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Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division otolaryngologists specialize in treating conditions affecting the animation (e.g., smiling and speech articulation) and cosmetic appearance to the face and neck:

  • Facial paralysis (reanimation) and nerve injury
  • Breathing disorders
  • Skin cancer and nasal valve reconstruction
  • Aging face
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Facial trauma
  • Revision surgery for complex cosmetic and reconstructive surgery

Division members employ advanced modeling equipment to best simulate cosmetic appearance outcomes during patient consultation. Experienced in complex and evidence-based surgical techniques, the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery serves as a destination center for facial reconstruction after skin cancer and trauma.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

11724-Shipchandler, Taha

Taha Z. Shipchandler, MD

Resident Program Director

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19644-Vernon, Dominic

Dominic J. Vernon, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

Following removal of cancerous tumors or severe burns, proper skin reconstruction, especially on the face, remains a significant clinical challenge. The Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery faculty are developing a unique skin-in-a-dish model that could impact facial reconstructive surgery; they are also studying craniofacial development. Current skin-grafting practices use skin without hair follicles, sweat glands or pigmentation cells–necessary components for skin function, thermoregulation and appearance. Ongoing research look to generate all skin structures within a single cell bundle the size of a poppy seed, known as a skin organoid. Upcoming experiments explore ways to reconstruct normal skin using organoids and 3D bio-printing.

Basic Science Research Faculty

16153-Koehler, Karl

Karl R. Koehler, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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