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Akron Children's Craniofacial Center renamed for James Lehman, Jr. MD

06-08-2016 (Akron, Ohio )

To honor James A. Lehman Jr., MD for his 43 years of dedication and service to Akron Children’s Hospital, the Craniofacial Center at Akron Children’s will be renamed The James A. Lehman Jr., MD Craniofacial Center.

Dr. Lehman was the founder of the Craniofacial Center and served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery from 1972-2009. Together with his team he advanced the mission of the center and sustained its reputation as one of the top craniofacial centers in the country. Dr. Lehman amplified the reputation and visibility of the center by pursuing a vision of coordinated team care for children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies.

Dr. Lehman was also an influential leader and mentor within his field, and served as a past president of the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association.

“Dr. Lehman treated thousands of patients and their families with kindness, compassion and the finest medical care during his 43 years at Akron Children’s,” says Ananth Murthy, MD, Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Akron Children’s. “I’m so pleased we’ll be recognizing his extraordinary career by renaming the Craniofacial Center.”

The Akron Children’s Craniofacial Center diagnoses and treats infants, children and teens with deformities in the skull and face, such as clefts and craniofacial abnormalities. The center has been certified by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association (ACPA) as an approved center and treats more than 500 patients – ranging from newborns to young adults – each year.