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The Sarnat Studies in Craniofacial Biology

Fan, Kenneth BS*†; Andrews, Brian T. MD, MA*; Tabit, Christina J. BA*; Bradley, James P. MD*

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: January 2012 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 37–43
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e318240c8e3
Original Articles

Dr. Bernard Sarnat is one of plastic surgery’s greatest laboratory investigators. His contributions to our understanding of modern craniofacial molecular biology are immense. His landmark studies continue to influence the way we approach and treat patients today. This article outlines his classic investigations of the craniofacial skeleton, with particular interest in lower face, midface, and upper face development; cranial suture and cranial base biology; and tooth and dental development. In this article, a brief summary of Dr. Sarnat’s investigations are followed by how these data have had an important clinical impact.

From the *Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, and †University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

Received May 26, 2011.

Accepted for publication June 1, 2011.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to James P. Bradley, MD, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465, Los Angeles, CA 90095; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MD