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Staff Surgeon, Division of Plastic Surgery

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

About Me


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.

Additional Languages

German, Spanish

Clinical Interests

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

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics


Brachial Plexus, Hand and Upper Extremity, Craniofacial Disorders, Treacher Collins, Chest Wall, Sturge-Weber Syndrome

My Locations

My Education

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.

My Publications

Clinical course of porokeratosis ptychotropica over 7 years in an otherwise healthy child. Ho, T; Schwentker, AR; Barron, DR; Lucky, AW. Pediatric Dermatology. 2020; 37:248-250.

Collagen VII Expression is Required in Both Keratinocytes and Fibroblasts for Anchoring Fibril Formation in Bilayer Engineered Skin Substitutes. Supp, DM; Hahn, JM; Combs, KA; McFarland, KL; Schwentker, A; Boissy, RE; Boyce, ST; Powell, HM; Lucky, AW. Cell Transplantation. 2019; 28:1242-1256.

Retropharyngeal Contralateral C7 Nerve Transfer to the Lower Trunk for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: Technique and Results. Vu, AT; Sparkman, DM; van Belle, CJ; Yakuboff, KP; Schwentker, AR. Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). 2018; 43:417-424.

Effects of Autologous Fat and ASCs on Swine Hypertrophic Burn Scars: A Multimodal Quantitative Analysis. Rapp, SJ; Pan, BS; Schwentker, AR; Van Aalst, J. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2017; 5:e1547-e1547.

Microtia reconstruction. Janom, H; Saba, SC; Schwentker, AR; van Aalst, JA. Operative Dictations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. : Springer International Publishing; Springer International Publishing; 2017.

Genetic Advances in the Understanding of Microtia. Gendron, C; Schwentker, A; van Aalst, JA. Journal of Pediatric Genetics. 2016; 5:189-197.

Idiopathic Facial Aseptic Granuloma: Review of an Evolving Clinical Entity. Zitelli, KB; Sheil, AT; Fleck, R; Schwentker, A; Lucky, AW. Pediatric Dermatology. 2015; 32:e136-e139.