A photo of Ann Schwentker.

Staff Surgeon, Division of Plastic Surgery

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics


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

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.