The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Department of Pediatrics 2018 Annual Report

Surgical Partners

Mohan S. Gundeti, MD

Expert Team Successfully Tackles Congenital Craniofacial Anomalies

The Craniofacial Anomalies Multidisciplinary Program (CAMP) at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is one of the largest craniofacial programs in the region. CAMP’s high success rate in treating congenital craniofacial anomalies results from a collaborative approach by a team of specialists, including Chicago’s largest pediatric neurosurgery group and experts in pediatric plastic surgery, genetics, neuroradiology, neurology, developmental pediatrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and speech, physical, and occupational therapy. CAMP is nationally accredited by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. 

“By convening multiple specialists to comprehensively treat complex patients, we bring our best ideas together, which improves outcomes and quality of care,” says renowned pediatric plastic surgeon Russell Reid, MD, PhD, who, along with pediatric neurosurgeon David Frim, MD, PhD, co-directs the CAMP program. 

As an infant, Leia Annerino, who was born with craniosynostosis, was treated by CAMP specialists. The coronal suture on one side of Leia’s skull had prematurely fused, causing an asymmetry around her eye and forehead. This craniofacial disorder can cause developmental, vision, neurologic, and airway problems, as well as appearance issues, as the skull restricts the developing brain from expanding.

Working in tandem, Reid and Frim performed the complex and delicate surgery to remove, reshape and replace Leia’s skull bones, while protecting her brain and eyes. “There is considerable nuance involved in putting the skull back together so that the brain has enough room to grow and to eliminate the asymmetry,” says Frim. 

Comer Children’s researchers are also studying the root causes of craniosynostosis in an attempt to prevent or reverse the behavior of defective suture cells so that the disorder can be treated without surgery or in a minimally invasive way in the future. Other active research includes regenerating bone for the repair of craniofacial defects.

Today Leia is an exuberant little girl with no signs of facial deformity. “She’s trying to decide whether to play tee-ball or soccer, which is exactly how it should be,” says Frim, who, along with Reid, also treats adults with congenital anomalies of the head and face. 

Honors and Publications

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Surgical Partners

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Burns/Complex Wounds Surgery

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Pediatric Cochlear Surgery

  • Dana L. Suskind, MD
    Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program
    Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative
    Founder and Director, Project ASPIRE 

Pediatric Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgery

  • Talia Baker, MD
    Associate Professor of Surgery
    Director, Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
    Surgical Director and Program Director, Liver Transplant Program 
  • John Fung, MD, PhD
    Professor of Surgery
    Chief, Section of Transplantation
    Co-Director, Transplantation Institute

  • J. Michael Millis, MD
    Professor of Surgery
    Vice Chair, Global Surgery

  • Mark Slidell, MD, MPH 
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Director, Pediatric Trauma Program

Pediatric Neurosurgery

  • Issam A. Awad, MD
    The John Harper Seeley Professor of Surgery
    Director, Neurovascular Surgery
    Director, Safadi Program of Excellence in Clinical and Translational Neuroscience

  • David M. Frim, MD, PhD
    Ralph Cannon Professor of Surgery
    Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
    Chief, Neurosurgery 
  • Peter Warnke, MD
    Professor of Surgery
    Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

  • Bakhtiar Yamini, MD
    Professor of Surgery
    Director, Neurosurgical Oncology

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatrics Orthopeadics

Pediatric Otolaryngology Surgery

  • Fuad Baroody, MD
    Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Named a Top Doctor in 2019 by Chicago magazine
  • Andrea Shogan, MD
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Dana L. Suskind, MD
    Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program
    Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative
    Founder and Director, Project ASPIRE 

Pediatric Plastic/Craniofacial Surgery

Pediatric Urology Surgery

  • Mohan S. Gundeti, MD
    Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Director, Pediatric Urology
    Named a Top Doctor in 2019 by Chicago magazine
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