Kamlesh B. Patel, MD

Kamlesh B. Patel, MD


Specialty Areas

  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery

Common Procedures

  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Craniosynostosis repair
  • Mandible and midface distraction
  • Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facial trauma reconstruction
  • Pediatric Mole removal (birthmarks)
  • Scar revisions
  • Medpor ear reconstruction
  • Transgender procedures
  • Complex wound repair and reconstruction

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Craniosynostosis
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniofacial microsomia
  • Facial fractures
  • Malocclusion and jaw malformations
  • Prominent ears Nevi

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery


Medical School:  University of Arizona-College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 2005

Graduate School: Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Washington University School of Medicine


2005-2008 General Surgery Residency, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA

2008-2010 Plastic Surgery Residency, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA


2010-2011 Pediatric Craniofacial Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Professional Memberships

American Association of Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Council of Academic of Plastic Surgeons

International Society of Craniofacial Surgery

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

American Society of Craniofacial Surgery

American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

AO Craniomaxillofacial

American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons


2019 Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians and Scientist, Washington University School of Medicine/Olin Business School/BJC Healthcare

2017 Commencement speaker, School of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City

2016 Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation Outstanding Citizenship Award

2012, 2014 Paul M. Weeks, M.D. Resident Teaching Award

April 2012 Alumni Achievement Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City

2010 Francis W. Noel award for scholarly activity

2009 Sara C. Armstrong Award for Compassionate Care


Editorial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal

Reviewer Annals of Plastic Surgery

Reviewer Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal

Reviewer Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

Other Committees and Leadership Positions

2017-Present – Washington University School of Medicine Admissions Committee

2014-Present – Plastic Surgery Medical Student Interest Group, Faculty Sponsor

2014-Present – Associate Program Director, Washington University Plastic Surgery

2012-2017 – Medical Student Clerkship Director, Plastic Surgery

2018-Present – Faculty Scholar of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University

2016-Present – 3D Printing Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Co-Director

2012-2016 – Clinical Effectiveness Lead for the Division of Plastic Surgery

2020 – American Council of Academic of Plastic Surgeons Mentoring Committee

2020 – Task Force American Association of Plastic Surgery Program Committee

2020 – American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s Program

2018 – American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, Nominating Committee

2018-Present – Physician lead for Craniofacial Mission in Guatemala, World Pediatric Project

2018-Present – American Board of Plastic Surgery Oral Examiner

2019-2020 – American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Program Committee and visiting professors subcommittee

2013-2016 – American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Curriculum Development Subcommittee


Areas of Research Interest

My research focus is in craniofacial with particular interest in outcomes for patients with craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate and facial fractures. I am also working with the Department of Radiology to develop a novel MR imaging technique to provide 3D reconstructed high resolution cranial bone imaging for pediatric patients with Trauma and craniosynostosis. I am interested in optimization of care and access to care issues for medically complex patients (children with craniofacial anomalies).

Clinical Trials

Neurodevelopment in Craniosynostosis

3D pediatric cranial bone imaging using high-resolution MRI


Safe MR imaging to image bone for pediatric patients with fractures and craniosynostosis

Automated Text Messaging for Precision Pain Management following facial fracture repair

Financial Disclosures

Consultant Stryker CMF: Product design and education



Hospital Affiliations

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Patients Seen At

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Place
2nd Floor, Suite A
St. Louis, MO 63110

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To request an appointment with Dr. Patel, please call 314-362-7388 or 800-283-5848.

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