The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children’s provides comprehensive management for all pediatric reconstructive needs including congenital and traumatic craniofacial and hand anomalies, velopharyngeal dysfunction, hemangiomas and vascular anomalies, pigmented birthmarks, reconstruction after burn injury, ear anomalies and breast deformities.
As experts in 22q.11.2 deletion syndrome, we are positioned to provide diagnosis and early intervention services to optimize care and deliver best outcomes for every child. Given the wide spectrum of medical, developmental and psychological needs of patients with 22q.11.2 deletion syndrome, our individualized and comprehensive approach affords each child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
Other multidisciplinary programs include:
- 22q Center
- Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders
- Cleft Lip and Palate Center
- Craniofacial Orthodontic Treatment Program
- Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program
- Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Clinic
- Hand and Upper Extremity Program
- Brachial Plexus Program
- Pediatric Microsurgery and Facial Reanimation Program
“Our team is focused on caring for the whole child,” says Dr. Kirschner. “We believe that true healing only occurs when we build caring relationships that address the physical and emotional aspects associated with a child’s condition.”
Nowhere is this more clearly exemplified than in the Cleft Lip and Palate Center. Our program offers children and their families comprehensive, coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized clinicians. The team works together in order to optimize facial appearance, speech, dentofacial development and overall self-concept of every cleft-affected child. Beyond diagnoses and treatment, our team provides comprehensive educational and support programs for families and the community.
“We feel strongly that we should share our expertise and experience with others in order to maximize the impact we can make for children with clefts,” says Dr. Kirschner, who is also the co-editor of the textbook Comprehensive Cleft Care. “Our responsibility and obligation drive us to provide research and training opportunities for students, residents and fellows and to provide comprehensive services to underprivileged children in developing regions of the world.”
Training opportunities are available through our Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Speech Pathology fellowship programs. It is the goal of our programs to train the future leaders in cleft and craniofacial care through clinical training, didactic education and international experiences. Our trainees are devoted to excellence in pediatric care, research and education.