Gerhard S. (Sol) Mundinger, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.,  F.A.A.P.

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Associate Residency Program Director

Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Children's Hospital of New Orleans

Craniofacial Center Director, Children's Hospital of New Orleans


Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana  70118
Phone: 504-896-9857
Fax: 504-894-5563

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1542 Tulane Avenue, Room 741
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone:504-568-4752 ext #2
Fax: 504-568-2726





Craniofacial Surgery, Seattle Children's Hospital / Harborview Medical Center / University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2015-2016)



Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital / University of Maryland Medical Center Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program, Baltimore, MD (2007-2015)



Tulane University Freeman School of Business Masters of Business Administration with Concentration in Entrepreneurship (2020)


Research Education:

Clinical Research Training Program, National Institues of Health, Bethesda, MD (2005-2006)

Research Resident, Plastic, Reconstructive, and Craniofacial Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital / University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD (2009-2011)



2007: Doctor of Medicine: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

2001: Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction, Biology: College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2001: Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Resource Ecology and Management: School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2001: Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Environmental Policy: School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Board Certification:

Board certified in Plastic Surgery by The American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Gerhard S. (“Sol”) Mundinger, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon with additional fellowship training in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Mundinger is the director of plastic surgery and director of the Craniofacial Center at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. He is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University, and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also an Attending Surgeon at University Medical Center and Touro Hospital in New Orleans.

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 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.  During medical school, he completed the 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 with pioneering craniofacial surgeon Dr. Paul Manson. In further pursuit of his research interests during residency, he completed two years of clinical and basic science research training with craniofacial microsurgeon Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, focusing on face and hand transplantation (vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation), as well as clinical outcomes in pediatric and adult craniofacial trauma. 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.

Seeking further expertise in craniofacial surgery, he completed a comprehensive pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery fellowship with pioneering surgeons Drs. Joseph Gruss and Richard Hopper 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 is licensed in the states of Louisiana and Washington. His clinical practice focuses on all aspects of pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery. An author of over 80 peer-reviewed original publications and 9 book chapters, he has been an invited speaker at multiple national and international conferences focusing on plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, cosmetic surgery, and vascularized composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation.

Dr. Mundinger and his wife, Shannon, live in New Orleans, Louisiana with their two children.

Clinical Interests

  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniofacial genetic syndromes
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Mandible distraction
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Facial trauma
  • Post-traumatic facial reconstruction
  • Virtual surgical planning
  • Aesthetic surgery
  • Micotia and other ear deformities
  • Microsurgery
  • Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Facial reanimation
  • Head and neck reconstruction after tumor resection
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Cranioplasty and skull reconstruction
  • Face and hand transplantation
  • Transgender surgery

Research Interests

  • Craniofacial surgcial outcomes
  • Speech outcomes after cleft lip / cleft palate surgery
  • Population-based studies of craniofacial trauma
  • Socioeconomic disparities in access to care for cleft lip / cleft palate, craniofacial syndromes, and craniofacial trauma
  • Simultaneous solid organ and vascularized bone allotransplantation
  • Chimerism and tolerance in vascularized composite tissue alltransplantation
  • Engineereed bone scaffolds for craniofacial reconstruction

Teaching Activities

Dr. Mundinger regulary participates in plastic surgery resident and medical student teaching activies.He is the Associate Program Director for LSU's plastic surgery residency. He has additionally mentored a number of medical students seeking a career in plastic surgery.

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
  • AO North America
  • AO CMF

Selected Publications

Click here for a list of Dr. Mundinger's publications.




Additional Info

Affiliated Hospitals & Clinics

University Medical Center, New Orleans

Children's Hospital of New Orleans

Touro Infirmary

Crescent City Surgical Center

Houma Outpatient Surgery Center

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