Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery | Meet Our Team

Our Clinicians

The Boston Children's Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery is one of the largest and most specialized pediatric programs in the world, with ten subspecialty programs, treating more than 15,000 patients each year and completing over 2,500 surgeries.

Our team is committed to providing world-class care and personalized care plans for every patient - no matter the rarity or complexity of the condition.


 John Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, FACS, FRACS Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief: John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA

Dr. Meara is chief of Plastic Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. He is also a Professor of Surgery and Kleitjian Professor of Global Surgery at  Harvard Medical School.

Here at Boston Children's, Dr. Meara has worked closely with colleagues to improve clinical care and education through comprehensive and cross-disciplinary approaches to the evaluation and management of patients with complex conditions like cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. He has been on numerous medical missions, and has a particular interest in the global surgical burden of disease and improving health outcomes globally.

Bonnie Padwa, MD, DMDOral Surgeon-in-Chief: Bonnie L. Padwa, DMD, MD

Dr. Padwa is chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Her practice at Boston Children's includes pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery, cleft lip/palate and craniofacial surgery. A major focus of Dr. Padwa's practice is cleft and craniofacial anomalies and studying outcomes related to facial growth in these conditions. She coordinates a weekly combined craniomaxillofacial conference at Boston Children's and serves on many related committees, both nationally and internationally.

For a closer look at the clinicians within the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery, you can view each team by their program and services.

Your Care Team

The Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery care team is a multidisciplinary group of experts. In addition to our plastic and oral surgeons, there are many pediatric specialists who assist in caring for our patients and families including:

  • Physician Assistants
  • Nursing professionals
  • Dentists
  • Orthodontists
  • Clinical dietitians
  • Speech therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Child psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Child Life specialists
  • Social workers