Dr. Christopher Derderian was initially drawn to plastic surgery by the variety of problems that plastic surgeons treat and the creativity and high aesthetic demands required to treat them effectively.
“My focus on craniofacial surgery came when I realized the lasting positive impact I could have on a child’s well-being,” he says. “I don’t think that anything can be more rewarding than helping to bring normalcy into the life of any child who has a disfigured appearance.”
Dr. Derderian joined the team at Children’s Health℠ in 2011. He is also an assistant professor of plastic surgery and associate director of the residency training program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Boston University, where he completed a combined undergraduate and medical school curriculum. He also completed a combined residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at New York University Medical Center in 2010.
Dr. Derderian then continued his training with a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and received his board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2012.
As a surgeon, he specializes in the treatment of:
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Ear reconstruction for microtia (external ear deformity)
- Craniofacial microsomia (underdevelopment of one side of face)
- Surgery of the jaws
- Fat grafting techniques
“When meeting patients and their families, my goal is to educate them about the condition that their child is facing and then present the treatment options so they can effectively choose the right approach for their child,” says Dr. Derderian. “My commitment to patient education is one of the reasons I have worked on many of the enhancements to our website. It is important to me that our patients and their families are able to find a reliable source of information to help them understand their diagnosis and prepare for treatment.”
Dr. Derderian considers himself a perfectionist, always striving to improve his approach to anything he does – especially in the operating room.
“My clinical research focuses on refining new techniques for treating craniosynostosis, including posterior vault distraction osteogenesis and minimally invasive techniques,” he says.
He says craniofacial surgery is heading toward less invasive procedures that can produce similar or better results than traditional techniques with a shorter recovery time.
“We must continue to harness the technological advances in instrumentation and radiologic capability to help us continue to improve patient care. Our AIM (Analytical Imaging and Modeling) Center is an important and powerful tool that allows us to stay on the cutting edge in surgical treatment.”
Dr. Derderian’s lab research focuses on the use of fat grafts and fat stem cells in treating soft tissue deficiency in conditions such as craniofacial microsomia and idiopathic fibrosis processes, such as Parry-Romberg syndrome and linear scleroderma.
He has traveled extensively to give presentations on his research in reconstructive surgery at medical conferences, both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association.
When he’s not at work, Dr. Derderian enjoys spending time with his wife, Courtney, an anesthesiologist, and their golden retriever, Brady, who they “spoil the heck out of.” He is an avid golfer and also enjoys CrossFit training and cycling.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Boston University School of Medicine (2004)
- New York University Medical Center - GME (2010), Plastic Surgery
New York University Medical Center - GME (2007), General Surgery
- University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (2011), Craniofacial Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College - Faculty Affairs (2003), Hematology & Oncology
New York University Medical Center - GME (2002), Plastic Surgery
- Board Certification
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Accessory Tragus and Branchial Cleft Remnants
- Apert Syndrome
- Breast Asymmetry
- Breast Hypertrophy
- Breast Hypoplasia
- Cleft Lip
- Cleft Palate
- Congenital Nevus
- Congenital Torticollis
- Constricted and Lop Ear Deformity
- Dermoid Cysts
- Deviated Septum
- Ear Deformity
- Facial Fractures
- Goldenhar Syndrome (Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Dysplasia (OAV))
- Isolated Craniosynostosis
- Linear Epidermal Nevus
- Moebius Syndrome
- Nasal Dermoid Tracts
- Pierre Robin
- Poland Syndrome (Poland Sequence)
- Port Wine Stains
- Prominent Ears
- Skin Lesions
- Stahl's Ear
- Stickler Syndrome
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome
- Syndromic Craniosynostosis
- Treacher-Collins Syndrome
Departments and Programs
- 3D Outcomes in Cranial Vault Reconstruction
- 3D and Functional Outcomes from Cleft Rhinoplasty
- Clinical Outcomes from Ear Surgery
- Eye Tracking as a Proxy for Perceptual Evaluation of Repaired Cleft Lip. Warne CN, Hallac RR, Kane AA, Derderian CA, Seaward JR The Journal of craniofacial surgery 2018 Dec
- Polyethylene Ear Reconstruction: A State-of-the-Art Surgical Journey. Derderian CA Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 February 2018
- Three-Dimensional Printing for Craniofacial Surgery: A Single Institution's 5-Year Experience.
- Dumas BM, Nava A, Law HZ, Smartt J, Derderian C, Seaward JR, Kane AA, Hallac RR The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2018 Sep 1055665618798292
- Discussion: Minimally Invasive, Spring-Assisted Correction of Sagittal Suture Synostosis: Technique, Outcome, and Complications in 83 Cases. Derderian CA Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2018 Feb 141 2 434-436
- Surgical Treatment of Nonsyndromic Unicoronal Craniosynostosis. Alford J, Derderian CA, Smartt JM The Journal of craniofacial surgery 2018 Mar
- Perioperative outcomes and management in midface advancement surgery: a multicenter observational descriptive study from the Pediatric Craniofacial Collaborative Group. Glover CD, Fernandez AM, Huang H, Derderian C, Binstock W, Reid R, Dalesio NM, Zhong J, Stricker PA, Paediatric anaesthesia 2018 08 28 8 710-718
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- Dallas County Medical Society / Texas Medical Association
- Plastic Surgery Research Council
Awards and Honors
- D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialists (2015-2020)
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