Joseph E. Losee, MD

Professor of Plastic Surgery
Executive Vice Chair
Program Director
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One Children's Hospital Drive

4401 Penn Avenue, Faculty Pavilion, 7th Floor, Suite 7104

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Dr. Losee graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1990.  He subsequently matriculated at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1994.  Dr. Losee continued on at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, as a resident in the combined general surgery-plastic surgery training program during 1994-1999.  Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Losee went to the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was completing one of the most competitive clinical fellowships in Craniofacial Surgery under Linton A. Whitaker, MD.  After completion of his fellowship, he was recruited back to the University of Rochester where he was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastics), Pediatrics, and Dentistry (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) and Attending Surgeon at Strong Memorial Hospital.  After creating a successful program in pediatric plastic surgery and developing the Strong Center for Craniofacial Surgery, he was recruited in 2003 to the University of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he has continued to serve as Division Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.  He is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (2001), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (2002), and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (2002).

In 2010, he was appointed Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He has been the Program Director for the Residency Training Program in Plastic Surgery for nearly a decade.  As Program Director, Dr. Losee has written and developed a 200-page curriculum in plastic surgery that was adopted by the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery and presented as its official curriculum in plastic surgery.  Because of this national recognition, he was recruited to co-Chair the Curriculum Committee of the Association of Academic Chairman in Plastic Surgery, whose charge is to work in-concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to establish a web-based, modular, standardized curriculum for all of Plastic Surgery in the United States.

He is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he is also the Director of the interdisciplinary Pittsburgh Cleft-Craniofacial Center. As well, he is the Program Director for the Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship. Since becoming the Chief of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Losee has energized the clinical research program.  He is the principle investigator (PI) on multiple IRB approved clinical research projects.  In the field of craniofacial surgery, Dr. Losee’s clinical research has focused on two areas:

  1. The classification (Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 2007;44(6):590-594), prevention (Plast Reconstr Surg 2008;122(2):544-554) (Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, in press); and treatment (Plast Reconstr Surgery 2006;118(6):1431-1440) of palatal fistulae
  2. Pediatric Facial Fractures, establishing the Pittsburgh Pediatric Facial Fracture Study, an interdisciplinary study group focusing on the long-term follow-up of growth and development of the pediatric craniofacial skeleton after childhood facial fracture (Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction 2009;2(2)103-112) (Plast Reconstr Surg 2008;122(3):886-897)

Dr. Losee is also the Director of the Reconstructive Transplantation Program, an exciting new area of clinical research.  He is the PI on both the Hand and Face Transplant IRB approved protocols. (Transplantation Proceedings 2009;41(2):523-527). The interdisciplinary team he now oversees has performed 8 limb transplantations in 5 patients. He has secured institutional funding for continuation of the hand and face transplantation program.  Dr. Losee is C0-Investigator on a U. S. Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM-I) grant for $3,900,000. (2011-2013) entitled: Reconstructive Transplantation for Devastating Upper Extremity Trauma.

In July 2012, Dr. Losee was appointed as Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Losee serves on the Board of Directors of several national societies in Academic Plastic Surgery, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgery.  He edited, “Comprehensive Cleft Care”, the authoritative text on Cleft Surgery, and authored over 98 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters.  His basic science research is focused on bone and suture regulation, as well as skull defects in infants.

He was recently awarded an NIH RO1 for the study of ear disease in children born with oro-facial clefting.

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