Dr. Stephen Schendel
Plastic, Maxillofacial and Sleep Surgery
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Dr. Stephen Schendel – Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Dr. Schendel

Dr. Schendel is a Menlo Park plastic, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeon who is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Stanford University and former Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. Double board certified in Plastic Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, he is qualified in craniofacial surgery, having completed a fellowship with Paul Tessier, M.D., the founder of this specialty, in Paris. Dr. Schendel specializes in jaw-face surgery and complex craniofacial conditions. In addition, he is a facial plastic surgeon, offering advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face, nose and neck. Dr. Schendel is considered to be one of the most talented and experienced facial plastic surgeons in the world today. He is one of only a few elite surgeons in the world to be double board certified in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery. Recruited by Face Center Los Angeles from Stanford University, where he served as Chief of Surgery, he is known as the ”surgeon's surgeon.”

His Specialties

Patients travel from around the globe to have surgery under the hands and wisdom of Dr. Schendel. With every patient, he strives to produce the best outcome by tailoring his techniques according to their specific needs. His specialties include upper and lower jaw surgery, chin reconstruction (genioplasty), and specialized procedures to correct sleep disorders including UPPP, nasal surgery and bimaxillary and genioglossus advancement. Dr. Schendel also creates beautiful results with the most advanced cosmetic face surgeries, such as facelift and brow lift surgery, rhinoplasty and neck lift surgery. In addition, his office houses the latest laser technology in skin care treatment today.

The Early Years

Dr. Schendel is the protégé of Dr. Paul Tessier, the world-renowned French physician who actually pioneered the craniofacial surgery procedures that became the specialty itself. These revolutionary, multidisciplinary procedures have since improved the lives of thousands of patients. Under the tutelage of Dr. Tessier, Dr. Schendel became a world-renowned authority on craniofacial in his own right. He has helped thousands of patients improve their appearance and function, and has trained hundreds of plastic and maxillofacial surgeons around the world.

Leadership and Research

In 1973, Dr. Schendel graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School with honors. Following graduation, he completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Southwestern Medical School, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. From 1979 to 1980 he studied in France as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Nantes, France under Professor Jean Delaire. Dr. Schendel then graduated from the University of Hawaii Medical School in 1983 and completed a general surgery internship at Baylor University Medical Center. He completed additional general surgery training at Stanford University Medical Center, followed by completion of the plastic surgery training program at Stanford. He spent 1987 to 1988 as an assistant to Dr. Paul Tessier in Paris, France, and was the recipient of a Chateaubriand French Research Fellowship. Dr. Schendel is past president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery and Professor Emeritus in Surgery at Stanford University where he was the Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. While at Stanford, Dr Schendel was Director of the Stanford/NASA Bioinformatics Institute where award winning research for the space program was performed.

Medical-Device Inventions

Dr. Schendel has designed a number of innovative medical devices, and currently holds patents for many of them. He is also a consultant to a number of medical companies, and has worked on plating system design, implants and materials such as bone cements. Some of his inventions include:

Lower Jaw Distractor

Based on his training and research in facial growth and development, Dr. Schendel designed an internal lower jaw distractor that lengthens the mandible in a curvilinear manner that mimics the normal logarithmic growth of the mandible. Prior to this innovation, all distractor devices allowed only straight movement of the bone, which could not reproduce the normal shape of the mandible. Dr. Schendel’s device is made in different sizes and curves so that it may be used for both infants and adults. Research has shown this device to be well accepted by patients, and to have excellent results in rebuilding small lower jaws and correcting the breathing problems associated with them.

Upper Jaw Distractor

Dr. Schendel also designed an internal distractor for the upper jaw, or maxilla. Based on his knowledge of anatomy and understanding the limitations of existing external devices, he felt a number of improvements could be made to these devices to improve both the results and comfort for the patient after surgery. Dr. Schendel’s maxillary device is called a Spectrum, and is the only bilateral device that does its work totally inside the mouth. Other external devices require pins in the head and a large metal device that partly surrounds the head extending to the front of the nose. Studies have shown excellent results with Dr. Schendel’s device over the last decade.

Publications and Positions

Dr. Schendel has published over 130 publications including a textbook on maxillofacial surgery. He has held over a dozen faculty and research positions at Stanford University and other respected institutions including the Centre Hospitalier Regional in Nantes, France.

Faculty Positions

  • 1/1979-7/1979 - Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
  • 1/1980 - Assistant Etranger, Faculty of Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Regional, Nantes, France
  • 1980-1984 - Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • 9/1989-1/1991 - Acting Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2/1991-1/1995 - Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2/1995-10/2007 - Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 6/1991-2001 - Chief of Plastic Surgery Service, Department of Surgery, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford, CA
  • 9/1996-9/2001 - Chief of Pediatric Surgery, LPCH
  • 3/1992-10/2002 - Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 1992-10/2007 - Director, Craniofacial Anomalies Center, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford
  • 5/1994-2001 Chairman, Department of Functional Restoration, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 1997-10/2007 - Co-Founder and Director of Stanford-NASA National Biocomputation Center, Stanford, CA
  • 1997-2005 - Cheif, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford
  • 2007 - Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Stanford Medical Center
  • 2009-Present - Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center

Fellowships

  • 6/1972-8/1972 - Fellowship in Oral Pathology with Dr. Robert Gorlin, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1979-1980 - Fulbright Fellowship, Clinique de Stomatologie et Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale, Centre Hospitalier Regional, Nantes, France
  • 1987-1988 - Chateaubriand Fellow, French Government Research Grant
  • 1987-1988 - Assistant, Dr. Paul Tessier, Paris, France

Memberships and Committees

Dr. Schendel’s expertise has also been called for during service on the following major committees:

  • Craniofacial Advisory Committee, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Surgical Planning Committee, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
  • Member, Board of Directors, Zedplast (Stanford Plastic Surgery Alumni Association)
  • Member, Basic Course Syllabus Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Advisory Committee/Board Examiner, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Member, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee
  • Member, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Panel of Plastic Surgery, California Medical Association
  • Member, In-Service Examination Committee, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
  • Member, Craniofacial/Maxillofacial Fellowship Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Board Member-at-Large, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Neurosurgery Chairman Search Committee, Stanford University
  • Member, California Carriers Advisory Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Liaison, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons to American Association of Orthodontists
  • Member, Quality Outcome Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member Executive Committee, Children’s Health Services
  • Member, Outcomes Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Chairman, Orthognathic Section Subcommittee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Secretary, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Outcomes Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Chairman, Cranio/Maxillofacial Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee, ASPRS
  • Member, Scientific Program Committee, ASPRS
  • Chairman, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Finance Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Vice President, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Education Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • President-Elect, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • President, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Outcomes Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Fellowship Review Committee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Medical Board Committee, Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Member, Operating Room Committee, Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Honors and Awards

  • 1973 - Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Beta Beta Chapter, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1973 - C.V. Mosby Scholarship Award in Oral Pathology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1976 - Texas Dental Association Table Clinic Finalist Award, Dallas, TX
  • 1978 - Albert E. Carlotti Award for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dallas, TX
  • 1981 - Sponsor:  First Place Award Winner -- Dr. Tom Jaeger, 8th Annual Bio-Science Research Symposium, University of Hawaii, “Craniofacial Development and the Rocker Mandible in Sub-Adult Hawaiians”
  • 1987 - First Prize, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Junior Clinical Research Category
  • 1991 - Research Award, Maxillofacial Surgeons Foundation of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons:  Bone Graft Factor in Human Craniosynostosis
  • 1993 - Distinguished Alumnus Award, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • 1993 - University of Hawaii, 90th Anniversary Commemoration Year, Ninety Ilustrious Alumni Recognition
  • 1999 - First Prize, Dental Category, United Kingdom Society of Authors Medical Book Awards for Maxillofacial Surgery   

Medical Privileges

Reviews

"I am taking the time to share the positive experiences I have had of Dr. Schendel because it is important that any public information is accurate. Firstly, the doctor went out of his way and..."

A.T.

Yahoo

"I am taking the time to share the positive experiences I have had of Dr. Schendel because it is important that any public information is accurate. Firstly, the doctor went out of his way and made room in his schedule to consult regarding my 8 year-old daughter's needs when we had no prior relationship with him and oral surgery was imminent.  He was gentle with her and honest with me about our choices. His expertise and care allowed me to make the best choice for my child.Secondly, he has cared for more than one individual I hold dear.  This family has faced over 20 years of medical intervention and combined, upward of 30 surgeries.  Dr. Schendel has been steadfast, consistent, and brilliant in his care of my dear one and her child. As her friend, each time they have faced yet another intense physical challenge or surgery, I have rest assured that she was getting the absolute best treatment because she was in Dr. Schendel's care. The bottom line is I trust him, both to care for my family and those I cherish.Aneea Toomajian PPS, LMFTEducational and Behavioral Consultant"

A.T.

Yelp

"Dr. Schendel has been my surgeon since I was 15 years old, I am now 44. I have been incredibly grateful for his work and dedication to his field. He has performed several procedures on me to correct a severe unilateral cleft lip and palate. I was referred to him because my clefting was so unusual and other surgeons had been unsuccessful with my case. My cheekbones were non-existent, eye sockets sucken in, jaw extremely recessed, palate permanently open and I had existing scar tissue from previous cosmetic surgery attempts by another surgeon. These are ALL the things Dr. Schendel has fixed with expertise, compassion and dedication. californiacraniofacialin…Over the years, Dr. Schendel has carefully and compassionately rebuilt my face from the inside out. Giving me the bone structure that I was not born with due to the severity of my cranial facial anomalies.When I first met him(I was 14) he excused his entire team of fellows who were there to observe him. He gave me the privacy I needed, handed me a mirror and asked me, "What don't you like about your face?". As a teenager, I was given the space to communicate the things that were great sources of pain. I explained the various things about my cleft lip that caused other kids teased me about. From that moment Dr. Schendel set out to give me a normal face with nothing but determination, dedication and true compassion.Over the years, I have faced other complications with my bone structure and degeneration from my severe cleft. Dr. Schendel has fiercely, carefully and methodically worked to fix the constant erosion and instability in my face. He has striveded to continually find the newest, best techniques available. I have been able to have implants along with bone grafts to retabalize my eroding palate, stem cell procedures to improve the tissue and blood flow to my face and cosmetic revisions-- I have been incredibly grateful and happy with the results.Dr. Schendel's ability to listen and connect with me has been amazing. As a youth, I felt safe, validated and listened too as a patient. As an adult, he has heard my worries and validated the pain I have felt in my face and palate. He has worked tirelessly to fix my cranial facial anomalies. I believe that his ability to be so compassionate and careful with his patients comes from YEARS of working with cleft affected children here and in third world countries. A few years ago, I learned that Dr. Schendel has also volunteered countless hours of surgery in third world countries to operate on children. He has insisted that the surgeries are learning sessions for local doctors in those countries. He has created a learning environment to teach the newest techniques to other physicians in these countries. He also spends months of his own time collecting supplies to take to these countries to donate for the surgeries. Dr. Schendel's passion for rebuilding faces generates from a desire to truly want to help rebuild lives--physically...and emotionally.Our son is also bilaterally cleft affected, he is now 13. Dr. Schendel has revised his soft palate and his lip. It is with tremendous gratitude that we have Dr. Schendel as our son's doctor. His revision is beautiful and his cleft is a non-issue. His speech has also VASTLY improved due to the titrated listening of Dr. Schendel in knowing how to revise our sons palate so skillfully so he can now make sounds like "J" "P" "K". I have referred Dr. Schendel to several family friends for various things that are not cleft related. Not because Dr. Schendel is an incredible oral maxillary and plastic surgeon. But because of his ability to connect with his patients, to hear them, to see them and then to use his dedication to medicine to help them."

V.L.

Yelp

"Dr. Schendel has been my surgeon since I was 15 years old, I am now 44. I have been incredibly grateful for his work and dedication to his field. He has performed several procedures on me to..."

V.L.

Yahoo

"I had some plastic surgery done to correct my a creator on head after a traumatic event. Dr Schendel gave me a few options to consider, which resulted with excellent results."

A.K.

Google

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