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Dr. Rene Myers

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Areas of Interests
craniofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, microneurovascular reconstruction, facial reanimation, distraction osteogenesis, craniosynostosis, cleft lip and cleft palate, pierre robin sequence, distraction osteogenesis for pierre robin sequence, craniomaxillofacial trauma, general reconstructive plastic surgery, adolescent breast surgery, aesthetic surgery, ring-assisted cranioplasty for craniosynostosis, facial nerve disorders, and reconstructive microsurgery


René Pierre Myers, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He currently serves as the program director of UAB’s Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency. He is the medical student site director at Children’s of Alabama and is a preceptor within the UAB School of Health Professions. He is the co-director of the UAB Facial Nerve Clinic.

Dr. Myers’s practice spans from infancy through adulthood. He is fully comfortable taking care of the spectrum of craniofacial and plastic surgery problems throughout life including complicated transcranial skull surgery, free tissue transfers, and neonatal mandibular distraction osteogenesis. In particular, he frequently works with other specialists including neurosurgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatrics, sleep medicine, genetics, pediatric intensivists and otolaryngology amongst others to formulate the best treatment plans for complicated patients requiring an inter-disciplinary approach.

Dr. Myers received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Weber State University in Ogden, UT where he grew up. From there he went on to complete five years of medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, one year of which was dedicated to the study of clinical and anatomic pathology as a student-fellow. He graduated medical school with numerous accolades including MD with Distinction in Research, Alpha Omega Alpha, and multiple academic awards including The American Society for Clinical Pathology Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement and was the first graduate at the University of Rochester in the Medical Education Pathway. He was then selected to complete the combined plastic surgery residency program at the University of Rochester where he received extensive training in all aspects of plastic surgery including general reconstructive surgery, microsurgery and cosmetic surgery. He then elected to complete a further year of comprehensive training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Myers joined the UAB Division of Plastic Surgery in August of 2015. A researcher and an academic leader, he has had his work presented at national and international plastic surgery conferences and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters about plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery. He has been fortunate to travel internationally to perform overseas cleft and craniofacial work and looks forward to continuing these trips. He is a member of multiple plastic surgery societies including The American Society of Plastic Surgery, The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, The American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, The American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, and he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He sees patients at The Kirklin Clinic as well as at Children's of Alabama.

Selected Publications

Ron A. Meyers PhD and René P. Myers. Mandibular bowing and mineralization in brown pelicans. Condor 107:445-449. January 2005.

René P. Myers, Shao Jiang MD, and John A. Girotto MD. A rare tumor in the mandible of a young man: a case report and literature review of mesenchymal chondrosarcoma of the mandible. Oral Surgery 2(1)29-35 February 2009.

Peter F. Koltz, Hani Sbitany, René P. Myers, Robert B. Shaw, Nirav Patel, and John A. Girotto, Reduction mammaplasty in the adolescent female: the URMC experience. International Journal of Surgery. Dec. 2010. PMID: 21146642

Koltz PF, Myers RP, Shaw RB, Wasicek P, and Girotto JA. Adolescent breast reduction: indications, techniques, and outcomes. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 127(6)158-9 June 2011. PMID: 21617437

Roussel LO, Myers RP, and Girotto JA The Millard Rotation-Advancement Cleft Lip Repair: 50 Years of Modification. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 52(6)e188-e195. November 2015. PMID: 25642967

Roussel LO, Myers RP, and Girotto JA Deep Venous Thrombosis in Teen with Crouzon Syndrome Post-LeFort III Osteotomy with Rigid External Distraction The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 26(8)e780-e782. November 2015

Henry S, Frommer S, Teal L, Myers RP, and Kelley P. Extending the Reach of Free Flaps to the Calvarium or Skull Base using the Descending Branch of the Lateral Circumflex Vessels. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. February 2021.

Kumbla PA, Henry SL, Boyd CJ, Kelley PK, Thorburn AQ and Myers RP. Negative Pressure Dressings Over Free Flaps: A Nine Year Experience. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery OPEN. 2020-21, Vol 5 (1), p.e27-e31.

Still S, Myers RP, Tallaj J, Pamboukian S, Holman W, Davies J, Hoopes C, and Orozco-Hernandez E. Pedicle Flap Coverage for Infected Ventricular Assist Device with Dissolving Antibiotic Beads: Creation of an Antibacterial Pocket. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 2020-10, Vol. 35(10), p2825-2828. PMID: 32789877

Kumbla P, Myers RP. Creation of Superficial Temporal Arteriovenous Loop for Staged Free Tissue Transfer for Dural Coverage in the Setting of Radiation. Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2472751220978093

Kumbla P, Thorburn AQ, de la Torre J, Myers RP. Correction of Severe Frontal Bossing with Coronal Brow Lift and Osteoplastic Frontal Sinus Setback Aided by Virtual Surgical Planning. Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Open. Vol 5:1-5. December 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/2472751220974918

Soto E, Ananthsekar S, Kurapati S, Robin NH, Smola C, Maddox MH, Boyd CJ, Myers RP. Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis as a Primary Intervention in Infants with Pierre Robin Sequence. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2021 Jun 1:86(6S Suppl 5):S545-S549. PMID: 33833161.

Soto E, Passman M, and Myers RP. Infantile Brachial Artery Pseudoaneurysm: a Microsurgical Approach. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Cases and Innovative Techniques. J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2021 Jan 28:7(1):133-136. PMID 33718684

Mooney J, Akbari H, Lepard J, Arynchyna A, Myers RP, Grant J, Johnston J. Objective Craniometric versus Subjective Outcome Ratings in Endoscopic and Open Sagittal Synostosis Surgery. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2021 Jan 28. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33534316

Lepard J, Akbari SHA, Mooney J, Arynchyna A, Iii SGM, Myers RP, Grant J, Johnston JM. Comparison of aesthetic outcomes between open an endoscopically treated sagittal craniosynostosis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 July 30:1-7 PMID: 34330097

Soto E, Ovaitt AK, Clark AR, Tindal RR, Chiasson KF, Aryanpour Z, Ananthesekar S, Grant JH, Myers RP. Reconstructive management of gunshot wounds to the frontal sinus: an urban trauma center’s perspective. Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Jun 1:86(6S Suppl 5):S550-S554. PMID 33883442

Frommer SA, Teal LN, Myers RP, Kelley PK, Henry SL. Extending the reach of craniofacial free flaps using the descending branch of the lateral circumflex femoral vessels. Plastic Reconstr Surg. 2021 Feb 1:147(2):260e-264e. PMID: 33565830.

Kumbla P, Thorburn AQ, Makwana S, Mino M, Zakhary J, Myers RP. Use of the keystone perforator flap closure for the anterolateral thigh free flap donor site. Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction Open. July 22, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/24727512211032867

Soto E, Restrepo RD, Boyd CJ, Myers RP. Outcomes of cranioplasty strategies for high-risk complex cranial defects: a 10-year experience. Journal of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Open. Accepted July 2021.


Medical School
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Distinction in Research

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
General Surgery

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

University of Texas Southwestern
Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Campus Address
ACC 322

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