Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD, FACS, FAAP

Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD, FACS, FAAP

873 Bebout Road Venetia, PA 15367

About the Expert

Dr. Grunwaldt has extensive knowledge of plastic and reconstructive surgery. She completed a 5 year residency in General Surgery at BIDMC a Harvard teaching hospital and then completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her training with a year long fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at CHP of UPMC.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Plastic Reconstructive Surgery

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Expert's Profile

Lorelei J. Grunwaldt completed her B.S. degree at Harvard College in 1997. She graduated from Upstate Medical University with a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2001. She completed her Internship and Residency in General Surgery from 2001-2006 at BIDMC, a Harvard Teaching Hospital. From 2006-2008 she completed a Residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. She did her Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship and Cleft/Craniofacial Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC from 2008-2009. She has been on staff as an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Pitt since 2009.

Dr. Grunwaldt has expertise in all areas of Cleft and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. She is Director of the Vascular Anomalies and Brachial Plexus Centers, which she founded. She also leads the Congenital Breast Clinic where she sees adolescents and young adult male and female patients with a variety of concerns. She has expertise in congenital ear anomalies and prominent ear as well.

Also, Dr. Grunwaldt has expertise in adult cosmetic surgeries including breast surgery, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid surgery.

Combining technical expertise with compassion, Dr. Grunwaldt aims to help you or your child understand the diagnosis and offer the best options for treatment. Together you will work to come to the best decision for care, and Dr. Grunwaldt will address all of your questions and concerns during your visit today.

Feel free to contact Dr. Grunwaldt through her scheduler Maria Romano-Gardner at 412-692-3433 and she will schedule a consult for you. Dr. Grunwaldt sees patients in Wexford, Lawrenceville, and Bridgeville. Also, feel free to contact Dr. Grunwaldt directly at Lorelei.grunwaldt@chp.edu with any further questions.

Procedures Performed

• Cleft surgery
• Otoplasty
• Giant Nevi
• Gynecomastia surgery
• Breast reduction
• Breast augmentation
• Breast lift
• TOP surgery
• Labioplasty
• Liposuction
• Facelift
• Blepharoplasty

Personal Achievements


  • Harvard College, BS 1997 Upstate Medical University, MD 2001 BIDMC, Harvard Teaching Hospital, General Surgery Residency 2001 -2006 University of Cincinnati, Plastic Surgery Residency, 2006-2008 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship 2008-2009


  • REFEREED ARTICLES: 1. Grunwaldt L, Schwaitzberg S, Rattner D, Jones D. Is Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair an Operation of the Past? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2005 Apr; 200(4): 616-20.
  • 2. Schwaitzberg S, Jones DB, Grunwaldt L, Rattner DW. Laparoscopic Hernia in the Light of the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study 456: more rigorous studies are needed. Surgical Endoscopy. 2005 Sep; 19(9): 1288-1289. 1. Grunwaldt L, Schwaitzberg S, Rattner D, Jones D. Is Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair an Operation of the Past? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2005 Apr; 200(4): 616-20.
  • 3. Borud LJ, Grunwaldt LJ, Janz B, Mun E, Slavin SA. Components separation combined with abdominal wall plication for repair of large abdominal wall hernias following bariatric surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2007 May; 119(6): 1792-1798.
  • 4. Losee JE, Natali M, Grunwaldt LJ, Chao-Mills M, Dubin PJ, McIntire S, Jiang S, Vecchione L, Kane T, Schneck F, Cladis FP. Induced Restrictive Lung Disease Secondary to Tissue Expansion in Ischiopagus Conjoined Twins, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. April 2009; 123(4): 1378-1384.
  • 5. Kinsella CR, Grunwaldt LJ, Cooper GM, Chao Mills M, Losee JE. “Scalp Reconstruction: Regeneration with Acellular Dermal Matrix.” Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2010 Mar; 21 (2): 605-7.
  • 6. Clavijo-Alvarez JA, Vecchione L, DeCesare G, Irwin C, Smith DM, Grunwaldt LJ, Losee JE; Autologous Bone Grafting with Adjunctive Use of Acellular Dermal Matrix of Alveolar Cleft Defects: Early Outcomes. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 2010 Mar; 47 (2): 116-21.
  • 7. Fenton R, Kinsella CR, Cray JJ, Cooper GM, Losee JE, Grunwaldt, LJ. Divided Parietal Bone in Plagiocephaly. Journalof Craniofacial Surgery, 2011 Jan, 22 (1): 355-8.
  • 8. Gill R, Kinsella C, Lin A, Grunwaldt L, Jiang S, DeeneyV, Losee JE. Acellular Dermal Matrix in the Treatment and Prevention of Exposed Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Ribs. Spine. 2011 Apr 15;36(8): E563-7.
  • 9. Rottgers A, Ford M, Cray J, Smith D, Kinsella C, Grunwaldt L, Losee JE. An Algorithm for Application of Furlow Palatoplasty to the Treatment of Velocardiofacial Syndrome-Associated Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2011 May; 66(5):479-84.
  • 10. Cladis FP, Bykowski M, Schmitt E, Naran S, Moritz ML, Cray J, Gunwaldt L, Losee J. Postoperative hyponatremia following calvarial vault remodeling in craniosynostosis. Pediatric Anesthesia 2011 Oct; 21(10):1020-5.
  • 11. Mericli AF, DeCesare GE, Zuckerbraun NS, Kurland KS, Grunwaldt LJ, Vecchione L, Losee JE. Pediatric craniofacial fractures due to violence: a five year institutional review of 793 patients comparing violent and non-violent mechanisms of injury. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2011 Jul: 22(4): 1342-7.
  • 12. Lin A, Kinsella C, Rottgers A , Smith D, Grunwaldt L, Cooper G, Losee J. Custom Porous Polyethylene Implants for Large Scale Pediatric Skull Reconstruction: Early Outcomes, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, in press
  • 13. Rottgers SA, Decesare G, Chao M, Smith DM, Cray JJ, Naran S, Vecchione L, Grunwaldt L, Losee JE. Outcomes in Pediatric Facial Fractures: Early Follow-up in 177 Children and Classification Scheme. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2011 Jul; 22(4): 1260-5.
  • 14. Grunwaldt L, Smith DM, Zuckerbraun NS, Naran S, Rottgers A, Bykowski M, Kinsella C, Cray J, Vecchione L, Saladino RA, Losee JE. Pediatric Facial Fractures: Demographics, Injury Patterns, and Associated Injuries in 772 Consecutive Patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2011 Dec; 128(6): 1263-71.
  • 15. Kinsella C, Landfair A, Rottgers A, Cray J, Weidman C, Deleyiannis F, Grunwaldt L, Losee J. The Psychological Burden of Idiopathic Adolescent Gynecomastia. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2012 Jan; 129(1): 1-7.
  • 16. Lin AY, Kinsella CR, Rottgers SA, Smith DM, Grunwaldt LJ, Cooper GM, Losee JE. Custom Porous Polyethylene Implants for Large-scale Pediatric Skull Reconstruction: Early Outcomes. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2012 Jan; 23(1): 67-70.
  • 17. Naran S, Cladis F, Fearon J, Bradley J, Michelotti B, Cooper J, Cray J, Katchichian H, Grunwaldt L, Pollack I, Losee J. Safety of Pre-Operative Erythropoietin in Surgical Calvarial Remodeling: An 8 Year Retrospective Review and Analysis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2012 Aug; 130 (2): 305e-310e.
  • 18. Afrooz PN, Grunwaldt L, Zanoun R, Grubbs RK, Saladino RA, Losee JE, Zuckerman NS, Pediatric Facial Fractures: Occurrence of Concussion and Relationship to Fracture Patterns, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2012 Sept; 23(5): 1270-1273.
  • 19. Juhas E, Reyes-Mugica M, Michaels MG, Grunwaldt LJ, Gehris RP Exserohilum Infection in an Immunocompromised Neonate: Pediatric Dermatology, 2012 Sep; 1525-1470.
  • 20. Argenta A, Petropoulou K, Cray J, Ford M, Losee J, Grunwaldt LJ. Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Submucous Cleft Palate Severity and Guide for Surgical Intervention. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2013 May; 24(3): 964-9.
  • 21. MacIsaac Z, Berhane H, Cray J, Zuckerbraun N, Losee J, Grunwaldt LJ. Non-fatal Sport Related Craniofacial Fractures: Characteristics, Mechanisms, and Demographic Data in the Pediatric Population. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013 Jun;131(6):1339-47.
  • 22. Dreifuss SE, Macisaac ZM, Grunwaldt LJ. Bilateral Congenital Amazia: A Case Report and Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 2013 Jul 26.
  • 23. Grunwaldt LJ, Adetayo S, Losee JE, Kumar A. Successful Reconstruction of Complex Pediatric Nasal Lesions: Improving Outcomes and Decreasing Morbidity Using Acellular Dermal Matrix. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 Mar 6;2(2):e107.
  • 24. Nayar HS, Cray J, MacIsaac Z, Argenta A, Ford M, Fenton R, Losee J, Grunwaldt LJ. Improving Speech Outcomes afer Failed Primary Palate Repair: Evaluating Safety and Efficacy of Conversion Furlow Palatoplasty. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Mar: 25(2): 343-7.
  • 25. Banihani OI, Fox JA, Gander BH, Grunwaldt LJ, Cannon GM. Complete Penile Amputation During Ritual Neonatal Circumcision and Successful Replantation Using Post-Operative Leech Therapy.Urology 2014 August; 84(2): 472-4.
  • 26. Cladis F, Kumar A, Grunwaldt L, Otteson T, Ford M, Losee J. Pierre-Robin Sequence: A Perioperative Review. Anesthesia Analgesia 2014; 119(2): 400-12.
  • 27. Yilmaz S, Zammerilla L, Ozolek J, Fitz C, Grunwaldt LJ, Crowley J. Neurofibromas with Imaging Characteristics Resembling Vascular Anomalies. American Journal of Roentgenology 2014 Dec; 203(6): 697-705.
  • 28. Afrooz PN, Macisaac Z, Rottgers SA, Ford M, Grunwaldt LJ, Kumar AR. A Comparison of Speech Outcomes Using Radical Intravelar Veloplasty or Furlow Palatoplasty for the Treatment of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Associated with Occult Submucous Cleft Palate. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2015 Feb; 74(2):182-6.
  • 29. Grunwaldt LJ, Adetayo OA, MacIsaac ZM, Losee JE, Kumar AR. Successful Reconstruction of Complex Pediatric Nasal Lesions: Improving Outcomes using Dermal Regenerative Templates. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 March 6; 2(2):e107.
  • 30. Argenta AE, Chen W, Davis A, Losee JE, Davit A, Grunwaldt LJ. A Review of Eight Unusual Pediatric Skin and Soft-Tissue Lesions: Diagnosis, workup, and treatment. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 July 6.
  • 31. Dangle PP, Billmire D, Schneck F, Grunwaldt LJ. Bilateral Circum-scrotal Z-plasties for Creation of a Single Scrotal Sac in Cloacal Exstrophy with Widely Divergent Scrotal Sacs. Urology. 2015 July.
  • 32. Salgado CM, Basu D, Nikiforova M, Bauer BS, Johnson D, Rundell V, Grunwaldt LJ, Reyes-Mugica M. BRAF Mutations are also Associated with Neurocutaneous Melanosis and Large/Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevi. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2015 Jan-Feb; 10(1): 1-9.
  • 33. Basu D, Salgado C, Bauer B, Johnson D, Rundell V, Nikiforova M, Khakoo Y, Grunwaldt LJ, Panigrahy A, Reyes-Mugica M. Nevospheres from neurocutaneous melanocytosis cells show reduced viability when treated with specific inhibitors of NRAS signaling pathway. Neuro-Oncology 2015; 0, 1-10, doi:10.1093/neuonc/nov184.
  • 34. Katzel EB, Shakir S, Naran S, MacIsaac Z, Camison L, Greives M, Goldstein JA, Grunwaldt LJ, Ford MD, Losee JE. Speech Outcomes After Clinically Indicated Posterior Pharyngeal Flap Takedown. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Sept 28.
  • 35. MacIsaac Z, Nayar HS, Gehris R, Mehta D, Geisler S, Grunwaldt LJ. Treatment for Infantile Hemangiomas: Selection Criteria, Safety, and Outcomes Using Oral Propranolol during the Early Phase of Propranolol use for Hemangiomas. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Jan; 27(1): 159-62.
  • 36. Rottgers SA, Camison L, Mai R, Shakir S, Grunwaldt L, Norwalk AJ, Natali M, Losee JE. Antibiotic Use in Primary Palatoplasty: A Survey of Practice Patterns, Assessment of Efficacy, and Proposed Guidelines for Use. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb: 137(2): 574-82.
  • 37. Argenta AE, Brooker J, MacIsaac Z, Natali M, Greene S, Stanger M, Grunwaldt L. Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy: Can Excision of Upper Trunk Neuroma and Nerve Grafting Improve Funciton in Babies with Adequate Elbow Flexion at Nine Months of Age? Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 May;69(5):629-33
  • 38. Gandhoke GS, Yilmaz S, Grunwaldt L, Hamilton RL, Salvetti DJ, Greene S. A Case of Spinal Epidural Venous Malformation with Mediastinal Extension: Management with Combined Surgery and Percutaneous Sclerotherapy. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 May 15: 1-6.
  • 39. Foster KA, Ares WJ, Tempel ZJ, McCormick AA, Panigrahy A, Grunwaldt LJ, Greene S. PHACE syndrome is associated with intracranial cavernous malformations. Childs Nerv Syst. 2016 Aug;32(8):1463-9.
  • 40. Naran S, Kirschner RE, Schuster L, Basri O, Ford M, Goldstein J, Grunwaldt L, Mooney MP, Losee JE. Simonart's Band: Its Effect on Cleft Classification and Recommendations for Standardized Nomenclature. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2017 Nov; 54(6): 726-733.
  • 41. Ruane EJ, Garland CG, Camison L, Fenton RA, Nischal KK, Pollack IF, Tamber MS, Grunwaldt LJ, Losee JE, Goldstein JA. A Treatment Algorithm for Patients Presenting with Sagital Craniosynostosis after the Age of 1 Year. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sept; 140(3): 582-590.
  • 42. Bykowski MR, Shakir S, Naran S, Smith DM, Goldstein JA, Grunwaldt L, Saladino RA, Losee JE. Pediatric Dog Bite Prevention: Are We Barking up the Wrong Tree or Just not Barking Loud Enough? Pediatric Emergency Care. 2017 April 11.
  • 43. Fenton R, Gaetani S, MacIsaac Z, Ludwick E, Grunwaldt L. Description of Mandibular Improvements in a Series of Infants with Congenital Muscular Torticollis and Deformational Plagiocephaly Treated with Physical Therapy. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 Jan 1.
  • 44. MacIsaac Z, Grunwaldt LJ. Treatment of the Prominent Ear: A Standardized Approach without Intra-Operative Measurements. Accepted for Publication in Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 2018.
  • 45. McCormick A, Tarchichi T, Azbell C, Grunwaldt L, Jabbour N. Subglottic Hemangioma: understanding the association with facial segmental hemangioma in a beard distribution. Intern J Ped
  • 46. Sivak WN, Shusterman MA, Grunwaldt LJ. Pediatric Upper Extremity Replantation: Courage in the Face of a Life-altering Injury. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2018 July 13; 6(7):e1766.

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