As a pediatric craniofacial plastic surgeon, I specialize in caring for children who are born with craniofacial differences including cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis.
I was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare by my grandfather, who was a dentist, and my father, who was a plastic surgeon. When I started my training to become a plastic surgeon, I initially thought I would join my father in practice. However, after assisting my mentor Dr. David Billmire with a cleft lip repair on a 3-month-old child, I found my calling. The ability to make a child whole continues to inspire me, and pushes me to work to achieve the best outcomes.
I specialize in the full range of care for children with facial clefts. This includes repairing the initial cleft lip and palate, as well as the procedures to address speech and to maintain the child’s teeth. Speech and dental problems frequently arise in children with facial clefts. With my colleagues in neurosurgery, we use state-of-the-art technology and procedures to care for children with craniosynostosis. This includes minimally invasive techniques, the use of 3D printing and computer-assisted surgery planning.
For me, the most gratifying aspect of caring for children with craniofacial differences is the privilege of building relationships with my patients and their families. I have the unique opportunity to care for many of my patients from shortly after their birth to young adulthood. I get to watch my patients grow up!
I’m honored that I continue to be recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors by Cincinnati Magazine.
In addition to helping patients, I conduct research. My primary research focuses are on improving speech and airway outcomes for children with cleft palates and for newborns with a condition called Pierre Robin sequence.
When I’m not at work, I spend as much time as I can with my family. I also enjoy reading about American history and watching college football.