A photo of Brian Pan.

Division Director, Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Fellowship Director, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Hand and Upper Extremity, Craniofacial Disorders, Upper Airway, CHARGE Syndrome, Chest Wall, Treacher Collins

Research Divisions

Plastic Surgery

Blog Posts

Preparing for a Baby with a Cleft Lip/Palate

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Preparing for a Baby with a Cleft Lip/Palate

By Brian Pan, MD7/24/2019

My Locations

My Education

MD: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 2004.

Residency: Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

Fellowships: Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2012.

My Publications

Selected Publication

The effect of cleft palate repair on polysomnography results. Bergeron, M; Cohen, AP; Maby, A; Babiker, HE; Pan, BS; Ishman, SL. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019; 15:1581-1586.

Longitudinal Sleep Outcomes in Neonates With Pierre Robin Sequence Treated Conservatively. Ehsan, Z; Kurian, C; Weaver, KN; Pan, BS; Huang, G; Hossain, MM; Simakajornboon, N. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019; 15:477-482.

Sleep outcomes in neonates with pierre robin sequence undergoing external mandibular distraction: A longitudinal analysis. Ehsan, Z; Weaver, KN; Pan, BS; Huang, G; Hossain, MM; Simakajornboon, N. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2020; 146:1103-1115.

A Retrospective Study Identifying Breast Milk Feeding Disparities in Infants with Cleft Palate. Gottschlich, MM; Mayes, T; Allgeier, C; James, L; Khoury, J; Pan, B; van Aalst, JA. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018; 118:2154-2161.

Columellar reconstruction in children. Pan, KS; Pan, BS. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2018; 29:61-65.

Management of airway obstruction in infants with pierre robin sequence. Runyan, CM; Uribe-Rivera, A; Tork, S; Shikary, TA; Ehsan, Z; Weaver, KN; Hossain, MM; Gordon, CB; Pan, BS. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2018; 6:e1688-e1688.

Decannulation and Airway Outcomes With Maxillomandibular Distraction in Treacher Collins and Nager Syndrome. Biskup, NI; Pan, BS; Elhadi-Babiker, H; Hathaway, RR; van Aalst, J; Gordon, CB. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2018; 29:692-697.

Frontoethmoidal encephalocele: a pediatric airway challenge. Geddam, LM; Mahmoud, MA; Pan, BS; Stevenson, CB; Kandil, AI. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia / Journal canadien d'anesthésie. 2018; 65:208-209.

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.

Neonatal Mandibular Distraction Without a Consolidation Period: Is It Safe? Is it Effective?. Biskup, N; Altman, AL; Runyan, CM; Gendron, C; Babiker, HE; Gordon, CB; Pan, BS. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2017; 28:1942-1945.