Frank A. Papay, MD, an accomplished surgeon, has been recognized as one of the nation’s Best Doctors specializing in plastic and reconstructive by Castle Connolly. He is the current chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute and professor of surgery, Lerner School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is head of the section of craniofacial surgery, director of the craniofacial surgical fellowship, leads the multidisciplinary craniofacial cleft palate surgical center of the Cleveland Clinic, and is the craniofacial surgeon member of America’s first face transplant surgical team. His clinical research interests include the design of medical devices, biomaterials in craniofacial reconstruction, nasal valve function in rhinoplasty, facial aesthetic plastic surgery, pediatric craniofacial anomalies, surgical techniques and virtual/augmented reality for face transplantation and neural modulation of skull base ganglia for cluster and migraine headaches. Dr. Papay has been awarded WebMD’s 2014 Health Hero for his work with migraine headache technology. He was the 2016 Ohio University Medal of Merit Award recipient and the 2017 Northeast Ohio Medical University Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors class of 2017.
Dr. Papay has served as President of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Ethics Committee, President of the Plastic Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Vice President (education) of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also serves on executive committees at the Cleveland Clinic in his role as Institute Chair.
First trained as a biomedical engineer, Dr. Papay subsequently became double boarded in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in addition to Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He has published over 200 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and is the primary inventor of over 40 medical device patents and patent applications in addition to a long list of innovative surgical procedures. He has served as a senior board examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, finalist judge for the collegiate inventors’ competition from the National Inventors Hall of Fame, on the advisory board for the University of Akron Biomedical Engineering Department and invited section reviewer and/or editorial board of several plastic surgery scientific journals. Dr. Papay is also a member of Cleveland Clinic’s Innovations Commercialization Board, former member of the board of directors of Jumpstart Inc. and sits on a number of medical advisory boards. He is also co-founder of Cleveland Cares Medical Missions and has participated in multiple overseas volunteer surgical missions for craniofacial and cleft palate reconstructions. Dr. Papay has co-founded a series of Cleveland Clinic new ventures and is an executive member of their board.
Dr. Papay is currently completing his Doctor of Management degree at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, with his thesis involving the entrepreneurial process of risk transference in the due diligence and decision-making of financing new biotech ventures.