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Ryan J. Cody, DDS, MSD

Craniofacial Orthodontist

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Medical School at Houston Residency Certificate in Orthodontics (MSD) 2022
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery (with distinction) 2020
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bachelors Bachelor of Arts 2016


Dr. Ryan J. Cody, DDS, MSD, is a craniofacial orthodontist on the cleft and craniofacial team at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Cody received his dental training at University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry and his orthodontic training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed his craniofacial orthodontic fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2023.  

As a member of the cleft and craniofacial team, Dr. Cody helps treat patients born with a variety of facial differences, including cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, Crouzon syndrome, Pierre Robin syndrome and a variety of other abnormalities. In conjunction with the other specialists, Dr. Cody can manage the orthodontic needs of patients from birth until adulthood. 

“I am committed to helping patients born with craniofacial conditions in Houston and around the world,” he says. “I believe in comprehensive, multidisciplinary and sustainable craniofacial care.” 

In his free time, Dr. Cody enjoys playing jazz piano, baseball, skiing and traveling throughout Latin America.  

Clinical Interests

Cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, Invisalign. 

Research Interests:

Alveolar bone grafting, naso-alveolar molding and global cleft care. 


Organization Name Role
American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) Member
American Board of Orthodontics Member
American Dental Association (ADA) Member

Selected Publications


Grush AE, Ferry AM, Cody R, Wirthlin JO, Buchanan EP. Bone Anchored Maxillary Protraction: A Shift Forward in the Management of Patients with Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip & Palate. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2022;59(S4):S119.

Textbook chapter:

Book: Interdisciplinary Cleft Care: Global Perspectives, Usama S. Hamdan

Chapter: Orthopedic and Orthodontic Treatment for Cleft Lip and Palate

Awards & Honors

  • Journal of Clinical Orthodontics - Student of the Year – Finalist, 2022 

  • UTSD Department of Orthodontics - Yellen Scholarship Award, 2021 

  • UNC School of Dentistry- Robert Russell Clark Memorial Scholarship Award, 2020 

  • UNC School of Dentistry- Eugene Rossitch Family Scholarship Award, 2019 

  • UNC School of Dentistry- Ronald P. Strauss International Travel Award, 2018 

Board Certification

American Board of Orthodontics


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