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The Division of Plastic Surgery 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.
David A. Billmire, MD, FACS, FAAP Director Emeritus, Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Emeritus, Plastic Surgery
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 as a 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.
Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7678 email@example.com
Member, Division of Plastic Surgery
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Visit the Brugmann Lab.
Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Developmental Biology within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She received her BS in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She then obtained her PhD in genetics from George Washington University in Washington, DC where she studied cranial sensory placode development in Xenopus laevis. She performed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where her research focused on craniofacial development. While at Stanford she received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32), a Pediatric Research Fund-Child Health Research Program Grant and a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). She joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in January 2011 to study craniofacial development and disease.
Chang CF, Schock EN, Attia A, Stottmann RW, Brugmann SA. The ciliary baton: orchestrating neural crest development. Current Topics in Developmental Biology. In press.
Brugmann SA, Wells JM. Building additional complexity to in vitro-derived intestinal tissues. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2013;4 Suppl 1:S1.
Liu H, Lan Y, Xu , Chang CF, Brugmann SA, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related-1 controls neural crest chondrogenesis during tongue development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12;110(46):18555-60.
Chang CF, Schock EN, O’Hare EA, Dodgson J, Cheng HH, Muir WM, Edelmann RE, Delany ME, Brugmann SA. The cellular and molecular etiology of the craniofacial defects in the avian ciliopathic mutant, talpid2. Development. 2014 Aug;141(15):3003-12.
Rada-Iglesias A, Bajpai R, Prescott S, Brugmann SA, Swigut T, Wysocka J. Epigenomic annotation of enhancers predicts transcriptional regulators of human neural crest. Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Nov 2;11(5):633-48.
Lenton K, James AW, Manu A, Brugmann SA, Birker D, Nelson ER, Leucht P, Helms JA, Longaker MT. Indian hedgehog positively regulates calvarial ossification and modulates bone morphogenetic protein signaling. Genesis. 2011 Oct;49(10):784-96.
Powder KE, Ku YC, Brugmann SA, Veile RA, Renaud NA, Helms JA, Lovett M. A cross-species analysis of microRNAs in the developing avian face. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e35111.
Haithem M. Elhadi Babiker, MD, DMD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; complex upper airway problems
Dr. Elhadi Babiker, MD, DMD, holds a double degree in medicine and dentistry. In addition, he is trained in both plastic surgery and in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has completed fellowship training in craniofacial surgery. This training places him among an elite group of surgeons in the USA and around the world.
MD: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.
Residency: University of Cincinnati Plastic Surgery, General Surgery and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Pan BS, Elhadi H, Billmire DA. Maxillofacial Trauma. In Wheeler DS, Wong HR, Shanley TP, Editors: Pediatric Critical Medicine. Basic science and clinical evidence. 2nd Edition.
Vu A, Elhadi H, Patel P, Schwentker A, Yakuboff K. Pediatric Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A case series and literature review. J Hand Surg. 2014 Mar;39(3):484-487.
Patel P, Elhadi H, Kitzmiller J, Billmire D, Yakuboff K. Complications of Tissue Expanders in the Pediatric Burn Patients: A 10 year follow up review. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Feb;72(2):150-4.
Elhadi H, Reddy LV. Nasal Fractures. In Fonseca, Marciani and Turvey Editors: Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery. Saunders. 2009. 2nd Edition.
Reddy LV, Elhadi H. Maxillary Advancement by Distraction Osteogenesis. Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2008 Sep;16(2):237-47.
McIntosh JE, Campbell JH, Aguirre A, Reddy LV, Elhadi H. Expansile Mass of the Maxilla. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 June 6; 66:1253-58.
Elhadi H, Reddy LV. Maxillofacial Trauma. In Wheeler DS, Wong HR, Shanley TP, Editors: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Basic science and clinical evidence. Springer-Verlag. 2007. 1st Edition.
Christopher B. Gordon, MD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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.
Ronald R. Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS Director, Craniofacial and Surgical Orthodontics, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-4141 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Craniofacial and Surgical Orthodontics, Division of Plastic Surgery
Craniofacial orthodontics; orthognathic surgery
Ron Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS, is the 2015 President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of children with craniofacial anomalies since 1979. He has been in private practice, but has spent most of his professional career in academics, clinical teaching and patient care associated with multi-disciplinary craniofacial teams at university hospitals.
He has been a faculty member in Orthodontics (Baylor College of Dentistry and Indiana University School of Dentistry), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (University of Texas Southwestern Medical School) and Pediatric Plastic Surgery (Indiana University School of Medicine). He has served as the Chief and Director of Craniofacial Anomalies/Orthodontics in these appointments for 25 years. His teaching career includes courses given in craniofacial growth and development to over 2000 dental and medical students. He taught treatment planning for orthognathic surgery to residents in plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics for approximately two decades and has mentored 22 craniofacial fellowship doctors, many who currently direct similar programs as a result of their training.
Dr. Hathaway served as the Founder and Medical Director of the Craniofacial Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital from 2006- 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Hathaway has been an active member of the American Cleft-Craniofacial Association since 1979 and has held all of the executive leadership offices of the association and has chaired or served as a member of 10 national committees.
His research interests are listed above however his greatest satisfaction is to be “in the everyday trenches” with children who have facial differences and interacting with colleagues to improve the care for these children through adopting best practices.
BA: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1977.
MS: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1979.
DDS: University of Iowa,Iowa City, IA, 1984.
Residency: Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1985.
Residency: University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, MI, 1987.
MS: University or Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, MI, 1987.
Fellowship: Craniofacial and Surgical Orthodontics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 1988.
Hathaway RR, Long Jr. RE. Early cleft management and the case against NAM: In search of evidence. AJO-DO. 2014 Feb.
Hathaway RR, Long Jr. RE, Mercado AM, Daskalogiannakis J, Russell KA, Semb G, Shaw WC. Use of a standardized outcome measure of dental arch relationships (GOSLON) to allow international, inter-study comparisons. Transactions manuscript of the 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. 2013.
Mercado A, Russell K, Hathaway R, Daskalogiannakis J, Sadek H, Long RE Jr, Cohen M, Semb G, Shaw W. The Americleft Study: An Inter-Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Part 5. Summary and Conclusions. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011;48(3)265-70.
Mercado A, Russell K, Hathaway R, Daskalogiannakis J, Sadek H, Long RE Jr, Cohen M, Semb G, Shaw W. The Americleft Study: An
Inter-Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for Patients with Unilateral
Cleft Lip and Palate. Part 4. Nasolabial Esthetics. Cleft
Palate Craniofac J. 2011;48(3)259-64.
Hathaway RR, Long Jr. RE, Daskalogiannakis J, Mercado A, Russell K, Long RE Jr, Cohen M, Semb G, Shaw W. The
Americleft Study: An Inter-Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for
Patients with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Part 2. Dental Arch
Relationships. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011;48(3)244-51.
Daskalogiannakis J, Mercado A, Russell K, Hathaway R, Dugas G, Long RE Jr, Cohen M, Semb G, Shaw W. The
Americleft Study: An Inter-Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for
Patients with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Part 3. Analysis of
Craniofacial Form. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011;48(3)
Long RE Jr, Daskalogiannakis J, Mercado A, Russell K, Cohen M, Semb G, Shaw W. The Americleft
Study: An Inter-Center Study of Treatment Outcomes for Patients with
Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Part 1. Principles and Study Design.
Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2011;48(3)239-43.
Hathaway RR, Havlik RJ. Cat’s cradle: A rigid fixation system
for distraction osteogenesis in Le Fort III patients. The Journal of
Craniofacial Surgery. 2004.
Hathaway RR. DC stimulation of the coronal suture in rabbits. The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 197;8:221-229.
Rulang Jiang, PhD Member, Division of Developmental Biology 513-636-3212 email@example.com
Member, Division of Developmental Biology
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
BS: Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, 1984.
MS: Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 1987.
PhD: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1995.
Gao Y, Lan Y, Liu H, Jiang R. The zinc finger transcription factors Osr1 and Osr2 control synovial joint formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Apr;352(1):83-91.
Baek JA, Lan Y, Liu H, Maltby KM, Mishina Y, Jiang R. Bmpr1a signaling plays critical roles in palatal shelf growth and palatal bone formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Feb;350(2):520-531.
Liu W, Watson SS, Lan Y, Keene DR, Ovitt CE, Liu H, Schweitzer R, Jiang R. The atypical homeodomain transcription factor Mohawk controls tendon morphogenesis. Mol Cell Biol. 2010 Oct;30(20):4797-4807.
Lan Y, Jiang R. Sonic hedgehog signaling regulates reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions controlling palatal outgrowth. Development. 2009 Apr;136(8):1387-1396.
Zhang Z, Lan Y, Chai Y, Jiang R. Antagonistic actions of Msx1 and Osr2 pattern mammalian teeth into a single row. Science. 2009;323(5918):1232-1234.
Lan Y, Wang Q, Ovitt CE, Jiang R. A unique mouse strain expressing Cre recombinase for tissue-specific analysis of gene function in palate and kidney development. Genesis. 2007;45(10):618-624.
Jiang R, Bush JO, Lidral AC. Development of the upper lip: morphogenetic and molecular mechanisms. Dev Dyn. 2006;235(5):1152-1166.
Wang Q, Lan Y, Cho ES, Maltby KM, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related 1 (Odd1) is an essential regulator of heart and urogenital development. Dev Biol. 2005;288(2):582-594.
Lan Y, Ovitt CE, Cho ES, Maltby KM, Wang Q, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related 2 (Osr2) encodes a key intrinsic regulator of secondary palate growth and morphogenesis. Development. 2004;131(13):3207-3216.
Bush JO, Lan Y, Jiang R. The cleft lip and palate defects in the Dancer mutant mice result from gain of function of the Tbx10 gene. Proc Nat Acad Sci U S A. 2004;101(18):7022-7027.
Donna C. Jones, PhD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-803-0383 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Translational: Using shape analysis, we are characterizing quantifiable growth curves of craniofacial shape in children from three dimensional photographs. Results from this project are intended for use by clinicians during repair or reconstruction of facial features in future pediatric patients.
Bench research: Working with in vitro cells and in vivo mouse models, the lab is examining how the interaction of muscle force influences the developing shape of bone, particularly in the mandible. Using a variety of cell markers, tension sensors, and morphological investigations, this research aims to improve our understanding of the cause of developmental abnormalities of the lower jaw, to hopefully reduce the need for surgeries and long hospital stays in children affected with these disorders.
BS: State University of New York, College at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, 1995.
MS: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1998.
PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
PostDoc: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, 2007.
Bastidas N, Runyan CM, Jones DC, Taylor JA. Anatomic study of full facial and scalp allografts without cutaneous facial scars. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2013 Dec;47(6):528-31.
Jones DC, German RZ. Variation in Protein and Calorie Consumption Following Protein Malnutrition in Rattus norvegicus. Animals. 2013; 3(1), 33-44.
Rapp SJ, Jones DC, Billmire D, Taylor JA. Dissection in the subgaleal and subperiosteal plane: Implications on scalp wound healing. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2013 Jun;47(3):168-8.
Visscher M, Burkes S, Wickett R, Hammill A, Dasgupta R, Chute C, Elluru R, Patel M, Jones DC, Azizkhan R, Adams D. Use of Multimodal Quantitative Imaging to Determine Stage and Treatment Response of Infantile Hemangiomas. ISSVA Sweden. 2012:235X-F7C6P8G9B4.
Rapp SJ, Jones DC, Gerety P, Taylor JA. Repairing Critical-Sized Rat Calvarial Defects with Progenitor Cell-Seeded Acellular Periosteum: A Novel Biomimetic Scaffold. Surgery. 2012 Oct;152(4):595-604.
Jones DC, German RZ. Catch-up and targeted growth following variable duration protein restriction: effects on bone and body mass. J Morphol. 2011 April; 272(4):485-96.
Runyan CM, Jones DC, Bove K, Simpson D, Maercks RA, Taylor JA. Porcine Allograft Mandible Revitalization Using Autologous Adipose-Derived Stem Cells, Bone Morphogenetic protein-2, and Periosteum. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 May;125(5):1372-82.
Jones DC, Zelditch ML, Peake PL, German RZ. The effects of muscular dystrophy on the craniofacial shape of Mus musculus. J Anat. 2007 Jun;210(6):723-30.
Yu Lan, PhD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-803-7842 email@example.com
Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery
Yu Lan, PhD, is interested in understanding the genetic basis and developmental mechanisms of structural birth defects. Specifically, Dr. Lan investigates the molecular pathways governing normal palate development in laboratory mice. Her ongoing investigations focus on delineating the molecular pathways involving these factors in palate development using a combination of genetic, embryological, and biochemical approaches.
PhD: University of Maine, Orono, ME.
Post-doc training: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME.
Lan Y, Jia S, Jiang R. Molecular patterning of the mammalian dentition. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2014 Jan-Feb;25-26: 61-70.
Liu H, Lan Y, Xu J, Chang CF, Brugmann SA, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related-1 controls neural crest chondrogenesis during tongue development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12;110(46):18555-60.
Xu J, Liu H, Park JS, Lan Y, Jiang R. Osr1 acts downstream of and interacts synergistically with Six2 to maintain nephron progenitor cells during kidney organogenesis. Development. 2014 Apr;141(7):1442-52.
Zhou H, Zou S, Lan Y, Fei W, Jiang R, Hu J. Smad7 modulates TGFbeta signaling during cranial suture development to maintain suture patency. J Bone Miner Res. 2014 Mar;29(3):716-24.
Zhou J, Gao Y, Lan Y, Jia S, Jiang R. Pax9 regulates a molecular network involving Bmp4, Fgf10, Shh signaling and the Osr2 transcription factor to control palate morphogenesis. Development. 2013 Dec;140(23):4709-18.
Lan Y, Liu H, Ovitt CE, Jiang R. Generation of Osr1 conditional mutant mice. Genesis. 2011 May;49(5):419-22.
Gao Y, Lan Y, Liu H, Jiang R. The zinc finger transcription factors Osr1 and Osr2 control synovial joint formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Apr 1;352(1):83-91.
Baek JA, Lan Y, Liu H, Maltby KM, Mishina Y, Jiang R. Bmpr1a signaling plays critical roles in palatal shelf growth and palatal bone formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Feb 15;350(2):520-31.
Chen J, Lan Y, Baek JA, Gao Y, Jiang R. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling plays an essential role in activation of odontogenic mesenchyme during early tooth development. Dev Biol. 2009 Oct 1;334(1):174–85.
Lan Y, Jiang R. Sonic hedgehog signaling regulates reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions controlling palatal outgrowth. Development. 2009 Apr;136(8):1387-96.
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
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.
Ann R. Schwentker, MD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 email@example.com
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.
Thomas J. Sitzman, MD Member, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-2705 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric plastic surgery; quality improvement; outcomes research
Thomas Sitzman, MD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia in 2001. He obtained his medical degree from Duke University, where he conducted research on the genetics of craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Sitzman completed an integrated residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Wisconsin. While in residency he received a grant from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation to support his work in detection of tissue ischemia.
Dr. Sitzman completed a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. During his fellowship he obtained advanced training in management of cleft lip and palate, facial reanimation, traumatic and congenital deformities of the upper and lower extremity, sarcoma reconstruction, and brachial plexus reconstruction.
Joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2012, Dr. Sitzman is a key member of the quality improvement efforts within the Department of Surgery. He has an active practice in plastic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s.
MD: Duke University, Durham, NC, 2006.
Residency: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2011.
Fellowship: Pediatric Plastic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, 2012.
Sitzman TJ, Allori AC, Thorburn G. Measuring Outcomes in Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment. Clin Plastic Surg. 2014;41:311-9.
Doro CJ, Sitzman TJ, O’Toole RV. Can intramuscular glucose levels diagnose compartment syndrome? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014;76:474-8.
Sitzman TJ, Fisher DM. Presurgical Unilateral Cleft Lip Anthropometrics: Incidence of Vermilion Height Asymmetry. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013;131:935e-6e.
Arad E, Li Z, Sitzman TJ, Agur AM, Clarke HM. Anatomic Sites of Origin of the Suprascapular and Lateral Pectoral Nerves within the Brachial Plexus. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013;133:20e-7e.
Poore SO, Mahajan AY, Israel JS, Sitzman TJ, Siebert JW. Facial flap contouring using a sinus microdebrider. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013;131:653e-5e.
Sitzman TJ, Hanson SE, Alsheik NH, Gentry LR, Doyle JF, Gutowski KA. Clinical Criteria for Obtaining Maxillofacial CT in Trauma Patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2011;127:1270-8.
Sitzman TJ, Hanson SE, King TW, Gutowski KA. Detection of Flap Venous and Arterial Occlusion Using Interstitial Glucose Monitoring in a Rodent Model. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2010;126:71-9.
Sitzman TJ, Mell M, Acher CW. Adult-Onset Dysphagia Lusoria from an Uncommon Vascular Ring: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 2009;43:100-102.
Sitzman TJ, Girotto J, Marcus JM. Current Surgical Practices in Cleft Care: Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008;121:261e-270e.
John A. van Aalst, MD Director, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-7181 email@example.com
Director, Division of Plastic Surgery
Long-term outcomes in cleft and craniofacial patients; adapting teaching and learning styles for education that is a “best fit” for medical students and residents
MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1993.
Residency: Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH, 2001.
Plastic Surgery Residency: Indiana University, 2003.
Craniofacial Fellowship: Indiana University, 2004.
Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2003; American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2007.
Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center 513-636-7181 firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center
Brachial Plexus injury nerve repair, congenital and trauma hand surgery, burn reconstruction; microsurgery
MD: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1977.
Residencies: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982; Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.
Fellowships: Aesthetic Surgery, Miami, FL, 1987; Microsurgery, Louisville, KY 1988; Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, Ky. 1990
Certification: Surgery, 1983, 1997; Plastic Surgery, 1992.
Warner P, Fields AL, Braun LC, James LE, Bailey JK, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ. Thrombocytopenia in the pediatric burn patient. J Burn Care Res. 2011 May-Jun;32(3):410-4.
Warner P, Neely A, Bailey JK, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus furunculitis in the outpatient burn setting. J Burn Care Res. 2009 Jul-Aug;30(4):657-60.
Warner PM, Yakuboff KP, Kagan RJ, Boyce S, Warden GD. An 18-year experience in the management of congenital nevomelanocytic nevi. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Mar;60(3):283-7.
Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Greenhalgh DG, Warner P, Yakuboff KP, Palmieri T, Warden GD. Cultured skin substitutes reduce requirements for harvesting of skin autograft for closure of excised, full-thickness burns. J Trauma. 2006 Apr;60(4):821-9.
Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Warner P, Warden GD. Surgical treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa: a 10-year experience. Surgery. 2005 Oct;138(4):734-40; discussion 740-1.
Warner PM, Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Kemalyan N, Palmieri TL, Greenhalgh DG, Sheridan RL, Mozingo DW, Heimbach DM, Gibran NS, Engrav L, Saffle JR, Edelman LS, Warden GD. Current management of purpura fulminans: a multicenter study. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 May-Jun;24(3):119-26.
Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Yakuboff KP, Meyer NA, Rieman MT, Greenhalgh DG, Warden GD. Cultured skin substitutes reduce donor skin harvesting for closure of excised, full-thickness burns. Ann Surg. 2002 Feb;235(2):269-79.
MacLennan SE, Kitzmiller WJ, Yakuboff KP. Free-tissue transfer for limb salvage in Purpura fulminans. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 May;107(6):1437-42.
Thai KN, Billmire DA, Yakuboff KP. Total eyelid reconstruction with free dorsalis pedis flap after deep facial burn. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Sep;104(4):1048-51.
Boyce ST, Kagan RJ, Meyer NA, Yakuboff KP, Warden GD. The 1999 clinical research award. Cultured skin substitutes combined with Integra Artificial Skin to replace native skin autograft and allograft for the closure of excised full-thickness burns. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1999 Nov-Dec;20(6):453-61.
Lynn Sand Olberding, MSN, APRN, CPNP Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-803-9050 email@example.com
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Division of Plastic Surgery
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.
Craig Gendron, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Plastic Surgery 513-636-0787 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Fellow, Division of Plastic Surgery
Pediatric craniofacial and plastic surgery
MD: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2009.
Residency: Plastic Surgery Resident, University of Saskatchewan (combined Program with University of Manitoba), Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2009-2014.
Gendron C, Schwentker A, van Aalst J. Genetic Advances in Microtia: A Review. Accepted for publication in Genetic Advances in Craniofacial Malformations, a special edition of the Journal of Pediatric Genetics edited by Peter Taub and Bryn Webb.
Kosnick-Infinger L, Gendron C, Gordon C, Pan B, van Aalst J, Vogel T. Enzyme replacement therapy for congenital hypophosphatasia allows for surgical treatment of related complex craniosynostosis: A case series. Accepted for publication to the May 2015 issue of Neurosurgery Focus 2015 Craniosynostosis: modern treatment strategies/John Jane Jr, Mark Krieger, John Persing.
Gendron C, Runyan CM, Vogel TW, Gordon CB. Minimally Invasive Posterior Vault Distraction in Craniosynostosis and Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex.16th International Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. Tokyo Bay, Japan. Sept 14-18, 2015.
Runyan CM, Gendron C, Billmire D, Pan BS, Gordon CB. Two-pin external mandibular distraction osteogenesis for neonatal airway obstruction from Pierre Robin Sequence: Long term outcomes.16th International Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. Tokyo Bay, Japan. Sept 14-18, 2015.
Gendron C, Abrams M, Hayakawa TEJ, Islur A. Two-Flap “Ying and Yang” Capsular Reconstruction of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament of the Thumb MCP Joint: A New Technique. 67th Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS). May 28-June 1, 2013. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Poster.
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