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Cincinnati, OH Pediatric Plastic Surgeon John van Aalst, M.D. | Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati

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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