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Craig Brendon Birgfeld, MD

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Craig Brendon Birgfeld, MD

Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since July 2006

Academic Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I consider myself lucky every day be a part of my patients’ lives. I am fortunate to work in an environment, with a dedicated team of physicians who are as committed as I am to providing the best possible care for our children with craniofacial differences. We are dedicated to improving their lives as they improve ours."

Recommendations

JaneSpokane Washington 07.18.14
Dr. Birgfeld and his team were instrumental in reconstructing my face after domestic violence trauma. He is an amazing man and put my face completely back together again. I unfortunately had 6 bones broken in my face and now have six plates holding my face together. Several surgeries later people say you can't even tell there was damage. I recommend him highly! He testified about my injury in court and was instrumental in the public service announcement we made for domestic violence advocates in King County. What a humble man I was so blessed with to be my surgeon. Dr. Birgfeld has a gift, and he uses it to repair and rebuild families lives. I am honored to have him on my team, and thankful beyond words. My life is better because our paths crossed in an unfortunate yet inspiring chance. I want to say that this man has inspired me to further my education and be a blessing to someone who might need me like I needed him at such a critical crossroad in my life. Remember Dr B......strength is nothing more than how well you hide the pain. Remember my tattoo is for us! Thank you for being my hero. I will Never forget you.
SusanKennewick, Washington01.09.13
Dr. Birgfeld put my 22 year-old son back together after he dove into a dock and shattered his forehead. Evan was in surgery about 6 hours and overnight at Harborview. Dr. Birgfeld and his amazing team repaired his brow bone, rebuilt his sinus, etc. through a tiny incision in the eyecrease. Dr. Birgfeld was totally amazing - years later I can still remember his gentle very reassuring bedside manner. His assistants were equally exceptional. Dr. Birgfeld is truly gifted and we in the Northwest are blessed to have such a skillful and talented medical professional.
HeatherSeattle, WA01.25.12
What can I say about Dr. Birgfeld that hasn't been said already? He is an amazing doctor. Not only is his bedside manner compassionate but his work is wonderful. His approach to our infant son's surgery was well planned, well researched and very thoughtful. I was amazed at how quickly our three month old recovered and how well he looked in such a short time. We are thrilled he is our little guy's surgeon. He has taken such good care of our family. Thank you Dr. Birgfeld!
JudyEverett Washington11.04.11
Our family has been so Blessed to have Dr. Birgfeld as our daughter's surgeon. She was born with a significant bilateral cleft lip and palate she is 5 years old. (so far she has had 6 surgeries with Dr. Birgfeld.) He has done such a wonderful job with Tammy. We fully and totally trust that he always has our daughter's best interest at heart. He has a gift for explaining procedures so that we fully understand the scope of the procedures and the reasons behind them. We have seen the amazing results. He has such a caring way with his patients. We could never express our appreciation and gratitude enough. Now that Tammy is getting older and has had so many surgeries it gets harder and harder to tell her the next one is coming up (she will be having surgery again in 4 days)so when she looks at me with those eyes and tells me "I won't be ready on Tuesday and I don't want you to leave the surgery room" my heart sank. I tell her "I am not allowed to stay with her during surgery" so the only thing I could think to say was "Dr. Birgfeld will be with you." At that moment she felt very comforted knowing that he was going to be with her. My daughter Tammy holds a very special spot in her heart for Dr. Birgfeld. I can say with confidence that we recomend Dr. Birgfeld but most importantly Tammy recomends Dr. Birgfeld.
CiaraBainbridge Island, Washington10.17.11
Dr. Birgfeld is a wonderful surgeon. He did my 5 month old sons cleft lip repair and we are now 1.5 weeks post-op and you can't tell that he had surgery at all. He is very calm and compassionate. He was very reassuring that everything would come out perfectly, and it has.
michellebrowning montana01.23.11
Dr. Bergfeld is an amazing surgeon! My son has had facial trauma to his eye and through his procedures completed here at children's hospital he is doing great. Dr. bergfeld has done an outstanding job on winning my confidence as a parent that he would take good care of my son and that the surgery would be successful!
DesireeCatania, Sicily, Italy01.18.11
We are a military family, thus the international address. At the time of our son's surgery, we lived in Northwest Washington. My dear son, James, is now 1 year post-op. He had his metopic craniosynostosis repair done by Dr. Birgfeld and Dr. Ojemann (neurosurgery) on Dec. 1, 2009. Of course, the surgery and recovery was an incredibly stressful time for my family, but Dr. Birgfeld and James' entire surgical team were amazing. James' healed so well after his surgery with minimal swelling and discomfort; he is now a happy, healthy, very active toddler. Nobody would ever guess he had such an intense operation at 9 months of age just by looking at him. His head is perfectly shaped; there are no fears of ICP now that the fused suture has been repaired by such expert hands. If you find yourself at Seattle Children's Craniofacial Clinic and Dr. Birgfeld is your surgeon, rest assured that you are in great hands.
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Overview

Board Certification(s)
Plastic Surgery
Medical/Professional School
Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Residency
Plastic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests

Craniofacial surgery; craniosynostosis; facial growth in clefting; orthognathic distraction and facial trauma

Research Description

My research interests include outcomes of craniofacial surgery utilizing facial CT scans and three-dimensional analysis of the growing face. My clinical interests align with my research efforts and include cleft and craniofacial surgery as well as microsurgical facial reanimation surgeries for patients with facial paralysis and soft tissue augmentation for patients with hemifacial microsomia.

Through my research and clinical pursuits, my goal is to make the Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children's a world leader and to optimize the care for all children born in the Northwest with craniofacial difference who are treated in our Center.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research, Craniofacial

Publications

A phenotypic assessment tool for craniofacial microsomia.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2011 Jan: 313-20
Symptom outcomes following cranial vault expansion for craniosynostosis in children older than 2 years.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2009 Jan: 289-97; discussion 298-9
Midface growth in patients with ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting syndrome.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2007 Jul: 144-50
The periglabellar flap for closure of central forehead defects.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2007 Jul: 130-3
Total face reconstruction using a pre-expanded, bilateral, extended, parascapular free flap.
Annals of plastic surgery , 2006 May: 565-8

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OB.9.520 - Craniofacial
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-987-2208

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center
CB-11
1500 - 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-454-4644
Seattle Children's Tri-Cities Clinic
900 Stevens Dr.
Suite 204
Richland, WA 99352-3557
509-946-0976

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