About the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is dedicated to giving children the individualized care they need and deserve.

Located within the oldest and one of the most highly ranked children’s hospitals in the country, our Division is the most active children’s plastic surgery center in the Philadelphia region and one of the largest in the United States, with approximately 7,600 outpatient appointments and more than 3,000 operative procedures a year, including inpatient, day surgery and office procedures.

We utilize the most up-to-date tools in the diagnosis and treatment of children who require plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our specialists also serve as consultants to other teams, both nationally and internationally. Our reputation has brought families from across the country and around the world seeking our expertise and treatment.

What we treat

Our surgeons have vast experience with the full spectrum of plastic surgical problems, from the routine to the rare, the small to the large. Our team works with specialists from across the Hospital to treat children and adolescents with many conditions that may benefit from plastic and reconstructive surgery. We treat a wide variety of both simple and complex problems related to:

  • Major and minor congenital birth deformities of the head, neck, limbs and torso
  • Defects due to trauma, including burns
  • Vascular malformations
  • Palsies resulting from stroke
  • Tumors of the head and neck, skin, torso and extremities
  • Growth disturbances, including overgrowth syndromes, hypoplasia, and more
  • Appearance-related conditions

Specialized programs and services

Our dedicated specialty programs and clinics address our patients’ many needs by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of pediatric specialists from across the Hospital. Each program focuses on the treatment and management of your child’s specific condition, offering the best possible clinical care from the time of initial diagnosis through the final rehabilitation.

Our Facial Reconstruction Center, internationally recognized as a center of excellence, provides interdisciplinary care for children with facial problems and includes the Cleft Lip and Palate Program, Craniofacial Program, Facial Motion Disorders Program, Vascular Malformations Program and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program.

In addition to our facial reconstruction expertise, we have extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures for conditions and deformities affecting the entire body. We specialize in treating malformations of the torso, breasts, limbs, hands, ears, and more. Individualized diagnosis and management of appearance-related disorders is vital to the growth and development of children impacted by these conditions. Adolescents may require cosmetic surgery (such as rhinoplasty) for psychological well-being and improved quality of life.

Every relevant specialty is involved in caring for our patients, including plastic surgery, neurosurgery, nursing, ophthalmology, audiology, speech pathology, social work, orthopedics, dermatology, general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, radiology, pediatrics, genetics, psychology, physical anthropology, physical and occupational therapy, anesthesiology and otolaryngology.

Because having a congenital or acquired appearance difference can present a variety of challenges for children and their families, our dedicated clinical psychologists and social worker are an integral part of all of our specialized programs. The support they offer helps to maximize your child’s well-being at home, school and in your community.

Beyond providing expert clinical care, we are committed to improving treatment and outcomes for children with these disorders through ongoing research projects.

December 2013