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Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena

EDUCATION

Medical School

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

Fellowship

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

Residency

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

Fellowship

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

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

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.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery