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. Burrows AM, Kaminski J, Waller BM, Omstead KM, Rogers-Vizena C, Mendelson B. Dog faces exhibit anatomical differences in comparison to other domestic animals. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2020 Sep 24. View abstract
  2. DeGrazia M, Ahtam B, Rogers-Vizena CR, Proctor M, Porter C, Vyas R, Laurentys CT, Bergling E, McLaughlin K, Grant PE. Brain Characteristics Noted Prior to and Following Cranial Orthotic Treatment. Child Neurol Open. 2020 Jan-Dec; 7:2329048X20949769. View abstract
  3. Rogers-Vizena CR, Sideridis GD, Patel KG, Garland CB, Mount DL, Yao CA. A Competency Assessment Tool for Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Jul; 8(7):e2954. View abstract
  4. Saldanha FYL, Loan GJ, Calabrese CE, Sideridis GD, Weinstock PH, Rogers-Vizena CR. Incorporating Cleft Lip Simulation Into a "Bootcamp-Style" Curriculum. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 Feb 11. View abstract
  5. Fayoux P, Daniel SJ, Allen G, Balakrishnan K, Boudewyns A, Cheng A, De Alarcon A, Goel D, Hart CK, Leboulanger N, Lee G, Moreddu E, Muntz H, Rahbar R, Nicollas R, Rogers-Vizena CR, Russell J, Rutter MJ, Smith RJH, Wyatt M, Zalzal G, Resnick CM. International Pediatric ORL Group (IPOG) Robin Sequence consensus recommendations. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Mar; 130:109855. View abstract
  6. Saldanha FYL, Levites HA, Staffa SJ, Roussin C, Allori AC, Rogers-Vizena CR. 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
  7. Kantar RS, Ramly EP, Almas F, Patel KG, Rogers-Vizena CR, Roche NA, Zgheib E, Munoz-Pareja JC, Nader MK, Kummer AW, Flores RL, Van Aalst JA, Hamdan US. 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
  8. Rogers-Vizena CR, Saldanha FYL, Hosmer AL, Weinstock PH. 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
  9. Citron I, Ganske I, Massenburg BB, Doyle M, Meara JG, Rogers-Vizena CR. 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
  10. Firriolo JM, Ontiveros NC, Pike CM, Taghinia AH, Rogers-Vizena CR, Ganor O, Greene AK, Meara JG, Labow BI. 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
  11. Rogers-Vizena CR, Weinstock P, Livingston K, Prabhu SP. The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 03; 139(3):811e-812e. View abstract
  12. Chang DT, Irace AL, Kawai K, Rogers-Vizena CR, Nuss R, Adil EA. Nasal septal perforation in children: Presentation, etiology, and management. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jan; 92:176-180. View abstract
  13. Burrows AM, Rogers-Vizena CR, Li L, Mendelson B. The Mobility of the Human Face: More than Just the Musculature. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2016 12; 299(12):1779-1788. View abstract
  14. Rogers-Vizena CR, Weinstock P, Livingston K, Prabhu SP. Letter: The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov 28. View abstract
  15. Rogers-Vizena CR, Sporn SF, Daniels KM, Padwa BL, Weinstock P. 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
  16. Rogers-Vizena CR, Mulliken JB, Daniels KM, Estroff JA. Prenatal Features Predictive of Robin Sequence Identified by Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jun; 137(6):999e-1006e. View abstract
  17. Hadad I, Meara JG, Rogers-Vizena CR. 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
  18. Rogers-Vizena CR, Lalonde DH, Menick FJ, Bentz ML. Reply: Surgical Treatment and Reconstruction of Nonmelanoma Facial Skin Cancers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Dec; 136(6):858e-9e. View abstract
  19. Rogers-Vizena CR, Lalonde DH, Menick FJ, Bentz ML. Surgical treatment and reconstruction of nonmelanoma facial skin cancers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May; 135(5):895e-908e. View abstract
  20. Rogers CR, Meara JG, Mulliken JB. The philtrum in cleft lip: review of anatomy and techniques for construction. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Jan; 25(1):9-13. View abstract
  21. Rogers CR, Bentz ML. An evidence-based approach to the treatment of nonmelanoma facial skin malignancies. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb; 127(2):940-8. View abstract
  22. Rogers CR, Gutowski KA, Munoz-Del Rio A, Larson DL, Edwards M, Hansen JE, Lawrence WT, Stevenson TR, Bentz ML. Integrated plastic surgery residency applicant survey: characteristics of successful applicants and feedback about the interview process. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 May; 123(5):1607-17. View abstract
  23. Rogers CR, Mooney MP, Smith TD, Weinberg SM, Waller BM, Parr LA, Docherty BA, Bonar CJ, Reinholt LE, Deleyiannis FW, Siegel MI, Marazita ML, Burrows AM. 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
  24. Deleyiannis FW, Rogers C, Ferris RL, Lai SY, Kim S, Johnson J. 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
  25. Rogers CR, Weinberg SM, Smith TD, Deleyiannis FW, Mooney MP, Marazita ML. 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
  26. Neiswanger K, Weinberg SM, Rogers CR, Brandon CA, Cooper ME, Bardi KM, Deleyiannis FW, Resick JM, Bowen A, Mooney MP, de Salamanca JE, González B, Maher BS, Martin RA, Marazita ML. 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
  27. Rogers CR, Schmidt KL, VanSwearingen JM, Cohn JF, Wachtman GS, Manders EK, Deleyiannis FW. 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
  28. Deleyiannis FW, Rogers C, Lee E, Russavage J, Gastman B, Dunklebarger J, Lai S, Ferris R, Myers EN, Johnson J. 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
  29. Bachvaroff TR, Concepcion GT, Rogers CR, Herman EM, Delwiche CF. Dinoflagellate expressed sequence tag data indicate massive transfer of chloroplast genes to the nuclear genome. Protist. 2004 Mar; 155(1):65-78. View abstract