Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena


Medical School

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , 2007 , Pittsburgh , PA


Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , 2006 , Pittsburgh , PA


Integrated Plastic Surgery
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics , 2012 , Madison , WI


Craniofacial Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2013 , Boston , MA


Dr. Rogers-Vizena has been on the staff of Boston Children’s Hospital since 2013. Her clinical areas of interest include cleft lip and palate, speech problems such as velopharyngeal dysfunction, adolescent breast surgery, and wound care and trunk reconstruction in spina bifida. She also works closely with the craniofacial anomalies and microtia programs where she offers a variety of services including facial reconstruction and Medpor® ear reconstruction.

In addition to her areas of clinical focus, Dr. Rogers-Vizena remains passionate about general pediatric plastic surgery. She offers a variety of clinical services including management of lacerations, skin lesions, and more with an emphasis on patient and family centered care. As an extension of this, she was an early adopter of telemedicine in an effort to minimize the family burden of travelling for follow up visits.

Research and Leadership Activity:

Outside of her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Rogers-Vizena focuses her attention on simulation in healthcare and improving outcomes for cleft lip and palate treatment. She holds the appointments of Associate Clinical Director for Special Effects and Materials Science in the Boston Children's Simulator program (SIMPeds). In collaboration with engineers from SIMPeds, she developed a high-fidelity cleft lip simulator that has been utilized for teaching and research. Currently, she is conducting a study funded by the Plastic Surgery Foundation investigating how cleft lip simulation can be used for resident education and as part of evaluating surgeon competency.

In addition, Dr. Rogers-Vizena has been involved in cleft lip and palate research for a decade and a half, beginning with her research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the Scientific Co-Chair for the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement cleft lip and palate benchmarking program. As part of this work, she leads Boston Children’s prospective cleft outcomes program focused on understanding and improving the clinical and psychosocial wellbeing of children and adults affected by cleft lip and palate.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Rogers-Vizena maintains an active, leadership role in the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.


  • American Board of Plastic Surgery


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  1. Reply: Response to: Incorporating Cleft Lip Simulation Into a "Bootcamp-Style" Curriculum. Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Oct 07. View abstract
  2. Barriers and Facilitators to the International Implementation of Standardized Outcome Measures in Clinical Cleft Practice. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2022 Jan; 59(1):5-13. View abstract
  3. Incidental Pathologic Findings in Young Adult Reduction Mammaplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 03 01; 147(3):391-400. View abstract
  4. Incorporating Cleft Lip Simulation Into a "Bootcamp-Style" Curriculum. Ann Plast Surg. 2021 02 01; 86(2):210-216. View abstract
  5. Rasch Analysis of Patient- and Parent-Reported Outcome Measures in the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement Standard Set for Cleft Lip and Palate. Value Health. 2021 03; 24(3):404-412. View abstract
  6. Dog faces exhibit anatomical differences in comparison to other domestic animals. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2021 01; 304(1):231-241. View abstract
  7. Brain Characteristics Noted Prior to and Following Cranial Orthotic Treatment. Child Neurol Open. 2020 Jan-Dec; 7:2329048X20949769. View abstract
  8. A Competency Assessment Tool for Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Jul; 8(7):e2954. View abstract
  9. International Pediatric ORL Group (IPOG) Robin Sequence consensus recommendations. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Mar; 130:109855. View abstract
  10. Maximizing Plastic Surgery Education Impact: Lessons from Resident Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Theory. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Jul; 7(7):e2252. View abstract
  11. Sustainable Cleft Care Through Education: The First Simulation-Based Comprehensive Workshop in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019 07; 56(6):735-743. View abstract
  12. A New Paradigm in Cleft Lip Procedural Excellence: Creation and Preliminary Digital Validation of a Lifelike Simulator. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 11; 142(5):1300-1304. View abstract
  13. Collection of Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Standard Set Variables: Establishing a Baseline. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Aug; 6(8):e1894. View abstract
  14. Pediatric Orbital Floor Fractures: Clinical and Radiological Predictors of Tissue Entrapment and the Effect of Operative Timing on Ocular Outcomes. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 Nov; 28(8):1966-1971. View abstract
  15. The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 03; 139(3):811e-812e. View abstract
  16. Nasal septal perforation in children: Presentation, etiology, and management. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jan; 92:176-180. View abstract
  17. The Mobility of the Human Face: More than Just the Musculature. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2016 12; 299(12):1779-1788. View abstract
  18. Letter: The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov 28. View abstract
  19. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three-Dimensional Craniofacial Models for Midfacial Distraction: A Pilot Study. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2017 09; 54(5):612-617. View abstract
  20. Prenatal Features Predictive of Robin Sequence Identified by Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jun; 137(6):999e-1006e. View abstract
  21. A Novel Local Autologous Bone Graft Donor Site After Scalp Tissue Expansion in Aplasia Cutis Congenita. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jun; 27(4):904-7. View abstract
  22. Reply: Surgical Treatment and Reconstruction of Nonmelanoma Facial Skin Cancers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Dec; 136(6):858e-859e. View abstract
  23. Surgical treatment and reconstruction of nonmelanoma facial skin cancers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May; 135(5):895e-908e. View abstract
  24. The philtrum in cleft lip: review of anatomy and techniques for construction. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Jan; 25(1):9-13. View abstract
  25. An evidence-based approach to the treatment of nonmelanoma facial skin malignancies. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb; 127(2):940-948. View abstract
  26. Integrated plastic surgery residency applicant survey: characteristics of successful applicants and feedback about the interview process. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 May; 123(5):1607-1617. View abstract
  27. Comparative microanatomy of the orbicularis oris muscle between chimpanzees and humans: evolutionary divergence of lip function. J Anat. 2009 Jan; 214(1):36-44. View abstract
  28. Reconstruction of the through-and-through anterior mandibulectomy defect: indications and limitations of the double-skin paddle fibular free flap. Laryngoscope. 2008 Aug; 118(8):1329-34. View abstract
  29. Anatomical basis for apparent subepithelial cleft lip: a histological and ultrasonographic survey of the orbicularis oris muscle. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2008 Sep; 45(5):518-24. View abstract
  30. Orbicularis oris muscle defects as an expanded phenotypic feature in nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate. . 2007 Jun 01; 143A(11):1143-9. View abstract
  31. Automated facial image analysis: detecting improvement in abnormal facial movement after treatment with botulinum toxin A. Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Jan; 58(1):39-47. View abstract
  32. Reconstruction of the lateral mandibulectomy defect: management based on prognosis and location and volume of soft tissue resection. Laryngoscope. 2006 Nov; 116(11):2071-80. View abstract
  33. Dinoflagellate expressed sequence tag data indicate massive transfer of chloroplast genes to the nuclear genome. Protist. 2004 Mar; 155(1):65-78. View abstract