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Dr. Patrick Kelley, MD is a pediatric craniofacial surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 13 years. He practices pediatric craniofacial surgery, oral & maxillofacial surgery, and more.Read his story
This content was provided by Dr. Kelley "After completing medical school and plastic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Kelley completed his fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital program under Joe Gruss, MD and Richard Hopper, MD. He returned to Texas in 2005 to start the first Cleft-Craniofacial Program in Central Texas in partnership with Children's Hospital of Austin, becoming Dell Children's Medical Center in 2007 with the opening of the current hospital. Along with Todd Maxson, MD and Tim George, MD, he founded Pediatric Specialty Services (PSS) in 2007 intentioned to develop the first multidisciplinary tertiary-level medical programs in this region, one of which was the Craniofacial Program of Central Texas. This unique, patient-focused group was organized according to medical disease and delivery platforms as opposed to medical specialties which was believed to be elemental to developing and pushing the standard of care in the treatment of complex disease in the region. This group is responsible for developing the system, recruiting and organizing medical providers in the region that allowed for the certification of Dell Children's Medical Center as the second pediatric hospital in the state of Texas as a Level One Trauma Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons. Complex programs like Epilepsy and Neuro-oncology also developed out of PSS. The group grew from a trauma surgeon, a craniofacial surgeon, and neurosurgeon to roughly twenty five medical providers (seven specialties) and twenty midlevel providers from 2007-2014. . Dr. Kelley served on the Board of Directors, as Director of the Craniofacial Program of PSS, and Section Chief of Plastic/Craniofacial Surgery for DCMC and PSS for nine years before stepping down in January, 2016. When the region began to expand in 2008, the need for an adult Level One Trauma Center became evident, but Brackenridge Hospital lacked adequate plastic surgery resources to service such a system. Dr. Kelley recruited key plastic surgeons from the region, James Cullington,MD and Sanjay Sharma,MD, and a few fellowship trained plastic surgeons just out of training into a new group, The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas (IRPSCT). IRPSCT endeavored to develop medical programs similar to PSS focusing on adults. Currently, its nine plastic surgeons provide expert care in hand/upper extremity, lower extremity salvage, breast reconstruction, complex wounds, adult craniofacial trauma and head and neck reconstruction, and general plastic surgery. They support the surgeons and severely injured patients through the trauma system throughout the region. Dr. Kelley was founder of IRPSCT and served as Chair of the Board and CEO of the corporation until January, 2016. Clinically, Dr. Kelley has been a world leader in transferring the power of virtual surgical software programs and 3D printing into the operating room. He is one of the few Craniofacial Surgeons in the world who is also a proficient microsurgeon, making it possible to transfer complex tissue structures from one part of a patient to the craniofacial region, avoiding the need to immunosuppres a patient as required in transplantation. This combination of skill sets has put him in the unique position of pioneering the integration of this technology into the clinical world. Since 2007, Dr. Kelley has partnered with the Medical Modeling Corporation and KLS Martin to push the standard of care. Patients with very complex craniofacial disease processes like cancer, severe congenital anomalies, and trauma have experienced a quantum leap in their surgical outcomes. Patients who just 10 years ago were doomed to life with tracheostomies and feeding tubes are now able to eat and breath through their oropharynx which greatly improves the quality of life and reduces the costs of long term care, leading to a fuller life."
This content was provided by Dr. Kelley "Comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to maximize the potential for all patients affected my conditions in the craniofacial region. "