Department of Plastic And Oral Surgery Overview

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We are proud to welcome you to our department—one of the largest and most experienced pediatric plastic and oral surgery centers anywhere in the world, with ten dedicated subspecialty programs. 

Every year, we see more than 12,000 children of all ages and with all different types of conditions: those that are present at birth, those acquired later in life, the most common and the most rare and complex.


But the care we provide goes well beyond the numbers. We offer treatments that address each child's individual needs, and we include families in every step of the treatment process.

Here at Boston Children's, plastic and oral surgery is about more than medical and surgical care: It's also about providing lasting emotional and educational support and creating the best possible future for every child and family.


Our Innovations

Boston Children's Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery uses the most sophisticated tools and technologies to enhance care for all patients. Here are some of the innovations that set us apart:

The bottom line: Our state-of-the-art approach is designed to help each child look, feel and function better—faster.


Pioneering research

Our medical and surgical breakthroughs are fueled by the ongoing work of our plastic and oral surgery researchers. Based at our state-of-the-art research laboratory, these scientists are constantly striving to advance the field through transformative discoveries.

Here are just a few of the important areas we are studying: 

  • angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels from existing vessels)
  • potential drug therapies forvascular malformations
  • cranial bone grafts for calvarial (skull) defects


Recent news

Amir Taghinia, MDThe Boston Globe's Game Changers: Making kids whole

The Boston Globe launched a new magazine, Game Changers, spotlighting a broad range of contributors to the Massachusetts economy, and highlighting the entrepreneurism that has made the state a national leader in such areas as education, technology and life sciences. The Globe's inaugural class of Game Changers includes Amir Taghinia, MD, director of Boston Children's Hospital's groundbreaking hand transplant program.


Transforming lives in the developing world

John Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, chief of Boston Children's Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery, is also director of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change.

Dr. Meara and his Boston Children's colleagues work closely with organizations like Partners In Health and Operation Smile to improve the delivery of essential medical and surgical care throughout the developing world.

Learn more about some of these efforts by reading:


Patient Stories

Life after cleft lip surgery: Finding Brooks’ smile

BrooksWhen Rick and Aimee Bellew learned that their second child Brooks would be born with a cleft lip and soft palate, they weren’t sure what to expect. So like most people looking for information, they took their questions to the Internet—which turned out to be a mistake.

“Just minutes into our first cleft lip search on Google and we were already devastated,” Aimee remembers. “The pictures staring back at us from the computer screen were so severe. We thought ‘there’s no way a child with a condition this serious looking can be otherwise healthy.’ It was very overwhelming.” Read more.


A new face, a new future

Sporting a cheeky grin, Dumanel Luxama shrieks and slaps the couch in the Brockton house that he and his father, Almane, have called home for the past three months.

Tugging on the curtains, the 13-month-old baby from Haiti lets in a stream of light that spills onto his face, illuminating the feathery scars around his eyebrows and the one elongated scar wrapping around the crown of his head—the only signs of the major surgery the duo traveled 1,600 miles for.

Learn more about Dumanel’s story.


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