Kristen M. Lowe, DDS, MS

Kristen M. Lowe, DDS, is a craniofacial orthodontist in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Cleft lip and palate, Craniosynostosis, Hemifacial microsomia, Nasoalveolar molding, Other jaw anomalies and facial differences
Locations: Main Campus
Phone: 215-590-2208

  • Background

    As a craniofacial orthodontist in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Lowe is a member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program and Craniofacial Program teams. Her clinical focus is the specialized orthodontic management of patients born with facial differences, such as cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, craniosynostosis, and various other syndromes and jaw anomalies requiring a multidisciplinary surgical and orthodontic approach.

    In conjunction with other CHOP specialists, Dr. Lowe manages the orthodontic needs of patients born with craniofacial differences at multiple stages from birth through adulthood. She has significant experience providing nasoalveolar molding (NAM) therapy and works with infants as young as 1 week old in preparation for surgical lip repair. Utilizing the state-of-the-art technology available at CHOP, such as low-dose cone beam CT imaging and 3-D computer-aided surgical treatment planning, Dr. Lowe is able to provide her patients with optimal care. As a courtesy to our families, Dr. Lowe is also available for routine orthodontic care of our patients’ siblings.

    Dr. Lowe completed her dental degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, her orthodontics residency and Master of Science degree at Columbia University, and her fellowship in Craniofacial and Special Needs Orthodontics at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

    She is one of the few orthodontists in the country to have completed a craniofacial orthodontics fellowship accredited by the American Dental Association. Upon completion of her training, she was awarded the Craniofacial Anomalies and Special Care Training Award by the American Association of Orthodontists. Additionally, Dr. Lowe is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontists and serves as a part-time Clinical Associate faculty member in the Postgraduate Orthodontic Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    DDS - University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA


    Orthodontics - Columbia University, New York, NY


    Craniofacial and Special Needs Orthodontics - Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

    Board Certification


    Graduate Degree

    MS in Orthodontics - Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Craniofacial Orthodontist

  • Departments and Services