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Chad Gordon, D.O.

Chad Ronald Gordon, D.O.

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4.6out of 5
49 Ratings
  • Director, Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Complex Skull Reconstruction, Craniofacial Injuries, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery, Cranioplasty, Facial Implants, Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Reconstruction, Facial Surgery, Facial Trauma, Facial Trauma Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Post-Traumatic Reconstruction, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Lesions more

Research Interests

Neuroplastic Surgery, Skull reconstruction (Cranioplasty), Customized Cranial Implants, and Craniofacial Surgery more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-9466
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-9472


Dr. Chad Gordon is the pioneer behind the emerging field known as "Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery". As an internationally recognized expert in cranioplasty reconstruction and custom skull implants. Dr. Gordon is the Section Chief of Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director for the Johns Hopkins Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship, Professor of Plastic-Reconstructive Surgery and Neurological Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Principal Investigator of the Neuroplastic Surgery Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. He also chairs the Annual Harvard-Hopkins Neuroplastic Surgery Symposium and is the inaugural President for the Society of Neuroplastic Surgery.

Dr. Gordon has performed several "first-in-human" surgeries with state-of-the-art cranial implants and holds numerous patents for patient-specific craniofacial implants and computer-assisted/robot-assisted technologies.

With advanced training in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery, his clinical expertise includes neuroplastic surgery, which encompasses reconstructive surgery in the craniofacial, skull and scalp regions. Over the last nine years, he has developed this new subspecialty with strong collaboration alongside Neurosurgery. His main concentration involves optimizing reconstructive outcomes for adult neurosurgical patients including brain/skull tumor, head trauma, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, and neurofibromatosis.

Dr. Gordon serves as the co-director of the Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center with Dr. Judy Huang in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is responsible for coordinating complex craniofacial reconstructions alongside a large group of dedicated neurosurgeons and multidisciplinary specialists at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

During his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gordon was involved in the country's first face transplant in December 2008 as a team surgeon and project coordinator. For his work related to the nation’s first face transplant, the Cleveland Clinic presented Dr. Gordon the Bruce Hubbard Stewart Memorial Award for Humanistic Medicine.

Dr. Gordon received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a residency in plastic-reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gordon's main research interests include neuroplastic surgery, adult craniofacial surgery, cranioplasty, and customized cranial implants. In 2015, Dr. Gordon became an Associate Editor for the prestigious Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, serving under Editor-in-Chief Mutaz Habal, M.D. This journal is recognized as the leading international journal for the specialty of craniofacial surgery, and is now the official journal of the Society of Neuroplastic Surgery, for which Dr. Gordon serves as President. In addition, Dr. Gordon serves as an associate editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Gordon has received numerous awards, including the National Academic Scholar Award by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot Program Award from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Maryland Innovation Initiative Award from TEDCO and the ABELL Foundation Award for his research on cranial implants, cranioplasty, and computer-assisted/robot-assisted craniomaxillofacial surgery. more


  • Director, Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center (MACC)
  • Fellowship Director, Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, (Plastic Surgery)
  • Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

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Centers & Institutes



  • DO; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2002)


  • General Surgery; Cooper University Hospital (2008)


  • Plastic Surgery; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2010)
  • Craniofacial Surgery; Massachusetts General Hospital (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (Plastic Surgery) (2012)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trials

The Effect of Temporal Muscle Suspension of Temporal Hollowing (TMS)


Patient-specific craniofacial implants
Patent # 9216084 | 

Computer-assisted Planning and Execution System
Patent # 10448956 | 

Computer-assisted Face-Jaw-Teeth Transplantation
Patent # 10537337 | 

Activities & Honors


  • Grant, Abell Foundation, 2014
  • Maryland Innovation Initiative Award, TEDCO
  • Furnas Academic Scholarship Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2012
  • Bruce Hubbard Stewart Memorial Award for Humanistic Medicine, 2010
  • Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot Program Award, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
  • JHU-Coulter Translational Research Award, 2016 - 2017


  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Society of Neuroplastic Surgery
  • American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
  • International Society of Craniofacial Surgery
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgery

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Annals of Plastic Surgery
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
  • President, Society of Neuroplastic Surgery

Videos & Media

  • Play Video:

    Restoring the Skull’s Form and Appearance Through Neuroplastic Surgery — Dennis’ Story

  • Play Video:

    What You Need to Know About Neuroplastic Surgery

  • Play Video:

    Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center Q&A

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Podcast: Episode 29 - Smart Cranial Implants - The Brain 2.0 with Dr. Chad Gordon (May 2021)

New Field Developed at Johns Hopkins to Preserve Appearance After Neurosurgery, NeuroLogic, Summer 2020

Opportunities and Advancement for the Academic Plastic Surgeon in an Independent Department Setting (2020)

Neuroplastic surgery, Wikipedia (2018)

Novel Surgical Technique Spurs Clinical Innovation in Craniofacial Reconstruction, Johns Hopkins news and publications (3/07/2017)

A Hardware Update for the Human Brain, Wall Street Journal (6/6/2017)

Webcast: “Shaping Up: An Overview of Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty,” (May 2, 2012) 

Webcast: “Skull Contours After Brain Surgery or Trauma

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • 4.6 Provider Explained Things Clearly
  • 4.8 Provider Listened Carefully
  • 4.6 Provider Knew Medical History
  • 4.8 Provider Showed Respect
  • 4.5 Provider Spent Enough Time
  • 4.6 Overall Rating by Patient


4.6 out of 5 (49 Ratings, 19 Comments)
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