Cleft and Craniofacial Center | Meet Our Team

Children with facial differences may experience a variety of procedures and therapies throughout their lifetime. We will streamline your visits to the hospital so that multiple specialists can provide you and your child with a unified plan of care.

Boston Children’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where all of our physicians are also faculty. Our clinicians are also involved in research that moves us closer to a better understanding of — and treatment for — all abnormalities of the head and face. Learn more about our craniofacial research.

Meet the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Boston Children’s Hospital

Our Cleft and Craniofacial Center includes some of the world’s most experienced neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial specialists, dentistry professionals, psychologists and social workers. Our strength in these related subspecialties ensures that we fully address every aspect of your child’s care, from initial physical examinations through surgery and follow-up.

Our Surgeons

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, is Boston Children's Hospital Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief and the Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His areas of expertise include cleft lip and palate, and craniofacial surgery. He is also interested in value-based health care and implementation science research, including time-driven, activity-based cost research and outcomes research.  Dr. Meara has led several ICHOM projects focusing on outcomes reporting and international benchmarking. He was Co-Chair for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and was a commissioner on the Lancet GlobalHealth Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era, and the Lancet Oncology Commission. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics. 

John B. Mulliken, MD, is a plastic surgeon and co-director of the Boston Children's Vascular Anomalies Center and Director of the Craniofacial Center. He routinely performs corrective surgeries for children with fetal craniofacial deformities, vascular anomalies, cleft lip and cleft palate and Sturge-Weber syndrome. Dr. Mulliken is also a professor of plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Bonnie L. Padwa, DMD, MD, is Boston Children's oral surgeon-in-chief in the section of oral and maxillofacial surgery. She regularly sees patients with jaw cysts and tumors, cleft lip and palate and vascular anomalies. She is engaged in research centered on the facial growth of children with different craniofacial conditions. Dr. Padwa is an associate professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Cory Resnick, DMD, MD, is an attending surgeon in the oral and maxillofacial surgery department. Some of his clinical focuses include treatment of craniofacial anomalies and syndromes, orthognathic (jaw) surgery and management of Robin Sequence. He is an active member of the multidisciplinary Craniofacial and Vascular Anomalies teams and has many ongoing clinical research projects designed to improve treatment and outcomes in several areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery. 

Mark R. Proctor, MD, is Neurosurgeon-in-Chief who treats children affected by craniofacial conditions, like craniosynostosis, congenital malformations of the spine, neurological trauma and sports-related head and spine injuries. He completed his surgical fellowship here at Boston Children's and has an active research program, focusing on developing improved long-term outcomes for neurotrauma patients. Dr. Proctor is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena, MD, is an attending surgeon in the plastic surgery department. Her clinical areas of interest include cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, facial trauma, facial reconstruction, and Medpor® ear reconstruction. She has two major areas of active research.  The first in an international collaboration focusing on improving long term outcomes of cleft lip and palate repair.  The second focuses on improving cleft lip education and competency using surgical simulation.

Ingrid Ganske, MD, is an attending surgeon in the plastic surgery department. She completed postgraduate training in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency, followed by a Craniofacial Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has many ongoing clinical research projects related to best techniques for and long term outcomes following repair of cleft lip and palate, as well as cleft nasal deformity.

Our Dentistry Professionals

Richard A. Bruun, DDS, is a pediatric orthodontist with a particular focus in treating patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial conditions. He completed his internship and residencies at Boston Children's and is an instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

 James MacLaine, BDS, is a Craniofacial Orthodontist. He completed his dental training in Scotland, and orthodontic residency in Hong Kong. He undertook further training to become a Fellow of Dental Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and also became a Fellow of Craniofacial Orthodontics at Boston Children's Hospital.  He is currently an Instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Megan McDougall, DMD, is a full time Orthodontist on the Craniofacial team at Boston Children’s Hospital and Lecturer in Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her main research interest is in the field of pre-surgical Orthopedics for infants with cleft lip and palate.

Our Geneticists

Joan M. Stoler, MD, is a clinical geneticist who studies the genetic underpinnings of craniofacial conditions, particularly craniosynostosis. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Catherine Bearce Nowak, MD, practices clinical genetics and has special interest in conditions that affect he development of facial structures such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis. She is the director of The Feingold Center for Children and sees patients in Waltham, Peabody and North Dartmouth. 

Our Nursing Professionals

Maria Ambrose, RN, MS, CPNP, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in plastic and oral surgery.

Catherine Noonan, RN, MS, CPNP, CWON, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner in Boston Children’s Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery. Her specialties include cleft lip and palate, as well as wound care.

Mary Lou Sauro, RN, BSN is a graduate of Rivier University in Nashua, N.H. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse who specializes in care of patients with cleft lip/cleft palate and craniofacial diagnoses. She is the lead nurse in the Cleft and Craniofacial Center where she focuses on managing feeding difficulties, nutritional support, pre and post op education for families, as well as psychosocial and emotional support for parents. Mary Lou is actively engaged in initiatives to provide education to other nurses at regional hospitals on cleft lip and palate and craniofacial newborn baby care and feeding. 

Our Allied Health Professionals

Lynn Schwartz, AuD, CCC-A, is a pediatric audiologist who assists children with a variety of hearing disorders and impairments.

Aimee Madden, MPA, PA-C is a Physician Assistant in the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery.  She is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she received a Bachelors in Health Sciences and a Masters in Physician Assistant.  Aimee also completed a Physician Assistant Residency in Pediatrics and has a background in Neonatology/Newborn Medicine.  Her current role is as a clinical care coordinator for our Cleft and Craniofacial patients. 

Cheslea Reddin, LICSW is a social worker who helps children and families navigate the psychosocial aspects of growing up and thriving with cleft and craniofacial conditions.

Our Support Professionals 

Samantha Hall is a graduate of Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., with a degree in Healthcare Administration. She is the program coordinator for the Cleft and Craniofacial Center. She works closely with physicians and families to ensure our patients are receiving quality care through our interdisciplinary team approach. She is constantly working to improve and expand our program to meet the needs of our patients.

Make an Appointment

For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please call us at 617-355-6309 or email samantha.hall@childrens.harvard.edu.

International Patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at 1-617-355-5209.