Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FAAP, FACS :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Information

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-3887
FX: (614) 722-5826

Location Information for Patients

Main Campus
Westerville Surgery Center


Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP, has joined Nationwide Children's Hospital as chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the Cleft Lip and Palate-Craniofacial Center.

Dr. Kirschner is nationally recognized as a leading authority in cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and hemangiomas/vascular malformations. He has been widely published in many leading professional publications, is co-editor of the text Comprehensive Cleft Care, and is actively involved in research and teaching. Dr. Kirschner has taught at educational symposia in several countries and is co-founder and medical director of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization for the delivery of cleft care to underserved children in central Mexico.

He comes to Nationwide Children’s from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he held the Mary Downs Chair for Craniofacial Treatment and Research and served as director of both the Cleft Lip and Palate Program and Plastic Surgery Research. He also served as program director for Plastic Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kirschner completed his medical training at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, graduating with Research Distinction in Microbiology and Pediatrics. He pursued his surgical training at Cornell University Medical Center, where he also completed a research fellowship. He then completed his Plastic Surgery residency at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine prior to serving as a fellow in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Make a Referral
Call (614) 722-6200 or (877) 722-6220
Fax Referrals to (614) 722-4000 or make a referral online.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Education and Training

Medical School

  • University of Miami School of Medicine
    Date Completed: 05/12/1989


  • New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1995


  • University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1997


  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Date Completed: 06/30/1998


  • Pediatric Surgery


  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 03/22/2010


  • Richard Kirschner. 2014. Cleft Lip and Palate Malformations. In Congenital Malformations of the Head and Neck.: Springer.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2014. Congenital Malformations of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx. In Congenital Maloformations of the Head and Neck.: Springer.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2013. Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. In Plastic Surgery, Third Edition.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2013. Surgical Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. In Cleft Lip and Palate, Third Edition.: Springer.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2011. Comprehensive Cleft Care [Mandarin Edition].: McGraw Hill.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2009. Craniofacial Growth: Genetic Basis and Morphogenetic Process in Craniosynostosis. In Plastic Surgery.: Elsevier.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2008. Comprehensive Cleft Care.: McGraw Hill.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2008. Comprehensive Cleft Care.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2008. Pierre Robin Sequence. In Comprehensive Cleft Care.: McGraw-Hill.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2008. The Children's Hospital Modification of the Furlow Z-Palatoplasty. In Comprehensive Cleft Care.: McGraw-Hill.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2008. Cleft Lip Adhesion. In Comprehensive Cleft Care.: McGraw- Hill.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2005. Surgical Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. In Cleft Lip and Palate, Second Edition.: Springer.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2005. Palatal Anomalies in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. In Velocardiofacial Syndrome: Understanding Microdeletion Disorders.: Cambridge University Press.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2001. Benign Parotid Tumors. In eMedicine Journal: Plastic Surgery.
  • Richard Kirschner. 2001. Cleft Lip. In eMedicine Journal: Plastic Surgery.
  • Richard Kirschner. 1994. Role of neutrophils. In Reperfusion Injury of Skeletal Muscle.: R.G. Landes Company.

Patient Reviews

  • Dr. Kirschner is the reason we came to Nationwide. He’s awesome – smart, highly skilled and compassionate.
  • Dr. Richard Kirschner is an AMAZING doctor! Not only does he have a fabulous bedside manner, he is genuinely kind and caring individual. He has been treating my daughter for nearly four years now and I would honestly not go to another doctor. Other medical professionals have even complemented his work and asked who did it, he is excellent!
  • Dr. Kirschner is the reason we come to Nationwide.
  • Dr. Kirschner did a wonderful job repairing her cleft lip. Very pleased with the results.
  • Dr. Kirschner met with us and explained what he had done and went over follow up care with us. He made us feel at ease and we would recommend him highly! We appreciated his time, concern and care.
  • Know why Dr. Kirschner is Chief. He is a wonderful doctor for children. Deb Weideling
  • Dr. Kirschner is an amazing doctor. He explains and answers all my questions, and does and amazing job! I felt at ease knowing my child is in great hands with him!
  • Dr. Kirschner was terrific. He answered questions and was very approachable.
  • Dr. Kirschner was very thorough and kind – and did an amazing job repairing our daughter’s cleft palate.

Read more about Dr. Kirschner's work in our Department of Surgery report

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Pediacast Interview - All About 22q

Dr. Richard Kirschner and Dr. Adriane Baylis join Dr. Mike, the voice of PediaCast, to discuss the nuts and bolts of the common disorder 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. You'll hear about the upcoming Healthy You and 22q Conference; and Ryan Dempster, starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers, swings by to talk about the Dempster Family Foundation and the 22q Mystery Bus Tour!

Pediacast with Dr. Mike Patrick

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