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Mark Masaru Urata, MD, DDS
Professor of Clinical of Surgery
Surgery
HCC 514 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7920

Overview

Dr. Mark M. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Chair and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is also Head of the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Director of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Urata is uniquely qualified with board certification in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery and holds faculty appointments at both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Dentistry.
Dr. Urata trained for 18 years following his undergraduate education. He received his dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry and his medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery before matriculating to general surgery and then completing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at USC. He then moved across town where he completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He specializes in the most complex craniofacial anomalies, including craniosynostosis, syndromic reconstruction, vascular anomalies, pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial trauma, post-traumatic reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, aesthetic surgery of the head and neck and jaw deformities.

Dr. Urata has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has been voted amongst the nation’s top surgeons according to multiple sources including U.S. News and World Report, Best Doctors and America’s Best Plastic Surgeons. He maintains NIH funded research within the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology related to defining TGF Beta signaling in palatogenesis. He is also interested in computerized planning of Le Fort III and orthognathic surgery and outcomes studies on cleft lip and palate.

Publications

A Comparative Analysis of rhBMP-2/DBM vs. ICBG for Secondary Alveolar Bone Grafts in Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate: Review of 501 Cases. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar 31. View in: PubMed

310 Predictors of Preoperative Developmental Delay in Nonsyndromic Sagittal Craniosynostosis. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug; 63 Suppl 1:189. View in: PubMed

Familial Recurrence of 3MC Syndrome in Consanguineous Families: A Clinical and Molecular Diagnostic Approach With Review of the Literature. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2016 Jun 29. View in: PubMed

Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Apr; 137(4):1263-72. View in: PubMed

Focusing Quality Improvement Initiatives in Pediatric Plastic Surgery: A Descriptive Study Using the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):277-81. View in: PubMed

3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography Volumetric Outcomes of rhBMP-2/Demineralized Bone Matrix vs. Iliac Crest Bone Graft for Alveolar Cleft Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):3-4. View in: PubMed

Intracranial hypertension after surgical correction for craniosynostosis: a systematic review. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 May; 38(5):E6. View in: PubMed

The suture provides a niche for mesenchymal stem cells of craniofacial bones. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Apr; 17(4):386-96. View in: PubMed

Current Status of Surgical Planning for Orthognathic Surgery: Traditional Methods versus 3D Surgical Planning. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Feb; 3(2):e307. View in: PubMed

Analysis of risk factors associated with microvascular free flap failure using a multi-institutional database. Microsurgery. 2015 Jan; 35(1):6-12. View in: PubMed

A model for interprofessional health care: lessons learned from craniofacial teams. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2014 Sep; 42(9):637-44. View in: PubMed

Natural large-scale regeneration of rib cartilage in a mouse model. J Bone Miner Res. 2014 Aug 20. View in: PubMed

Assessment of three-dimensional high-definition visualization technology to perform microvascular anastomosis. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jul; 67(7):967-72. View in: PubMed

Partial craniofacial duplication: A review of the literature and case report. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2014 Jun; 42(4):290-6. View in: PubMed

Freeman-sheldon syndrome and respiratory obstruction: a novel use of distraction osteogenesis. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 May; 25(3):e287-9. View in: PubMed

Defining the role for submental intubation. J Clin Anesth. 2014 May; 26(3):238-42. View in: PubMed

TGFß regulates epithelial-mesenchymal interactions through WNT signaling activity to control muscle development in the soft palate. Development. 2014 Feb; 141(4):909-17. View in: PubMed

Simulation of plastic surgery and microvascular procedures using perfused fresh human cadavers. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Feb; 67(2):e42-8. View in: PubMed

Injectable gel graft for bone defect repair. Regen Med. 2014 Jan; 9(1):41-51. View in: PubMed

Incorporation of fresh tissue surgical simulation into plastic surgery education: maximizing extraclinical surgical experience. J Surg Educ. 2013 Jul-Aug; 70(4):466-74. View in: PubMed

rhBMP-2 with a demineralized bone matrix scaffold versus autologous iliac crest bone graft for alveolar cleft reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May; 131(5):1107-15. View in: PubMed

Smad4-Irf6 genetic interaction and TGFß-mediated IRF6 signaling cascade are crucial for palatal fusion in mice. Development. 2013 Mar; 140(6):1220-30. View in: PubMed

Scalp erosion in ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defect-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC syndrome): treatment with acellular dermal matrix. J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jan; 24(1):e28-30. View in: PubMed

Multifocal lipoblastoma of the face. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov; 23(6):e585-7. View in: PubMed

Vector control in internal midface distraction using temporary anchorage devices. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov; 23(7 Suppl 1):2000-3. View in: PubMed

Mandibular distraction instead of tracheostomy in pierre robin sequence patients: is it worth it? Plast Reconstr Surg. Mandibular distraction instead of tracheostomy in pierre robin sequence patients: is it worth it? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Nov; 130(5):766e-7e. View in: PubMed

The nance obturator, a new fixed obturator for patients with cleft palate and fistula. J Prosthodont. 2012 Jul; 21(5):400-3. View in: PubMed

Solving convergent vector problems with internal maxillary distractors through the use of a fixed rapid palatal expander. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Jul; 70(7):e428-30. View in: PubMed

Modulation of noncanonical TGF-ß signaling prevents cleft palate in Tgfbr2 mutant mice. J Clin Invest. 2012 Mar 1; 122(3):873-85. View in: PubMed

Fibroblast Growth Factor 9 (FGF9)-Pituitary Homeobox 2 (PITX2) Pathway Mediates Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß) Signaling to Regulate Cell Proliferation in Palatal Mesenchyme during Mouse Palatogenesis. J Biol Chem. 2012 Jan 20; 287(4):2353-63. View in: PubMed

Neonatal and infant mandibular distraction as an alternative to tracheostomy in severe obstructive sleep apnea. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012 Jan; 49(1):32-8. View in: PubMed

Hypertrophic scarring in cleft lip repair: a comparison of incidence among ethnic groups. Clin Epidemiol. 2012; 4:187-91. View in: PubMed

Nasofrontal heterotopic ossification following lymphangioma resection. J Craniofac Surg. 2011 Nov; 22(6):2381-4. View in: PubMed

Delayed middle cranial fossa perforation after autologous temporomandibular joint reconstruction. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2011 Jun; 69(6):1613-6. View in: PubMed

A mandibular mass in a pediatric patient. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2011 Jun; 69(6):1661-7. View in: PubMed

Is presurgical nasoalveolar molding therapy more effective in unilateral or bilateral cleft lip-cleft palate patients? Plast Reconstr Surg. Is presurgical nasoalveolar molding therapy more effective in unilateral or bilateral cleft lip-cleft palate patients? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar; 127(3):1263-9. View in: PubMed

Heteropagus (parasitic) twins: a review. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Dec; 45(12):2454-63. View in: PubMed

Adolescent orofacial injury: association with psychological symptoms. Psychol Health Med. 2010 Oct; 15(5):574-83. View in: PubMed

Review of options for burned ear reconstruction. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Jul; 21(4):1165-9. View in: PubMed

TGF-beta mediated FGF10 signaling in cranial neural crest cells controls development of myogenic progenitor cells through tissue-tissue interactions during tongue morphogenesis. Dev Biol. 2010 May 1; 341(1):186-95. View in: PubMed

Transforming growth factor-beta regulates basal transcriptional regulatory machinery to control cell proliferation and differentiation in cranial neural crest-derived osteoprogenitor cells. J Biol Chem. 2010 Feb 12; 285(7):4975-82. View in: PubMed

Misleading presentation of an orbital lymphangioma. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2010 Feb; 109(2):e82-5. View in: PubMed

Factors associated with orofacial injury and willingness to participate in interventions among adolescents treated in trauma centers. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2009 Dec; 67(12):2627-35. View in: PubMed

Recurrent and refractory giant cell tumor of the jaw. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov; 20(6):2245-8. View in: PubMed

Epithelial-specific requirement of FGFR2 signaling during tooth and palate development. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2009 Jun 15; 312B(4):343-50. View in: PubMed

Bilateral complex odontomas: a rare complication of external mandibular distraction in the neonate. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 May; 20(3):973-6. View in: PubMed

Clinical applications of orthodontic microimplant anchorage in craniofacial patients. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2009 Mar; 46(2):136-46. View in: PubMed

Pneumosinus dilatans: a rare cause of frontal sinus expansion--case report and review of literature. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 Nov; 66(11):2380-6. View in: PubMed

Amblyogenic anisometropia in the contralateral eye in unicoronal craniosynostosis. J AAPOS. 2008 Oct; 12(5):471-6. View in: PubMed

Postoperative alopecia following orthognathic surgery. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 Sep; 66(9):1957-8. View in: PubMed

Superior results using the islandized hemipalatal flap in palatoplasty: experience with 500 cases. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jul; 122(1):232-9. View in: PubMed

TGF-beta signaling and aplasia cutis congenita: proposed animal model. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2007 Dec; 35(12):865-9. View in: PubMed

Images in clinical medicine. Cocaine-induced palatal perforation. N Engl J Med. 2007 Nov 8; 357(19):1956. View in: PubMed

TGF-beta mediated Msx2 expression controls occipital somites-derived caudal region of skull development. Dev Biol. 2007 Oct 1; 310(1):140-53. View in: PubMed

A novel model surgery technique for LeFort III advancement. J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Sep; 18(5):1230-5. View in: PubMed

Telogen effluvium following orthognathic surgery. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007 Jul; 65(7):1393-5. View in: PubMed

Facial nerve paralysis: a complication of distraction osteogenesis of the mandibular ramus in the treatment of temporomandibular joint ankylosis. J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Jul; 18(4):844-8. View in: PubMed

Cell autonomous requirement for Tgfbr2 in the disappearance of medial edge epithelium during palatal fusion. Dev Biol. 2006 Sep 1; 297(1):238-48. View in: PubMed

TGFbeta-mediated FGF signaling is crucial for regulating cranial neural crest cell proliferation during frontal bone development. Development. 2006 Jan; 133(2):371-81. View in: PubMed

Functional significance of Smad2 in regulating basal keratinocyte migration during wound healing. J Invest Dermatol. 2005 Dec; 125(6):1302-9. View in: PubMed

The separation of Guatemalan craniopagus twins. Childs Nerv Syst. 2004 Aug; 20(8-9):593-600. View in: PubMed

Multifocal papillary apocrine adenoma arising in a systematized linear epidermal nevus. Cutis. 2004 May; 73(5):348-52. View in: PubMed

Median clefts of the upper lip: a review and surgical management of a minor manifestation. J Craniofac Surg. 2003 Sep; 14(5):749-55. View in: PubMed

Confocal microscopic analysis of scarless repair in the fetal rat: defining the transition. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Jan; 109(1):160-70. View in: PubMed

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