Michael Golinko, MD, FACS, FAAP

Delta Dental of TN Smile 180 Foundation Director of the Cleft & Craniofacial Program
Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Monroe Carrell Jr Childrens Hospital
Program Director of the Craniofacial Fellowship
Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Oto-Head & Neck Surgery, & Neurosurgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Phone: (615) 322-2350
Fax: (615) 936-0167

Dr Michael ' Migo' Golinko is a Brooklyn native, but has firmly put roots in Nashville, where both his daughter and son were born, right here at Vanderbilt!  He was recruited from Arkansas Children's in 2018 to focus his infectious energy & passion for care of children with facial differences to direct the Cleft & Craniofacial Program & the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.  He also founded and directs the Vanderbilt Adult & Pediatric Craniofacial Fellowship, training the next generation of surgeons in cleft & craniofacial surgery. When not wearing any of those hats, he very much enjoys backyard BBQing with his wife, 2 kids and Golden Retriever.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT) – Bachelor of Science ( Physics) - 1998
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam – Masters of Arts in Medical Anthropology - 2002
  • University of South Florida,  Doctor of Medicine - 2004
  • FACS - Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • FAAP - Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics

Post-Graduate Training

  • State University of New York Downstate Medical Center General Surgery 2004-2006
  • New York University School of Medicine General Surgery 2008-2011
  • Emory University School of Medicine  Plastic Surgery 2011-2014
  • New York University Langone Medical Center Craniofacial Surgery 2014-2015

Board Certifications

  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery, Certified 2011
  • Plastic Surgery - The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Certified 2016

See Dr. Golinko's publications on PubMed

Meet Dr. Golinko