Craniofacial Surgery

craniofacial irelandCraniofacial Surgery is a subspecialty of Plastic Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that aims to treat and normalize deformities of the skull, face and jaws whether congenital or acquired. This is a complex subspecialty not only because it often requires cooperation with other specialties e.g. Neurosurgery, ophthalmology or ENT, but also because the growth of the facial skeleton must be taken into account when considering surgery on children. Access to the deeper structures including the facial and skull bones is undertaken through incisions that are, as far as possible, hidden within the hairline or mouth.


Since his return from Toronto, where he worked at the Craniofacial unit at Sick Kids Hospital, Mr Murray has joined team at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street as a consultant craniofacial surgeon where he is the Clinical Lead at the National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre (NPCC). The team includes Mr. John Caird (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Shirley Bracken (clinical nurse specialist), Linda Comey (administrator( and is coordinated by Anne McGillivary. (the Craniofacial Services Manager) The team is backed up by professionals from the specialties of orthodontics, speech language therapy, ENT surgery , pediatric medicine, genetics, and ophthalmology. This highly specialized team manages the complex treatment of children affected with both acquired and congenital craniofacial deformities.


Mr. Murray has a particular interest in the management of craniosynostosis (where the skull bones fuse prematurely), orthognathic surgery  which is undertaken to improve, an abnormal bite, facial profiles and jaw positions, and the correction of post traumatic craniofacial deformity