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Jack Yu, MD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Jack Yu, MD

Pediatric Plastic Surgery | Augusta University


Dr. Yu is director of the Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital of Georgia, where he has repaired cleft palates for more than 20 years.





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Dr. Yu is Professor and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. His clinical interests include traditional aesthetic surgeries such as facelift, blepharoplasties, lip augmentations, and rhinoplasties. His research interests focus on cyclic stimulation of the musculo-skeletal system to prevent age-related bone and muscle loss.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Cleft Lip/Palette

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Craniofacial Surgery

Accomplishments (3)

America's Top Doctors (professional)


Dr. Yu has been included in Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors list, the top 1 percent nationwide, in pediatric plastic surgery for more than 15 years.

Exemplary Teaching Award (2017) (professional)

Medical College of Georgia

Inaugural Milford B. Hatcher Chair (2005 - present) (professional)

Medical College of Georgia

Affiliations (8)

  • President Brooks A. Keel, Cabinet Member : Committee Member
  • MCG Strategic Planning Committee : Committee Member
  • MCG Steering Committee : Committee Member
  • MCG Implementation Committee : Committee Member
  • Research Grant Committee : Committee Chair
  • AU Medical Associates - Strategic Planning Committee : Committee Member
  • University Faculty Senator : University Senate Service
  • Faculty Senate : Committee Member

Media Appearances (5)

Born with a cleft palate?

Children's Hospital of Georgia  online


Cleft lip and/or palate, also known as an oral-facial cleft, is one of the most common congenital conditions, affecting one in every 700 births. While there may not necessarily be a good answer to the “why,” the good news is that with persistence, dedication and regular care, oral-facial clefts can be repaired successfully, said Dr. Jack Yu, a plastic surgeon at the Craniofacial Center at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia—which isn’t something that can be said for many congenital conditions.

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SWAT team of immune cells found in mother's milk

Science Daily  online


Immune cells that are ready to take action against invaders like bacteria have been found in women's breast milk, researchers say. Short term, the ILCs in breast milk may help protect newborns from infection, and longer term help babies develop their own protective immune system, they report in JAMA Pediatrics. "We were looking for the source which can provide immune protection to the baby while it develops its own immune system," says Dr. Jack Yu, chief of pediatric plastic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

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Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

Science Daily  online


A less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration (WBV) can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice, according to a new study. WBV consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second.

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SWAT team of immune cells helps reduce infection rates in babies after cleft lip surgery

EurekAlert!  online


The mouth is widely considered the dirtiest part of the human body, yet babies have surprisingly low infection rates following cleft lip and palate surgery.

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Immune cells in mouth protect

The Augusta Chronicle  online


In the operating room at the Chil­dren’s Hospital of Georgia, Drs. Jack Yu and Mohamad Masoumy put the final stitches into the face of a 5-month-old boy after repairing his cleft lip.

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Articles (3)

Effects of Citalopram on Sutural and Calvarial Cell Processes


2015 The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of depression during pregnancy is suggested to increase the incidence of craniofacial abnormalities including craniosynostosis. Little is known about this mechanism, however based on previous data we propose a mechanism that affects cell cycle.

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Craniofacial Shape Variation in Twist1+/− Mutant Mice

The Anatomical Record

2014 Craniosynostosis (CS) is a relatively common birth defect resulting from the premature fusion of one or more cranial sutures. Human genetic studies have identified several genes in association with CS.

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Restoration of Glans Penis Defect by a Bipedicled Foreskin Flap

Annals of Plastic Surgery

2014 Plastic surgeons reconstruct hard and soft tissues in many parts of the human body. Penile reconstruction is unique in that the target tissue has to be soft but intermittently rigid.

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