Plastic Surgery

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Department Head

    A photo of David Billmire.

    David A. Billmire, MD, FACS, FAAP
    Director, Plastic Surgery

    513-636-7181

    David A. Billmire, MD, FACS, FAAP

    Director, Plastic Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Fax: 513-636-7182

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Craniofacial problems; cleft lip and palate surgery; craniosynostosis surgery 

    Research Interests

    Cellular signaling in craniosynostosis 

    Biography

    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

    Education and Training

    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.

    Faculty

    Christopher B. Gordon, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Surgery

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    Biography

    Christopher Gordon, MD, sees patients at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Burnet Campus, Children's Outpatient Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Children's Mason Campus. His clinical interests include distraction of the facial skeleton for obstructive apnea, aesthetic jaw surgery, novel approaches to the treatment of cleft lip and palate and endoscopic craniofacial surgery. Dr. Gordon's research focuses on the molecular biology of bone growth and the genetic basis for facial clefting.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Brian S. Pan, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Email: brian.pan@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    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.

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    Ann R. Schwentker, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Email: ann.schwentker@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Brachial plexus reconstruction; facial nerve reconstruction; microtia (ear) reconstruction; cleft lip and palate; congenital hand surgery

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Certification: Plastic Surgery, 2006.

    Publications

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    Thomas J. Sitzman, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-2705

    Email: thomas.sitzman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric plastic surgery; quality improvement; outcomes research

    Biography

    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 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.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS
    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    513-636-7181

    Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, FACS

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Fax: 513-636-7182

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brachial Plexus injury nerve repair, congenital and trauma hand surgery, burn reconstruction; microsurgery

    Research Interests

    Growth deformities in the burned child; use of external fixation in difficult burn contractures; microsurgical reconstruction of pediatric burn problems; peripheral nerve surgery; brachial plexus reconstruction multi-center trial on early vs. late surgery

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Staff

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    Lynn Sand Olberding, MSN, APRN, CPNP
    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Division of Plastic Surgery

    513-803-9050

    lynn.olberding@cchmc.org

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    Lynn S Olberding, MSN, APRN, CPNP

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Division of Plastic Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-9050

    Email: lynn.olberding@cchmc.org

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    Dawn Rothchild, MSN, APRN, RN PCNS-BC, CWCN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Division of Plastic Surgery

    513-636-5931

    dawn.rothchild@cchmc.org


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    Stacey L. Ruth, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Plastic Surgery / Craniofacial Center

    513-636-7181

    stacey.ruth@cchmc.org

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    Stacey L. Ruth, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Plastic Surgery / Craniofacial Center

    Phone: 513-636-7181

    Email: stacey.ruth@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MSN:  Northern Kentucky University, KY, 2008.

    BSN:  Northern Kentucky University, KY, 2006.