Dr. Daniel C. Jaffurs, Plastic Surgery

Dr. Daniel C. Jaffurs, Plastic Surgery

  • Daniel C Jaffurs MD, PhD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-4878
  • Specialty: Plastic Surgery
  • Board Certified: Plastic Surgery

A recognized expert in craniofacial surgery and facial reconstruction, Dr. Jaffurs serves as the medical director of plastic surgery and craniofacial services and chair of plastic surgery at CHOC. He is keenly interested in pediatric plastic surgery, treatment of cleft lip and palate, and researching the genetic causes of craniofacial abnormalities. He has special interest in utilizing the technique of distraction osteogenesis for the treatment of various congenital defects.

Dr. Jaffurs obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. While in college, he became interested in research and molecular biology. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received both his medical degree and a PhD in molecular genetics.

Following medical school he completed full general surgery training at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA, where he received numerous accolades for teaching. He is the only surgical resident ever to have received three Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. His plastic surgery training was completed at the University of Oklahoma which was followed by an additional fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Jaffurs is a member of numerous professional organizations, widely published and has presented papers in a variety of topics in both clinical and basic science at national meetings.

Clinical Interests

Cleft/Craniofacial Surgery

Daniel C Jaffurs MD, PhD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave. Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
fax: 855-246-2329

Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute
200 S Manchester, #650
Orange, CA 92868


  • Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • General Surgery Residency
    Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA
  • Medical School
    University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship
    University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair, Plastic Surgery, CHOC
  • Medical Director, Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Services, CHOC
  • Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, CHOC

Lectures and Presentations

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery for Parents
  • Complications from Radiation Dosage in Head CT Scans
  • Issues in Pediatric Wound Care
  • Pediatric CT Scans of the Head: Actual Dosage vs. Estimated Risk
  • Pediatric Wounds and Pressure Ulcers
  • Skin Grafts
  • Treatment of Pediatric Wounds with Skin Grafts and Flaps
  • When to Call a Pediatric Surgeon
  • Professional Organizations
  • American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery


Kosins, A.M., Kohan, E., Shajan, J., Jaffurs, D., With, G., Paydar, K. (2010) Fixation of the media canthal tendon usinf the Mitek anchor system. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 126(6):309e-310e.

Jaffurs, D., Denny, A.D. (2009) Diagnostic Pediatric Computed Tomographic CT Scans of the Head: Actual Dosage versus Estimated Risk. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 124(4):1254-1260.

Scholz, T., Krichevsky, A., Sumarto, A., JAffurs, D.,Wirth, G.A., Paydar, K., Evans, G.R. (2009) Peripheral Nerve Injuries: An International Survey of Current Treatments and Future Perspectives. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery.


Dr. Daniel Jaffurs - cleft palate
Cleft Palate & Lip: Dr. Jaffurs

Dr. Daniel Jaffurs, CHOC, tells us about the possible causes the birth defect cleft palate and what can be done to correct it.