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  • Dr. Reinisch invented the technique for microtia total ear reconstruction with the MEDPOR porous polyethylene frame in the 1980’s.  After his fellowship with Dr. Reinisch, Dr. Tae Ho Kim practiced alongside him as an assistant professor at Children’s Hospital and USC, performing over a hundred microtia ear repair operations with the MEDPOR technique, a much superior and consistent result than rib cartilage with fewer operations.  Dr. Kim has now performed over 200 microtia ear repair operations in New York and Los Angeles.   Dr. Kim and Dr. Katrina Stidham, who is a neuro-otologist and creates the ear canal for auditory canal atresia,  are offering a one stage technique for microtia repair and ear canal reconstruction in New York City for patients who are good candidates for both.

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  • Dr. Tae Ho Kim has performed thousands of operations for cleft lip and palate deformities in New York and in Los Angeles.  He developed the Craniofacial Cleft Center in Westchester, building up the Craniofacial Team with high quality specialists.  Dr. Kim understands the complexities of cleft lip, nose, and palate repair, which require a complete understanding of the normal and cleft anatomy, surgical technique and, equally as important, how time will factor into the final result.  Cleft lip and palate repair are difficult operations to perform well, and Dr. Kim is a masterful cleft surgeon with years of experience in primary and revision cleft operations.

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  • Dr. Kim has many years of experience treating large hemangiomas that cause not only distortion to the face and body but also leaves permanent scars.  Hemangiomas are the most common tumors of infancy. However, there is a rather poor understanding of how to guide parents in treating their child’s hemangioma by the medical community.  Dr. Kim believes in educating parents on the potential impact of having a disfiguring hemangioma for their child and options for treatment, both medical and surgical.

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  • Vascular malformation grow along with a person over time. Vascular malformation includes capillary, venous, lymphatic and arteriovenous malformation. Like hemangiomas, no one knows why a vascular malformation develops in a child. Dr. Kim has many years of experience in treating complex vascular anomalies.

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  • A large pigmented mole or melanocytic nevus may appear on the face or body of a child.  These are difficult to treat.  Dr. Kim has developed an algorithm to treat large pigmented moles in order to not create surgical distortion.  Dr. Kim has seen plenty of surgeons make the wrong choice in how to treat this difficult problem, especially on the face.  Precise understanding of how to remove large moles, especially on the face, is needed to not create a distortion that may be even more difficult to treat.

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  • Dr. Tae Ho Kim is a fellowship trained craniofacial surgeon with 14 years of experience in treating craniofacial problems in New York and Los Angeles, such as craniosynostosis, jaw deformities, hemifacial microsomia.  Along with his neurosurgical colleagues in New York, Dr. Kim has performed early intervention craniofacial reconstruction for craniosynostosis with outstanding results that leave very difficult to see scars and minimal risk of skull irregularities later on.  He has years of experience in treating mandibular deficiencies with using mandibular distraction osteogenesis techniques.  His surgical command of soft tissue work also allows him to improve facial asymmetry that is typically seen in patients with hemifacial microsomia.

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  • Burn reconstruction is emotionally and physically demanding for burn victims and their families.  After suffering a burn, the patient has to endure the arduous process of wound care and surgical treatment. Dr. Tae Ho Kim has many years of experience in the treatment of acute burns and burn scars.  He focuses now on burn scar reconstruction in New York City, serving the communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Long Island, Staten Island and Westchester County.  His surgical skills are particularly suited for the treatment of burn scar deformities of the face, body, hands, upper and lower extremities.

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  • Congenital hand deformities may be as simple as a child born with an extra digit to clefting of the hand and complex syndactylies. Dr. Kim has performed hundreds of operations for congenital hand anomalies over his 14 years of practice in New York and Los Angeles.

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