expertise in the treatment of post-traumatic upper extremity reconstruction.

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    1. Sonographic Changes in the Median Nerve Predict Conversion to Surgery after Corticosteroid Injection of the Carpal Tunnel. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 09 01; 150(3):584e-593e. Wessel LE, Kerluku J, Nwawka OK, Miller TT, Nguyen JT, Fufa DT. PMID: 35788120.
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    2. The Impact of Isolated Versus Multiple Osteochondromas: Analysis of the CoULD Registry. J Pediatr Orthop. 2022 Aug 01; 42(7):387-392. Wessel LE, Goldfarb CA, Vuillermin C, Hutchinson DT, Bohn D, Steinman S, Wall LB, CoULD Study Group. PMID: 35749762.
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    3. Assessing and Addressing Gender Gaps in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 Aug; 47(8):783-788. Letchinger R, Kerluku J, Wessel LE, Noland S, Fufa DT. PMID: 35717420.
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    4. Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire Scores Alone Do Not Predict Surgical Intervention for Patients With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Hand (N Y). 2022 Feb 21; 15589447211072226. Chen FR, Kerluku J, Manzi JE, Chen AZ, Nguyen JT, Wessel LE, Osei DA, Fufa DT. PMID: 35189741.
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    5. Impact of Patient and Tumor Characteristics on Range of Motion and Recurrence Following Treatment of Enchondromas of the Hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 Jan 31. Wessel LE, Christ AB, Athanasian EA. PMID: 35115192.
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    6. Moving the Needle: Directed Intervention by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Is Effective in Encouraging Diversity in Expert Panel Composition. J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2022 Mar; 4(2):65-70. Wessel LE, Paulson AE, Graesser EA, Moore AM, Dy CJ. PMID: 35434572; PMCID: PMC9005378.
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    7. Reply to "Letter Regarding 'The Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Revision Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period'". J Hand Surg Am. 2022 04; 47(4):e9. Wessel LE, Osei DA. PMID: 34876310.
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    8. Is the Dorsal Fiber-Splitting Approach to the Wrist Safe? A Kinematic Analysis and Introduction of the "Window" Approach. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 12; 46(12):1079-1087. Loisel F, Wessel LE, Morse KW, Victoria C, Meyers KN, Wolfe SW. PMID: 34325942.
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    9. The Dorsal Ligament Complex: A Cadaveric, Histology, and Imaging Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 05; 47(5):480.e1-480.e9. Wessel LE, Kim J, Morse KW, Loisel F, Koff MF, Breighner RE, Doty SB, Wolfe SW. PMID: 34294477.
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    10. The Epidemiology of Carpal Tunnel Revision Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 09; 46(9):758-764. Wessel LE, Gu A, Asadourian PA, Stepan JG, Fufa DT, Osei DA. PMID: 34059387.
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    11. Effect of Change in USMLE Step 1 Grading on Orthopaedic Surgery Applicants: A Survey of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Directors. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2021 05 04; 5(5):e20.00216. Gu A, Farrar J, Fassihi SC, Stake S, Ramamurti P, Wei C, Wessel LE, Fufa DT, Rao RD. PMID: 33945516; PMCID: PMC8099398.
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    12. Comparison of Revision Risk Based on Timing of Knee Arthroscopy Prior to Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 04 21; 103(8):660-667. Gu A, Fassihi SC, Wessel LE, Kahlenberg C, Ast MP, Sculco PK, Nunley RM. PMID: 33849048.
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    13. Standardized Perioperative Patient Education Decreases Opioid Use after Hand Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 02 01; 147(2):409-418. Stepan JG, Sacks HA, Verret CI, Wessel LE, Kumar K, Fufa DT. PMID: 33235041.
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    14. Shoulder and elbow pathology in the female athlete: sex-specific considerations. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 May; 30(5):977-985. Wessel LE, Eliasberg CD, Bowen E, Sutton KM. PMID: 33220412.
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    15. Prior Knee Arthroscopy Increases the Failure Rate of Subsequent Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2021 05; 36(5):1556-1561.e1. Fassihi SC, Gu A, Wessel LE, Thakkar SC, Sculco PK, Ast MP. PMID: 33250328.
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    16. Correction to: At the US Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic, an Orthopedic Residency Program Reorganizes. HSS J. 2020 Nov; 16(Suppl 1):135-136. Morse KW, Wessel LE, Premkumar A, James EW, Anatone AJ, Barth K, Bovonratwet P, Jordan Y, Retzky J, Suhardi V, Thacher R, Uppstrom T, Yang B, Bido J, Carey E, Defrancesco C, Elbuluk A, Lebrun D, Ondeck N, Pompeu Y, Schimizzi G, Shafi K, Apostolakos JM, Barber LA, Brusalis CM, Driscoll DA, Ellsworth B, Langhans M, Shen T, Wright-Chisem J, Conti M, Eliasberg C, Goeb Y, Henry J, Lin KM, Lovecchio F, Samuel A, Dvorzhinskiy A, Goodbody C, Gruskay J, Heaps B, Hurwit D, Kahlenberg C, Rauck R, Steinhaus M, Bostrom M, Cross M, Fabricant PD, Felix K, Green D, Kim HJ, Leali A, Memnon CM, O'Brasky M, Ranawat A, Robbins L, Nwachukwu BU, Fufa DT. PMID: 32952466; PMCID: PMC7491015.
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    17. At the US Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic, an Orthopedic Residency Program Reorganizes. HSS J. 2020 Nov; 16(Suppl 1):127-134. Morse KW, Wessel LE, Premkumar A, James EW, Nwachukwu BU, Fufa DT, , on behalf of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery. PMID: 32837408; PMCID: PMC7325474.
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    18. Impact of Patient-Reported Allergies on Early Postoperative Opioid Use and Outcomes Following Ambulatory Hand Surgery. Hand (N Y). 2022 03; 17(2):206-213. Coxe FR, Wessel LE, Verret CI, Stepan JG, Nguyen JT, Fufa DT. PMID: 32507056; PMCID: PMC8984723.
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    19. Polydactyly a review and update of a common congenital hand difference. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2020 02; 32(1):120-124. Wessel LE, Daluiski A, Trehan SK. PMID: 31851054.
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    20. Factors Associated with Scaphoid Nonunion following Early Open Reduction and Internal Fixation. J Wrist Surg. 2020 Apr; 9(2):141-149. Prabhakar P, Wessel L, Nguyen J, Stepan J, Carlson M, Fufa D. PMID: 32257616; PMCID: PMC7112999.
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    21. Elbow contracture following operative fixation of fractures about the elbow. JSES Open Access. 2019 Dec; 3(4):261-265. Wessel LE, Gu A, Richardson SS, Fufa DT, Osei DA. PMID: 31891023; PMCID: PMC6928310.
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    22. The Effect of Plate Design on the Flexor Pollicis Longus Tendon After Volar Locked Plating of Distal Radial Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 09 04; 101(17):1586-1592. Stepan JG, Marshall DC, Wessel LE, Endo Y, Miller TT, Sacks HA, Weiland AJ, Fufa DT. PMID: 31483402.
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    23. Pre-operative Two-Point Discrimination Predicts Response to Carpal Tunnel Release. HSS J. 2020 Oct; 16(3):206-211. Wessel LE, Ekstein CM, Marshall DC, Chen AZ, Osei DA, Fufa DT. PMID: 33088234; PMCID: PMC7534881.
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    24. Generalized Joint Laxity in Orthopaedic Patients: Clinical Manifestations, Radiographic Correlates, and Management. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Mar 20; 101(6):558-566. Sacks HA, Prabhakar P, Wessel LE, Hettler J, Strickland SM, Potter HG, Fufa DT. PMID: 30893238.
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    25. The Relationship Between Pain-Related Psychological Factors and Postoperative Opioid Use After Ambulatory Hand Surgery. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Jul; 44(7):570-576. Sacks HA, Stepan JG, Wessel LE, Fufa DT. PMID: 30850128.
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    26. Gait Analysis After Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture: Does Shortening Result in Gait Impairment? J Orthop Trauma. 2018 11; 32(11):554-558. Gausden EB, Sin D, Levack AE, Wessel LE, Moloney G, Lane JM, Lorich DG. PMID: 30239477; PMCID: PMC6521951.
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    27. Sonographic Findings Associated With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 May; 44(5):374-381. Wessel LE, Marshall DC, Stepan JG, Sacks HA, Nwawka OK, Miller TT, Fufa DT. PMID: 30241975.
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    28. A CT-based approach with 3D modeling to determine optimal radiographic views of the scaphotrapezial and scaphotrapezoid joints. Clin Imaging. 2018 Jul - Aug; 50:273-279. MacMahon A, Orr SB, Wessel LE, Meyers KN, Fields K, Jawetz ST, Bartolotta RJ, Fufa D. PMID: 29727816.
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    29. Nerve Traction Injury After Subacute Revision External Fixation of a Tibial Plateau Fracture. Orthopedics. 2018 May 01; 41(3):e434-e437. Wessel LE, Christ AB, Helfet D, Wellman DS. PMID: 29120004.
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    30. Outcomes following Peripheral Nerve Decompression with and without Associated Double Crush Syndrome: A Case Control Study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jan; 139(1):119-127. Wessel LE, Fufa DT, Canham RB, La Bore A, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. PMID: 27627055.
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    31. Dr. Charles Neer's last surgical case: a historical perspective. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 11; 25(11):e358-e364. Cordasco FA, Wessel LE, Hendel MD, Ticker JB. PMID: 27742250.
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    32. A pilot study for evaluation of hypotonia in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. J Child Neurol. 2015 Mar; 30(3):382-5. Soucy EA, Wessel LE, Gao F, Albers AC, Gutmann DH, Dunn CM. PMID: 24789516; PMCID: PMC4893773.
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    33. Epidemiology of carpal tunnel syndrome in patients with single versus multiple trigger digits. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jan; 38(1):49-55. Wessel LE, Fufa DT, Boyer MI, Calfee RP. PMID: 23200219.
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    34. Longitudinal analysis of developmental delays in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. J Child Neurol. 2013 Dec; 28(12):1689-93. Wessel LE, Gao F, Gutmann DH, Dunn CM. PMID: 23112244.
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    35. The association between hypotonia and brain tumors in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. J Child Neurol. 2013 Dec; 28(12):1664-7. Wessel LE, Albers AC, Gutmann DH, Dunn CM. PMID: 23071069.
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    36. Comparative toxicity of C60 aggregates toward mammalian cells: role of tetrahydrofuran (THF) decomposition. Environ Sci Technol. 2009 Aug 15; 43(16):6378-84. Kovochich M, Espinasse B, Auffan M, Hotze EM, Wessel L, Xia T, Nel AE, Wiesner MR. PMID: 19746740; PMCID: PMC3971833.
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