Dr. Miles Pfaff, Plastic Surgery

Dr. Miles Pfaff, Plastic Surgery

  • Miles J. Pfaff MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-4878
  • Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Miles J. Pfaff, MD, MHS is a Children’s Hospital of Orange County plastic and reconstructive surgeon and assistant professor within the Department of Plastic Surgery at UC Irvine. Dr. Pfaff’s practice is diverse and includes the treatment of craniofacial differences (including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, and ear anomalies), oncologic defects affecting the craniofacial region, facial trauma, and gender-affirmation surgery.

A southern California native, Dr. Pfaff completed his undergraduate studies in cellular and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, Dr. Pfaff spent two years working as a basic science researcher at the University of California, San Francisco investigating novel methods to augment new blood vessel growth. Dr. Pfaff then went on to complete his medical training at Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, Dr. Pfaff completed a National Institutes of Health research fellowship and earned a Master’s degree focused on investigating the complex biological mechanisms that result in premature suture fusion, also known as craniosynostosis. It was here that he found a passion for pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pfaff then went on to train within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned awards and recognition for excellence in research, education, and patient care. Dr. Pfaff then completed a sub-specialized surgical training fellowship in cleft and craniofacial surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Plastic Surgery, one of the largest plastic surgery programs in the country.

Dr. Pfaff joined the UC Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery after completing his craniofacial fellowship. He has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and presentations, is a member of multiple academic surgical societies, and is an active reviewer for professional medical journals. Most importantly, however, Dr. Pfaff is committed to delivering excellent care to his patients. He currently sees patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and UC Irvine Medical Center.

Clinical Interests

Ear Anomalies

Miles J. Pfaff MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


UCI Medical Center
200 S. Manchester Ave., Suite 650
Orange, CA 92868
fax: 714-456-7718

CHOC Care Clinic
CHOC Clinic Building
1201 W. La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868

CHOC Center for Children’s Health
Building: Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care, UCI Health – Irvine
19200 Jamboree Rd., Suite 2000
Irvine, CA 92612


  • Medical School
    UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA – B.A.
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT – M.D. and M.H.S.
  • Residency
    UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Clinical interests and surgical services provided:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Submucous cleft palate
  • Facial clefts
  • Syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis – treatment options include traditional repair, cranial distraction, endoscopic-assisted repair with post-operative helmeting, and spring-assisted repair
  • Congenital ear anomalies including microtia
  • Craniofacial trauma
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency and incompetence
  • 22q11.2 syndrome (Velocardiofacial syndrome)
  • Pediatric and craniofacial scleroderma
  • Adult and pediatric cranioplasty
  • Nasal airway obstruction – treatment options include septoplasty, inferior turbinate reduction, and septorhinoplasty
  • Gender affirmation surgery
  • Pediatric plastic surgery

Research Interests:

  • Cleft and craniofacial outcomes
  • Speech surgery outcomes
  • Quality Improvement initiatives
  • Clinical innovation

Click here to review Dr. Pfaff’s publications.