Meet the Cleft and Craniofacial Center Team

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Every child with a craniofacial condition is different, and we work to create the best treatment plan for each individual child. Each child is at the center of an interdisciplinary team approach and our surgeons work closely with other pediatric specialists to provide comprehensive care to patients. The team meets regularly for consultation and coordination of care for each patient, and offers ongoing support to patients' families and health care providers.

Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery Hasbro Children's Hospital

Albert S. Woo, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has over a decade of experience in the specialized team care of patients with craniofacial anomalies and cleft deformities. He is the Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Currently an Associate Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he was recruited from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Woo’s clinical interests include the surgical treatment of patients with craniosynostosis, complex and syndromic craniofacial abnormalities, and cleft deformities. In particular, he is a nationally regarded expert in Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery, having performed over 100 such procedures over his career, with numerous papers and national presentations on the subject.  He is a strong advocate of the multidisciplinary team and works very closely with his neurosurgery colleague, Dr. Petra Klinge, to provide the best and safest possible care for patients with craniosynostosis.  He is also recognized for having developed a new surgical technique for cleft palate repair.

With more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Woo remains committed not only to clinical excellence but also to performing research in the treatment of craniofacial anomalies.  He earned his medical degree at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed his residency in plastic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Dr. Woo currently is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the American Associate of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition by Best Doctors in America since 2011 and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors.

Paul Austin
Speech and Language Pathologist
Margaret Byrne
Plastic Surgery Nurse Specialist
Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine, Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division

Petra Klinge, MD is an internationally renowned general neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of patients with brain tumors, hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric diseases and treatment of congenital diseases like Chiari and spinal malformations.

Dr. Klinge is a professor of neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Prior to this, she was professor of neurosurgery at the Medical School Hannover, Germany. She received her medical degree at the University of Kiel in 1993 and completed her neurosurgical residency at Hannover Medical School in Germany in 2002. She was senior associate professor of neurosurgery at the International Neuroscience Institute in Hannover, Germany, where she had the opportunity to be educated by Professor M. Samii, a founder of modern skull base surgery.

Dr. Klinge is an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She is editor in chief of the Elsevier journal Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management (INAT) and associate editor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery (CNN). She also serves as reviewer for international scientific journals including NeurosurgeryJournal of NeurosurgeryJournalof NeurologyNeurosurgery & Psychiatry and others. She is past president of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF disorders.

Dr. Klinge’s scientific interests comprise the development of advanced techniques for diagnosing and treatment of dementia, experimental work to advance the understanding of normal aging and dementia and to develop novel biotechnical treatment approaches including stem cell therapy. Her scientific publications are listed by the US National Library of Medicine.

Professional Papers

  • Multiplicity of Cerebrospinal Fluid Functions: New Challenges in Health and Disease Conrad E. Johanson; John A. Duncan; Petra M. Klinge; Edward G. Stopa and Gerald PD. Silverberg. Cerebrospinal Fluid Research 2008
  • Modified calcium accumulation after controlled cortical impact under cyclosporin A treatment: a (45)Ca autoradiographic study. Mirzayan MJ; Klinge PM; Ude S; Hotop A; Samii M; Brinker T; Korkmaz Z; Meyer GJ; Knapp WH; Samii A. Neurol Res. 2008
  • Correlates of local cerebral blood flow (CBF) in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients before and after shunting-A retrospective analysis of [(15)O]H(2)O PET-CBF studies in 65 patients. Klinge PM; Brooks DJ; Samii A; Weckesser E; van den Hoff J; Fricke H; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Berding G. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg 2008
  • A positron emission tomography study of cerebrovascular reserve before and after shunt surgery in patients with idiopathic chronic hydrocephalus. Klinge PM; Berding G; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Samii M. J Neurosurg. 1999 Oct; 91(4): 605-9.
  • Outcome of shunting in idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus and the value of outcome assessment in shunted patients. Klinge P; Marmarou A; Bergsneider M; Relkin N; Black PM. Neurosurgery. 2005 Sep; 57 (3 Suppl):S40-52
  • Correlates of local cerebral blood flow (CBF) in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients before and after shunting-A retrospective analysis of [(15)O]H(2)O PET-CBF studies in 65 patients. Klinge PM; Brooks DJ; Samii A; Weckesser E; van den Hoff J; Fricke H; Brinker T; Knapp WH; Berding G. Clinical Neurol Neurosurg 2008
  • Amyloid and Tau accumulate in the brains of aged hydrocephalic rats. Gerald D. Silverberg, Miles C. Miller, Jason T. Machan, Conrad E. Johanson, Ilias N. Caralopoulos, Crissey L. Pascale, Anna Heile, Petra M. Klinge. BRAIN RESEARCH 1317 (2010) 286 – 296
Derek Nobrega, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry, St. Joseph's
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Wendy Chen, MD, PhD, cares for children ranging in age from infants to teenagers. She treats pediatric eye trauma, amblyopia, adult and pediatric strabismus, pediatric cataract, pediatric glaucoma, eye disorders related to craniofacial syndromes, congenital anomalies of the eye, and retinopathy of prematurity.
Dr. Chen is the recipient of numerous awards and is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Clinical Geneticist

Lauren Massingham, MD is with the division of genetics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; she is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Massingham is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics. Her clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric genetics, with specific focus on pediatric genetics and cancer genetics. Her research interests include gene expression profiling of Turner syndrome and Down syndrome. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Genetics Teleconference Feingold Center. 

Dr. Massingham received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT. She completed a residency in pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA as well as a residency in medical genetics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.