Christopher Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAP, is division chief of plastic surgery at Dayton Children's Hospital.
Dr. Gordon treats children with an array of conditions that affect the way the face and skull develop. His experience and training at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world make him an expert in surgeries to correct the most severe malformations of a child’s face and skull. His specialty is complex jaw surgeries, in which the bone is stretched to create a more balanced face and allow a child to breathe better.
His specialties include Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), Nager syndrome (NS), Crouzon syndrome (CS), Goldenhar syndrome (GS)/Hemifacial Macrosomia (HFM), Pierre Robin sequence (PRS), and Craniosynostosis, among others. With his expertise, he has created custom specialized devices and uses minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. He also created a new design of helmet for a baby’s head when it needs reshaping. Cast in a doctor’s office, it allows treatment to begin immediately instead of waiting several weeks.
His passion extends to passing his gift on to others. He created a collaboration in Cuba to resurrect the country’s craniofacial (skull and face) program and, by serving as a liaison, is helping to train the next generation of Cuban surgeons. This five year program is already making a huge impact in the lives of hundreds of people who previously had no options to correct their conditions. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Gordon has done a great deal of work throughout Latin America, and is a veteran of more than 70 international mission trips.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
education and training
- medical school: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- internship: Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
- residency: Plastic surgery - University of Louisville, Kentucky
- fellowship: Craniofacial surgery, Mexico City, Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, Antonio Fuente del Campo
- board certification: Plastic surgery
publications and presentations
- Enzyme replacement therapy for congenital hypophosphatasia allows for surgical treatment of related complex craniosynostosis: a case series. Kosnik-Infinger L, Gendron C, Gordon CB, Pan BS, van Aalst JA, Vogel TW. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 May;38(5):E10. doi: 10.3171/2015.2.FOCUS14847. PMID: 25929963 Similar articles Select item 25643333
- Pediatric frontal sinus fractures: outcomes and treatment algorithm. Vu AT, Patel PA, Chen W, Wilkening MW, Gordon CB. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 May;26(3):776-81. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001276. PMID: 25643333 Similar articles Select item 25052512
- Cost analysis of mandibular distraction versus tracheostomy in neonates with Pierre Robin sequence. Runyan CM, Uribe-Rivera A, Karlea A, Meinzen-Derr J, Rothchild D, Saal H, Hopkin RJ, Gordon CB. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Nov;151(5):811-8. doi: 10.1177/0194599814542759. PMID: 25052512 Similar articles Select item 25028820
- Evolution in minimal-incision palatoplasty: surgical technique and outcomes in 67 consecutive cases. Pan BS, Rapp SJ, Vu A, Uribe-Rivera A, Billmire DA, Gordon CB. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul;134(1):102-11. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000280. PMID: 25028820 Similar articles Select item 24577483
- Outcomes of mandibular distraction osteogenesis in the treatment of severe micrognathia. Lam DJ, Tabangin ME, Shikary TA, Uribe-Rivera A, Meinzen-Derr JK, de Alarcon A, Billmire DA, Gordon CB. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr;140(4):338-45. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2014.16. PMID: 24577483
awards, honors and organizations
- Board Examiner, American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Association of Academic Plastic Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
- American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
- American Society of Plastic Surgery
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
- Ohio Medical Association
get to know me
I chose my specialty because...
it's all I ever wanted to do.
I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...
I love the friendly and supportive environment.
Dayton Children's is special because...
it is outgrowing its regional role and shooting for the stars.
abdominoplasty, amputation, breast augmentation, breast reduction, cleft lip, cleft palate, Craniosynostosis, Crouzon Syndrome, cyst, cyst removal, dog bites, ear deformities, ear well, ear well placements, facial fractures, facial lacerations, facial reanimation, Goldenhar disease, Goldenhar Syndrome, hemangiomas, laser hair removal, mole removal, moles, Nager Syndrome, nevus, Pierre Robin Syndrome, plagiocephaly, polydactyly, rhinoplasty, scar revision, septoplasty, skin grafts, syndactyly, Treacher Collins syndrome, Vanderwoude Syndrome, wounds