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Bonnie Padwa, MD, DMD

Bonnie Padwa, MD, DMD
Plastic and Oral Surgery Research
Hospital Title:
Oral Surgeon-in-Chief, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Academic Title:
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Research Focus Area:
Oral and maxillofacial surgeryCraniofacial surgery

Research Overview

Dr. Padwa's ongoing clinical studies focus on evaluating facial growth and optimizing treatment outcomes in children with a broad spectrum of craniofacial anomalies, ranging from rare disorders such as facial infiltrating lipomatosis and cervicofacial lymphatic malformation to more common conditions such as cleft lip/palate and hemifacial microsomia. In addition to clinical and translational projects, Dr. Padwa’s bench research studies investigate the effects of intra-operative graft handling on human bone cell function and characterize the RANKL-mediated response of osteoclast progenitors to autologous growth factors in platelet-rich-plasma. Other research interests include activity-based costing analyses to optimize the quality and minimize the cost of health care services for patients and their families.

About Bonnie Padwa

Bonnie Padwa received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She completed her postgraduate training at Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Key Publications

  • Van Der Vlis M, Dentino KM, Vervloet B, Padwa BL, Post-Operative Swelling After Orthognathic Surgery: A Prospective Volumetric Analysis, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2014.04.026

  • Zandieh SO, Padwa BL, Katz ES. Adenotonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnea in children with syndromic craniosynostosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Apr;131(4):847-52

  • Hassanein AH, Greene AK, Arany PR, Padwa BL. Intraoperative cooling of iliac bone graft: an experimental evaluation of cell viability. J Oral Maxillofac Surg.2012 Jul;70(7):1633-5

  • Abramowicz S, Katsnelson A, Forbes PW, Padwa BL. Anterior versus posterior approach to iliac crest for alveolar cleft bone grafting. J Oral Maxillofac Surg.2012 Jan;70(1):211-5

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