Laura A. Monson, MD


School Education Degree Year
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC fellowship Craniofacial Surgery 2012
University of Michigan residency Plastic Surgery 2011
Wayne State University medical school Doctor of Medicine 2004

Personal Statement

Dr. Monson completed her residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and her fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. There she received further dedicated training in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery, including the treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, vascular anomalies and orthognathic surgery.

During her residency training she spent a year in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory where she studied an animal model of distraction osteogenesis of the mandible. The study focus was primarily on optimizing the growth of new bone in unfavorable environments, such as after radiation. Her current research focus is on investigating the clinical outcomes of our pediatric plastic and craniofacial patients, especially focused on our cleft patients from infancy through adulthood.

Dr. Monson considers herself fortunate to practice at Texas Children's Hospital where she is part of our multi-disciplinary, Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery clinic. We have a wonderful team of dedicated staff as well as five full-time, dedicated Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeons and a full-time Craniofacial Orthodontist who have all trained at the best institutions in the country. We have a mission to provide the highest quality of care in multi-disciplinary, patient-centered manner with a strong focus on measuring objective outcomes in order to further advance our field.  She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Selected Publications

Monson LA, Khechoyan DY, Buchanan EP, Hollier LH Jr. Secondary Lip and Palate Surgery. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2014;41:301-309. Harris DA, Fong AJ, Buchanan EP, Monson L, Khechoyan D, Lam S. History of synthetic materials in alloplastic cranioplasty. Neurosurg Focus 2014;36(4):E20.

Kayyal TA, Wolfswinkel EM, Weathers WM, Capehart SJ, Monson LA, Buchanan EP, Glover CD. Treatment Effects of Dexmedetomidine and Ketamine on Postoperative Analgesia after Cleft Palate Repair. Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014;7:131-138.

Kaufman MG, Cassady CI, Hyman CH, Lee W, Watcha MF, Hippard HK, Olutoye OA, Khechoyan DY, Monson LA, Buchanan EP. Prenatal Identification of Pierre Robin Sequence: A Review of the Literature and Look Towards the Future. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy online 5/8/2015.

Pickrell BB, Lam SK, Monson LA. Isolated Unilateral Frontosphenoidal Craniosynostosis: a rare cause of anterior plagiocephaly. Case Report and Review of the Literature Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2015;26(6):1944-1946.

Monson LA, Smith DM, Losee JE. Pediatric Facial Fractures. Ferraro’s Fundamentals of Maxillofacial Surgery, 2e Chapter 23 (editors: Drs. Taub, Patel, Buchman, and Cohen). 2015.

Monson LA, Hollier LH Jr. Foot Deformities, Visual Diagnosis in Pediatrics, (Third Edition), Chapter 49. Esther K. Chung (editor), published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. 2015.

Monson LA, Buchanan EP, Hollier LH Jr. Correction of Secondary Bilateral Cleft Lip and Nose Deformities, Comprehensive Cleft Care (Second Edition). (editors: Joseph Losee and Richard Kirschner) published by QMP. March 26, 2015.

Monson LA, Hollier LH Jr. Cleft Lip and Nose Revision, Family Companion to Comprehensive Cleft Care, Chapter 24, Edited by Joseph E. Losee, Richard E. Kirschner, Amy Straub and Christin Lawrence. published by QMP. 2015.

Buchanan EP, Monson LA, Lee EI, Khechoyan DY, Koshy JC, Wilson K, Lin L, Hollier LH Jr. Secondary Deformities of the Cleft Lip, Palate and Nose. Pediatric Plastic Surgery (4e). (editors: Joseph Losee and Eduardo Rodriquez) Published by Elsevier. 2015.

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