Genetics Underlying Craniosynostosis:
Dr. Hollier has a broad background in craniosynostosis procedures. As the chief of the largest group of full-time, academic craniofacial surgeons in the United States, he believes he has an opportunity to substantially contribute to this subject.
He has undertaken an enormous research effort focused on quantifying outcomes in craniofacial surgery. He and other senior researchers in the department are currently applying for a new NIH funded project which will allow them to take that effort to the next level by stratifying craniosynostosis patients according to their unique genetic background. By accurately defining the true underlying genetic causes, procedures can be custom tailored for each patient and patients can be properly educated regarding their expected course of treatment. Dr. Hollier feels that this is something that has been sorely lacking in plastic surgery. For too long, plastic surgery has been a specialty where outcomes are deemed acceptable so long as the patient and their family are happy. He believes plastic surgery should be elevated to the next level of scientific scrutiny, and is dedicated to leading the endeavor.