Meet the provider: Arlene Rozzelle, M.D.
September 1, 2021
Arlene Rozzelle, M.D., FACS, FAAP, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, joined Wayne Health in 1995. Dr. Rozzelle specializes in pediatric craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate, vascular anomalies, trauma, skin lesions, plagiocephaly (babies with head flattening) and craniosynostosis. An uncommon facial syndrome called Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS) is one of her research specialties.
Dr. Rozzelle attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1975-1978 where she was a bachelor of science candidate. She later attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Durant Scholar (magna cum laude) on June 4, 1982 with her bachelor of arts in psychobiology. She went to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA for medical school and later did an integrated general/plastic surgery residency at Brown University from 1987-1993. Her fellowships include the Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship (June 1987) and a craniofacial fellowship at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Rozzelle most enjoys working at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which serves the Metro Detroit community and beyond. She is the chief of plastic surgery at CHM. Her approach is multidisciplinary, involving plastic surgery, ENT, dental, orthodontia, speech, audiology and social work. Children with cleft and facial anomalies come for a team appointment once a year. She leads a multidisciplinary vascular anomalies team that includes dermatology, hematology/oncology, radiology and interventional radiology, hand surgery and genetics. Because the whole process surrounding the conditions she treats can sometimes be lengthy, providing support to the family is very important. Her clinic closely monitors how the child and parents are adjusting, and social workers in her clinic may arrange for speech therapy in the child’s school, link the family with support groups, assist with financial resources and, if necessary, such basic matters as utilities and transportation.
A typical week for Dr. Rozzelle includes spending three or four days in the OR and one or two days in clinic. She finds herself to be very privileged to take care of some of the cutest babies and most beautiful children in the Metro Detroit area, who go on to high school, college, and having their own families.