Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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.

Experienced team

Our specialized Plastic Surgery team consists of:

Meet our team members »

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. We treat a wide variety of both simple and complex problems related tom:

Learn more about the many conditions we treat »

Surgical procedures

Our plastic surgeons perform many types of pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures, from the most common to the most complex. The following chart highlights our team's experience, with examples of surgeries frequently performed by our Division, as well as some of the rarer procedures that our team has experience with. Please note that this list does not include all surgical procedures we offer, so we encourage you to contact our Division with any questions.

Number and type of surgeries

Types of surgeries
performed include:
Number of surgeries
per year*
Cleft lip/palate repair (initial repair) 120
Intracarnial reconstructions** 70
Jaw surgeries 50
Ear surgeries 60
Excisions, lesions, cysts, tumors, and hemangiomas 1,100
Hand procedures 350
Facial reanimation 10
Breast reconstruction 23
Laser procedures 286
Nose surgeries 133
Flaps/grafts for trauma, burns, open wounds, etc. 532
Mandibular distraction 20

*Approximate number of surgeries per year
**Procedures on the face done through access in the skull base, under retracted brain

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 by bringing together all of the related services that can help your child, including dedicated psychosocial support services.

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.

Our specialized programs include:

In addition to providing coordinated clinical care, our programs are also committed to improving treatment and outcomes for children with these disorders through ongoing research projects.


The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located on the first floor in the Richard D. Wood Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center on CHOP’s Main Campus. We also offer a variety of services at satellite locations in Pennsylvania (Exton, King of Prussia and Bucks County) and New Jersey (Atlantic County, Princeton and Voorhees).

December 2013

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