Appointments Referring Phsyicians
The Ohio State University Plastic Surgery
915 Olentangy River Road, Suite 2140
Columbus, OH 43212
Ph: 614.259.7920
Fax: 614.293.9024

David Dean, PhD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery

DeansquareDavid Dean received his Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York in 1993. Following a two year Post-doctoral appointment in the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University he joined the faculty of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013 his primary appointment transferred from the Department of Neurological Surgery at CWRU to The Ohio State University where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery and a member of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies. His research has led to the development of computer aided design software for the additive manufacture, also referred to as 3D printing, of tissue engineered bone implants. His research program currently includes the seeding of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in 3D printed bone tissue engineering scaffolds. These scaffolds are bioreactor pre-cultured prior to implantation. Much of this research has focused on the repair of critical size and larger cranial defects.


  • B.A. – Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH – 1981
  • M.A. – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA – 1986
  • Ph.D. – Graduate School, City University of New York, NY – 1993
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University, New York, NY – 1994
  • Appointment – 2013

Research Interests

  • Craniofacial and Bone Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Computer-aided Implant Design
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)