Medical communities' productive and efficient use of information resources and tools to enhance research, teaching and education is an expanding area of knowledge integration as more health care professionals move toward an increasingly electronic environment. I facilitate clinical and academic communities' efficient use of information resources and tools to enhance clinical care (e.g., assisting with clinical questions, enhancing knowledge services to address clinical needs, providing education in information literacy, improving web-based usability and access to information, integrating evidence at the point-of-care via the EHR). My research focuses on technology improvements and access to information for health care, and I also conduct research review collaborations with colleagues in the health sciences.

Current Role at Stanford

Clinical Librarian working with the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Education & Certifications

  • Certificate, National Library of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics (2015)
  • MA (LIS), The University of Arizona, Information Resources & Library Science (2010)
  • AB, Stanford University, English (1993)


All Publications

  • Learning at Hand? Findings from the AAMC Survey on Tablet Device Adoption Medical Science Educator Capdarest-Arest, N., Campion, M. J., Henner, T., Kendrick, E. 2015
  • Keeping Up to Date: Apps to Stay on Top of the Medical Literature Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries Capdarest-Arest, N., Glassman, N. R. 2015; 12 (3)
  • Management of Gunshot Wounds to the Hand: A Literature Review JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME Turker, T., Capdarest-Arest, N. 2013; 38A (8): 1641-1650
  • Implementing a tablet circulation program on a shoestring JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Capdarest-Arest, N. A. 2013; 101 (3): 220-224

    View details for DOI 10.3163/1536-5050.101.3.013

    View details for Web of Science ID 000323818600013

    View details for PubMedID 23930094

  • Deepithelized posterior interosseous artery flap for 3-dimensional defect coverage in the hand. Techniques in hand & upper extremity surgery Türker, T., Gonzalez, J. P., Capdarest-Arest, N. 2015; 19 (2): 51-54


    The posterior interosseous artery (PIA) flap is a pedicle flap that can be harvested at the posterior forearm based on blood supply from the PIA and its concomitant veins. The flap can be used for posttrauma coverage of exposed bones, tendons, and defects; for treatment of a surgical wound; or as a spacer in congenital or burn-related contracture releases. The surgical technique has been reported with limited donor morbidity and few complications to cover exposed structures. In this article, we present our methods and experience using a modification of the posterior interosseous flap that was deepithelized to fill a 3-dimensional cavity in the hand. This method has been successfully used, and the example of the patient shows good outcome, function, and range of motion with no significant complications. The deepithelized PIA flap is a technique that surgeons may add to their toolbox for 3-dimensional defect coverage in the hand. It offers the following advantages: (a) technically uncomplicated; (b) does not create significant donor site morbidity;

    View details for DOI 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000077

    View details for PubMedID 25784611

  • Extensor tendon gap reconstruction: a review Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery Türker, T., Hassan, K., Capdarest-Arest, N. 2015
  • Zone I Extensor Reconstruction With Tendon Salvaged From Another Finger JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME Tuerker, T., Capdarest-Arest, N., Schmahl, D. T. 2014; 39 (5): 976-980


    Laceration, crush, and avulsion injuries are common acute extensor tendon injuries. Simple lacerations may often be repaired in the emergency room, but crush or avulsion injuries may involve tendon loss and gaps in the extensor tendons. Reconstruction can be difficult. The purpose of this article is to present a salvage technique for reconstruction of large extensor tendon gaps in extensor zone I in patients with severe injuries to multiple fingers. This technique, in which a tendon is transplanted from an unsalvageable finger to another with a terminal tendon gap in the same patient, may be a reasonable remedy for reconstruction of tendon loss or gaps and may offer advantages over other traditional reconstructive techniques in certain cases.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.01.029

    View details for Web of Science ID 000335422200024

    View details for PubMedID 24613590

  • Hypotheses for ongoing evolution of muscles of the upper extremity MEDICAL HYPOTHESES Capdarest-Arest, N., Gonzalez, J. P., Tuerker, T. 2014; 82 (4): 452-456


    There are organs and muscles in the human body that may be considered rudimentary in that they have insignificant or undetermined function. Several such muscles are found in the upper extremity. In this review, four muscles that appear to be undergoing evolutionary changes are discussed: flexor digitorum superficialis to the fifth finger, anconeus, palmaris longus, and anconeus epitrochlearis. The present study synthesizes, advances and extends previously described work about these muscles and extends the hypotheses and concludes that: (a) the flexor digitorum superficialis to the fifth finger is currently under adaptive evolution, (b) the anconeus has currently stabilized its evolution and is serving as a transient stability augmenter during a short portion of the human lifespan, and (c) the entire distal upper extremity is currently in the process of undergoing evolutionary change. Understanding of these muscles and their evolutionary context is important for understanding of impact on function, dysfunction, treatment and future research.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.mehy.2014.01.021

    View details for Web of Science ID 000333790400009

    View details for PubMedID 24529649

  • Acute hand ischemia after radial artery cannulation resulting in amputation. Chirurgie de la main Türker, T., Capdarest-Arest, N. 2014; 33 (4): 299-302


    Although radial artery cannulation is a common procedure, in rare cases, it can cause thrombosis leading to severe ischemia of the hand and potentially subsequent gangrene resulting in tissue loss. In this case report, a patient who developed a severely ischemic left hand subsequent to radial artery cannulation is presented. Doppler ultrasound studies showed adequate flow in the patient's hand, however complete thrombosis of the radial artery and significant low flow of the ulnar artery were found using arterial angiogram. The ischemia progressed and surgical intervention to revascularize the hand was unsuccessful, which led to the ultimate amputation of the patient's hand. In cases such as these, where Doppler ultrasound findings show flow but the hand ischemia continues to progress, further diagnostic studies and surgical intervention should be performed as soon as possible to minimize the amount of tissue loss.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.main.2014.05.001

    View details for PubMedID 24953726

  • Hand infections: a retrospective analysis. PeerJ Türker, T., Capdarest-Arest, N., Bertoch, S. T., Bakken, E. C., Hoover, S. E., Zou, J. 2014; 2: e513


    Purpose. Hand infections are common, usually resulting from an untreated injury. In this retrospective study, we report on hand infection cases needing surgical drainage in order to assess patient demographics, causation of infection, clinical course, and clinical management. Methods. Medical records of patients presenting with hand infections, excluding post-surgical infections, treated with incision and debridement over a one-year period were reviewed. Patient demographics; past medical history; infection site(s) and causation; intervals between onset of infection, hospital admission, surgical intervention and days of hospitalization; gram stains and cultures; choice of antibiotics; complications; and outcomes were reviewed. Results. Most infections were caused by laceration and the most common site of infection was the palm or dorsum of the hand. Mean length of hospitalization was 6 days. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic Streptococcus and methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus were the most commonly cultured microorganisms. Cephalosporins, clindamycin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, penicillin, vancomycin, and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole were major antibiotic choices. Amputations and contracture were the primary complications. Conclusions. Surgery along with medical management were key to treatment and most soft tissue infections resolved without further complications. With prompt and appropriate care, most hand infection patients can achieve full resolution of their infection.

    View details for DOI 10.7717/peerj.513

    View details for PubMedID 25210653

  • Open isolated extensor carpi radialis brevis avulsion injury: a case report. Hand (New York, N.Y.) Turker, T., Capdarest-Arest, N. 2013; 8 (3): 354-357

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11552-013-9510-0

    View details for PubMedID 24426949

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