TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
Address6701 FANNIN
Houston, TX 77030
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    Dr. Laura A. Monson received her fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in craniofacial surgery with further dedicated training in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery, including the treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, vascular anomalies, and orthognathic surgery.

    During her residency training, she spent a year in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory where she studied an animal model of distraction osteogenesis of the mandible. The study focused on optimizing the growth of new bone in unfavorable conditions, such as after radiation. Her current research focus is on investigating the clinical outcomes of our pediatric plastic and craniofacial patients, especially our cleft patients from infancy through adulthood.

    Dr. Monson considers herself fortunate to practice at Texas Children's Hospital where she is part of our multi-disciplinary, craniofacial and plastic surgery clinic. We have a wonderful team of dedicated staff, as well as four full-time dedicated pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeons and a full-time craniofacial orthodontist who have all trained at the best institutions in the country. We have a mission to provide the highest quality of care in a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered manner with a strong focus on measuring objective outcomes in order to further advance our field.

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    1. Roy MG, Davies LA, Guillen DE, Sequitin JD, Buchanan EP, Maricevich RS, Truong TA, Monson LA. Cleft Care Packages and the Impact on Postoperative Care Following a Primary Cleft Lip Repair. J Craniofac Surg. 2021 Feb 18. PMID: 33606437.
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    2. Mehl SC, Loera JM, Shah SR, Vogel AM, Fallon SC, Glover CD, Monson LA, Enochs JA, Hollier LH, Lopez ME. Favorable postoperative outcomes for children with COVID-19 infection undergoing surgical intervention: Experience at a free-standing children's hospital. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jan 27. PMID: 33581882.
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    3. Dibbs R, Raghuram A, Roy MG, Kaufman MG, Monson LA. Orthognathic Surgical Treatment in a Patient With Hyperimmunoglobulin E Syndrome. J Craniofac Surg. 2020 May/Jun; 31(3):e251-e254. PMID: 31977682.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Wiggins CJ, Dempsey RF, Monson LA. Spontaneous Mediastinal Abscess and Sternal Cleft in the Medically Complex Neonate. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Sep; 30(6):e558-e561. PMID: 30939557.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Abu-Ghname A, Masoumy M, Monson LA. Cervical Stenosis in Non-Syndromic Pierre Robin Sequence. J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Sep; 30(6):1866-1868. PMID: 31283644.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. 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 02; 82(2):174-179. PMID: 30570562.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Dempsey RF, Monson LA, Maricevich RS, Truong TA, Olarunnipa S, Lam SK, Dauser RC, Hollier LH, Buchanan EP. Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis. Clin Plast Surg. 2019 Apr; 46(2):123-139. PMID: 30851746.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Braun TL, Eisemann BS, Olorunnipa O, Buchanan EP, Monson LA. Safety Outcomes in Endoscopic Versus Open Repair of Metopic Craniosynostosis. J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jun; 29(4):856-860. PMID: 29461368.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Braun TL, Braun JL, Hernandez C, Monson LA. Insurance Appeals for Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery: A Micro Cost Analysis and How-to Guide. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Mar; 80(3):198-204. PMID: 29389708.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Donneys A, Deshpande SS, Sarhaddi D, Nelson NS, Monson LA, Dahle SE, Goldstein SA, Buchman SR. Radioprotection With Amifostine Enhances Bone Strength and Regeneration and Bony Union in a Rat Model of Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis. Ann Plast Surg. 2018 Feb; 80(2):176-180. PMID: 28930778.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    11. Braun TL, Kaufman MG, Hernandez C, Monson LA. Shared Medical Appointments for Adolescent Breast Reduction. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Sep; 79(3):253-258. PMID: 28570465.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. LoPresti M, Buchanan EP, Shah V, Hadley CM, Monson LA, Lam S. Complete Resolution of Papilledema in Syndromic Craniosynostosis with Posterior Cranial Vault Distraction. J Pediatr Neurosci. 2017 Apr-Jun; 12(2):199-202. PMID: 28904587.
      Citations: 1     
    13. Braun TL, Hamilton KL, Monson LA, Buchanan EP, Hollier LH. Tissue Expansion in Children. Semin Plast Surg. 2016 Nov; 30(4):155-161. PMID: 27895537.
    14. Monson LA, Nelson NS, Donneys A, Farberg AS, Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Deshpande SS, Buchman SR. Amifostine Treatment Mitigates the Damaging Effects of Radiation on Distraction Osteogenesis in the Murine Mandible. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Aug; 77(2):164-8. PMID: 27070667.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    15. Pickrell BB, Coursen JS, Rodriguez JR, Monson LA. Sternal Wound Salvage in Post-Transplant Adolescents: Omental Flap Reconstruction in Patients With Prior Abdominal Surgery. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jun; 27(4):e381-4. PMID: 27192657.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. 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.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Pickrell BB, Lam SK, Monson LA. Isolated Unilateral Frontosphenoidal Craniosynostosis: A Rare Cause of Anterior Plagiocephaly. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Sep; 26(6):1944-6. PMID: 26267563.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Kaufman MG, Cassady CI, Hyman CH, Lee W, Watcha MF, Hippard HK, Olutoye OA, Khechoyan DY, Monson LA, Buchanan EP. Prenatal Identification of Pierre Robin Sequence: A Review of the Literature and Look towards the Future. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2016; 39(2):81-9. PMID: 25967128.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Harris DA, Fong AJ, Buchanan EP, Monson L, Khechoyan D, Lam S. History of synthetic materials in alloplastic cranioplasty. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Apr; 36(4):E20. PMID: 24684333.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Kayyal TA, Wolfswinkel EM, Weathers WM, Capehart SJ, Monson LA, Buchanan EP, Glover CD. Treatment effects of dexmedetomidine and ketamine on postoperative analgesia after cleft palate repair. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2014 Jun; 7(2):131-8. PMID: 25045418.
      Citations: 1     
    21. Monson LA, Khechoyan DY, Buchanan EP, Hollier LH. Secondary lip and palate surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Apr; 41(2):301-9. PMID: 24607196.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Monson LA, Kirschner RE, Losee JE. Primary repair of cleft lip and nasal deformity. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Dec; 132(6):1040e-1053e. PMID: 24281609.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Monson LA, Jing XL, Donneys A, Farberg AS, Buchman SR. Dose-response effect of human equivalent radiation in the mandible. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Sep; 24(5):1593-8. PMID: 24036733.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    24. Deshpande SS, Monson LA, Cavaliere CM, Ayzengart AL, Buchman SR. Distraction osteogenesis following low-dose hyperfractionated irradiation in the rat mandible. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Aug; 71(8):1465-70. PMID: 23866952.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    25. Monson LA. Bilateral sagittal split osteotomy. Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Aug; 27(3):145-8. PMID: 24872760.
      Citations: 1     
    26. 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.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Oppenheimer AJ, Monson LA, Buchman SR. Pediatric orbital fractures. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2013 Mar; 6(1):9-20. PMID: 24436730.
      Citations: 10     
    28. Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Donneys A, Razdolsky ER, Monson LA, Farberg AS, Deshpande SS, Sarhaddi D, Poushanchi B, Goldstein SA, Buchman SR. Quantitative histologic evidence of amifostine-induced cytoprotection in an irradiated murine model of mandibular distraction osteogenesis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1199-1207. PMID: 22878481.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    29. Jing XL, Farberg AS, Monson LA, Donneys A, Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Buchman SR. Radiomorphometric quantitative analysis of vasculature utilizing micro-computed tomography and vessel perfusion in the murine mandible. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2012 Dec; 5(4):223-30. PMID: 24294405.
      Citations: 6     
    30. Monson LA, Cavaliere CM, Deshpande SS, Ayzengart AL, Buchman SR. The effects of high dose and highly fractionated radiation on distraction osteogenesis in the murine mandible. Radiat Oncol. 2012 Sep 07; 7:151. PMID: 22958832.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    31. Farberg AS, Jing XL, Monson LA, Donneys A, Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Deshpande SS, Buchman SR. Deferoxamine reverses radiation induced hypovascularity during bone regeneration and repair in the murine mandible. Bone. 2012 May; 50(5):1184-7. PMID: 22314387.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    32. Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Monson LA, Farberg AS, Donneys A, Deshpande SS, Razdolsky ER, Halonen NR, Goldstein SA, Buchman SR. Dose-response effect of human equivalent radiation in the murine mandible: Part II. A biomechanical assessment. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Nov; 128(5):480e-487e. PMID: 22030507.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    33. Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Monson LA, Farberg AS, Donneys A, Zehtabzadeh AJ, Razdolsky ER, Buchman SR. Dose-response effect of human equivalent radiation in the murine mandible: part I. A histomorphometric assessment. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jul; 128(1):114-121. PMID: 21701328.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    34. Fregene A, Jing XL, Monson LA, Buchman SR. Alteration in volumetric bone mineralization density gradation patterns in mandibular distraction osteogenesis following radiation therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Oct; 124(4):1237-1244. PMID: 19935308.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    35. Moon SI, Monson L, Extrand CW. Outgassing of oxygen from polycarbonate. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2009 Jul; 1(7):1539-43. PMID: 20355958.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Cells
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