Chad Gordon, DO, FACS

Director of Neuroplastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Chad Gordon is the pioneer behind the emerging field known as neuroplastic and reconstructive surgery and an internationally recognized expert in cranioplasty reconstruction and custom skull implants. Dr. Gordon is the Section Chief of Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director for the Johns Hopkins Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship, Professor of Plastic-Reconstructive Surgery and Neurological Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Principal Investigator of the Neuroplastic Surgery Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. He also chairs the Annual Harvard-Hopkins Neuroplastic Surgery Symposium and is the inaugural President for the Society of Neuroplastic Surgery.

Dr. Gordon has performed several "first-in-human" surgeries with state-of-the-art cranial implants and holds numerous patents for patient-specific craniofacial implants and computer-assisted/robot-assisted technologies.

With advanced training in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery, his clinical expertise includes neuroplastic surgery, which encompasses reconstructive surgery in the craniofacial, skull and scalp regions. Over the last nine years, he has developed this new subspecialty with strong collaboration alongside Neurosurgery. His main concentration involves optimizing reconstructive outcomes for adult neurosurgical patients including brain/skull tumor, head trauma, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, and neurofibromatosis.

Dr. Gordon serves as the co-director of the Multidisciplinary Adult Cranioplasty Center with Dr. Judy Huang in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is responsible for coordinating complex craniofacial reconstructions alongside a large group of dedicated neurosurgeons and multidisciplinary specialists at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

During his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gordon was involved in the country's first face transplant in December 2008 as a team surgeon and project coordinator. For his work related to the nation’s first face transplant, the Cleveland Clinic presented Dr. Gordon the Bruce Hubbard Stewart Memorial Award for Humanistic Medicine.

Dr. Gordon received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a residency in plastic-reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in adult craniomaxillofacial surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gordon's main research interests include neuroplastic surgery, adult craniofacial surgery, cranioplasty, and customized cranial implants. In 2015, Dr. Gordon became an Associate Editor for the prestigious Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, serving under Editor-in-Chief Mutaz Habal, M.D. This journal is recognized as the leading international journal for the specialty of craniofacial surgery, and is now the official journal of the Society of Neuroplastic Surgery, for which Dr. Gordon serves as President. In addition, Dr. Gordon serves as an associate editor for the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Gordon has received numerous awards, including the National Academic Scholar Award by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot Program Award from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Maryland Innovation Initiative Award from TEDCO and the ABELL Foundation Award for his research on cranial implants, cranioplasty, and computer-assisted/robot-assisted craniomaxillofacial surgery.