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Dr. Vicari conducts a head examDr. Frank A. Vicari is a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon/Craniofacial Surgeon who, for the past 20 years, has been caring for children with complex congenital and acquired disorders at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. During this time Dr. Vicari has pioneered new techniques and created new programs designed to serve children and families with difficult diagnosis.  He was the first in the world to perform minimally invasive, endoscopic assisted, craniofacial procedures for craniosynostosis. Dr. Vicari was also responsible for the creation of such programs as the Congenital Hand Clinic and, more recently, The Head Shape Evaluation Program for the diagnosis and treatment of children with facial or cranial asymmetry from positional molding, torticollis, or synostosis.

Dr. Vicari holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He then worked as coordinator of R & D for Universal Oil Products, Inc., before attending medical school at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine. He then did residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, also at Loyola, before completing fellowships in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Ontario and then at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he has remained.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

The implications of a craniofacial disorder on a child’s life are far-reaching. They encompass basic health and functioning, family and social relationships, quality of life and adaptation in each stage of growth. We are dedicated to providing our patients and their families with the finest in multidisciplinary pediatric specialty care. We understand that children and families with complicated diagnosis require a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to adequately evaluate and treat these difficult problems. In support of this belief we have put together a unique philosophy and skill set that allows us to provide exceptional care to the craniofacial and cleft lip and palate population while expanding the scope of patients served. Click these links to learn more about Endoscopic Craniofacial Surgery and Ceft Lip & Cleft Palate correction.

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Head Shape Evaluation
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The STAR family of cranial remolding orthoses are used to treat positional plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, scaphocephaly and other head shape deformities in infants 3-18 months.
Best of all the scanning process is completely non-invasive and takes less than 2 seconds. Learn more
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