Dr. Kenneth Salyer
Founder & Chairman
Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in craniofacial surgery. He has contributed over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the scientific literature, and has authored, co-authored, or edited eleven books. He has received many honorary degrees and professorships and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of the National Institutes of Health.
Education & Training
Dr. Salyer received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1962 and performed a general surgery residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He completed a surgical fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He performed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine on an award from the National Institutes of Health.
In 1969, Dr. Salyer founded and became the first chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He entered private practice in 1979, and founded the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center in Dallas in 1986. He established the World Craniofacial Foundation in 1989, which is dedicated to care and healing for all children everywhere with craniofacial abnormalities. To date, he has performed more than 16,000 surgeries on patients from every state in the United States and more than 75 countries around the world.
Conjoined Egyptian Twin Boys
While Dr. Salyer has performed hundreds of equally complicated surgeries, one case that profoundly impacted him was the successful separation of conjoined Egyptian twin boys Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim in 2003. The story attracted overwhelming national and international media coverage, and remains one of the most poignant memories of Dr. Salyer's career.
Dedication to Teaching & Research
Throughout his more than 50 years in medicine, Dr. Salyer has remained committed to teaching and researching the treatment of cleft lip and palate, bone replacement and regeneration, and craniofacial anomalies.
He actively contributes to academic and research initiatives in the field, and for the past 25 years he has served as director of one of the world's foremost fellowship training programs in craniofacial surgery. He is a past president and founding member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, and he serves as board president of the International Cleft Palate Foundation. Dr. Salyer is currently Clinical Professor of Biomedical Research at Texas A&M University, Dallas.