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Plastic Surgery


Plastic Surgery


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

UC San Diego


UC Irvine


Boston Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

American Board of Plastic Surgery


Dr. Melissa Kanack is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an assistant professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

She attended medical school at UC San Diego. Following her residency at UC Irvine, she completed additional fellowship training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kanack’s clinical interests include cleft lip and palate surgery, neonatal mandibular distraction, adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, adolescent breast reconstruction and gender-affirming surgery. She also participates in Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a program that provides craniofacial surgical care to children from across the globe through the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's.

Her research interests include cleft lip and palate, distraction osteogenesis, multidisciplinary treatment models and outcomes of gender-affirming care. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Kanack enjoys yoga, reading and cooking.


A Survey on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Elements in Cleft Palate Repair
Christina Grabar, Jennifer Fligor, Melissa Kanack, Juleah Walsh, Joe Kim, Raj Vyas

Normal Neonatal Sleep Defined: Refining Patient Selection and Interpreting Sleep Outcomes for Mandibular Distraction
Melissa D Kanack, Neal Nakra, Irfan Ahmad, Raj M Vyas

Mucor Osteomyelitis of the Distal Radius Necessitating Ulnocarpal Fusion
Ekaterina Tiourin, Melissa Kanack, Wendy Ng, Amber Leis

Pediatric Mandible Reconstruction for Osteomyelitis During Largest Reported Mycobacterium Abscessus Outbreak
Melissa A Mueller, Melissa D Kanack, Jasjit Singh, Daniel Jaffurs, Raj M Vyas

Predictors of Digit Survival following Replantation: Quantitative Review and Meta-Analysis
Ashkaun Shaterian, Ramin Rajaii, Melissa Kanack, Gregory R D Evans, Amber Leis

Evaluation of Ventilation Tube Placement and Long-term Audiologic Outcome in Children With Cleft Palate
Elissa Kim, Melissa D Kanack, Milan D Dang-Vu, Daniela Carvalho, Marilyn C Jones, Amanda A Gosman

Ultrasound Evaluation of Primary Alveolar Grafting in Cleft Lip/Palate Treatment: Development of a Novel Sonographic Grading System
Daniel K Chang, Melissa Kanack, Dolores Pretorius, Stephanie Calvert, Cesar Patino-Ochoa, Amanda Gosman

Reverse Distraction Cranioplasty for Treatment of Hydrocephalic Megalocephaly
Ahmad N Saad, Melissa Kanack, Joyce McIntyre, Michael Levy, Hal Meltzer, Steven R Cohen

Congenital-infantile fibrosarcoma presenting as a hemangioma: a case report
Melissa Kanack, Jessica Collins, Timothy J Fairbanks, Amanda Gosman

Undescended parathyroid adenoma
Melissa D Kanack, Ali A Maawy, Deborah K Oh, Michael Bouvet

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