Research topics: nerve, extremity and wound reconstruction
Ida K. Fox, MD, is nationally and internationally known for her work to restore hand and upper extremity function in the setting of mid- cervical level spinal cord injury (SCI). Her primary research interests highlight and build upon this clinical work. She has established the protocol for the peri-operative testing and counseling of people with cervical level spinal cord injury considering nerve transfer surgery in this setting. This novel application of a well-established technique — peripheral nerve transfer surgery — to improve upper extremity and hand function in people with cervical level SCI may significantly expand treatment options in this arena.
Fox’s multidisciplinary research team is dedicated to the following goals:
- Further defining surgical candidacy and clinical outcomes
- Assessment of perceptions of these interventions
- Development and testing of a surgical decision aid comparing nerve and tendon transfer to no surgery (see images)
- Outreach and education of health care providers, people with SCI, and the communities in which they live
A U.S. Department of Defense Grant funds her research work. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation funded her research in the past.
In addition, Fox collaborates in research across medical specialties such as:
- Chest wall reconstruction and left ventricular assist device salvage with Cardiac Surgery
- Hand and upper extremity infections with Infectious Diseases
- Safe removal of implantable contraceptive devices with Obstetrics-Gynecology