When your child is diagnosed with a craniofacial anomaly, your entire family may struggle with seemingly endless questions, concerns and a significant emotional toll. Our compassionate health professionals are here to help you at every step of the way.
Here at Children’s, you and your child will be cared for by experts from several key disciplines who work together to develop the best possible treatment plan for your child. Our Craniofacial Anomalies Program includes some of the world’s most experienced neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial specialists, dentistry professionals, psychologists and social workers. Our strength in these related subspecialties ensures that we fully address every aspect of your child’s care, from initial physical examinations to surgery and follow-up.
Our team is specially trained in surgical and medical procedures for children, with an emphasis on using minimally invasive tests and operations whenever possible.
Children’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where all of our physicians have faculty appointments. Just as we continue to provide exceptional patient care and medical expertise, our clinicians are also involved in research that moves us closer to a better understanding of—and treatment for—all deformities of the head and face.
- John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, is Children's Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief. His areas of expertise include cleft lip and palate, fetal craniofacial defects and head, neck and skullbase tumors. Meara’s research addresses the genetic analysis of craniosynostosis, management of sinus cysts and techniques to conserve blood during craniofacial surgery. He is an associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
- Bonnie L. Padwa, DMD, MD, is Children's Oral Surgeon-in-Chief in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. She regularly sees patients living with jaw cysts and tumors, cleft lip and palate and vascular anomalies, and is engaged in research centered on the facial growth of children with different craniofacial conditions. Padwa is an associate professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
- John B. Mulliken, MD, is a plastic surgeon and co-director of Children's Vascular Anomalies Center. He routinely performs corrective surgeries for children with fetal craniofacial deformities, cleft lip and palate, vascular anomalies and Sturge-Weber syndrome. Meara is also a professor of Plastic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
- Mark R. Proctor, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who treats children affected by craniofacial anomalies like craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly, congenital malformations of the spine, neurological trauma and sports-related head and spine injuries. He completed his surgical fellowship here at Children's and has an active research program, focusing on developing improved long-term outcomes for neurotrauma patients. Proctor is an associate professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.
- Carolyn R. Rogers, MD, completed her Plastic Surgery training at the University of Wisconsin followed by a Craniofacial surgery fellowship here at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been involved in cleft lip and palate research for nearly a decade, beginning with a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research parallels her clinical interests, with a particular emphasis on Robin Sequence and Cleft Lip and Palate. She remains passionate about general pediatric plastic surgery and offers a variety of clinical services. In addition, she has long been involved in global health and is involved in care of international patients both at home in Boston and at hospitals abroad.
Our Dentistry Professionals
- Stephen Shusterman, DMD, is Children’s Dentist-in-Chief Emeritus. He treats the full spectrum of pediatric dentistry patients, with a particular focus on helping children with cleft lip and palate and providing dental care for medically compromised children. Shusterman completed his residency at Children's and is an associate professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
- Fiorella Bellido, BDS, is a dentist who specializes in orthodontics. She also supports our Cleft Lip and Palate Program.
- Richard A. Bruun, DDS, is a pediatric dentist with a particular focus on orthodontics, especially in treating patients with cleft lip and palate. He completed his internship and residencies at Children's and is an instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
- Daniel Kennedy, BDS, DClinDent (Ortho), MOrth RCS (Edin), is a dentist who specializes in orthodontics. He treats many of our cleft lip and palate patients.
- Siva Vasudavan, BDSc, MDSc, MOrth RCS, is a pediatric dentist with expertise in orthodontics and corrective dentistry for children with cleft lip and palate.
- Joan M. Stoler, MD, is a clinical geneticist who studies the genetic underpinnings of craniofacial anomalies, particularly craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Our Nursing Professionals
- Maria Ambrose, RN, MS, CPNP, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in plastic and oral surgery.
- Dotty McDonald, RN, is a nurse coordinator for our Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery. She has extensive experience treating children with ear malformations, functional feeding problems, ulcerated hemangiomas and wounds.
- Catherine Noonan, RN, MS, CPNP, CWON, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner in Children’s Division of Plastic and Oral Surgery. Her specialties include cleft lip and palate, as well as wound care.
Our Allied Health Professionals
- Lynn Schwartz, AuD, CCC-A, is a pediatric audiologist who assists children with a variety of hearing disorders and impairments.