The Division of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery provides a comprehensive range of plastic and craniofacial services for congenital and acquired conditions affecting infants, children and adolescents. Drs. Richard Hopper , Joseph Gruss, Craig Birgfeld and Raymond Tse are all members of the large, multidisciplinary Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. They play an integral role in the treatment of patients with cleft and craniofacial conditions and also help manage maxillofacial trauma, tumors and other developmental anomalies of the head and neck. Dr. Tse is also medical director of the new brachial plexus program, dedicated to comprehensive care of children with brachial plexus injuries.

Dr. Jeffrey Friedrich , a specialist in congenital and acquired pediatric hand conditions, participates in the interdisciplinary Children’s Hand Program. Dr. Peter Neligan brings his international reputation in reconstructive microsurgery to the care of our patients. Drs. Birgfeld and Neligan have expanded the services offered by the Division of Plastic Surgery to include microsurgical facial reanimation surgeries, for patients with facial paralysis, and soft-tissue augmentation, for patients with hemifacial microsomia. Four faculty members staff an evening pediatric plastic surgery clinic to treat children with general plastic surgical issues such as skin and soft tissue tumors, congenital abnormalities and other reconstructive problems.

Leadership and Faculty


  • Christina Tragos, MD