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The Craniofacial Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Howard M. Saal, MD, FACMG Director, Clinical Genetics 513-636-2438 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Clinical Genetics
Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory
Co-Director, 22Q-VCFS Center
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Craniofacial disorders, community genetics, growth disorders, 22Q-VCFS.
Howard M. Saal, MD, a highly respected clinical geneticist and dysmorphologist, is the head of the section of Clinical Genetics in the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In addition to being board certified in clinical genetics and pediatrics, Dr. Saal is a board certified cytogeneticist.
Early in his career, he was the director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he was also the associate director of the Craniofacial Disorders Team.
Dr. Saal is interested in the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders, especially cleft lip and cleft palate. He also has a significant interest in the natural history of genetic conditions, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications centering on the natural history and management of various genetic conditions, with special attention to neurofibromatosis, cleft lip, cleft palate, Pierre Robin sequence and 22Q-VCFS.
After leaving Connecticut, Dr. Saal went to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was the vice-chairman of the Department of Medical Genetics and co-director of the Craniofacial Center. His clinical activities included establishment of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic, the Biochemical Genetics Clinic, and the multidisciplinary Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic with his colleagues at Children's National Medical Center. His interest in community activities led to his being named to the Health Professionals Advisory Committee and later to the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area March of Dimes.
Dr. Saal joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's in 1993 as the head of Clinical Genetics. He has been an active participant in numerous clinical settings and has established the Hereditary Cancer Program, a unique local resource for families with familial and inherited cancers.
Dr. Saal is involved in community activities and has established urban genetics outreach clinics at three sites in Hamilton County. He has also been appointed as acting director of the Craniofacial Center at Cincinnati Children's, where he continues to cultivate his interests in the care of children with craniofacial disorders.
MD: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1975-1979.
Internship: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1979-1980.
Residency: University of Connecticut Integrated Program in Pediatrics, Farmington, CT, 1980-1982.
Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine Division of Medical Genetics, Seattle, WA, 1982-1984.
Certification: American Board of Medical Genetics in Cytogenetics and Clinical Genetics, 1984; American Board of Pediatrics, 1985.
Zarate YA, Putnam PE, Saal HM. Intestinal malrotation in a patient with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 Nov;47(6):638-41.
Zarate YA, Martin LJ, Hopkin RJ, Bender PL, Zhang X, Saal HM. Evaluation of growth in patients with isolated cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar;125(3):e543-9.
Knapke SC, Bender P, Prows C, Schultz JR, Saal HM. Parental perspectives of children born with cleft lip and/or palate: a qualitative assessment of suggestions for healthcare improvements and interventions. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 Mar;47(2):143-50.
Burrow TA, Saal HM, de Alarcon A, Martin LJ, Cotton RT, Hopkin RJ. Characterization of congenital anomalies in individuals with choanal atresia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun;135(6):543-7.
Baboiu O, Collins M, Saal HM. Hepatic mesenchymal hamartoma: cytogenetic analysis of a case and review of the literature. Pediatric Pathology. 2008 Jul-Aug;11(4):295-299.
Kogan JM, Egelhoff JC, Saal HM, Interstitial deletion of 13q associated with polymicrogyria. Am J Med Genet. 2008;146A(7):910-916.
Kotsopoulos J, Lubinski J, Lynch HT, Klijn J, Ghadirian P, Neuhausen SL, Kim-Sing C, Foulkes WD, Moller P, Isaacs C, Domchek S, Randall S, Offit K, Tung N, Ainsworth P, Gershoni-Baruch R, Eisen A, Daly M, Karlan B, Saal HM, Couch F, Pasini B, Wagner T, Friedman E, Rennert G, Eng C, Weitzel J, Sun P, Narod SA; The Hereditary Breast Cancer Clinical Study Group. Age at first birth and the risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007;10(2)5:221-228.
Friedman, E, Kotsopoulos, J, Lubinski, J, Lynch, HT, Paviz, G, Neuhausen, SL, Isaacs, C, Weber, B, Foulkes, WD, Moller, P, Rosen, B, Kim-Sing, C, Gershoni-Baruch, R, Ainsworth, P, Daly, M, Tung, N, Eisen, A, Olopade, OI, Karlan, B, Saal, HM, Garber, JE, Rennert, G, Gilchrist, D, Eng, C, Offit, K, Osborne, M, Sun, P, Narod, SA. Spontaneous and therapeutic abortions and the risk of breast cancer among BRCA mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Res. 2006;8(2):R15.
Gronwald, J, Tung, N, Offit, K, Gershoni, R, Daly, M, Kim-Sing, C, Olsson, H, Ainsworth, P, Eisen, A,Saal, H, Friedman, E, Olopade, O, Osborne, M, Weitzel, J, Lynch, H, Ghadirian, P, Lubinski, J, Sun P, Narod, SA al. Tamoxifen and contralateral breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers: an update. Int J Cancer. 2006;118(9): 2281-4.
David A. Billmire, MD, FACS, FAAP Director Emeritus, Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Director Emeritus, Plastic Surgery
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
UC Department of Pediatrics
Craniofacial problems; cleft lip and palate surgery; craniosynostosis surgery
David A. Billmire, MD, has practiced plastic surgery in the Cincinnati area since 1983. He has centered his practice around pediatric patients, although he accepts select adult patients.
He received his BS and MD from Ohio State University. He completed training in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Cincinnati. His fellowship training included pediatric and craniofacial surgery at the Foundation for Craniofacial Deformities at the Baylor University Hospital and Children's Hospital of Dallas, Texas and aesthetic surgery training in Miami, Fla.
Dr. Billmire is the director of Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has been at the forefront of craniofacial surgery, introducing craniofacial bone distraction to the Cincinnati area in 1994. He is well known and respected by his colleagues and has organized an annual regional meeting for the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
He has served as the president of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a as guest examiner for the qualifying exam of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Billmire's current clinical research centers on facial bone growth after severe burns and chemical signaling defects in craniosynostosis
MD: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975.
Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fellowship: Aesthetic Surgery, Miami, Florida; Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Certification: Surgery, 1983; Plastic Surgery, 1985.
Richard E. Campbell, DMD, MS Director, Orthodontics 513-636-4683 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
DMD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1985.
Residency: General Practice, Veterans Administration Center, Louisville, KY; Orthodontics, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
Barbara Chini, MD Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program 513-636-6771 email@example.com
Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Assistant Cystic Fibrosis Center Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
BS: University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN, 1986.MD: Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN, 1990.
Internship: Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center Pediatrics, Rochester, NY, 1991.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 1993.
Fellowships: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, 1994; Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.
Fricke BL, Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Kalra M, Poe SA, Chini BA, Amin RS. Comparison of lingual tonsil size as depicted on MR imaging between children with obstructive sleep apnea despite previous tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and normal controls. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Jun;36(6):518-23.
Shott SR, Amin R, Chini B, Heubi C, Hotze S, Akers R. Obstructive sleep apnea – Should all children with Down syndrome be tested? Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Apr;132(4):432-436.
Mannaa M, Chini B. A case in point. A boy with shortness of breath, cough, and myalgias. J Respiratory Diseases. 2006;27(8):356-8.
Beebe DW, Wells CT, Jeffries J, Chini B, Kalra M, Amin RS. Neuropsychological Effects of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea. JINS. 2004 Nov;10(7):962-975.
Abbott MB, Donnelly LF, Dardzinski BJ, Poe SA, Chini BA, Amin RS. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: MR Imaging Volume Segmentation Analysis. Radiology. 2004 Sep;232(3):889-895.
Amin RS, Carroll J, Bean J, Jeffries J, Chini B, Bokulic R, Daniels S. Twenty Four Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 Apr;169(8):950-56.
Donnelly LF, Shott SR, Connor RL, Chini BA, Amin RS. Causes of Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Despite Previous Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy in Children with Down Syndrome as Depicted on Static and Dynamic Cine MRI. AJR. 2004 Jul;183(1):175-181.
Kerry R. Crone, MD Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery 513-636-4726 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Minimal access surgery; including endoscopic surgery; chiari malformations; brain tumors; design and implementation of patient safety initiatives and clinical outcomes studies
Dr. Kerry Crone is a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center beginning in July 1999.
Dr. Crone's specialty interests include minimal access surgery and its applications for children with brain tumors, hydrocephalus and complex cysts within the brain. He has lectured extensively and taught other neurosurgeons these techniques at national and international meetings and courses and written numerous scholarly articles about the use of endoscopy and other tools to allow for these minimally invasive operations and has even been instrumental in designing some of the tools used by neurosurgeons around the world in visualizing and navigating during these operations.
He also has developed a very large and well renowned practice specializing in pediatric patients from infancy to young adulthood with Chiari malformations, offering not only the latest in imaging and surgical approaches, but expertise based on extensive research in this field.
The design of our neurosurgical operative suite, which was the first of its kind in the world, and incorporates intraoperative MRI with specially designed pediatric operating beds and computer guided navigation instruments to allow for maximal safety during resection of brain tumors and other complex operations of the brain and spine, was guided by his experience and expertise.
MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1978.
Residency: Neurosurgery, Bowman-Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.
Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1986.
Phillips CL, Miles L, Jones BV, Sutton M, Crone K, Fouladi M. Medulloblastoma with melanotic differentiation: case report and review of the literature. J Neurooncol. 2010 Oct 16.
Stevenson CB, Leach JL, Gupta A, Crone KR. Cystic degeneration of the cerebellar tonsils in pediatric patients with Chiari Type I malformation. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009 Dec;4(6):557-63.
Air E, Ghomri YM, Tyagi R, Grande AW, Crone K, and Mangano FT. Management of Vagal Nerve Stimulator Infections. Do they need to be removed? J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009; 3(1): 73-78.
Yuan W, Holland S, Jones BV, Crone K, and Mangano FT. Characterization of Abnormal Diffusion Properties of Supratentorial Brain Tumors: A Preliminary DTI Study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009; 1(4): 263-269.
Agabegi SS, Antekeier DP, Crawford AH, Crone KR. Postlaminectomy kyphosis in an achondroplastic adolescent treated for spinal stenosis. Orthopedics. 2008 Feb;31(2):168.
Neely JC 2nd, Jones BV, Crone KR. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma. Pediatr Radiol. 2008; 38(3):316-8.
Levine NB, Miller MN, Crone KR. Endoscopic resection of colloid cysts: Indications, technique, and results during a 13-year period. Minim Invas Neurosurg. 2007; 50:313-317.
Christopher B. Gordon, MD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Member, Division of Plastic Surgery
UC Department of Surgery
MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1989.
Residency: Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1995; Chief Resident, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1996.
Fellowships: Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1994; Craniomaxillofacial / Minimally invasive Plastic Surgery, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, 1997; Craniofacial and Aesthetic Surgery, Hospital M. Gea Gonzalez, Mexico City, Mexico, 1998.
Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Maercks RA, Taylor JA, Gordon CB. Endoscopic monobloc advancement with ultrasonic osteotomy: a feasibility study. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Mar;21(2):479-82.
Taylor JA, Maercks RA, Runyan CM, Jones DC, Gordon CB. Endoscopically assisted Le Fort III osteotomy using an ultrasonic scalpel: a feasibility study in cadavers. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov;20(6):2211-4.
Taylor JA, Maercks RA, Jones DC, Gordon CB. Endoscopically assisted Le Fort I osteotomy using an ultrasonic scalpel: a feasibility study in cadavers. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2009 Jul;67(7):1420-4.
Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F Senior Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology 513-636-4341 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, is senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s has become the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer is also professor of clinical pediatrics and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.
Dr. Kummer does many lectures and seminars on a national and international level in the areas of cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and on business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles and over 20 book chapters in speech pathology and medical texts. She is the author of the book entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 3rd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2014) and one of the authors of the text entitled Business Practices: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists (ASHA, 2004).
Dr. Kummer is the co-developer of the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test (1996) and author of the SNAP-R (2005) that is incorporated in the Nasometer equipment (KayPENTAX). She holds a patent on the nasoscope, which is marketed as the Oral & Nasal Listener (Super Duper, Inc.). She was one of the main developers of workflow software that won the 1995 International Beacon Award through IBM/Lotus. (Derivative software is marketed by Chart Links.)
Dr. Kummer has received numerous honors, including: Honors of the Southwestern Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1995); Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) (1997); distinguished alumnus award from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati (1999); Honors for Distinguished Service, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati; Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati (2012), Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award from OSHLA (2012); elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (2002); and received the Media Outreach Champion award from ASHA (2014). She was named one of the top 25 most influential therapists in the United States by Therapy Times (2006); and named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Cincinnati (2007).
BA: Speech Pathology and Audiology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1972.
MAT: Speech Pathology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1973.
PhD: Speech Pathology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1986.
Certificate of Clinical Competence: Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1974.
Kummer AW. Speech and resonance disorders related to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction: A guide to evaluation and treatment. Perspectives on School-Based Issues. 2014;15(2).
Kummer AW, Clark S, Redle E, Thomsen L, Billmire DA. Current practice in assessing and reporting speech outcomes of cleft palate and velopharyngeal surgery: A survey of cleft palate/craniofacial professionals. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2012;49(2):146-152.
Kummer AW, Turner J. Ethics in the practice of speech-language pathology in health care settings. Semin Speech Lang. 2011 Nov;32(4):330-7.
Kummer AW, Clark S, Redle E, Thomsen L, Billmire DA. Current practice in assessing and reporting speech outcomes of cleft palate and velopharyngeal surgery: a surgery of cleft palate/craniofacial professionals. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011 Apr 18
Kummer AW. Communication disorders related to cleft palate, craniofacial anomalies and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):81-198.
Kummer AW. Disorders of resonance and airflow secondary to cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):141-149.
Kummer AW. Types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):150-158.
Kummer AW. Perceptual assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):159-167.
Kummer AW. Speech therapy for errors secondary to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Seminars in Speech and Language. 2011:32(2):191-199.
Kummer, AW: Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Resonance. Cengage: 3rd ed., 2014.
Janet H. Middendorf, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Manager, Division of Speech-Language Pathology 513-636-4341 email@example.com
Brian S. Pan, MD Director, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery
BS: Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2000.
MD: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 2004.
Residency: Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH, 2009; Chief Plastic Surgery Resident University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH, 2010.
Fellowships: Aesthetic Surgery Visiting Fellowship, Miami, FL 2009; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Visiting Fellowship The Hospital for Sick Children. Toronto, Ontario, 2011; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati, OH, 2011.
Visscher MO, White C, Jones JM, Cahill T, Jones DC, Pan BS. Face Masks for Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation - Fit, Excess Skin Hydration and Pressure Ulcers. Respiratory Care. 2015.
Sharp PA, Pan BS, Yakuboff KP, Rothchild D. Development of a Best Evidence Statement for the Use of Pressure Therapy for Management of Hypertrophic Scarring. Journal of Burn Care & Research. 2015.
Pan BS, Vu AT, Yakuboff KP. Management of the Acutely Burned Hand. The Journal of Hand Surgery. 2015.
Infinger L, Gendron C, Gordon CB, Pan BS, van Aalst JA, Vogel TW. Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Congenital Hypophosphatasia Allows for Surgical Treatment of Related Complex Craniosynostosis: A Case Series. Neurosurgical Focus. 2015 May;38(5):E10.
Rapp SJ, Rumberg A, Visscher MO, Billmire DA, Schwentker AR, Pan BS. Establishing a Reproducible Hypertrophic Scar following Thermal Injury: A Porcine Model. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 February;3(2):e309.
Rapp SJ, Pan BS, Yakuboff KP. Flail Extremity Resulting From Constriction Band Syndrome: Neurovascular Implications and Surgical Management. Case Reports in Plastic Surgery Hand Surgery. 2014 Dec.
Pan BS, Rapp SJ, Vu A, Uribbe A, Billmire DA, Gordon CB. Evolution in Minimal Incision Palatoplasty (MIP): Surgical Technique and Outcomes in 67 Consecutive Cases. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2014 Jul; 134(1):102-11.
Pan BS, Rapp SJ, Billmire DA. Treatment Strategies for Neonates with Tongue-Based Obstruction. In Plastic Surgery Hyperguide. 2013 May. Available here.
Visscher MO, Pan BS, Kitzmiller WJ. Photodamage: treatments and topicals for facial skin. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;21(1):61-75.
Visscher MO, Pan BS. Update on techniques for the quantitation of facial skin characteristics. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;21(1):7-19.
Cynthia A. Prows, MSN, APRN, CNS
Genetics Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Human Genetics 513-636-7963 email@example.com
Gayle Riemer, MA, CCC-A, F-AAA
Audiologist III, Division of Audiology 513-636-4236 firstname.lastname@example.org
Iris H. Sageser, RDH, MS Administrator, Craniofacial Center 513-636-4539 email@example.com
Administrator, Craniofacial Center
Field Service Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Management of multidisciplinary craniofacial services
Iris Sageser, RDH, MS, has been instrumental with the growth of the Craniofacial Center. She has overseen the addition of new team members and new specialties. The most recent specialty to join the Craniofacial Center is Pulmonary Medicine. Ms. Sageser has been an active member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) where she has served on a number of committees. Currently she is the chair of the International Outreach Committee. Ms. Sageser has given numerous presentations at the annual ACPA meetings about coordinated team care and team communication challenges. She has collaborated with other team members on research projects. She is currently participating in a Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved Craniofacial Center Registry.
BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1975.
MS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.
Licensure: Registered Dental Hygienist, 1974
Ann R. Schwentker, MD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brachial plexus reconstruction; facial nerve reconstruction; microtia (ear) reconstruction; cleft lip and palate; congenital hand surgery
Ann R. Schwentker, MD, graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990, and completed a Fullbright fellowship the following year in Vienna, Austria. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an American Heart Association fellowship for research in wound healing. During her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, she completed an additional two years of basic science wound healing research.
During her fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schwentker’s clinical research received the outstanding nerve paper award at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She then began a pediatric plastic surgery practice with a teaching appointment at Emory University in Atlanta. She founded the Center for Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Reconstruction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and developed expertise in ear reconstruction and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Schwentker joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2011.
MD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1996.
Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Fellowship: Paediatric Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada.
Certification: Plastic Surgery, 2006.
Burstein FD, Williams JK, Schwentker AR, Nahai F. Intralesional laser therapy treatment for hemangiomas: technical evolution. J Craniofac Surg. 2006 Jul;17(4):756-60.
Rubin JP, Nguyen V, Schwentker A. Perioperative management of the post-gastric-bypass patient presenting for body contour surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2004 Oct;31(4):601-10, vi. Review.
Schwentker A, Billiar TR. Nitric oxide and wound repair. Surg Clin North Am. 2003 Jun;83(3):521-30. Review.
Weller R, Schwentker A, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Autologous nitric oxide protects mouse and human keratinocytes from ultraviolet B radiation-induced apoptosis. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2003 May;284(5):C1140-8.
Carty SE, Colson YL, Garvey LS, Schuchert VD, Schwentker A, Tzeng E, Corcoran NA, Simmons RL, Webster MW, Billiar TR. Maternity policy and practice during surgery residency: how we do it. Surgery. 2002 Oct;132(4):682-7; discussion 687-8.
Schwentker A, Vodovotz Y, Weller R, Billiar TR. Nitric oxide and wound repair: role of cytokines? Nitric Oxide. 2002 Aug;7(1):1-10. Review.
Schwentker A, Billiar TR. Inducible nitric oxide synthase: from cloning to therapeutic applications. World J Surg. 2002 Jul;26(7):772-8. Review.
Timothy W. Vogel, MD Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery 513-636-4726 email@example.com
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Neurosurgery
Tim Vogel, MD, joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s in 2013 as an assistant professor of neurosurgery and developmental biology. Dr. Vogel is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Vogel completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011. He then completed a minimally invasive fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard University, followed by a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at St Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Vogel specializes in craniofacial surgery and the use of endoscopy in the minimally invasive treatment of children. He also utilizes endoscopy and his expertise with minimally invasive surgery to treat hydrocephalus and certain tumors of the brain.
In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Vogel is a principal investigator in the Division of Developmental Biology focused on human and molecular genetics of hydrocephalus and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Vogel has completed postdoctoral fellowships for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vogel is focused on cilia (hair like structures in the brain) and their contribution to hydrocephalus during development. He utilizes basic and translational applications to study cellular signaling in hydrocephalus with the goal of developing innovative treatment strategies for this disease.
Dr. Vogel is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, the American Society of Human Genetics, the Ciliopathy Alliance, and the Congress of Neurological Society and the Society of Neuroscience.
MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 2005.
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2011.
Research Fellowship: Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2013.
Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, St. Louis, MO, 2013.
Minimally Invasive Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston, MA, 2012.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2012.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2010.
Zhang Q, Nishimura DY, Vogel T, Shao J, Swiderski R, Yin T, Searby C, Carter CC, Kim G, Bugge K, Stone EM, Sheffield VC. BBS7 is required for BBSome formation and its absence in mice results in Bardet-Biedl syndrome phenotypes and selective abnormalities in membrane protein trafficking. J Cell Sci. 2013 Jun 1;126(Pt 11):3272-80.
Carter CS*, Vogel TW*, Zhang Q, Seo S, Swiderski RE, Moninger TO, Cassell MD, Thedens DR, Keppler-Noreuil KM, Nopoulos P, Nishimura DY, Searby CC, Bugge K, Sheffield VC. Abnormal development of NG2+PDGFR-α+ neural progenitor cells leads to neonatal hydrocephalus in a ciliopathy mouse model. Nat Med. 2012 Dec;18(12):1797-804. Cover Article. (*EQUAL AUTHOR CONTRIBUTION)
Vogel TW, Carter CS, Abode-Iyamah K, Zhang Q, Robinson S. The role of primary cilia in the pathophysiology of neural tube defects. Neurosurgery Focus. 2012 Oct; 33(4):E2. Cover Article.
Vogel TW, Manjila S, Cohen AR. Novel neurodevelopmental disorder in a case of a giant occipitoparietal meningoencephalocele. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012 Jun 8. Cover Article.
Zhang Q, Nishimura DY, Seo S, Vogel T, Morgan DA, Searby C, Bugge K, Stone EM, Rahmouni K, Sheffield VC. Bardet-Biedl syndrome 3 (Bbs3) knockout mouse model reveals common BBS-associated phenotypes and Bbs3 unique phenotypes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011 Dec 20;108(51):20678-83.
Thompson S, Recober A, Vogel TW, Kuburas A, Sheffield VC, Russo AF, Stone EM. Light aversion in mice depends on nonimage-forming irradiance detection. Behav Neurosci. 2010 Dec; 124(6): 821-7.
Vogel TW, Vortmeyer AO, Lubensky IA, Lee YS, Furuta M, Ikejiri B, Kim HJ, Lonser RR, Oldfield EH, Zhuang Z. Coexpression of erythropoietin and its receptor in endolymphatic sac tumors. J Neurosurg. 2005 Aug;103(2):284-8.
Vogel TW, Zhuang Z, Li J, Okamoto H, Furuta M, Lee YS, Zeng W, Oldfield EH, Vortmeyer AO, Weil RJ. Proteins and protein pattern differences between glioma cell lines and glioblastoma multiforme. Clin Cancer Res. 2005 May 15;11(10):3624-32.
Vogel TW, Brouwers FM, Lubensky IA, Vortmeyer AO, Weil RJ, Walther MM, Oldfield EH, Linehan WM, Pacak K, Zhuang Z. Differential expression of erythropoietin and its receptor in von Hippel-Lindau-associated and MEN type 2-associated pheochromocytomas. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 June;90(6):3747-51.
Lee YS, Vortmeyer AO, Lubensky IA, Vogel TW, Ikejiri B, Ferlicot S, Benoit G, Giraud S, Oldfield EH, Linehan WM, Teh BT, Richard S, Zhuang Z. Coexpression of erythropoietin and erythropoietin receptor in von Hippel-Lindau disease-associated renal cysts and renal cell carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2005 Feb 1;11(3):1059-64.
Primary cilia signaling in CNS progenitors and their role in neonatal hydrocephalus. Principal Investigator. K12 Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Jan 2014 – Jan 2017.
Role of neural progenitor cells in the development of neonatal hydrocephalus. Principal Investigator. Hydrocephalus Association’s CSF Production, Flow and Regulation, Therapeutics and Diagnostics Award. Sep 2013-Sep 2016.
Role of progenitor cells in the development of congenital hydrocephalus. Collaborator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2013-Sep 2016.
J. Paul Willging, MD Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic 513-636-4355 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic
UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.
Jay P. Willging, MD, is certified to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Willging enjoys all areas of otolaryngology and has a special interest in congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.
A member of several multi-disciplinary teams, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Craniofacial Team, the Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic and the Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic, he is highly respected for his expertise.
The Craniofacial Team brings together Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Child Psychology, Human Genetics, Speech Pathology and Nutrition to extensively evaluate and manage children with cleft lip and cleft palate issues, as well as other children with craniofacial anomalies.
The Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic brings together Otolaryngology, Speech-Language Pathology and Human Genetics to evaluate children with complex speech difficulties.
The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic (FEES) brings together Otolaryngology and Speech-Language Pathology to evaluate children with swallowing disorders.
In addition to ongoing research, Dr. Willging performs surgery and sees children at numerous locations, making treatment more convenient and accessible for his patients.
Janet R. Schultz, PhD Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology 513-636-4336 email@example.com
Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology
Adjunct Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics and UC Department of Child Psychology
Psychosocial and educational aspects of children affected with a craniofacial deformity, including a special interest in velo-cardio-facial syndrome
PhD: Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 1980.
Post-doctoral training: Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 1981.
Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1988; Child Clinical Psychology, 2004.
Dawn Rothchild, MSN, APRN, RN PCNS-BC, CWCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-5931 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey L. Ruth, MSN, APRN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Division of Plastic Surgery / Craniofacial Center 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Plastic Surgery / Craniofacial Center
MSN: Northern Kentucky University, KY, 2008.
BSN: Northern Kentucky University, KY, 2006.
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