Kamlesh Patel, MD

After completing a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital,
Dr. Patel joined the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Currently, he is the craniofacial surgeon at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH). This involves treating patients with craniosynostosis or other craniofacial abnormalities (congenital or traumatic). In addition, he provides care for adult patients with more complex facial trauma at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

He has presented at national meetings and published in topics related to craniosynostosis, cleft and facial trauma. Furthermore, he has been invited to provide courses at national meetings titled “Endoscopic Craniosynostosis” and “Anatomy of the Unilateral Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity”. He is an active member of the cleft, craniofacial and maxillofacial societies.

In addition to his clinical and research interests, he has mentored multiple students. As medical student clerkship director for the Division of Plastic and reconstructive Surgery and faculty sponsor of the Plastic Surgery Interest Group, he has had significant interactions with students. In addition, multiple students have spent their summer research time in his craniofacial lab. His focus has been on mentoring students entering plastic surgery and ensuring they match in a competitive residency program. He has also mentored many plastic surgery residents and has been voted resident teacher of the year in 2 of his 5 years.

Dr. Patel was the clinical effectiveness lead for the Division of Plastic Surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital and is now leading projects at SLCH to help improve patient care. He is also broadening his education with a focus on clinical effectiveness. A stellar student in the Postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation, he received the program’s Outstanding Citizenship Award in 2016. His thesis will be on the use of MRI to create 3D-reconstructed images of the cranium as an alternative to CT scanning, in order to reduce radiation exposure in children. He obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Investigation in May 2017.