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    Comprehensive, Compassionate Care for the Most Difficult Conditions

    When your child needs plastic surgery, you want them to be in the hands of the most skilled and experienced surgeons. We understand the special requirements of children and the intricacies of performing surgery on growing youngsters. Our team of surgeons are the skilled, experienced experts you want for your child.

  • Contact / Refer

    To schedule an appointment with the Division of Plastic Surgery call us at 513-636-7181. For more detailed contact & location information visit our Contact Us page.
  • Conditions Treated

    Our dedicated, patient- and family-centered multidisciplinary team provides coordinated, state-of-the-art-treatment plans and surgical repair and reconstruction for children and adolescents with a variety of conditions. To learn more, visit our Conditions Treated page.

  • Programs and Centers

    As part of one of the nation’s leading pediatric medical centers, the Division of Plastic Surgery is able to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for the most difficult conditions your child may have. Explore our specialized programs on our Programs and Centers page.

  • Research Division

    Learn about the cutting-edge research currently under way in the Plastic Surgery Research Division, including our Bone Tissue Engineering Research Program.

  • Fellowship

    The Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery fellowship provides a focused, dedicated craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgical experience, both clinical and academic.

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  • Skin Sciences

    Learn more about our interdisciplinary team of investigators who conduct basic and translational skin research.

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  • In the News

    Dr. Sitzman.
    Dr. Sitzman.

    PLACE Outcomes Award Recipient

    Outcome measurement is a cornerstone of quality improvement research. Yet, in cleft surgery, U.S. centers do not rigorously measure their patients’ outcomes. Current measures are provider and center dependent. To achieve similar improvements in cleft surgery, there is a critical need to consistently measure patient outcomes and to use these results to drive improvement. Dr. Sitzman’s long-term goal is to design healthcare delivery interventions that reduce variation and improve outcomes for children with cleft palate and cleft lip, and to conduct clinical trials to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of these interventions.

    Betsy Schock.
    Betsy Schock.

    Congratulations Betsy Schock

    Betsy Schock, a 3rd year graduate student in the Brugmann Lab, was awarded a Predoctoral F31 fellowship from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), to explore the role of primary cilia in surface ectoderm during craniofacial development. F31 fellowships are designed to enhance research and career development for advanced PhD students who have strong training potential. Congratulations to Betsy for this outstanding achievement.
    John van Aalst, MD.

    Welcome Dr. John van Aalst

    We are pleased to welcome John van Aalst, MD, as the new Division Director of Plastic Surgery, effective September 2, 2014. Dr. van Aalst’s current clinical work focuses on the multidisciplinary care required by children with craniofacial anomalies. He is devoted to providing care for these children both at home and around the world. View Dr. van Aalst’s complete bio here.

    Welcome Dr. Craig Gendron

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Craig Gendron is Plastic Surgery’s new clinical craniofacial fellow. Craig Gendron graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and his most recent appointment was as Chief Resident, section of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Health Sciences Center & St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


    Dr. Gordon’s Cuba Mission Trip

    In 2014, Dr. Christopher Gordon and Dr. Scott Rapp treated patients in Cuba; taking supplies and making the best of what little resources were available. They performed pro-bono surgeries on patients who would have otherwise gone untreated. This is possible due to Dr. Gordon’s collaboration with the William Solar Children’s Hospital and the Calixto Garcia Hospital. Dr. Gordon has been asked to assist with complex reconstruction surgeries on cancer patients utilizing new techniques developed at Cincinnati Children's.

  • About Us

    The surgeons of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s offer the complete spectrum of pediatric plastic surgery services, both reconstructive and cosmetic. Our team of surgeons and care providers offer thorough diagnosis and expert procedures that will result in the best possible outcome for your child. With our family centered approach we'll work closely with you and your child to ensure that you fully understand and are comfortable with the care we provide to your child.

    A Range of Surgical Specialties

    We specialize in the full spectrum of pediatric plastic surgeries, including:

    • Craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate
    • Burn surgery and reconstruction
    • Hand and facial trauma
    • Congenital hand surgeries such as polydactyly and syndactyly
    • Bone grafting
    • Breast surgery
    • Rhinoplasty
    • Laser surgery to remove port wine stains and hemangiomas
    • Cyst and tumor removal
    • Microsurgeries for facial reanimation

    What Sets Us Apart

    Our sole focus is to give your child the best possible surgical results. Our doctors conduct some of our specialty’s leading basic and clinical research. We are also a respected training facility for future generations of pediatric plastic surgeons. Much of the latest knowledge and many of the latest techniques are developed and perfected in our facilities.