Joseph A. Napoli, MD, DDS

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Joseph A. Napoli, MD, DDS, is an attending physician with the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Cleft lip and palate, Craniofacial surgery, Maxillofacial reconstruction, Plastic surgery, Vascular malformations/birthmarks
Locations: Main Hospital; Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
DDS - Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York, NY


General Surgery - Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY


Plastic Surgery - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
General Surgery - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
General Dentistry - Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY


Craniofacial Surgery - Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Board Certification

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surger
Plastic Surgery – American Board of Plastic Surgery

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Departments and Services




Napoli JA, Vallino LD, Buckley J. (2018). Revision palatoplasty for velopharyngeal dysfunction using bilateral buccal myomucosal flaps: An assessment of speech outcomes. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2018, 76(10), e4-e5.


Gripp KW, Baker L, Kandula V, Conard K, Scavina M, Napoli JA, Griffin GC, Thacker M, Knox RG, Clark GR, Parker VE, Semple R, Mirzaa G, Keppler-Noreuil KM. Nephroblastomatosis or Wilms tumor in a fourth patient with a somatic PIK3CA mutation. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Oct;170(10):2559-69. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37758. Epub 2016 May 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 27191687; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5514817..


Bruckman KC, Napoli JA, Diecidue RJ, Gold L. Inborn errors of metabolism and odontogenic tumors: a case report of an odontogenic myxoma in a child with 3-methycrotonyl-CoA carboxyplase deficiency.  Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, 2015, 73(2): 274-283.


DiPentima MC, Chan S, Powell J, Napoli JA, Walter AW, Walsh, TJ. Topical amphotericin B in combination with standard therapy for severe necrotizing skin and soft-tissue mucormycosis in an infant with bilineal leukemia: case report and review. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 2014; 36(7): e468-70. doi:10.1097/MPH.0000000000000166.


Gripp KW, Ennis S, Napoli JA. Exome analysis in clinical practice: expanding the phenotype of Bartsocas-Papas syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 2013; 161A: 1058-1063.


Sackett DD, Meshekow JS, Figueroa TE, Napoli JA. Isolated penile lymphedema in an adolescent male: a case of metastatic Crohn's disease. J Pediatr Urol. 2012 Oct;8(5):e55-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2012.03.006. Epub 2012 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 22507210.


Vallino LD, Zuker R, Napoli JA. A study of speech, language, hearing, and dentition in children with cleft lip only. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2008 Sep;45(5):485-94. doi: 10.1597/06-207.1. Epub 2008 Jan 2. PubMed PMID: 18788866.


Vallino LD, Peterson-Falzone SJ, Napoli JA.  The syndromes of Treacher Collins and Nager.  Advances in Speech-Language Pathology, 2006; 8:34-44.


Meehan SA, Napoli JA, Perry A:  Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans of the oral cavity.  Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 1999; 41:863-866.


Napoli JA and Donegan JO:  Aspergillosis and necrosis of the maxilla.  Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1991; 49:532-534.




Napoli JA, Vallino LD. Maxillary advancement. In: DJ. Zajac and LD. Vallino, Evaluation and management of cleft lip and palate: a developmental perspective (pp. 357-378), San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, Inc., 2017.

Napoli JA. Alveolar cleft repair.  In: DJ Zajac and LD Vallino, Evaluation and management of cleft lip and palate: a developmental perspective (pp. 339-354), San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, Inc., 2017. 

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


Napoli JA, Buckley J, Vallino, LD. Buccal flap revision palatoplasty: A perceptual, acoustic, and aerodynamic assessment of speech outcomes, May 6, 2018, Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA), Sydney, Australia. 

Napoli JA. “Innovation in dental practice and the profession” – Columbia University, Postdoctoral Homecoming – Panel member, New York, New York. October 19, 2018.

Napoli JA. 3-Hour Seminar: “Surgical care for cleft lip and palate” – Graduate Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. March 2018.

Awards and Honors

2019, Top Plastic Surgeon in Delaware, Top Plastic Surgeon Reviews
2017, Best Doctors in America
2017, America’s Most Honored Professionals
2016, Team Recognition Award – Nemours Nursing Shared Governance Research Committee
2016, American Registry: America’s Most Honored Professionals
2016, Division of Plastic Surgery Service Excellence Award: Press Ganey Score of 99th Percentile
2016, 2019, Physician Service Excellence Award, Press Ganey Score of 99th Percentile
2015, Change Makers Recognition – Best Medical and Dental Health Professionals -in Philadelphia Life (November)
2015, 2016, Delaware Today Top Doctors
2014-2015, Excellence in Teaching Award, Christiana Care Health System
2014, Vitals Patients’ Choice
2014, 2016-2019, 2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Plastic Surgery
2013-2014, Christina Board of Education Citizenship Award
2007-2008, 2011-2012, Best Doctors in America
2012, U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor
2011, 2012, Most Compassionate Doctor Award
2008-2009, 2011-2013,  Patients’ Choice Award
2006-2011, 2013, 2015-2019, Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors
1997, Distinguished Service Award, New Hampshire Bureau of Special Medical Services
1981, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
1981, Van Woert Scholarship Recipient
1981, American Academy of Oral Pathology Award
1973, New York State Regents Scholarship

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Nigerian Journal of Surgical Research

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
The International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
The American Society of Craniofacial Surgery