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Plastic, reconstructive and laser surgery

Plastic, reconstructive and laser surgery

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is one of the world’s leading centers for treating children with severe burns or those who need reconstructive surgery for scars or cleft lip and palate. Physicians at the Boston Shriners Hospital treat children with both burn and non-burn conditions on a regular basis. Children may be seen for consultation at any time – an outcome study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (2012) highlights that the earlier a child is evaluated for specialized care the more positive the ultimate outcome.

“After our patients go through a major trauma or burn injury, it is the responsibility of the entire health care system to restore them to a life that has the highest quality possible. That means we need to advocate for that patient – not only restoring their functional abilities but also their total quality of life, including their appearance. It is not cosmetic surgery to make a patient with an acquired or congenital deformity look more normal – that is the ultimate goal of reconstructive surgery.”

-  Dr. Matthias B. Donelan
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston

Conditions treated with plastic surgery and lasers:

  • Congenital anomalies
  • Burn injuries
  • Scars
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Ear and hand deformities/injuries
  • Skin Disorders

Learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston's innovative scar management technologies.

Collaborative approach to plastic, reconstructive and laser surgery

The multidisciplinary team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is expertly trained to provide care that results in the best outcomes and overall experience for patients and their families. The collaboration between the staff and families enables the team to devise a treatment plan that will provide optimal healing for the patient.

The medical team

Matthias B. Donelan, M.D.
Branko Bojovic, M.D. Chief of Plastic Surgery
William G. Austen Jr., M.D.
Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., M.D.
Daniel N. Driscoll, M.D., FACS
Richard J. Ehrlichman, M.D.
Eric C. Liao, M.D., Ph.D.
Joseph Upton, M.D.
Jonathan Michael Winograd, M.D.


The Boston Shriners Hospital is verified as a pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission for Hospital, Laboratory and Tissue Dispensing Services.