Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Appoints New Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Jesse A. Taylor, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Taylor began his career at CHOP in 2010 as an attending surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the Co-Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and serves as Director of the Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Taylor has accepted this well-deserved position,” said N. Scott Adzick, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief at CHOP. “Dr. Taylor has made significant clinical and research contributions in plastic surgery, specifically in the areas of craniofacial distraction osteogenesis and cranial suture biology. I’m grateful for the exceptional care he demonstrates through his clinical practice, and I look forward to celebrating future breakthroughs within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under Dr. Taylor’s leadership.”

In his new role, Dr. Taylor will oversee the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the most active children's plastic surgery center in the Philadelphia region and one of the largest in the United States. The division’s team cares for a full spectrum of plastic surgical problems, from the routine to the rare, and the small to the large.

Much of Dr. Taylor’s clinical focus has been on enhancing the appearance and functionality of the face and head in patients with craniofacial disorders. In June 2017, Dr. Taylor co-led a team of approximately 30 members to successfully complete the separation of 10-month-old twins. It was the 24th time that surgeons at CHOP have separated a pair of conjoined twins, but the first craniopagus (joined at the head) pair.

Dr. Taylor completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He followed his passion for craniofacial reconstruction as a craniofacial surgery fellow under the world-renowned Drs. Molina and Ortiz-Monasterio in Mexico City, Mexico.

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.

He has published over 130 papers and book chapters and has also presented hundreds of invited lectures across the country and abroad. Dr. Taylor serves on international surgical mission trips in developing countries, providing care for children who may otherwise go untreated.

Dr. Taylor is as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Taylor succeeds Dr. Scott Bartlett, who served as the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at CHOP for 11 years. Dr. Bartlett has been a CHOP faculty member for more than three decades and is recognized as one of the premier craniofacial surgeons in the world. He will continue to see patients and advance the field with his pioneering work in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, research and education at CHOP.

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