John A. Girotto, M.D., M.M.A.

John A. Girotto, M.D., M.M.A.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 661
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-1000

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  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Patient Care Bio

John A. Girotto, M.D., is the director of the Golisano Children's Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Center and is jointly appointed in the departments of pediatrics and plastic surgery. While Dr. Girotto specializes in pediatric cleft lip/palate and craniofacial surgery, his passion is for ensuring that patients have the highest quality of team care possible. As director, he is the vital link among multiple services – dentistry, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, orthodontics, psychology, genetics - and has helped to define a holistic patient-centered program.

His energetic pursuit of improving patients' lives has inspired him to establish relationships with mothers and fathers even before their new child is born. Dr. Girotto has reached out to the obstetricians of the community, becoming involved with children with craniofacial anomalies at the time of in-utero ultrasound diagnosis.

Dr. Girotto began his training at Washington University in St. Louis where he was one of only five selected "scholars in medicine." He then completed the 8 year integrated general and plastic surgery residency program at the Johns Hopkins University Hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by a clinical faculty appointment and fellowship in craniofacial surgery at The Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Girotto is committed to research and science. During the past years, he has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed studies in publications such as Annals of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, and Journal of Otolaryngology. He is an active member of the American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association, and a candidate fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Plastic Surgery Research Council. He also has a special interest in abnormal bone growth and new strategies for bone distraction (the process of lengthening the bones).

Dr. Girotto is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Awards & Honors (Local)

"Best Doctors In NY" 2007 - Present
ASPS Pathway to Leadership Scholar 2006-2007 2006 - 2007
ASMS CRANIO Fellowship 2004-2005 2004 - 2005
Co-Winner  Hopkins Up-John Award (best clinical research paper)
Nominated  Barrett Brown Award 2001 (best published paper)
Phi Beta Kappa
Recipient, Ethan Shepley Award (Awarded to 10 graduating seniors for outstanding leadership, service, and scholarship to the university community)
Mortar Board (National senior honor society)
Omicron Delta Kappa (National leadership honor society)
Lock and Chain (Sophomore leadership society)
Century III Leaders (National honor society)
Beta Gamma Sigma - National Honor Society for Business

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Neurosurgery (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Plastic Surgery - American Board of Plastic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Washington U Medical Center1994
BA | Arts & Sciences | Washington University1990

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at University of Washington07/01/2002 - 6-30-2003
Residency in Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office07/01/1995 - 6-2002
Internship in General surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital - GME Office07/01/1994 - 6-1995