TSRHC

Research

Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was the first pediatric orthopaedic hospital in the United States to employ full-time hand surgeons. TSRHC has treated thousands of patients with hand and upper limb disorders and is a leader in training hand surgeons from around the world.

The Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center provides specialized care for children born with hand deformities through quality patient care, education and research. In addition, it provides care for certain complex acquired problems of the hand and upper limb.

The hand center staff is dedicated to the well-being of the child, both physically and emotionally. In addition, organized support groups help parents deal with issues patients and their families face.

The hand center physicians deliver care in a compassionate, reassuring environment, considering the needs of the child and family as a whole. We strive to help children with hand deformities become active, independent individuals.

Current research focuses on reviewing and reporting the results of the center's care, looking for the causes of limb size differences and collaborating with genetic researchers studying growth abnormalities.

Recognition

The Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center has two hand surgeons with 40 years of combined experience in treating pediatric hand problems. These include the center's director Dr. Marybeth Ezaki and Dr. Scott Oishi. Our surgeons have made presentations worldwide, as well as written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and books. In 2007, TSRHC produced an educational video called “Making a Thumb: The Story of Pollicization,” to help patient families and hand surgeons understand the decision-making process and the procedure. A trailer of the video can be viewed online or the full-length video can be viewed in the Christi Carter Urschel Family Resource Center at TSRHC.