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Richard Alan Hopper, MD

Richard Alan Hopper, MD

Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since September 2001

Children's Title: Division Chief, Plastic Surgery; Surgical Director Craniofacial Center

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Each day I count myself fortunate to be able to work with children with craniofacial challenges. Their spirit, courage and dignity give me the energy to always do my best in the clinic and the operating room. We take our faces for granted when we see, breathe, talk and smile. These children do not. So when they smile, and you’ve been able to help that smile, it lights up the room."

Recommendations

  • Barbra Auburn WA 08.27.14

    Dr. Hopper fixed my son's face! He was born with a bilateral incomplete cleft lip and palate in early January and after stabilization with the NAM appliance, the surgery for the lip and nose was done last week. He looks so good! Dr. Hopper and his team did an amazing job for my baby. I couldn't be more pleased. He is a very, very good plastic surgeon and and I can't say enough good things about his compassionate care, genuine interest in the progress of my child, and his straight forward nature. My son is full of energy, is working through learning how to eat with his new mouth, and is having a much better experience overall with feeding and play time. Thank you for being awesome Dr. Hopper! We appreciate you.

  • Kathryn Bothell, WA 05.21.14

    My son was born with a rare condition called Metopic Craniosynostosis, where the metopic suture between the plates in his skull fused prematurely. Because his skull could not expand to accommodate his growing brain the condition caused his head to grow into an abnormal shape, and if left uncorrected could lead to serious brain problems. My husband and I were absolutely terrified about the surgery, but Dr. Hopper was wonderful about answering all our questions and explaining exactly how they would reconstruct his skull. In January 2014, Dr. Hopper worked in tandem with Dr. Ellenbogen to perform a 6+ hour procedure called a Cranial Vault Reconstruction and Frontal Orbital Advancement. He and his team did beautiful work! My son recovered quickly and is now a perfectly happy, healthy, and very handsome 16 month old. We are so pleased with the results (and all that extra space for his brain to grow!) Strangers tell me what an adorable baby he is, and they have no idea that there was ever anything different about him. We cannot thank Dr. Hopper enough!

  • Jenny Phx az 08.03.13

    My daughter was born with very little air to breath in with her nose. She had a hard time breathing, her eyes were also not normal they were 2 as big as a normal our year old kids as should be. I took her to her doctor that work at Phoenix Children's hospital, they recommended that I take her to Seattle children hospital.. we spend 3 Months in seattle for my daughter health. Dr. Hopper was the doctor that did my daughters surgery, now she is a happy, healthy 7 yr old kid.

  • Renee Yakima, WA 01.19.13

    We came to Dr. Hopper by a local recommendation of a Public Health Nurse when our son was born with unilateral partial cleft lip weeks after birth. Surgery was set for his 4 month birthday. It was scary but I have never felt more supportive from the entire team, but especially Dr. Hopper and his colleagues. We cannot thank them enough and will not forget how perfect our child's smile is now, the fact that he will learn to blow bubbles with ease, play a flute if he wants, and how is kisses mean so much more. Thank you!

  • Barbara Kinnear, Wyoming 09.19.11

    When our son Sean was born with a cleft lip and palate, we were full of questions, concerns and fears. Dr. Hopper (and the whole team) made us feel comfortable with their caring approach immediately. Believe me, there isn't anything more scary than handing our five-month-old baby over for an operation. Our son is now nine years old and has two operations behind him, with another yet to come. It's wonderful to have Dr. Hopper as his lead doctor all through my son's treatment and not have to start over building trust in a new doctor every time we visit. We know Dr. Hopper genuinely cares, we trust him, and the results have been nothing short of amazing. Thank you Dr. Hopper!

  • Allison Zillah, WA 04.14.11

    Our son was referred to Dr. Hopper at five months of age. We were overwhelmed and terrified. We were scheduled to only meet with the pediatrician from Craniofacial but had so many questions about the surgery that she asked Dr. Hopper to come in and visit. He was in surgery but more than willing to meet with us once he was done. He completed surgery and then came in to answer our long list of questions. No appointment, just a good kind heart to ease a couple of very worried parents. We were confident that our son was in great hands and never doubted that from the first time we met him until we checked out after surgery. Absolutely amazing doctor! We feel blessed to have had such a great doctor in such a scary situation to brand new parents. Our son is happy, healthy, and beautiful!

  • Denise Federal Way, WA 09.08.12

    My son was born with a Cleft Lip and Palate. His Cleft lip and Palate repairs were done at Seattle Childrens in 2000 and 2001. When my son was ready for his 3rd Surgery a bone graft, his former Surgeon was no longer at Seattle Childrens and we were placed in the Care of Dr. Hopper. I can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Hopper. He was very reassuring, very kind and patient with us. He explained in a way we could understand what the surgery entailed. I highly recommened anyone with any type of facial challenge to put his/her care into the very capable and gifted hands of this Surgeon. Thank you to Dr. Hopper and Seattle Childrens Hospital for being there for my son. I am so grateful for all you have done for us.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Plastic Surgery (Non-ABMS)

Medical/Professional School

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland

Residency

Plastic Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto

Fellowship

Surgery - Craniofacial, New York University Medical Center, New York

Clinical Interests

Craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial syndrome, distraction osteogenesis

Research Description

One of the most important goals of a surgeon is to work towards doing more benefit with less surgery. Dr. Hopper's research interest centers on performing careful analysis of the craniofacial structure of a child before surgery, immediately after surgery and then years later. Using modern digital technology such as image analysis programs and 3-dimensional scanners, Dr. Hopper's team is able to learn which techniques work the best for each individual child. His work to date has focused on the complex surgeries of treating children whose faces have not grown in proportion to the rest of their body resulting in problems breathing, eating and seeing. His clinical research on the cutting edge Lefort III distraction osteogenesis procedure used to help these patients has made him a recognized national expert in the field. Dr. Hopper's other research focus in designing novel medical devices to help children before surgery, such that more can be achieved while they are in the operating room. He is the inventor of the patent pending Seattle Alar Molding (SAM) device for pre-surgery treatment of infants with cleft lip that will be going to trial in 2011.

Research Focus Area

Craniofacial

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians" Consumer's Research Council of America 2009
2009 Seattle Magazine Top Doctors Seattle Magazine Jan. 1, 2009
2009 Best Doctors in America Best Doctors in America Jan. 1, 2009

Publications

  • Hopper RA, Sandercoe G, Woo A, Watts R, Kelley P, Ettinger RE, Saltzman B
    Computed tomographic analysis of temporal maxillary stability and pterygomaxillary generate formation following pediatric Le Fort III distraction advancement.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2010 Nov. : 1665-74
  • Czerwinski M, Hopper RA, Gruss J, Fearon JA
    Major morbidity and mortality rates in craniofacial surgery: an analysis of 8101 major procedures.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2010 July : 181-6
  • Li Z, Leung M, Hopper R, Ellenbogen R, Zhang M
    Feeder-free self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells in 3D porous natural polymer scaffolds.
    Biomaterials , 2010 Jan. : 404-12
  • Hing AV, Click ES, Holder U, Seto ML, Vessey K, Gruss J, Hopper R, Cunningham ML
    Bilateral lambdoid and sagittal synostosis (BLSS): a unique craniosynostosis syndrome or predictable craniofacial phenotype?
    American journal of medical genetics. Part A , 2009 May : 1024-32
  • Hopper RA, Lewis C, Umbdenstock R, Garrison MM, Starr JR
    Discharge practices, readmission, and serious medical complications following primary cleft lip repair in 23 U.S. children's hospitals.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2009 May : 1553-9
  • Hopper RA, VerHalen JP, Tepper O, Mehrara BJ, Detch R, Chang EI, Baharestani S, Simon BJ, Gurtner GC
    Osteoblasts stimulated with pulsed electromagnetic fields increase HUVEC proliferation via a VEGF-A independent mechanism.
    Bioelectromagnetics , 2009 Apr, : 189-97
  • Hopper RA, Aspinall C, Heike C, Andrews M, Sittler B, Saltzman B, Ose M
    What the patients and parents do not tell you-recollections from families following external LeFort III midface distraction.
    Plastic surgical nursing : official journal of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurses , 2009 Apr, : 78-85; quiz 86-7
  • Dashow JE, Lewis CW, Hopper RA, Gruss JS, Egbert MA
    Bupivacaine administration and postoperative pain following anterior iliac crest bone graft for alveolar cleft repair.
    The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association , 2009 Mar. : 173-8
  • Moulton K, Ryan P, Christiansen D, Hopper R, Klauser C, Bennett W, Rodts-Palenik S, Willard S
    Hormonal profiles of late gestation ewes following intra-uterine inoculation with and without lux-modified Escherichia coli.
    The Journal of reproduction and development , 2009 Feb. : 55-62
  • Scott JR, Isom CN, Gruss JS, Salemy S, Ellenbogen RG, Avellino A, Birgfeld C, Hopper RA
    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
  • Ploplys EA, Hopper RA, Muzaffar AR, Starr JR, Avellino AM, Cunningham ML, Ellenbogen RG, Gruss JS
    Comparison of computed tomographic imaging measurements with clinical findings in children with unilateral lambdoid synostosis.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2009 Jan. : 300-9
  • Imahara SD, Hopper RA, Wang J, Rivara FP, Klein MB
    Patterns and outcomes of pediatric facial fractures in the United States: a survey of the National Trauma Data Bank.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons , 2008 Nov. : 710-6
  • Kelley P, Hopper R, Gruss J
    Evaluation and treatment of zygomatic fractures.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2007 Dec. : 5S-15S
  • Seto ML, Hing AV, Chang J, Hu M, Kapp-Simon KA, Patel PK, Burton BK, Kane AA, Smyth MD, Hopper R, Ellenbogen RG, Stevenson K, Speltz ML, Cunningham ML
    Isolated sagittal and coronal craniosynostosis associated with TWIST box mutations.
    American journal of medical genetics. Part A , 2007 Apr, 1 : 678-86
  • Hopper RA, Salemy S, Sze RW
    Diagnosis of midface fractures with CT: what the surgeon needs to know.
    Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc , 2006 May : 783-93
  • Hopper RA, Grayson BH, Dayan J, Altug A, McCarthy JG, Sato Y, Khorramabadi D, Oliker A, Cutting CB
    A virtual reality tracking system for distal mandible movement during distraction osteogenesis.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2006 Feb. : 590-4; discussion 595
  • Sze RW, Hopper RA, Ghioni V, Gruss JS, Ellenbogen RG, King D, Hing AV, Cunningham ML
    MDCT diagnosis of the child with posterior plagiocephaly.
    AJR. American journal of roentgenology , 2005 Nov. : 1342-6
  • Tepper OM, Callaghan MJ, Chang EI, Galiano RD, Bhatt KA, Baharestani S, Gan J, Simon B, Hopper RA, Levine JP, Gurtner GC
    Electromagnetic fields increase in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis through endothelial release of FGF-2.
    The FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology , 2004 Aug. : 1231-3
  • Hopper RA, Woodhouse K, Semple JL
    Acellularization of human placenta with preservation of the basement membrane: a potential matrix for tissue engineering.
    Annals of plastic surgery , 2003 Dec. : 598-602
  • McCarthy JG, Hopper RA, Hollier LH Jr, Peltomaki T, Katzen T, Grayson BH
    Molding of the regenerate in mandibular distraction: clinical experience.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2003 Oct. : 1239-46
  • Mackool RJ, Hopper RA, Grayson BH, Holliday R, McCarthy JG
    Volumetric change of the medial pterygoid following distraction osteogenesis of the mandible: an example of the associated soft-tissue changes.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2003 May : 1804-7
  • Hopper RA, Altug AT, Grayson BH, Barillas I, Sato Y, Cutting CB, McCarthy JG
    Cephalometric analysis of the consolidation phase following bilateral pediatric mandibular distraction.
    The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association , 2003 May : 233-40
  • McCarthy JG, Katzen JT, Hopper R, Grayson BH
    The first decade of mandibular distraction: lessons we have learned.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2002 Dec. : 1704-13
  • McCarthy JG, Hopper RA
    Distraction osteogenesis of zygomatic bone grafts in a patient with Treacher Collins syndrome: a case report.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery , 2002 Mar. : 279-83; discussion, 284-6
  • Deva AK, Hopper RA, Landecker A, Flores R, Weiner H, McCarthy JG
    The use of intraoperative autotransfusion during cranial vault remodeling for craniosynostosis.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2002 Jan. : 58-63

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Advances in Cranial Reconstruction Technological Advances in Head and Neck Oncology and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Unknown July 1, 2009
Facial Reconstruction Following Trauma WAMI 20th Annual Trauma Conference Seattle, WA June 1, 2009
Faces of Courage Circle of Care National Conference Seattle, WA Jan. 1, 2009

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
2006 Sinegal fund for craniofacial research Seattle Children's Foundation $150,000.00 Jan. 1, 2006 - Jan. 1, 2009
2006 Burgess fund for craniofacial surgical advancement Seattle Children's Foundation $30,000.00 Jan. 1, 2006 - Jan. 1, 2009