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

November 21, 2005

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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