Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders
Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship
Associate Program Director
Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship
Associate Program Director
Hemangioma Vascular Anomalies
Melanoma & Pigmented Lesion Clinic
Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Service Line Chief
Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program
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.
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Read more about Dr. Kirschner's work in our Department of Surgery report
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!
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