Gerhard S. ("Sol”) Mundinger, M.D., is a fully trained plastic
surgeon with additional fellowship training in pediatric and adult craniofacial
surgery. With a strong background in microsurgery and aesthetic surgery, which
remain components of his practice, he focuses on solving complex craniofacial
problems in adults and children using a number of advanced techniques,
including free tissue transfer, virtual surgical planning, endoscopic
procedures, and distraction osteogenesis.
A native of Madison, Mississippi, Dr. Mundinger graduated from
St. Andrew’s High School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He completed three undergraduate
degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before earning his Medical
Doctorate in 2007 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
During medical school, he completed a year-long Clinical Research Training
Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Mundinger trained in the Johns Hopkins Hospital / University
of Maryland / Shock Trauma integrated plastic surgery residency program in
Baltimore, Maryland. In further pursuit of his research interests during
residency, he completed two years of clinical and basic science research
training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. During this time he was
co-investigator on grants awarded by the Office of Naval Research and principal
investigator on a Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Fellowship. His
research focused on craniofacial trauma outcomes, post-traumatic craniofacial
reconstruction, treatment of congenital craniofacial syndromes, and
vascularized composite tissue (hand and face) transplantation. In his chief
resident year, he directed the resident cosmetic clinic, which focused solely
on aesthetic surgical procedures, including face lifts, rhinoplasty, breast
augmentation, abdominoplasty, dermal fillers, and facial rejuvenation.
Seeking further expertise in craniofacial surgery, he completed
a comprehensive pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery fellowship at Seattle
Children’s Hospital / Harborview Medical Center / University of Washington
Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. During this fellowship, he not only
augmented prior surgical training in cleft lip, cleft palate, orthognathic,
craniosynostosis, reconstructive microsurgery, facial reanimation, and
craniofacial trauma, but also learned visionary distraction techniques for correction
of airway constriction and mid-face deformities in syndromic craniofacial
conditions, including Treacher Collins, Apert, Cruzon, Sathre-Chotzen, and
Pfieffer, among others.
Dr. Mundinger has received numerous awards, including the Johns
Hopkins Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence, and is actively
involved in surgical education on a local and national level. In 2014-15, he
served as Administrative Chief of Service for the Johns Hopkins Department of
Plastic Surgery. Has has authored over 60 peer-reviewed original publications
in prominent medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine,
and 9 book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at multiple national and
international conferences focusing on reconstructive microsurgery, surgical
education, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and vascularized
composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation.
Dr. Mundinger and his
wife, Shannon, live in New Orleans with their two children.