John van Aalst, MD

(CINCINNATI; April 5, 2016) – Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati, which specializes in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and burn care, announces the appointment of John A. van Aalst, MD, as the Director of Research.

Dr. van Aalst has practiced in the Cincinnati area since 2014. He began working with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati in July 2015. “I’m very passionate about research and look forward to having a sense of team. Good research comes out of collaboration,” said Dr. van Aalst.

Dr. van Aalst specializes in cleft lip and palate, craniofacial anomalies, complex nasal reconstruction and secondary reconstruction of facial deformities. He is also the Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Dr. van Aalst received his Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his training in General Surgery at Case Western Reserve. His plastic surgery residency was completed at Indiana University along with a fellowship in Craniofacial. He is also fellowship trained in vascular cell biology from the Cleveland Clinic.

Teaching is another passion of Dr. van Aalst. A few times a year he travels to places such as Palestine, Israel, Jordon, Gaza and Lebanon to teach physicians how to do comprehensive surgery for cleft lip and palate patients.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.