Dr. Frank S. Ciminello, MD, FACS

Section Chief of Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Hackensack University Medical Center

 

Director of Craniofacial Surgery

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School

Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery Seton Hall University School of Medicine

Dr. Ciminello currently serves as the Section Chief of Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the Hackensack University Medical Center, having previously served as the Director of Craniofacial Surgery at the Rutgers Medical Center in 2008.He is also the Co-Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. His work and research has been published extensively in the specialized field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and he has lectured nationally and internationally as an expert on numerous Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery subjects. He has been recognized by his peers by being selected as a Castle Connelly Top Plastic Surgeon an America’s Best Plastic Surgeon, a NJ Top Doc, and a Favorite Kids Doc. In addition, he was recently appointed as Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Ciminello is a fully trained General Surgeon, completing his surgical residency at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. After his surgical residency, Dr. Ciminello went on to complete his Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the University of California Davis.  Following that, he went on to sub-specialize in Craniofacial, Facial Plastics & Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the Tony Wolfe Fellowship in Miami.  

 

Dr. Ciminello has been a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon since 2008 with a sub-specialty in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. His current areas of interest are the treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip & palate, ear reconstruction (microtia), head and neck reconstruction, and facial aesthetics.

Work History

University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Surgery

07/2008-10/2012

Frank Ciminello Medical PC

Private Practice

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery

11/2012 - Present

 

Honors/Awards

New Jersey’s Top Docs – 2012

New Jersey’s Favorite Kid Doc - 2012

 

Walter Redish Award – Outstanding Research Physiologist

  • Awarded to the person who most embodies a true academic clinician and

  • Physician scientist (awarded three times in 20 years)

 

The Medical Society of the State of New York – The 2000 Community Service Award

  • In recognition of outstanding contributions and selfless service to the community

 

Award of Distinction – Citations for Service

  • For outstanding service rendered to the medical college in the furtherance of its community mission

 

Award of Distinction – Citations for Service: Rotoplast Team

  •  In recognition of services rendered to the children of Pereira, Columbia 2006

Achievements

  • Founder of the Med-Shop Program and Co-author of the Med-Shop Manual

  • Community outreach program designed as a medical workshop for a variety of homeless, single mother, battered women, and men’s shelter in the greater New York area

  • Co-Founder of the New York Medical College Student Research Committee

  • Established to encourage and enhance medical research amongst medical and graduate students through workshops, lectures, and an annual research forum

 

Societies and Boards

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Education

Fairfield University, Fairfield Connecticut

09/1990 – 05/1994

B.S., Biology/English

 

New York Medical College, Valhalla New York

06/1994 – 05/1996

M.S., Physiology

 

New York Medical College, Valhalla New York

06/1996 – 05/2000

M.D.

 

St. Luke’s Roosevelt, New York New York

05/2000 – 06/2004

General Surgery Residency

 

St. Luke’s Roosevelt, New York New York

06//2004 – 06/2005

General Surgery Chief Resident

 

UC Davis Medical Center

07/2005 – 06/2007

Plastic Surgery Fellowship

 

Miami Children’s Hospital

Dr. Anthony Wolfe Fellowship

07/2007 – 06/2008

Craniofacial Surgery Fellow

Facial Plastic Surgery

Professional Positions & Additional Writings

Section Chief of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Hackensack University Medical Center

 

Chief of Cranifacial Surgery

Department of Neurosugery

Hackensack University Medical Center

 

Director of Craniofacial Surgery

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School

 

Co-Director

Institute of Craniofacial Surgery of New Jersey

 

Assistant Professor of Surgery

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School

 

Associate Editor - EPlasty

 

Publications

Abstracts:

Role of Prostaglandin in Activation of ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channels in Isolated Skeletal Muscle Arterioles

Ciminello, F.S., Schroeder, C.A., Chen, Y.L., Thompson, C.I., Belloni, F.L., and Messina, E.J. FASEB Journal, 10:A53, 1995

 

Endothelium-Derived PGI2 Contributes to the Hypoxia-Induced Dilation of Arterioles by Activation of K(ATP) Channels

Schroeder, C.A., Ciminello, F.S., Chen, Y.L., Thompson, C.I., Belloni, F.L., and Messina, E.J. FASEB Journal, 10:A52, 1995

 

Mechanism of Areriolar Dilation of Prostaglandin I2 and Prostaglandin E2 Pino, P.A., Ciminello, F.S., Schroeder, C.A., Chen, Y.L., and Messina, E.J.

FASEB Journal, 11:A44, 1995

 

Inhibition of Hypoxia-Induced Dilation in Skeletal Muscle Arterioles from STZ-Induced Diabetic Rats, Ciminello, F.S., Carbonaro, S., Pino, P.A., and Messina, E.J., FASEB Journal 11:A45, 1996

 

The Role of Prostaglandins, ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channels, and Adenylate Cyclase In the Mediation of Hypoxia-Induced Dilation, Frank Ciminello, Clause Schroeder, Edward Messina SRC, NYMC, 1996

 

Role of Nitric Oxide and Adenylate Cyclase in Isolated Skeletal Muscle Arterioles, Ciminello, Schroeder, Thompson, Belloni, Messina SRC, NYMC, 1996

 

Peroneus Brevis Flap: Muscle Coverage Option for Open Distal Tibial, Fibular and Calcaneal Wounds, Frank Ciminello MD, Eiler J. Sommerhaug MD, Brad Nannigian MD, Ali Salim MD, and Vikram Reddy MD, CSPS, 2007

 

Total Knee Joint Destruction After Deep Contact Muffler Burn: Reconstruction with and Internal Fixator and Gastrocnemius Muscle Flap, H.Vu MD, F. Ciminello MD, V. Owens FNP, M. O’Mara MD, T. Palmieri MD, and D. Greenhalgh MD. ABS, 2007

 

Combined Peroneus Brevis and NAF Flap for Reconstruction of Medial and Lateral Calcaneal Open Fractures, Eiler J. Sommerhaug MD, Brad Nannigian MD, Frank Ciminello MD, Ali Salim MD, and Vikram Reddy MD, CSPS, 2007

 

NAF Flap: Fasciocutaneous Coverage Option for Distal Tibial, Fibular, and Calcaneal Wounds in the Pediatric Population, Ali Salim MD, Eiler J. Sommerhaug MD, Frank Ciminello MD, Brad Nannigian MD, Vikram Reddy MD, CSPS, 2007

 

Craniofacial Distracter Stabilizer and Applicator, Frank S. Ciminello MD and Granger B. Wong MD, DMD, FACS, ACPA, 2008

 

Tongue Suture Use in Cleft Palate Repair, Frank S. Ciminello MD, David W. Dorfman DDS, MD and Granger B. Wong MD, DMD, FACS, CSPS, 2008

 

Manuscripts and Chapters

Med-Shop Manual: Partnership for the Homeless

Andrew Schroeder, MD and Frank S. Ciminello, MD

Published by the Urban Health Initiative, New York 1995

 

The Role of Prostaglandin, ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channels, and Adenylate Cyclase in the Mediation of Hypoxia-Induced Dilation

Ciminello, F.S.

Masters Thesis, Department of Phyisiology

New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York 2000

 

Congenital Synostoses

Silvio Podda MD, Frank S. Ciminello MD, and S. Anthony Wolfe MD, FACS

eMedicine, 2008

 

Pierre Robin Sequence: History and Pathophysiology

Frank S. Ciminello MD, George Dreser MD, Nicole A. Anderson MD, and S. Anthony Wolfe MD, FACS

Stryker Hyperguide, 2008

 

Pierre Robin Sequence: Medical and Surgical Management

Frank S. Ciminello MD, Nicole A. Anderson MD, George Dreser MD, Silvio Podda MD, and S. Anthony Wolfe MD, FACS

Stryker Hyperguide, 2008

 

Switch Cranioplasty and BMP-2 in a Hemicranial Reconstruction in an Infant.

S. Podda, F. Ciminello, and S.A. Wolfe

Craniofacial Surgery (12); pp 77-82, 2008

 

Distraction Osteogenesis of the Cleft Maxilla.

Granger B. Wong MD, DMD, FACS, Frank S. Ciminello MD, and Bonnie L. Padwa DMD, MD

Facial Plastic Surgery, Vol 24(4); pp 467-471, 2008

 

Pain control following breast augmentation: a qualitative systematic review.

Stanley SS, Hoppe IC, Ciminello FS.

Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Nov;32(8):964-72.

 

Distraction osteogenesis of the cleft maxilla.

Wong GB, Ciminello FS, Padwa BL.

Facial Plast Surg. 2008 Nov;24(4):467-71.

 

Brow Lift, Coronoplasty

Travato, MJ and Ciminello FS

Emedicine, 2009

 

Salvage of Exposed Breast Implant Using Capsular Flaps

Francisco Gargano, Frank S Ciminello, Silvio Podda, G. De Santis

Eplasty, Sept (17) e41, 2009

 

The Effects of Anchoring Sutures on Medicinal Leech Mortality.

Davila VJ, Hoppe IC, Landi R, and Ciminello FS

Eplasty, Jul (21) e29, 2009

 

The Arrhinias

Paul Tessier, Frank S Ciminello, S Anthony Wolfe

Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg. 43(4) pgs 177-96, 2009

 

Cleft Lip and Palate: Review

Ciminello FS, Morin RJ, Nguyen TJ, and Wolfe SA

Compr Ther. 35(1) pgs 37-43, 2009

 

Craniofacial Distractor Applicator

Dorfman DW, Ciminello FS, and Wong GB

J Craniofacial Surg. 20(2) pgs 475-477, 2009

 

Saccro-Coccygeal Teratoma of the Neonate: Case Presentation

ePlasty, 2009

Ciminello FS and Hopper I, 2011

 

Nasal Dorsal Augmentation with Freeze-Dried Allograft

Clark RP, Wong G, Johnson LM, Hagge RJ, Ciminello F, Lee J, Stone KI, Clark IA

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Oct; 124(4):1312-25.

 

Analysis of Comprehensibility of Patient Information Regarding Complex Craniofacial Conditions

Patel PP, Hoppe IC, Ahuja NK, Ciminello FS.

J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Jul;22(4):1179-82

 

Platysma Based Myocutaneous Clavicular Island Flap for Intraoral Reconstruction

Tessier P, Matthews DC, Kamerer D Jr, Ciminello FS, Gargano F, Wolfe SA.

Ann Plast Surg. 2011 Dec;67(6):S55-69

 

Ciminello FS, Trovato MJ. Coronoplasty Brow Lift. eMedicine from WebMD. Updated April 09, 2012. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1276522-overview

 

Ciminello FS, Trovato MJ. Mid Forehead Brow Lift. eMedicine from WebMD. Updated April 05, 2012. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1276873-overview

 

Presentations

Endothelium-Derived PGI2 Contributes to the Hypoxia-Induced Dilation of Arterioles by Activation of K(ATP) Channels – FASEB Conference, Washington, D.C. 1997

 

Mechanism of Arteriolar Dilation of Prostaglandin I2 and Prostaglandin E2 – FASEB Conference, Washington, D.C. 1997

 

The Role of Prostaglandin, ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channels, and Adenylate Cyclase in the Mediation of Hypoxia-Induced Dilation – FASEB Conference, San Francisco 1999

 

Role of Nitric Oxide and Adenylate Cyclase in Isolated Skeletal Muscle Arterioles – FASEB Conference, San Francisco 1999

 

Autoregulatory Mechanisms in the Microcirculation of Skeletal Muscle: An Overview

North Eastern Research Conference, New Jersey 1999

 

Arterioles Inhibition of Hypoxia-Induced Dilation in Isolated Skeletal Muscle Arterioles from STZ-Induced Diabetic Rats – SRC, New York 2000

 

Total Knee Joint Destruction After Deep Contact Muffler Burn: Reconstruction with and Internal Fixator and Gastrocnemius Muscle Flap, ABA, Las Vegas 2006

 

Peroneus Brevis Flap: Muscle Coverage Option for Open Distal Tibial, Fibular and Calcaneal Wounds, CSPS, Las Vegas 2006

 

Combined Peroneus Brevis and NAF Flap for Reconstruction of Medial and Lateral Calcaneal Open Fractures, CSPS, Las Vegas 2006

 

NAF Flap: Fasciocutaneous Coverage Option for Distal Tibial, Fibular, and Calcaneal Wounds in the Pediatric Population, CSPS, Las Vegas 2006

 

Craniofacial Distracter Stabilizer and Applicator, ACLP, Denver 2007

 

Tongue Suture Use in Cleft Palate Repair, CSPS,  San Francisco 2007

 

Surgical Management of Tessier #0-14 Facial Cleft: Video ACS, 2007

 

Current Concepts in Cleft Lip Surgery, UMDNJ Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, New Jersey 2008

 

Congenital Craniosynostosis, UMDNJ Division of Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds,

New Jersey 2008

 

Techniques and Advances in Facelifting, Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, New Jersey 2009

 

Craniofacial Dysostosis: Management of the Skeletal Midface and Orbits, Oral & Maxillofacial Grand Rounds, UMDNJ-NJMS 2009

 

Advanced Approaches to the Maxillofacial Skeleton of the Head and Neck, Homer Styker Seminar, 2009

 

Understanding the Infant Skull Saint Barnabas Pediatric Grand Rounds, 2010

 

Craniofacial Dysostosis: The Management of the Orbital Calvarium Hackensack Neurosurgical Symposium, 2010

 

The Crooked Head: Is it Surgical? Hackensack Pediatric Grand Rounds, 2011

 

Surgical Management of the Absent Ear University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2011

 

Microtia and Congenital Ear Deformity Grand Rounds for Otolaryngology UMNDJ, 2012

International Presentions

Old lessons should not be forgotten: Management of the Anterior Cranial Fossa, International Craniofacial Society, Salvador, Brazil 2007

 

Case Report: Switch Cranioplasty, International Craniofacial Society, Salvador, Brazil 2007

 

Concepts and Technique for Autogenous Cranioplasty: a 30 year experience, NESPS, Bermuda 2007

 

Complications in Cranioplasty: Alloplastic vs. Autogenous Reconstruction, Mauritius 2007

 

The Cleft Lip Deformity, Pereira, Colombia 2009

Missions

  • Periera, Colombia – Rotoplast International 2007

  • Mauritius – UMDNJ Craniofacial Mission 2008

  • Periera, Colombia – Rotoplast International 2009

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