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Jesse A. Taylor, MD

Attending Surgeon

Co-director, Cleft Lip and Palate Program

Director, Center for Facial Reconstruction

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Taylor is an attending surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. He currently acts as co-director of CHOP’s Cleft Lip and Palate Program and serves as director of the University of Pennsylvania / CHOP Craniofacial Fellowship Program.

Dr. Taylor is an active member of the Department of Surgery Quality Improvement Committee in addition to numerous national and international societies, including the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Transplant Surgery, and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Taylor completed his plastic surgery residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and followed his passion for craniofacial reconstruction as a craniofacial surgery fellow under the well-respected Dr. Fernando Molina in Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Taylor focuses his practice on enhancing the appearance and functionality of the face and head in patients with craniofacial disorders. He specializes in rhinoplasty, otoplasty, cleft lip and palate repair, cranial reconstruction for craniosynostosis, cranio-maxillo-facial distraction osteogenesis, maxillofacial reconstruction, and complex facial reconstruction. He uses innovative surgical techniques and treatment strategies to optimize outcomes for his patients.

Fueling these efforts, Dr. Taylor is engaged in active research focused on techniques in bone engineering using stem cells, growth factors, and novel drug delivery systems. His research also involves outcomes studies in cleft and craniofacial surgery, aiming to improve the standard of care in his field and the quality of life for his patients. His research is regularly presented at major national and international plastic surgery conferences and he continues to make a strong contribution to the literature in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Taylor contributes to the care of international cleft and craniofacial patients through visiting physician appointments in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Cuba. He also serves on international surgical mission trips in developing countries, providing pro bono care for children who may otherwise go untreated. He sees patients at both The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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