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Chad Gordon, D.O.

Chad Ronald Gordon, D.O.

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4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings
  • Director, Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Complex Skull Reconstruction, Craniofacial Injuries, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Craniofacial Surgery, Craniomaxillofacial Surgery , Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction, 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

Skull Reconstruction (Cranioplasty), Craniofacial Surgery, Facial transplantation

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Dr. Chad Gordon is an associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and neurological surgery and the director of neuroplastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital. With advanced training in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery, his main area of clinical expertise includes neuroplastic surgery, which encompasses reconstructive surgery in the craniofacial region and complex skull reconstruction. Over the last eight years, he has developed and pioneered a new subspecialty known as “Neuroplastic Surgery” with strong collaboration alongside Neurosurgery, for which concentrates on optimizing reconstructive outcomes for adult neurosurgical patients including brain/skull tumor, head trauma, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, and neurofibromatosis.

Dr. Gordon serves as both the co-director of the Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center and co-director for the Johns Hopkins Fellowship in Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, alongside Dr. Judy Huang, professor of neurosurgery, and coordinates complex craniofacial reconstruction with 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 and research fellowship in general surgery at Cooper University Hospital and a residency in plastic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gordon's research interests include neuroplastic surgery, adult craniofacial surgery, cranioplasty with custom implants, and facial transplantation.

He is co-editor for a textbook on face and hand transplantation titled Transplantation of Composite Tissue Allografts, as well as a textbook on craniomaxillofacial surgery titled Handbook of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. He has also published many articles on neuroplastic surgery, cranioplasty, craniofacial surgery and facial transplantation. 

In 2015, Dr. Gordon was promoted to the associate editor of the prestigious Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, serving under Editor-in-Chief Mutaz Habal, M.D. This journal is recognized as the leading international journal within the specialty of craniofacial surgery, and is a dedicated journal for the Society of Neuroplastic Surgery, for which Dr. Gordon serves as president. In addition, Dr. Gordon also serves as an associate editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery. He 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. Notably, Dr. Gordon holds several patents for cranial implant design modification for deformity prevention. more


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

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  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2002)


  • Cooper University Hospital / General Surgery (2008)


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

Board Certifications

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

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

Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center Q&A

Judy Huang, M.D., and Chad Gordon, D.O., discuss a new cranioplasty surgery that can repair the look of indents to the skull after brain surgery, a service offered by the Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center.

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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)

“Hopkins to Begin Performing Face Transplants,” Baltimore Sun (8/15/2012)

“Johns Hopkins to Offer Face Transplants,” CBS Baltimore (8/23/2012)

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

Webcast: “Skull Contours After Brain Surgery or Trauma

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