Dr. Kenneth E. Salyer

Kenneth E. Salyer,

Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in craniofacial surgery. He founded the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center in Dallas, Texas in 1986 and is founder and chairman of the World Craniofacial Foundation, 1989, dedicated to care and healing for all children with craniofacial abnormalities. He performed over 16,000 surgical procedures in Dallas from 1969 to2006 on patients from 75 countries and every state in the U.S. Dr. Salyer continues to be committed to research, teaching, and providing humanitarian care regarding treatment of cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies, making an active contribution to the field. 


He founded and developed the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he was professor and chairman from 1969 to1978. He founded and directed a plastic-surgery training program for nine years and a leading craniofacial surgery fellowship-training program for 26 years, 1979-2006. He has contributed over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. Dr. Salyer has given over 1,000 presentations and teaching courses at national and international congresses. He has been visiting professor at more than fifty universities and medical schools around the world. He has received numerous honorary memberships, professorships, and degrees, including A Lifetime Achievement Award for his research from The Friends of the National Institutes of Health.  


He has been a member of fifty national and international professional societies and has held leadership roles in many of these organizations. He is past president and a founding member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, past president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, past chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, founder and past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery Section, past president of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and founder and past president of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery.  


Currently, Dr. Salyer serves on the Board of Trustees as president of the International Cleft Palate Foundation and is chairman of the board of the World Craniofacial Foundation. He is currently Clinical Professor of Biomedical Research, Texas A&M University, Dallas. His most recent publication is A Life that Matters: Transforming Faces, Renewing Lives (Hachette). He has appeared on many television programs, including Oprah Winfrey, Regis and Kathy Lee, Les Brown, Dateline NBC, Connie Chung LIVE, Good Morning America, TODAY, a CNN series on craniofacial surgery and was featured in the recent documentary film, Beautiful Faces 


Dr. Salyer lives with his wife Luci Lara-Salyer in Dallas, Texas, and Telluride, Colorado. He has two children and six grandchildren.