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Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon Phileemon Eric Payne, MD

Meet Dr. Payne

Dr. Payne ImageDr. Eric Payne is a leading board-certified plastic surgeon based in Houston, Texas. With a specialized focus on craniofacial plastic surgery, Dr. Payne has been providing top-notch care to infants and children with craniofacial deformities for decades. He has performed extensive research on infant ear molding techniques throughout his career, and is extremely well-versed in achieving successful results with the EarWell™ device. Having trained under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Byrd—who was a pioneer in infant ear molding, as well as the co-inventor of the EarWell™ device—Dr. Payne is uniquely qualified to perform your child’s ear correction.

Dr. Payne received his plastic surgery training at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He also completed specialized fellowship training in craniofacial plastic surgery at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, which is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the state of Texas. He continued his fellowship training at the Dallas-based Pediatric Plastic Surgery Institute before going into private practice.

Dr. Payne and his staff are absolutely amazing! My daughter was born with a bilateral cleft lip/palate and Dr. Payne was assigned to her as her surgeon. I had been doing alot of research while pregnant on craniofacial surgeons and I only wanted the best. I had not yet picked one since she was born a month premature. After meeting him and looking into everything he has done including mission trips to help children in countries where this type of procedure isn’t provided, I knew we had been assigned just the right doctor for our daughter. He was so kind and gentle with her and you can really tell that he has a passion for what he does. Her first surgery to repair her lip looks absolutely amazing! I can’t say enough about how happy I am with him and his staff.

colleen jones

November 25, 2017

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Why Should a Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon Perform My Child’s Ear Molding Treatment?

Whether an ear deformity developed due to a traumatic injury or was present at birth, your child deserves the very best care as you start the process of reconstructing a malformed ear shape. For this reason, selecting a board-certified craniofacial plastic surgeon to restore a natural-looking ear appearance is essential to achieving the highest quality of results. Unlike general surgeons, craniofacial plastic surgeons receive specialized training in the surgical and non-surgical correction of congenital and acquired ear deformities. This often equates to a more extensive level of experience in ear reconstruction when compared to plastic surgeons who broadly focus on general surgery.

Dr. Eric Payne in particular has trained under the co-inventor of EarWell™, which is considered among the most effective techniques to non-surgically correct multiple types of ear deformities without invasiveness. When ear molding treatment is managed by an experienced plastic surgeon, the EarWell™ device maintains a success rate greater than 90 percent. Dr. Payne has also given a presentation entitled “Ear Molding In Newborn Infants: Dispelling the Myths about Ear Deformities” to the American Academy of Pediatrics in New Orleans, among many other lectures delivered to various national professional organizations. With his training under globally-renowned reconstructive surgeons and his advanced experience with the EarWell™ device, Dr. Payne is well-equipped to help your child achieve a normal-looking ear shape without the need for surgery.

Presentations & Lectures

  • Correction of Functional Ear Deformities with Ear Molding: A Retrospective Review — Presented at American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA) Annual Meeting in Tucson, AZ — April 2019
  • Correction of Functional Ear Deformities with Ear Molding: A Retrospective Review — Presented at 2nd Annual Blocker Lewis Society Annual Research Day at UTMB in Galveston, TX — April 2019
  • Inverted (Convex) conchal bowl: A rare yet functional deformity corrected with ear molding

Oral Presentation at the 2018 Annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting in Chicago, IL — September 2018

  • Inverted (Convex) conchal bowl: A rare yet functional deformity corrected with ear molding — Oral Presentation at the 2018 Annual Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting in San Antonio, TX — September 2018
  • Misshapen ear treatment — Guest Lecture for Plastic Surgery Residency Program Conference at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX — January 2018

Publications

  • Sparks B, Payne PE. Correction of Functional Ear Deformities with Ear Molding: A Retrospective Review. ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting Abstracts. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 56(1_suppl): 78-79. 2019 April.
  • Payne PE. A coding guide for congenital ear reconstruction. Plastic Surgery News. 2017 March 28(3):10.

For more information on correcting an ear deformity or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Payne, please contact our Houston practice today.