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John G. Meara | Education

Undergraduate School

University of Notre Dame

1986, Notre Dame, IL

Medical School


University of Michigan Medical School

1990, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School


University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

1993, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate School


Melbourne Business School

2004, Melbourne, Australia


General Surgery

University of Michigan

1991, Ann Arbor, MI



Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

1997, Boston, MA


Plastic Surgery

Brigham & Women's Hospital / Boston Children's Hospital

1999, Boston, MA


Craniofacial Surgery

Royal Children's Hospital

2000, Melbourne, Australia

John G. Meara | Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (General)

John G. Meara | Professional History

Dr. John Meara is the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief and an expert in cases of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, encephalocele, and complex Tessier facial cleft. Dr. Meara is the Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.

John G. Meara | Media

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. John G. Meara

Apert Syndrome Q&A

Watch Dr. Meara and his colleagues answer questions relative to Apert syndrome.

Bentley - Part One


Part One: Meet Bentley

Bentley - Part Two


Part Two: Rehearsing a tricky operation

Bentley - Part Three


Part Three: Inside the operating room

Bentley - Part Four


Part Four: Bentley returns home

Violet - Part One


Part one - The journey begins

Violet - Part Two


Part two: Meet Violet’s team of doctors

Violet - Part Three


Part three: Inside the Operating Room

Violet - Part Four


Part four: Violet returns home

John G. Meara | Publications

I enjoy working with children - they are full of potential and hope. Craniofacial reconstruction repairs congenital and traumatic conditions and restores children and their families with new hope and a better future. Helping children and their families is wonderful in its own right; in addition, the procedures and techniques are also challenging and rewarding. Craniofacial surgery is certainly based on science and technology, but there is an artistic component as well. Patients all have different and complex conditions that require a flexible, problems solving mindset - there is no standard formula. As a result our team is constantly creating and innovating new and better ways to restore and reconstruct and redefine problems and solutions. This requires a multidisciplinary approach - calling on the best from all caregivers in our team.