Professor Richard Hopper
Dr Richard Hopper is the Marlys C. Larson Endowed Professor in Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is Chief of the Division of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Surgical Director of the Craniofacial Center, a 40-member interdisciplinary team dedicated to craniofacial care. Dr Hopper completed his plastic surgery residency and Master of Sciences thesis at the University of Toronto, and his craniofacial fellowship at New York University Medical Center under Dr Joseph McCarthy. His clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, rare and severe birth deformities of the bones and soft tissues of the face at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with a sub-focus on subcranial distraction procedures. He also
has a busy practice at Harborview Medical Center managing acute craniofacial trauma. His research interests include image-based outcome studies for complex craniofacial procedures as well as device design for cleft and craniofacial care. He holds patents for a novel device to mold the nose deformity in patients born with cleft lip and an image recording cleft palate retractor system. Dr Hopper serves on the Council of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS) and is past President of the American Society for Craniofacial Surgery (ASCFS). He serves on the SmileTrain Global Medical Advisory Board and is co-sponsor of the Partners in African Cleft Team Training (PACT) program that has worked with African cleft teams in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia since 2008 to increase Sub-Saharan capacity for sustainable care of patients with cleft lip and palate.