Plastic Surgery, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial


San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5031
San Diego, CA 92123


Plastic Surgery, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Texas Health Science Ctr


University of California - Davis


University of California - Davis


UC San Diego




Dr. Samuel Lance is a plastic surgeon who specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, with expertise in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery. He is a member of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

In children, Dr. Lance treats complex craniofacial disorders (acquired or congenital abnormalities of the skull, face, neck, jaws and head), including vascular legions, craniosynostosis (early fusion of cranial sutures), frontonasal dysplasia, facial cleft, vascular malformation, and cleft lip and palate. He also performs pediatric breast reconstruction for asymmetry or breast reduction for abnormally large adolescent breasts and complex skin lesion management.

Dr. Lance is an accomplished author and has contributed book chapters on topics such as Asian cosmetic facial skeletal surgery, oncoplastic approach to early breast cancer in women with macromastia and unilateral and bilateral cleft lip repair. His research has been featured in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of Surgical Research, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He also speaks at local, national and international conferences on topics including speech outcomes of single-stage vs. two-stage cleft palate repair, new approaches to resurfacing of total shoulder joint region and surgical treatment of craniofacial clefts.

Dr. Lance completed fellowship training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and residency training in general surgery and plastic surgery at UC Davis School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a member of several professional medical organizations, including the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

Additionally, Dr. Lance participates in medical mission organizations that bring surgical education to areas of South America and Central America via telemedicine conferences. He is a member of 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.

Outside of work, Dr. Lance enjoys distance running, technical rock climbing and hiking. He has completed several half and full marathons as well as obstacle races. He is also a classical and blues guitar player. Dr. Lance speaks fluent Spanish.


Prevalence and Severity of Burn Scars in Rural Mozambique.
Barba P, Neubauer DC, Cossa M, Sieker J, Hornacek MW, Lance SH, Ewing E, Tsai C, Funzamo C, Amado V, Adamo F, Rose J, Bendix P, Vaz F, Noormahomed E, Bickler SW, Gosman A

Intracranial Volumes of Healthy Children in the First 3 Years of Life: An Analysis of 270 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans.
Brandel MG, Kamel GN, Carbulido K, Belza C, Modi R, McKee R, Cronin BJ, Ewing E, Lance SH, Gosman AA

Virtual Surgical Subinternships: Course Objectives and a Proposed Curriculum.
Reghunathan M, Dean RA, Hauch A, Reid CM, Gosman AA, Lance SH

Treatment of Unicoronal Craniosynostosis by Rotational Flap Technique Preserves Blood Supply to the Frontal Bone Flap.
Wong A, Lance SH, Gosman AA

A Single-Center Retrospective Review of Perioperative Complications and Reoperation Rates Between Open Cranial Vault Remodeling and Distraction Osteogenesis for Unilateral Coronal Craniosynostosis.
Kamel GN, Wong A, Segal RM, Carbulido MK, Hornacek M, Ewing E, Lance SH, Gosman AA

What Behaviors Define a Good Physician? Assessing and Communicating About Noncognitive Skills.
Warm EJ, Kinnear B, Lance S, Schauer DP, Brenner J

Orbital Volumetric Analysis in Patients With Unicoronal Craniosynostosis: A Comparison Between Distraction Osteogenesis and Fronto-Orbital Advancement.
McKee RM, Carbullido MK, Ewing E, Kamel GN, Ryan J, Zaldana-Flynn MV, Cronin BJ, Lance SH, Gosman AA

Long-Term Treatment Outcomes of Primary Alveolar Bone Grafts for Alveolar Clefts: A Qualitative Systematic Review.
Carbullido MK, Dean RA, Kamel GN, Davis GL, Hornacek M, Segal RM, Ewing E, Lance SH, Gosman AA

Analysis of Actual Versus Predicated Intracranial Volume Changes for Distraction Osteogenesis Using Virtual Surgical Planning in Patients With Craniosynostosis.
Kamel GN, Carbulido MK, McKee RM, Segal RM, Ewing E, Brandel MG, Lance SH, Gosman AA

Speech and Audiology Outcomes After Single-Stage Versus Early 2-Stage Cleft Palate Repair.
Crowley JS, Friesen TL, Gabriel RA, Hsieh S, Wacenske A, Deal D, Tsai C, Lance S, Gosman AA

A Posterior Rotational Flap Technique Using Distraction Osteogenesis for Unilateral Lambdoid Craniosynostosis.
Kamel GN, McKee RM, Carbulido K, Modi R, Belza C, Ewing E, Segal RM, O'Connor A, Gholami P, Ryan J, Lance SH, Gosman AA

A Comparison of Intracranial Volumes and Metopic Index in Patients With Isolated Metopic Ridge, Metopic Craniosynostosis, and Normal Healthy Children.
McKee RM, Kamel GN, Cronin BJ, Ewing E, Lance SH, Gosman AA

Preparing for Plastic Surgery Residency Interviews in a Virtual Era.
Dean RA, Patel AA, Shen AH, Griffith LP, Lance SH

Multidisciplinary clinic for care of children with complex obstructive sleep apnea.
DeVries JK, Nation JJ, Nardone ZB, Lance SH, Stauffer JA, Abichaker GM, Bhattacharjee R, Lesser DJ

Establishing a Virtual Curriculum for Surgical Subinternships.
Dean RA, Reghunathan M, Hauch A, Reid CM, Gosman AA, Lance SH

Electric scooter craniofacial trauma.
Faraji F, Lee JH, Faraji F, MacDonald B, Oviedo P, Stuart E, Baxter M, Vuong CL, Lance SH, Gosman AA, Castillo EM, Hom DB

The Association of Liposomal Bupivacaine on Opioid Consumption in the Pediatric Alveolar Cleft Population.
Crowley JS, McLean P, Gabriel RA, Cronin B, Hsieh S, Englar K, Said E, Lance S, Gosman A

Utility of a Team-Based Multimodal Opioid Reduction Protocol for the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Population.
Crowley JS, Hsieh S, Gabriel RA, McLean P, Gosman A, Lance S

A Comparison of Intracranial Volume Growth in Normal Children and Patients With Metopic Craniosynostosis.
Cronin BJ, Brandel MG, McKee RM, Hashmi A, Oviedo P, Buckstaff T, Cahill G, Mannix E, Reid CM, Lance S, Vinocur D, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA

A Study to Evaluate Change in Ventricular Volume Obtained by Cranial Distraction for Craniosynostosis.
Hashmi A, Davis G, Zaldana M, Vinocur D, Cahill GL, Brandel MG, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA

Can Head Circumference Be Used as a Proxy for Intracranial Volume in Patients With Craniosynostosis?
Hashmi A, Cahill GL, Zaldana M, Davis G, Cronin BJ, Brandel MG, Beletsky A, Taj R, Buckstaff TM, Vinocur D, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA

Distraction Osteogenesis for Unicoronal Craniosynostosis: Rotational Flap Technique and Case Series.
Brandel MG, Dalle Ore CL, Reid CM, Zhu W, Lance S, Meltzer H, Gosman AA

Intracranial Hypotension and Hypertension Associated With Reconstructive Cranioplasty After Decompressive Craniectomy: Report of a Lethal Complication With Recommended Strategies for Future Avoidance.
Dalle Ore CL, Abraham P, Burns LP, Lance S, Gosman A, Meltzer HS

A Novel Method for Quantifying Intracranial Volume Change by Distraction Osteogenesis for Craniosynostosis.
Brandel MG, Dalle Ore CL, Reid CM, Zhang WW, Zhu W, Kpaduwa CS, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA

Predictors of Postoperative Complications of Craniosynostosis Repair in the National Inpatient Sample.
Abraham P, Brandel MG, Dalle Ore CL, Reid CM, Kpaduwa CS, Lance S, Meltzer HS, Gosman AA

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