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Texas Medical Center
West Campus

Plastic Surgery, Cleft Lip & Palate
Phone: 832-822-3180 (Clinic) | 832-822-2778 (Scheduling)


Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor, Wallace Tower
Houston, TX 77030

Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

Robert F. Dempsey, MD, FACS, FAAP

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery 2018
University of Alabama Birmingham Residency Plastic Surgery 2017
University of Alabama Birmingham Residency General Surgery 2014
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2009
University of Cincinnati College of Engineering Bachelors Biomedical Engineering 2005


Dr. Dempsey considers it a privilege to practice at Texas Children's Hospital, where he trained, as part of the multidisciplinary cleft and craniofacial surgical teams. He is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Our talented team members allow us to provide not only excellent surgical care, but also complete physical and mental health needs to your child as they grow.  We are dedicated to delivering the highest level of evidence based medicine to your child in a patient- and family-centered fashion, all in within a single location and visit.  We additionally provide a full complement of general and reconstructive pediatric and adolescent plastic surgical services.

Clinical Interests:

Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American Cleft Palate Association Member
American College of Surgeons Fellow
American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons Member
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Member
American Society of Plastic Surgery Member
Houston Society of Plastic Surgery Member

Selected Publications

Wiggins CJ, Dempsey RF, Monson LA.  Spontaneous Mediastinal Abscess and Sternal Cleft in the Medically Complex Neonate.  J Craniofac Surg  2019 (Epub ahead of print.)

Dempsey R, Buchanan E.  A Guide to Better Understanding Craniosynostosis.  A publication of the Children’s Craniofacial Association.  Published 7/2018.

Dempsey RF, Elsherbiny A, Amerson M, Sconyers L, Grant J.  Normal Speech Should be the Expected Outcome in the Adopted Cleft Child.  Ann Plast Surg  2018 (Epub ahead of print.)

Dong E, Dempsey RF, Wirthlin JO, Buchanan EP.  Cranial Anchored Mandible Distraction Osteogenesis.  J Craniofac Surg  2019 (Epub ahead of print,)

Ewing DC, Dempsey R, Belfort MA, Olutoye OO, Whitehead WE, Hollier LH, Buchanan EP.  An Unreported Complication After Fetoscopic Myelomeningocele Closure.  J Carniofac Surg  2019 (Epub ahead of print.)

Schultz KP, Braun TL, Hernandez C, Wilson KD, Moore EE, Wirthlin JO, Dempsey RF, Buchanan EP, Monson LA.  Speech Outcomes Following LeFort I Advancement Among Cleft Lip and Palate Patients.  Ann Plast Surg  2019;82(2):  174-179.

Dempsey RF, Monson LA, Maricevich RS, Truong TA, Olarunnipa S, Lam SK, Dauser RC, Hollier LH Jr, Buchanan EP.  Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis.  Clin Plast Surg  2019 Apr;46(2):  123-139.

Dempsey RF, Chelius DC Jr, Pederson WC, Maricevich M, Dimachkieh AL, Kupferman ME, Weiner HL, Hollier LH Jr, Buchanan EP.  Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Oncologic Reconstruction.  Clin Plast Surg  2019 Apr;46(2):  261-273.

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