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TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
DivisionSurgery-Plastic Surgery Div
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    Dr. John O. Wirthlin is the full time craniofacial orthodontist on the cleft and craniofacial team at Texas Children's Hospital. He is one of the few orthodontists in the nation to have completed an American Dental Association-accredited Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship Program. Dr. Wirthlin is also a board certified member of the American Board of Orthodontists.

    As a member of the cleft and craniofacial team, Dr. Wirthlin helps treat patients born with a variety of facial abnormalities including cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, Crouzon Syndrome, Pierre Robin, and a variety of other abnormalities. Treating these patients with a team-centered approach allows optimal treatment results as professionals from plastic surgery, speech pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, otolaryngology, and several other specialties can coordinate and optimize each step of the treatment.

    Dr. Wirthlin has been extensively trained in NasoAlveolar Molding (NAM) and begins to work with patients born with cleft lip and palate as early as one week of age. In conjunction with the other specialists on the cleft and craniofacial team, Dr. Wirthlin is able to manage the orthodontic needs of patients born with craniofacial abnormalities from the time of birth up through adulthood.

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    1. Dong E, Dempsey RF, Wirthlin JO, Buchanan EP. Cranial Anchored Mandible Distraction Osteogenesis. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Mar/Apr; 30(2):e183-e186. PMID: 30676449.
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    2. Schultz KP, Braun TL, Hernandez C, Wilson KD, Moore EE, Wirthlin JO, Dempsey RF, Buchanan EP, Monson LA. Speech Outcomes After LeFort I Advancement Among Cleft Lip and Palate Patients. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 Feb; 82(2):174-179. PMID: 30570562.
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    3. Xue Y, Magoulas PL, Wirthlin JO, Buchanan EP. Craniofacial Manifestations in Severe Nemaline Myopathy. J Craniofac Surg. 2017 May; 28(3):e258-e260. PMID: 28468212.
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    4. Allori AC, Kelley T, Meara JG, Albert A, Bonanthaya K, Chapman K, Cunningham M, Daskalogiannakis J, de Gier H, Heggie AA, Hernandez C, Jackson O, Jones Y, Kangesu L, Koudstaal MJ, Kuchhal R, Lohmander A, Long RE, Magee L, Monson L, Rose E, Sitzman TJ, Taylor JA, Thorburn G, van Eeden S, Williams C, Wirthlin JO, Wong KW. A Standard Set of Outcome Measures for the Comprehensive Appraisal of Cleft Care. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2017 09; 54(5):540-554. PMID: 27223626.
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    5. Wirthlin JO, Shetye PR. Orthodontist's Role in Orthognathic Surgery. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Aug; 27(3):137-44. PMID: 24872759.
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    6. Wolfswinkel EM, Weathers WM, Wirthlin JO, Monson LA, Hollier LH, Khechoyan DY. Management of pediatric mandible fractures. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Oct; 46(5):791-806. PMID: 24138738.
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