Gerhard S. ("Sol”) Mundinger, M.D., is a fully trained plastic surgeon with additional fellowship training in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery. With a strong background in microsurgery and aesthetic surgery, which remain components of his practice, he focuses on solving complex craniofacial problems in adults and children using a number of advanced techniques, including free tissue transfer, virtual surgical planning, endoscopic procedures, and distraction osteogenesis.
A native of Madison, Mississippi, Dr. Mundinger graduated from St. Andrew’s High School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He completed three undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before earning his Medical Doctorate in 2007 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. During medical school, he completed a year-long Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Mundinger trained in the Johns Hopkins Hospital / University of Maryland / Shock Trauma integrated plastic surgery residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. In further pursuit of his research interests during residency, he completed two years of clinical and basic science research training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. During this time he was co-investigator on grants awarded by the Office of Naval Research and principal investigator on a Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Fellowship. His research focused on craniofacial trauma outcomes, post-traumatic craniofacial reconstruction, treatment of congenital craniofacial syndromes, and vascularized composite tissue (hand and face) transplantation. In his chief resident year, he directed the resident cosmetic clinic, which focused solely on aesthetic surgical procedures, including face lifts, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, dermal fillers, and facial rejuvenation.
Seeking further expertise in craniofacial surgery, he completed a comprehensive pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital / Harborview Medical Center / University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. During this fellowship, he not only augmented prior surgical training in cleft lip, cleft palate, orthognathic, craniosynostosis, reconstructive microsurgery, facial reanimation, and craniofacial trauma, but also learned visionary distraction techniques for correction of airway constriction and mid-face deformities in syndromic craniofacial conditions, including Treacher Collins, Apert, Cruzon, Sathre-Chotzen, and Pfieffer, among others.
Dr. Mundinger has received numerous awards, including the Johns Hopkins Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence, and is actively involved in surgical education on a local and national level. In 2014-15, he served as Administrative Chief of Service for the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery. Has has authored over 60 peer-reviewed original publications in prominent medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, and 9 book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at multiple national and international conferences focusing on reconstructive microsurgery, surgical education, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and vascularized composite tissue (face and hand) transplantation.
Dr. Mundinger and his wife, Shannon, live in New Orleans with their two children.