At Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19,) we are closely monitoring local health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and are actively following their recommendations.

We are working diligently to reschedule appointments postponed during the quarantine. We also understand you may feel some anxiety about bringing your child into the hospital. Our plans to restart routine care have been thoughtfully developed and implemented to keep everyone safe. We are also scheduling some appointments for new patients. If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 855-206-2096.

Families that have appointments of any kind are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests.

When you arrive for your appointment, if you and your child are not already wearing a mask, you will receive one. You will both be screened for illness and will notice new safety precautions in place to promote clean hands, a clean environment, and social distancing.

We are here for you, and look forward to seeing you soon.


John van Aalst, M.D.


John van Aalst, M.D.

John van Aalst, M.D., currently serves as Director of Research and as an attending plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University. He completed a plastic surgery residency at Indiana University, and a craniofacial fellowship at Indiana University. Dr. van Aalst also serves as director of the plastic surgery department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

He currently cares for patients with congenital and acquired plastic surgery needs. His clinical interests include studying long-term outcomes in cleft and craniofacial patients. His research interests include tissue-engineered bone and complex tissues for craniofacial defects and nanotechnology applications for chondrogenesis, osteogenesis and skin production.


  • Medical Degree, Vanderbilt University
  • Residency, Case Western Reserve University
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Indiana University
  • Craniofacial Fellowship, Indiana University

Board certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
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