Craniofacial Team of Texas
11412 Bee Cave Road, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78738
Hours for scheduled appointments:
Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sarah A. Frommer, MD, PhD – Biography
In high school, Dr. Frommer dreamed of being a cartoonist for Disney; however she received a scholarship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for engineering. Her father convinced her to take this generous scholarship and study engineering. Having an interest in medicine, she was excited to learn there was a field of Biomedical Engineering and agreed to attend RPI. Instead of creating cartoons, she had the opportunity to create medical devices, at which she excelled. During her studies at RPI, she learned about stem cells and the NIH supported Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP); this highly competitive program supports students interested in pursuing their medical degree and PhD (MD/PhD). She thought this was the perfect opportunity to be able to take an idea from the work bench and develop it for use in patients. In 2000, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from RPI and received the Paul B. Daitch award for outstanding senior in Biomedical Engineering.
Her interest in stem cells and Biomedical Engineering, lead her to the MD/PhD program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her PhD thesis was a translational project to develop adult stem cell therapy for use in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients under internationally known advisors Catherine Verfaillie, MD and Paul Iaizzo, PhD. During her 10 years studying in Minnesota, she successfully defended her PhD thesis and completed her medical studies. Because Dr. Frommer was adopted from South Korea to an US Army family, she developed a love for travel and immersing herself into new cultures at an early age. Due to this love, she committed one year to participate in international medical work during her medical studies. Her travels took her to Israel, Belgium, Guatemala, Tanzania, and India. One of her projects in Tanzania involved working with HIV positive ladies teaching them how to sew and bead so that they could make items to sell for income to support their families. The feeling of pride she had, teaching these women a vocation that could better their lives, was immense and continues to impact her daily life.
After medical school, she was accepted into the Brown University Plastic Surgery residency in Providence, RI. Here, she proved to be a compassionate and capable doctor, earning her the Resident of the Month and subsequent Resident of the Year 2014 for Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. During residency, she had the opportunity to continue her love of international medical work by spending time and learning from world renowned Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgeons in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Children’s Hospital – Seoul National University Hospital. She was also fortunate to participate in an Operation Smile in Paraguay as a Regan Fellow.
Dr. Frommer has always strived to provide the best medical care she can for her patients. She believes in the philosophy “hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” which means seek the highest quality training possible. This philosophy lead her to the Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery fellowship at Dell Children’s Medical Center, where under Dr. Patrick K. Kelley and Dr. Raymond J. Harshbarger, she was exposed to a large volume of complex congenital and trauma craniofacial cases. During her fellowship, she had the amazing opportunity to work with the local organization, Austin Smiles, on a surgical mission trip to El Salvador performing much needed orthognathic surgery for cleft patients. After completing her fellowship, she happily accepted to stay in Austin and join the Craniofacial Team of Texas with her mentor Dr. Patrick Kelley.
During Dr. Frommer’s time off, she enjoys exploring the city of Austin’s food scene (check out her food blogging on Instagram @dr.sarah.frommer), traveling around the world for fun and surgical missions, crafts, karaoke, and spending time with her adorable nephews!
Sarah A. Frommer, MD, PhD – Curriculum Vitae
Undergraduate – BS Biomedical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY – 1996-2000
Medical School – MD and PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN – 2000-2010
Residency – Combined Plastic Surgery, Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI – 2010-2016
Postgraduate Specialty Training – Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Dell Children’s Medical Center sponsored by the University of Texas – Medical Branch, Austin, TX – 2016-2017
Honors and Awards
- Paul B. Daitch Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Award – 2000
- Alpha Omega Alpha- 2009-2010
- NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Grant
- NIH Muscle Training Grant – 2002-2004
- NIH Musculoskeletal Training Grant – 2004-2007
- 1st Place (Design Category), Design of Medical Devices, Minneapolis, MN -2006
- Resident of the Year, Rhode Island Hospital – 2014
- Resident of the Month, Rhode Island Hospital – July 2014
- Regan Fellowship, Operation Smile – 2014
National Board of Medical Examiners-Part I, II CK, II CS, III-Pass
- State of Texas, 2017
- DEA, 2017
- Smile Train Quality Assurance Monitor 2017-present
- Webmaster, Brown University Plastic Surgery Residency 2014-present
- Web Editorial Board Member, AOCMF 2016-2019
International Medical Service
- February 2017 – San Salvador, El Salvador, Austin Smiles
- January 2017 – San Salvador, El Salvador, Austin Smiles
- March 2015 – Asuncion, Paraguay, Operation Smile (Regan Fellow)
- February 2010 – Bangalore, India, St. John’s Medical College Hospital
- February 2009 – Chimaltenango, Guatemala, International Humanitarian Surgical Team
- March 2009 – Karatu, Tanzania, Wellshare International
- April 2009 – Bangalore, India, St. John’s Medical College Hospital
- August 2009 – Bangalore, India, St. John’s Medical College Hospital
- May 2008 – Poriya, Israel, Baruch Padeh Medical Center
- Austin Smiles Camp Amigo (Counselor and origami workshop instructor), March 24-26, 2017
- Dell Medical School Suturing Workshop, May 16, 2017
- 1999- present Tau Beta Pi – Member
- 2010- present Alpha Omega Alpha
- 2013- present American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- 2015-present American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
- 2015-present American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
- 2016-present Texas Medical Association
- 2017-present American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association
- 2017-present American Medical Association
- 2017-present Austin Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Original Publications In Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Haberstroh KM, Kaefer M, DePaola N, Frommer SA, Bizios R. A novel in-vitro system for the simultaneous exposure of bladder smooth muscle cells to mechanical strain and sustained hydrostatic pressure. J Biomech Eng. 2002 Apr;124(2):208-13.
- Serafini M, Dylla SJ, Oki M, Heremans Y, Tolar J, Jiang Y, Buckley SM, Pelacho B, Burns TC, Frommer S, Rossi DJ, Bryder D, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, O’Shaughnessy MJ, Nelson-Holte M, Fine GC, Weissman IL, Blazar BR, Verfaillie CM. Hematopoietic reconstitution by multipotent adult progenitor cells: precursors to long-term hematopoietic stem cells. J Exp Med. 2007 Jan 22;204(1):129-39.
- Aranguren XL, McCue JD, Hendrickx B, Zhu XH, Du F, Chen E, Pelacho B, Peñuelas I, Abizanda G, Uriz M, Frommer SA, Ross JJ, Schroeder BA, Seaborn MS, Adney JR, Hagenbrock J, Harris NH, Zhang Y, Zhang X, Nelson-Holte MH, Jiang Y, Billiau AD, Chen W, Prósper F, Verfaillie CM, Luttun A. Multipotent adult progenitor cells sustain function of ischemic limbs in mice. J Clin Invest. 2008 Feb;118(2):505-14.
- Ha AY, Mangham W, Frommer SA, Choi D, Klinge P, Taylor HO, Oyelese AA, Sullivan SR. Interdisciplinary Management of Minimally Displaced Orbital Roof Fractures: Delayed Pulsatile Exophthalmos and Orbital Encephalocele. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2017 Mar;10(1):11-15.
Books And Book Chapters
- Woo AS, Frommer SA, Gruss JS. Fractures of the Zygoma. In: J. Weinzweig ed, Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus, 3rd Edition. Atlanta, Elsevier. Invited chapter, submitted 2016.
Scholarly Work Published In Other Media
- Frommer SA, Bhatt RA. Sports-Related Facial Trauma. Medscape Reference. Published Sept 13, 2016. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284288-overview
Abstracts And Presentations
- Frommer SA, Verfaillie CM, Iaizzo PA. “Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells and Skeletal Muscle Differentiation.” Minnesota Muscle Center Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, May 26, 2004
- Frommer SA, Soule C, Shahghasemi N, Verfaillie CM, Iaizzo PA. “Investigating Whether Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells Can Improve the Physical Properties of Dystrophic Muscle.” Minnesota Muscle Center Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, May 13, 2005
- Frommer SA, Soule C, Shahghasemi N, Jacobs J, Qiu D, McCullough A, Geoffrion D, Verfaillie CM, Iaizzo PA. “A Novel In Vivo Force Assessment Device to Detect Differences in Normal and Injured Murine Hindlimb Force.” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 19–21, 2006
- Frommer SA, Soule C, Shahghasemi N, Jacobs J, Qiu D, Williams G, Bartz A, Verfaillie CM, Iaizzo PA. “Investigating Whether Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells Can Improve the Physical Properties of Dystrophic Muscle.” Minnesota Muscle Center Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, July 1, 2006
- Frommer SA, Jacobs J, Qiu D, Williams G, Soule C, Verfaillie CM, Iaizzo PA. “Determining Differences in Murine Plantarflexion Muscle Contractile Properties Using a Novel In Vivo Assessment Device.” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 17–19, 2007
- Frommer SA. “Hemifacial Microsomia.” Rhode Island Hospital Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, 2014
- Frommer SA. “Non-Syndromic Craniosynostosis.” Rhode Island Hospital Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds and Ophthalmology Resident Teaching Conference, 2015
- Frommer SA. “Introduction to Craniofacial Anomalies.” Rhode Island Hospital Ophthalmology Resident Teaching Conference, 2016
- Frommer SA, Myers RP, Kelley PK, Harshbarger RJ, Henry SL. “The Use of the Lateral Circumflex Femoral Vessels as a Pedicle Extender in Complex Craniofacial Reconstruction.” American Society of Plastic Surgeons The Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, September 24, 2016
- Frommer SA. “Craniofacial Microsomia.” Dell Children’s Medical Center Craniofacial Conference, 2016
- Kelley PK, Henry SL, Frommer SA. “ASRM Best Save Session.” American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, HA, January 15, 2017
- Frommer SA, Kelley PK, Da Silveira AC, Harshbarger RJ. “Enhancing the Process of Le Fort I Distraction Osteogenesis in Cleft Maxillary Hypoplasia with an Adaptable Midface Distractor and Virtual Planning.” Dell Medical School – Seton Research Day, Austin, TX, June 1, 2017.
- Frommer SA, Henry SL, Kelley PK. “Treatment of Complex Congenital Craniofacial Teratoma with EXIT Procedure and En Bloc Resection/Immediate Reconstruction.” Dell Medical School – Seton Research Day, Austin, TX, June 1, 2017.
- Frommer SA, Truong TA, Myers RP, George TM, Kelley PK, Harshbarger RJ. “Reduction Cranioplasty Using Virtual Surgical Planning for Hydrocephalic Macrocephaly.” American Society of Plastic Surgeons The Meeting, Orlando, FL, October 9, 2017. Accepted.
- Frommer SA, Harshbarger RJ, Hill SM, Kelley PK, DaSilveira A. “Successful Le Fort I Distraction Osteogenesis in Patients with Cleft Lip/Palate with Adaptable Partial Orthodontic Borne Device and Virtual Surgical Planning.” International Society of Craniofacial Surgery Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, October 25-28, 2017. Accepted.
- Frommer SA, Harshbarger RJ, Hill SM, Kelley PK, George TM. “Posterior Cranial Distraction Osteogenesis Including the Foramen Magnum: A Comparative Analysis.” International Society of Craniofacial Surgery Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, October 25-28, 2017. Accepted.
- Truong TA, Frommer SA, Henry SL, Kelley PK. “Surgical Management of a Congenital Craniofacial Teratoma via EXIT Procedure and En Bloc Resection.” International Society of Craniofacial Surgery Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, October 25-28, 2017. Accepted.
- Frommer SA, Henry SL. “Retrospective Analysis of Free Tissue Transfers with Norepinephrine.” American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, January 13-16, 2018. Accepted.
- Posterior cranial vault expansion using distraction osteogenesis. Evolution of technique, devices, indications, and early outcomes (Co-Investigator)
- Efficacy of Le Fort I distraction osteogenesis: use of adaptable partial orthodontic borne midface distractor and Virtual Surgical Planning (Co-Investigator)
- Surgical Outcomes for the Management of Isolated Nonsyndromic Sagittal Synostosis (Co-Investigator)
- The Use of Orthodontic Appliances in Pediatric Maxillofacial Trauma (Co-Investigator)