In February of 2013, Dr. John Reinisch proudly launched his new website, http://www.drjohnreinisch.com/microtia/what-is-microtia/. Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented birthmarks, and microtia (congenital deformity of the ear). He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking design and successful use of a biomaterial implant for ear reconstruction in very young children [known as Medpor]. After more than 25 years at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he established the Division of Plastic Surgery, he is now Director of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The Small Wonders Foundation
Small Wonders Founation is a U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance, information, help and encouragement to families of children with congenital and acquired deformities of the face and body. Started in 2005 to support the work of world-class pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. John Reinisch, Small Wonders Foundation has so far changed the lives of children born with microtia/atresia and large facial birthmarks.
Children born with facial deformities or birthmarks are oftentimes the subject of teasing and ridicule and may have low self-esteem due to being treated differently. Sometimes it gets in the way of their learning or ability to make friends. Dr. Reinisch understands the emotional as well as the physical needs of his patients and their families. Small Wonders Foundation, working with Dr. Reinisch and the patients’ families, seeks to provide these children with the opportunity to live full and happy lives.
It is the goal of Small Wonders to further the important work Dr. Reinisch provides by financing surgeries that otherwise are denied because of insurance, training more fellows in pediatric reconstructive surgery, hiring more staff to provide the important psychological and social support for families, and hopefully raising awareness within the medical community as well as the public of the latest pediatric reconstructive techniques through educational materials.
Dr. John Reinisch is the pioneer of the Medpor surgical technique for Microtia ear reconstructive surgery and has helped thousands of children during his career. Thank you for your commitment, your passion, your dedication, and skilled expertise Dr. Reinisch, and for helping so many of the children and adults who struggle in life with Microtia and additional facial challenges who just want to live a better quality of life. Thank you for what you do to help the Microtia community!
Dr. John Reinisch will also be attending our Ear Community Summer Picnic for Microtia Families in Los Angeles on August 10th, 2013 as a part of the Let Them Hear Foundation’s conference. I look forward to seeing you again Dr. Reinisch!
Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community
Founder of the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook