Children's Hospital Names Richard Hopper, M.D. Surgical Director of the Craniofacial Center

Dr. Richard Hopper has been appointed surgical director of the Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Richard Hopper has been appointed surgical director of the Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. In this newly created position, Dr. Hopper will work with Dr. Michael Cunningham, Medical Director of the Craniofacial Center, to develop the Center to provide the best interdisciplinary team care and innovative clinical treatments. The Craniofacial Center specializes in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis and other complex craniofacial conditions.

“Dr. Hopper’s appointment emphasizes the critical integration between medical and surgical services, essential to obtain the highest quality outcomes for our patients. Dr. Cunningham and Hopper have solidly established our reputation as this nation’s leading national Craniofacial Center,” said Dr. Richard Molteni, medical director at Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Hopper’s dedication and skills are combined with a passionate desire for new knowledge, assuring the continued achievements of this team.”

Dr. Hopper received his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Toronto and his craniofacial fellowship at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Hopper joined the Craniofacial Center at Children’s in 2001 as a member of the surgical team.

“We are all very proud of the accomplishments of this program and are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Hopper, the Craniofacial Center at Children’s will be an even greater resource to the region and the nation,” said Dr. Nicholas Vedder, chief of Plastic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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