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Richard Kirschner, MD

Professor of Surgery

Dr. Kirschner is nationally recognized as a leading authority in cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and hemangiomas/vascular malformations. He has been widely published in many leading professional publications, is co-editor of the text Comprehensive Cleft Care, and is actively involved in research and teaching. Dr. Kirschner has taught at educational symposia in several countries and is co-founder and medical director of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization for the delivery of cleft care to underserved children in central Mexico.

He comes to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he held the Mary Downs Chair for Craniofacial Treatment and Research and served as director of both the Cleft Lip and Palate Program and Plastic Surgery Research. He also served as program director for Plastic Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Kirschner completed his medical training at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, graduating with Research Distinction in Microbiology and Pediatrics. He pursued his surgical training at Cornell University Medical Center, where he also completed a research fellowship. He then completed his Plastic Surgery residency at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine prior to serving as a fellow in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Education & Training

Medical School

  • University of Miami School of Medicine
    Date Completed: 05/12/1989


  • New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1995


  • University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1998


  • Plastic Surgery

Research Interests:

  • Cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, birthmarks, general pediatric reconstructive surgery


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery

Date of Appointment at The Ohio State University:

  • 2010