Cleft & Craniofacial Center

Meet Our Team

Our surgeons are award-winning researchers, have trained doctors internationally, performed surgeries on generations of patients, and are fellowship trained at some of our countries most distinguished medical schools. 


Michael C. Gallant, M.D.

Dr. Gallant has helped Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital patients with cleft palate and many other medical problems for 30 years. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he came to All Children's upon completing his fellowship training in pediatric plastic surgery at Case Western Reserve University and founded the cleft palate program at All Children's Hospital. Dr. Gallant also performed surgeries on children with other congenital problems and children who needed reconstructive surgery due to traumatic injuries or acute illnesses like meningococcemia.  Over these past three decades, Dr. Gallant has performed more than 4,000 surgeries at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

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S. Alex Rottgers, M.D.

Dr. Rottgers practices in the pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery program. His areas of special interest in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial conditions include cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, hemifacial microsomia, microtia, and other abnormalities of the face and jaws. He also cares for children who need reconstructive and aesthetic nasal surgery, jaw surgery to correct an abnormal bite or sleep apnea, facial reanimation, correction of ear abnormalities, pediatric microsurgery and treatment of vascular anomalies. He is also a full-time assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Ernesto Ruas, M.D.

Dr. Ruas specializes in plastic surgery and cleft and craniofacial surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He joined the hospital staff in 1990.

Dr. Ruas earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his plastic surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a fellowship in maxillofacial trauma and microsurgical lower extremity reconstruction at The Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Systems Services (Shock Trauma Center) and his craniomaxillofacial surgery fellowship under Dr. Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio in Mexico City. Dr. Ruas is fluent in Spanish.

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