Lorelei J. Grunwaldt, MD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
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Fax: 412-692-5263

Faculty Pavilion, Suite 7105

4401 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15224, 


Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  She then completed her medical degree at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.  She went on to do postgraduate training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a Harvard teaching hospital, where she completed a five year residency in General Surgery.  Her plastic surgery residency was completed at the University of Cincinnati, and she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Cleft Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  She is board certified by the The American Board of General Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Currently, Dr. Grunwaldt practices Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Cleft Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  An Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grunwaldt is also the founder and director of the Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Center and Vascular Anomalies Centers.  These centers aim to provide multidisciplinary care to patients with complex problems.  Her clinical and research interests are focused on cleft lip and palate surgery, congenital breast surgery, vascular anomalies, and obstetrical brachial plexus palsy.


Grunwaldt L, Schwaitzberg S, Rattner D, Jones D Is Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair an Operation of the Past? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2005 Apr; 200(4): 616-20. | View abstract »

Borud LJ, Grunwaldt LJ,  Janz B,  Mun E, SlavinSA. Components separation combined with abdominal wall plication for repair of large abdominal wall hernias following bariatric surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2007 May; 119(6): 1792-1798. | View abstract

Losee JE, MD, Natali M, PA-C; Grunwaldt LJ, MD; Chao-Mills M,  MD; Dubin PJ, MD;  McIntire S, MD; Jiang S, MD; Vecchione L, DMD, MDS;  Kane T, MD; Schneck F, MD; Cladis FP, MD. Induced Restrictive Lung Disease Secondary to Tissue Expansion in Ischiopagus Conjoined Twins.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  April 2009; 123(4): 1378-1384. | View abstract

Kinsella CR, Grunwaldt LJ, Cooper GM, Chao Mills M, Losee JE. Scalp Reconstruction: Regeneration with Acellular Dermal Matrix. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2010 Mar; 21 (2): 605-7. | View abstract

Fenton R, Kinsella CR, Cray JJ, Cooper GM, Losee JE, Grunwaldt, LJ.  Divided Parietal Bone in Plagiocephaly. Journalof Craniofacial Surgery, 2011 Jan, 22 (1): 355-8. | View abstract

Gill R, Kinsella C, Lin A, Grunwaldt L, Jiang S, DeeneyV, Losee JE. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Treatment and Prevention of Exposed Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Ribs. Spine. 2011 Apr 15;36(8): E563-7. | View abstract

Rottgers A, Ford M,  Cray J, Smith D,  Kinsella C, Grunwaldt L,  Losee JE. An Algorithm for Application of FurlowPalatoplasty to the Treatment of Velocardiofacial Syndrome-Associated Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2011 May; 66(5):479-84

Cladis FP, Bykowski M, Schmitt E, Naran S, Moritz ML, Cray J, Gunwaldt L, Losee J. Postoperative hyponatremia following calvarial vault remodeling in craniosynostosis. Pediatric Anesthesia 2011 Oct; 21(10):1020-5 | View abstract

Grunwaldt L,  Smith DM, Zuckerbraun NS, Naran S, Rottgers A,  Bykowski M, Kinsella C,  Cray J, Vecchione L, Saladino RA, Losee JE . Pediatric Facial Fractures:  Demographics, Injury Patterns, and Associated Injuries in 772 Consecutive Patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2011 Dec; 128(6): 1263-71. | View abstract

Kinsella C, Landfair A, Rottgers A, Cray J, Weidman C, Deleyiannis F, Grunwaldt L, Losee J. The Psychological Burden of Idiopathic Adolescent Gynecomastia. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2012 Jan; 129(1):  1-7. | View abstract

Naran S, Cladis F, Fearon J, Bradley J, Michelotti B, Cooper J, Cray J, Katchichian H, Grunwaldt L, Pollack I, Losee J. Safety of Pre-Operative Erythropoietin in Surgical Calvarial Remodeling:  An 8 Year Retrospective Review and Analysis.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in press (August 2012)

Grunwaldt LJ. Specialist Combine Talents to Provide Treatment of Brachial Plexus Palsy.  Physician  Services News.  A newsletter for physicians of UPMC Physicians Services.  Winter 2012.

Grunwaldt LJ, Ford M, Vecchione L, Fenton R, Losee JE. Pulse Dye Laser in Cleft Lip Surgery. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico; April 2011.

Cladis FP, Grunwaldt L, Losee J. Anesthesia for plastic surgery. In Davis PJ, Cladis FP, MotoyamaEK(eds): Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children, 8thed, Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, 2011, pp 821-841.

Grunwaldt L. Pediatric Plastic Surgery of the Head and Neck. In, Comprehensive Cleft Care: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Fifth Edition 2009; 27-(1)