David Chong

  • M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

    Plastics - David Chong

    “Why do we assume so much from the way someone looks? And the ability to restore harmony to the face with its resultant effect on the way that life is lived seemed an amazing gift to be able to give.”

    David underwent plastic surgery training in Western Australia, and after 2 years of private practice decided to leave Perth to pursue his passion of correcting facial differences in children. He spent three years working with world leaders in Dallas and Toronto, completing 2 fellowships in Cleft Lip and Palate plus Craniofacial Surgery. He worked at the International Craniofacial Institute and then the Hospital for Sick Children.

    Dedicated to pursuing the best ways to treat children with facial issues, David was awarded a travelling fellowship by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and spent six months visiting leading  units around the world.

    He returned to Australia and was initially recruited to a half time position at The Royal Children’s Hospital. His areas of specialisation included craniofacial surgery and cleft lip/palate surgery. He also performs all areas of facial surgery, including for adolescents and adults. Recently, he has reduced his time commitment at RCH to concentrate more on cleft lip and palate surgery, as well as to dedicate more time to global health issues.

    David volunteers three to four times a year to operate and teach in developing countries. He is the current president of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA) and is employed by Operation Smile International as a consultant in Surgical Outcomes, Strategy and Education. He has authored numerous chapters and articles on cleft care

    Special interests

    • Cleft lip and palate surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Salivary Control, Facial Deformity, Paediatric Surgery


    • 1986 -1992     MBBS University of Western Australia
    • 1993               Intern of the year Royal Perth Hospital WA
    • 1994-1995      Residency Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children WA
    • 1997               Service registrar Cardiothoracic Surgery Royal Perth Hospital WA
    • 1998               Advanced Trainee Otorhinolaryngology, WA rotation
    • 1999-2002      Advanced Trainee Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery WA rotation
    • 2003               Locum Consultant Sir Charles Gardiner, Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children WA
    • 2004               Fellowship Cleft, Craniofacial and Aesthetic Surgery Dallas Texas USA
    • 2005/6            Fellowship Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Toronto Canada
    • 2007               Fellowship Travelling-American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Travelling Fellow 


    • Royal Australian College of Surgeons
    • American Cleft Lip and Palate Association
    • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Australiasian Cleft Lip and Palate Society

    Research projects

     Ongoing research interests include:

    • Cleft lip surgery outcomes
    • Speech outcomes following cleft palate repair
    • Global Health
    • Salivary Control Surgery

    Publications and book chapters

    • A Cephalometric Analysis of Maxillary and Mandibular Parameters in Treacher Collins Syndrome;
      Chong D, Murray D, Britto J, Tompson B, Forrest C, Phillips J

      Plast Reconstr Surg.2008 Mar;123(3):77e-84e
      Presented at 14th International Congress IPRAS, Berlin Germany June 2007

    • Dentigerous Cyst following Distraction Osteogenesis of the Mandible: A Case Report

      Murray D, Chong D, Forrest C, Sandor G

      J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Nov:18(6):1349-52

    • Reviewing the Orthognathic Surgical Care of the Patient with Cleft Lip and Palate: The  Single Surgeon Experience

      Chong D, Portnof J, Xu H, Salyer K

      J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Sept: 20 (8):1895-1904

    • Measuring Cranial Vault Volume with 3D Photography: A Novel Approach to Quantitatively Evaluating Outcomes in Surgery for Craniosynostosis

      McKay D, Williams S, Ellis L, Davidge K, Texeira R, Chong D, Greensmith A, Holmes A

      J Craniofac Surg. Sept 2010; 21 (5) 1419-1422

      Presented at International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, Oxford, August 2009

    • Skeletal Facial Balance and Harmony in the Cleft Patient: Principles and Techniques in 

      Orthognathic Surgery

      Salyer KE, Xu H, Portnof J, Yamada A, Chong D, Genecov E

      Ind J Plast Surg 2009; 42 Supp 149-67

    • Delayed Sagittal Sinus Tear: A complication of Spring Cranioplasty for Sagittal Craniosynostoses

      Lin, F, Wong V, Ekanayake G, Holmes A, Greensmith A, Wray A, Chong D

      J Craniofac Surg 2012 Sept Vol 23 (5) p1382-1384

    • Changing epidemiology of nonsyndromic craniosynostosis and revisiting the risk factors

      Lee HQ, Hutson JM, Wray AC, Lo PA, Chong DK, Holmes AD, Greensmith AL.

      J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Sep;23(5):1245-51. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e318252d893.

    • Analysis of morbidity and mortality in surgical management of craniosynostosis

      Lee HQ, Hutson JM, Wray AC, Lo PA, Chong DK, Holmes AD, Greensmith AL.

      J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Sep;23(5):1256-61

    • Neurodevelopmental functioning of infants with untreated single-suture craniosynostosis during early infancy

      Da Costa AC, Anderson VA, Savarirayan R, Wrennall JA, Chong DK, Holmes AD, Greensmith AL, Meara JG.

      Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Jun;28(6):869-77. doi: 10.1007/s00381-011-1660-1. Epub 2012 Jan 14.

    • Secondary effects of botulinum toxin injections into the salivary glands for the management of paediatric drooling

      Reid S, Walstab J, Chong D, Westbury C, Reddihough D

      J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Jan;24(1):28-33. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31827102a0.

    • Total cranial vault remodelling for isolated sagittal synostosis:part 1.  Postoperative cranial suture patency

      Seruya M, Tan SY, Wray AC, Penington AJ, Greensmith AL, Holmes AD, Chong  DK.

      Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Oct;132(4):602e-610e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31829f4b3d.

    • Longitudinal study of the neurodevelopmental characteristics of treated and untreated nonsyndromic craniosynostosis in infancy

      Da Costa AC, Anderson VA, Holmes AD, Lo P, Wray AC, Chong DK, Greensmith AL, Meara JG.

      Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Jun;29(6):985-95. doi: 10.1007/s00381-012-2017-0. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

    • Submucous cleft palate: an often-missed diagnosis

      Ha KM, Cleland H, Greensmith A, Chong D, Macgill K, Verhoeven A, Hutson JM.

      J Craniofac Surg. 2013 May;24(3):878-85. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31827fef4b.

    • Computed tomography-based morphometric analysis of extended strip craniectomy for sagittal synostosis

      Seruya M, Tran J, Kumar S, Forrest CR, Chong DK.

      J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Jan;25(1):42-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000000478.

    • Three patterns of Fronto-Orbital remodelling for Metopic Synostoses: Comparison of Growth 


      Seruya M, Shen S, Wang L, Pennington A, Wray A, Greensmith A, Holmes A, Chong DK

      Plast Reconstr Surg 2014; 134(5):787e-795e

    • Unilateral Lambdoid Synostoses: A Case Series of Patients Comparing Two Techniques

      Puente-Espel J, Greensmith A, Shen S, Chong D

      ANZ Journal of Surgery 2014 Vol 84

    • The essential anatomic subunit approximation unilateral cleft lip repair

      Chong D, Swanson J

      Plas Reconstr Surg 2016 138 (1) 91e-94e

      Presented International Cleft Congress, Chennai 2017

    • Unilateral Cleft Lip Nose 

      Salyer K, Chong D, Marchac A, Michienzi J

      Comprehensive cleft care 2nd edition, Chapter 43, editors Losee and Kirschner, CRC Press 2015

    • Anatomical Subunit Repair of Unilateral Cleft Lip

      David K Chong and Kathryn V Isaac

      Operative Technique in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chapter 1 Editors Gosain and Chung, Wolters Kluwer 2020

    • Two-flap palatoplasty

      David K Chong, Kathryn V Isaac and Kenneth E Salyer

      Operative Technique in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chapter 11 Editors Gosain and Chung, Wolters Kluwer 2020

    • Von Langenbeck Palatoplasty

      Kathryn V Isaac and David K Chong

      Operative Technique in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chapter 9 Editors Gosain and Chung, Wolters Kluwer 2020

    • Long term impact of saliva control surgery in children with disability

      Reid S, Westbury C, Chong D, Johnstone B, Guzys A, Reddihough D

      JPRAS 2019; July Vol72 ( 7): 1193-1197