• The Division of Plastic Surgery

    The Division of Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s provides comprehensive, compassionate care for the most difficult conditions. We understand the special requirements of children and the intricacies of performing surgery on growing youngsters. Our surgeons and care providers are the skilled, experienced experts you want when your child needs plastic surgery.

    Our sole focus is to give your child the best possible results. We offer the complete spectrum of pediatric plastic surgery services, both reconstructive and cosmetic. 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.

  • In the News

    Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD.
    Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD.

    Brugmann Earns Presidential Honor

    Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics, in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Developmental Biology within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This achievement is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Read More

    Welcome Dr. Mahmoud Hassouba.
    Welcome Dr. Mahmoud Hassouba.

    Welcome Dr. Mahmoud Hassouba

    The Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery welcomes Dr. Mahmoud Hassouba, the craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery fellow for 2015-2016. Dr. Hassouba completed medical school and his plastic surgery training at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He sought further fellowship training in maxillofacial surgery. His goal is to excel in the field of craniofacial surgery and enhance his clinical, teaching, and research skills in an environment that promotes regular and high quality patient care.
    Dr. Hathaway Addresses European Craniofacial Congress and Helps to Form New Association.
    Dr. Hathaway Addresses European Craniofacial Congress and Helps to Form New Association.

    Dr. Hathaway Addresses ECC

    Ron Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS, Professor, Division of Craniofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center addressed the 10th European Craniofacial Congress (ECC) in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 26, 2015. He was the North American speaker in a one half day general session devoted to European-American collaboration. His presentation reflected on his experiences as the current President of the American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association in strategic planning for research initiatives as well as his experiences as a charter member of Americleft. Read More.
    PLACE Outcomes Award Recipient.
    PLACE Outcomes Award Recipient.

    PLACE Outcomes Award Recipient

    Outcome measurement is a cornerstone of quality improvement research. Yet, in cleft surgery, US 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.
    Congratulations Betsy Schock.
    Congratulations 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.
    Welcome Dr. John van Aalst.
    Welcome Dr. John van Aalst.

    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.
    Dr. Gordon’s Cuba Mission Trip.
    Dr. Gordon’s Cuba Mission Trip.

    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.
  • Contact / Refer

    To schedule an appointment with the Division of Plastic Surgery call 513-636-7181. Contact us for additional information.

  • 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.

  • Fellowship

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

  • Dr. Gordon, MD, Emily Hoffman, RN, and Kandice Ferdon, RN, share their patient experience and discuss the power of a caring connection. 

  • 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 doctors conduct some of our specialty’s leading basic and clinical research, and we are 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.