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Duane K. Yamashiro
( out of 63 reviews )

Duane K. Yamashiro, DDS

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

Primary Children's Hospital

Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Salt Lake City
801-581-7719
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

    Medical Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Program, Primary Children’s Hospital


    Dr. Duane Yamashiro is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah and Medical Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Primary Children’s Hospital. He was raised in Hawaii, graduated from Loma Linda University and University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. His pediatric dentistry residency was completed at Primary Children’s Medical Center and an Orthodontic residency with a Master’s degree at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in California.

    In addition to his clinical practice of craniofacial orthodontics at Primary Children’s Hospital, Dr. Yamashiro has served as Medical Director for the Pediatric Dental Residency and Medical Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Programs, and faculty of the Utah Regional Education in Neurodevelopmental Leadership (URLEND).


    Interests and passions include, boating, wakeboarding, competitive shooting, trail running and backcountry skiing. The transition from surfing to wakeboarding and skiing was an easy natural change.

    Patient Rating

    4.7 /5
    ( out of 63 reviews )

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    The scale on which responses are measured is 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

    Patient Comments

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    Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

    April 22, 2024
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    Dr. Yamashiro, DDS always takes the time to answer any questions and explains in great detail what's going on. He is always patient and ensures we understand everything. He's extremely kind and my daughter always feels comfortable with these visits.

    March 28, 2024
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    Excellent provider

    August 15, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    There should be a complete run down of whats going to happen with a procedure from start to finish instead of giving a brief overview and expecting a patient to fill in the gaps with their questions. A patient should be told what you know for certain as a doctor and what will be known over time and the development of treatment. As for the staff, everyone has been very kind and understanding except for the people Ive specifically highlighted earlier.

    July 16, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    He is great

    May 26, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    His knowledge , Professionalism and caring manner are Outstanding.

    May 15, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    I have strong trust in Dr. Yamashiro in his care ability.

    May 05, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    He has always taken excellent care of my daughter.

    April 28, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    [NAME REMOVED] has seen him since birth. Hes so Professional and Knowledgeable.

    April 15, 2023
    PRIMARY CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

    Dr. Y is always so kind and has been our kiddos favorite doctor for 16 years now.

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery

    Medical Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Program, Primary Children’s Hospital


    Dr. Duane Yamashiro is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah and Medical Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Primary Children’s Hospital. He was raised in Hawaii, graduated from Loma Linda University and University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. His pediatric dentistry residency was completed at Primary Children’s Medical Center and an Orthodontic residency with a Master’s degree at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in California.

    In addition to his clinical practice of craniofacial orthodontics at Primary Children’s Hospital, Dr. Yamashiro has served as Medical Director for the Pediatric Dental Residency and Medical Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Programs, and faculty of the Utah Regional Education in Neurodevelopmental Leadership (URLEND).


    Interests and passions include, boating, wakeboarding, competitive shooting, trail running and backcountry skiing. The transition from surfing to wakeboarding and skiing was an easy natural change.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Surgery -Primary
    Academic Divisions Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Education history

    Graduate Training Orthodontics - Loma Linda University M.S.
    Primary Children's Medical Center Resident
    Professional Dental University of the Pacific School of Dentistry D.D.S.
    Biology - Loma Linda University B.A.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Marquez JL, Sudduth J, DeMay H, Kuo K, Battistini A, Yamashiro DK, Siddiqi FA, Gociman B (2024). Early Results on the Efficacy of Demineralized Bone Matrix, Bone Morphogenic Protein, and Freeze-dried Bone Chips in Alveolar Cleft Repair. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 12(2), e5600. (Read full article)
    2. Kim EN, Moss WD, Kunkel RP, Yamashiro DK, Gociman BR (2022). Simultaneous Closure of the Cleft Alveolus and Hard Palate with Concomitant Bone Grafting. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 10(2), e4099. (Read full article)
    3. Kim EN, Moss WD, Yamashiro DK, Tuncer FB, Siddiqi FA (2021). Management of Tessier Type 3 Cleft With a Novel Reverse Palatal Expander. J Craniofac Surg, 32(8), e814-e816. (Read full article)
    4. Kim EN, Graham EM, Tuncer FB, Yamashiro DK, Siddiqi FA, Gociman BR (2020). Alveolar Bone Graft Stabilization with Custom Maxillary Splints. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 8(11), e3214. (Read full article)
    5. Pollard SH, Skirko JR, Dance D, Reinemer H, Yamashiro D, Lyon NF, Collingridge DS (2020). Oronasal Fistula Risk After Palate Repair. Cleft Palate Craniofac J, 1055665620931707. (Read full article)
    6. Graham ME, Yamashiro D, Skirko JR (2018). Management of midnasal stenosis with infant surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion (iSARPE). Laryngoscope, 129(5), 1211-1214. (Read full article)

    Review

    1. Kim EN, Moss WD, Rosales MN, Lyon N, Lotz A, Yamashiro DK, Gociman BR, Siddiqi FA, Johns DN (2021). Multidisciplinary Presurgical Education: Clinical Impact on Children With Orofacial Clefts Undergoing Maxillary Distraction via Rigid External Distraction. [Review]. Cleft Palate Craniofac J, 60(1), 75-81. (Read full article)
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