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Plastic Surgery

MU Children's Hospital offers the only pediatric plastic surgery clinic in mid-Missouri. Treating children requires a special approach and the dedicated team at the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Clinic believes first and foremost in treating each child as an individual. Through compassionate care and surgical excellence, we strive for the very best achievable results for our patients.

Team Approach to Treatment

In many cases, the best treatment for children with plastic surgery needs is achieved in a multidisciplinary setting. Children with cleft lip/palate have multiple issues, such as nutrition, speech, hearing and facial growth that require specialized attention. A number of different health care providers from various specialties work together to treat these children. These providers include a plastic (craniofacial) surgeon, an orthodontist, a pediatric plastic surgery nurse, a speech pathologist, an otolaryngologist (ENT), a dietician, an audiologist and an oral surgeon. Together, this collection of seasoned experts provides the highest quality care for patients with a wide array of congenital anomalies or birth defects.

Common Conditions We Treat

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Deformational plagiocephaly
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Microtia
  • Craniofacial syndromes
  • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Pierre Robin Sequence

Hand / Upper Extremity Surgery:

  • Cleft Hand
  • Syndactyly (Fused Fingers)
  • Polydactyly (Extra Fingers)
  • Amniotic Band Sequence
  • Radial Dysplasia / Radial "Club Hand"
  • Other Hand Anomalies


  • Pigmented Lesions ("Birthmarks")
  • Vascular Anomalies (Hemangiomas and Nascular Malformations)
  • Complex Wounds

Who We Are

Arshad R. Muzaffar, MD, Director
Lynette Baker, RN, CPSN, BSN, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Nurse

Where We Are

University Hospital Surgery Clinic
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, Mo. 65212
(573) 882-4176

Plastic Surgery Clinic Hours
Monday from 1-5 p.m.
Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon

Professional Associations

American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

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