Pediatric Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Pediatric Faculty

Kathlyn Powell, DMD, M.D.
Program Director and Assistant Professor

Featured Research

Dr. Powell has a large service for cleft cranio-facial patients, including bone grafting reconstruction and distraction of hypoplastic maxilla and mandible. She continues to follow these patients and assess the outcomes of surgeries.

Dr. Powell collaborates with Pediatric Rheumatology in complex management of temporo-mandibular joint disease (TMJ). There are ongoing studies assessing the long-term outcomes of mandibular distraction osteogenesis in neonates.

Selected Publications

Powell KK, Lewis P, Sesanto, Waite P. Does Early Secondary Alveolar Bone Grafting Influence Need for Additional Maxillary Advancement Procedures in Cleft Lip and Palate? Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J. 2021 Sep 13: doi: 10. 1177/10556656211042789. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34514855.

Stratton M, Waite PD, Powell KK, Scopel MM, Kukreja P. Benefits of the enhanced recovery after surgery pathway for orthognathic surgery. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 May 6:S0901-5027(21)00161-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2021.04.008. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33966966.

Powell KK, Amin D, Sesanto R, Bryant A, Kukreja P, Waite P. Do oropharyngeal throat packs prevent fluid ingestion during orthognathic surgery? Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 Aug 5: S0901-5027(21)00261-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2021.07.011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34366208. 

Manuscripts accepted but not yet published 

Kinard, B, Wilson, WH, Waite, PD, Alrajhi, Z, Powell, KK, Cron, RQ. “Surgical Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Related Dentofacial Deformities.” FACE: Journal of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

Book Chapters

Dammling CW, Powell KK. (2022) “Preoperative Evaluation of Patients with Neurological Disorders.” In: Meara D.J., Gutta R. (eds) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the Medically Compromised Patient. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. 2021. 109-117.

Powell KK, Louis PJ. “Management of Dental Trauma.” Pediatric Maxillofacial Trauma. Kushner, George and Jones, Lewis. Springer.

Invited National Lectures

2021 Benefits of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Pathway for Orthognathic Surgery. Presented at the Orthognathic Track: Hot-off-the-press Session at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons’ 103rd Annual Meeting: Nashville, TN. October 1, 2021.

Faculty Extramural Awards & Leadership Roles

Dr. Powell serves on the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Examination Committee as well as the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examination’s Test Construction Committees for the Integrated National Board Dental Examination and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination. She was awarded the UAB FY21 Top Performing Providers Award.