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Francis Papay, MD

Francis Papay, MD

Appointed: 1992

Francis Papay, MD
Department: Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute
Institute Chair
Francis Papay, MD
Department: Plastic Surgery

Biographical Sketch

Frank Papay, MD, has been appointed Chairman of the Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Papay has been a member of Cleveland Clinic's professional staff since 1992. He also serves as Section Head of Craniofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is an Professor of Surgery in Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

In his new role, Dr. Papay plans to design and establish a world-class multidisciplinary approach to patient-oriented care relating to complex dermatological diseases, plastic surgical reconstruction, aesthetic surgery and services. The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute will provide the Cleveland Clinic Health System with value-added subspecialty care that focuses on all aspects of dermatology, human form and function and aesthetic rejuvenation.

Dr. Papay has been recognized as a Top Doc in plastic surgery by Cleveland magazine and Castle Connolly. Dr. Papay has served as President of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, elected Chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgery's Ethics Committee, President of the Plastic Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio.

Dr. Papay has published over 100 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and holds five medical device patents. He has served as the Board Examiner of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Finalist Judge for the collegiate inventors' competition from the National Inventors Hall of Fame and invited section reviewer of several plastic surgery scientific journals.

Dr. Papay is currently completing his Executive Doctor of Management degree at the Weatherhead School of Management.

His clinical research interests include utilization of bone substitutes in cranofacial reconstruction, nasal valve function in rhinoplasty, facial plastic surgery and pediatric craniofacial anomalies and recently transfacial approaches for neuromodulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion for cluster and migraine headaches.

Professional Highlights

  • Surgical Team – First American Face Transplant – Total Lefort III maxillary zygomatic microvascular composite tissue allograft reconstruction
  • First Robotic Endoscopic Nerve Interpositional Graft: Pudendal Nerve – Sural Nerve Graft
  • First Endoscopic Repair of Skull Base CSF leaks
  • Fulcrum Spreader Graft for Internal Valve Nasal Collapse
  • Bone Anchored Facial Suspension for Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Maxillary approach for neuromodulation of Sphenopalatine ganglion and Cluster/Migraine Headache

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Primary Children's Medical Center
Craniomaxillofacial/Ped Pla Su
Salt Lake City, UT USA
1992
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Plastic & Reconstructive Surge
Cleveland, OH USA
1991
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology
Cleveland, OH USA
1989
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1985
Internship - Riverside Methodist Hospital
Flexible Surgical Internship
Columbus, OH USA
1984
Medical School - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA
1983
Undergraduate - Ohio University
Chemistry/Zoology
Athens, OH USA
1975
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • George and Grace Crile Traveling Surgical Fellowship Award, 1989
  • Hall of Fame – Elyria High School, 2010
  • Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic 2008, 2010, 2011
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons – Best Clinical ASPS Journal Publication 2011 “First U.S. Near-Total Human Face Transplantation: A Paradigm Shift for Massive Complex Injuries” – 2nd Co-author
  • Best Design Poster, 1st Place, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
  • Kauffman Fellow Scholarship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Studies, 2007
  • Golden Scalpel Award, Plastic Surgery Teaching Award, Cleveland Clinic 1996
  • Ohio Valley Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Society Resident Research Award, 1990
  • A-O Synthes Maxillofacial International Scholarship, 1990
  • American College of Surgeons (Ohio Chapter), Surgical Research Award - Honorable Mention, 1990
  • Northeastern Ohio Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Research Award - 1st place, 1989
  • American Rhinologic Society Resident Essay Award - Honorable Mention, 1989
  • Student Leadership Award, Ohio State Medical Association, 1983
  • Outstanding Young Men in USA, Member National Jaycees, 1982
  • Melvin E. Jones Research Foundation Memorial Scholarship, 1981
  • Honor's College, Ohio University
  • National Honors Society, 1971
  • Best Doctors, Best Doctors, Inc. 2001 - present
  • Best Doctors, Plastic Surgery, Northeastern Ohio Live Magazine, 2001-present
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who’s Who Publications
  • Who’s Who in Healthcare, Marquis Who’s Who Publications
  • Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who Publications
  • Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • America’s Best Doctors, Castle Connelly

Additional Training

Fellowship
Craniomaxillofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Intermountain Craniofacial Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 1991-1992.

Residency
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1989-1991.

Fellowship
George and Grace Crile Traveling Surgical Fellowship, Maxillofacial Reconstruction, University of Basel Kantonsspital, Basel, Switzerland, March 1991 - May 1991.

Residency
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1985-1989.

Preceptorship
Facial Plastic Surgery, New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgical Center, New Orleans, LA Calvin Johnson, MD - Director, February - May 1988.

Internship
General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1984-1985.

Flexible Surgical Internship
Riverside Methodist Hospital,1983-84.

Innovations & Patents

  • US Patent 6,423,019 Cranial Remodeling Headpiece
  • US Patent 6,460,207 Anti-SIDS Pediatric Headrest
  • US Patent 6,517,542 Modular Bone Anchoring System
  • US Patent 6,594,839 Surgical Headrest
  • US Patent 6,800,087 Blancett System for Temperature Regulation of Patient

Patent Applications:

  • US Patent App #20100143413 Apparatus and Method for Treating Neuromuscular Defect
  • US Patent App #20100185258 Surgical Guide & Method for Guiding therapy Delivery Device into the Pterygopalatine Fossa
  • US Patent App Iontophoretic Negative Pressure Wound Healing Device

Surgical Innovation:

  • Craniofacial Surgeon/Team Member-America's First Face Transplant
  • Robotic Endoscopic Repair of Pudendal Nerves during Radical Prostatectomy
  • Transnasal Endoscopic Repair of Sphenoid Sinus CS7 Leaks
  • Fulcrum Spreader Graft for Nasal Valve Repair
  • Trans Buccal Gingival Approach to Spenopalatine Ganglia

Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons.

Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fellow, (Honorary) American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Member, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Member, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Member, American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Member, International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

Member, Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Member, American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association.

Member, Northeast Ohio Medical Society (executive committee).

Member, Professional Fellow, Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve

Member, Tissue Engineering Society.

Member, Robin Anderson Society (Plastic Surgical Alumni), Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Member, A-O Maxillofacial Fellowship Alumni.

Member, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (surgical representative –past)

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/30/2013, Dr. Papay has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Papay receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Autonomic Technologies, Inc.

Equity. Dr. Papay owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Autonomic Technologies, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German