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Our Expert Team

 A multispecialty approach allows us to work with our clinical community and the community at large, providing the chance for each child to experience life to the fullest. Our team includes:

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Dorafshar, Amir Hossein, M.B.Ch.B.

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Clinical Co-Director, Face Transplant Program
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Redett, Richard James, M.D. III

Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Director, Facial Paralysis and Pain Center
Director, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Clinical Director, Genitourinary Transplant Program

Kim Seifert, RN, BSN, Cleft Care Coordinator

Ms. Seifert has been the Clinic Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Cleft & Craniofacial Center since 1998. From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Seifert coordinated the Mid-Atlantic Oral Cleft Research Study on the environmental and genetic causes of cleft lip and palate. She was the 1999 winner of the Donna Pruzansky Memorial Fund Award from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, a competitive grant for nurses devoted to the care of patients with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Ms. Seifert earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1997. She is a 1993 graduate of Lafayette College. In 2010, she accompanied Dr. Redett on a medical mission to Peru to treat children with cleft lip and palate.


Karen Litzinger, Medical Office Coordinator for Dr. Redett

Ms. Litzinger is Administrative Assistant and Medical Office Coordinator for Dr. Richard Redett. Prior to joining the Department of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Ms. Litzinger worked in the Transplant Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Ahn, Edward Sanghoon, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Joint Appointment in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Jackson, Eric Michael, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Pediatric Otolaryngology

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Tunkel, David Eric, M.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology
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Boss, Emily Frances, M.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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Skinner, Margaret Leigh, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director - Multidisciplinary Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic Team

Melinda "Nina" DeSell, CRNP

Ms. DeSell is the pediatric nurse practitioner in the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is responsible for evaluating and treating the children at the Hopkins cleft clinic. Ms DeSell earned her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate at Johns Hopkins University, her Masters of Science: Maternal-Child Health at the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s of Science: Nursing at Lynchburg College of Virginia. She holds certifications with Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as well as the Maryland State Board of Nursing. She was awarded the Kalynn Quinn Hensley Lectureship 2010 for her presentation on EXIT Procedure for CHAOS.

Genetic Testing and Counseling

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Hoover-Fong, Julie Elizabeth, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias

Beaty, Terri H., Ph.D.

Joint Appointment in Oncology


Natalie Beck, MGC, CGC


Carrie Blout, MS, CGC

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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White, Alicia D., Au.D., M.S.

Assistant of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Kathy Ferguson, CCP-SLP, Speech-Language Pathology

Ms. Ferguson, speech-language pathologist, is the Assistant Director of the Speech-Language Department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is responsible for general assessments for children and young adults at the Hopkins Cleft Clinic, including nasoendoscopy. Ms. Ferguson earned a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College, and Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing from State University College of New York at Plattsburgh. She holds a Maryland License in Speech-Language Pathology and a Certificate in Clinical Competence (C.C.C.) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.


Jeannine Hoch, MA, CCC/SLP, Speech and Language Pathology


Pat Landis, CCP-SLP, Speech-Language Pathology

Dentistry and Orthodontics

Edward Ginsburg, DDS

Joseph Seipp, DDS, Orthodontist

Dr. Seipp has been a member of the Johns Hopkins Cleft Clinic team since 1959, when he opened his private practice here in Baltimore. Dr. Seipp earned an A.B. degree from Loyola College, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, and his Master's Degree in Orthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Steven Marc Siegel, DMD

Dr. Siegel has been in private practice in orthodontics in Baltimore since 1988. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland's Dental School. Dr. Siegel earned a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, and a D.M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He studied Histology and Biochemistry at New York University, and received a B.A. in Biology from Brooklyn College. He is past president of the Maryland State Society of Orthodontists and currently chairs its Education Committee.

Larry Wang, DDS

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