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Includes specialty programs: Craniofacial Center / Deformational Plagiocephaly Clinic / Ear Molding Clinic / Speech Resonance Clinic / Vascular Anomalies Clinic / Cosmetic & Reconstructive Laser Program

Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center

We provide a full range of reconstructive plastic surgery services for infants, children and teens. Our treatment goals are aimed at increasing the movement and function of parts affected by injury, disease, genetic syndromes, birth defects or abnormal development, and improving a child’s outside appearance to help him feel better about himself. And we do it with a compassionate, family-centered approach.

We have one focus: kids.

If your child needs surgery to fix a deformity caused by a birth defect, injury, illness or tumor, we have the experience and qualifications to treat your child to restore function and achieve the best possible cosmetic result.

The types of conditions we treat include:

  • Cleft lip and palate and craniostenosis
  • Hemangiomas and other vascular malformations
  • Birth defects of the ear (protruding or absent ear)
  • Birth defects of the hands (webbed fingers, extra or missing digits)
  • Birth defects of the chest and limbs (breast anomalies)
  • Birthmarks and moles
  • Injuries to the head, face, neck, jaws, hands, arms, legs and trunk
  • Scar reduction and repair, including burn scars
  • Cosmetic surgery to improve a child's self-image (e.g., nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, ear and chin repositioning, and correction of jaw or bite abnormalities)

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Contact Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
Akron Children's Hospital Craniofacial Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 1
Akron, Ohio 44308-1062
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Amherst
Akron Children's Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Amherst
Akron Children's Health Center
47185 Cooper Foster Park Road
Amherst, Ohio 44001
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-543-4971
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 2
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Ananth Murthy
Ananth Murthy, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Medical Director, James A. Lehman Jr., MD Craniofacial Center and Speech Resonance Clinic; Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon

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Ashish Francis, MD

Pediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Anjay Khandelwal, MD, FACS, FICS

Director, Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute; Acute/Reconstructive Burn Surgeon; Surgical Critical Care; Director, Pediatric and Adult Cosmetic & Reconstructive Laser Program

Accepting New Patients

Richard Lou, MD, FACS

Acute/Reconstructive Burn and Plastic Surgeon; Surgical Critical Care


Niyant Patel, MD

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Heather Larson, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Bernadette Pejic, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Ashley Valentine, PA-C

Physician Assistant


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

cleft lip and palate, craniostenosis, hemangiomas, congenital ear deformity, Apert Syndrome, Benign Growths in the Jaw, Birthmarks, Brachycephaly, Craniofacial Anomalies, Craniofacial Microsomia, Gingivitis, Muenke Syndrome, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Stickler Syndrome, Birthmarks, Hemangioendothelioma, Port-wine stain

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