Leo Urbinelli M.D., M.A.

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Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (373 Ratings, 93 Comments)


  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Special focus on

  • Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Microsurgery


  • M.A., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts 2005
  • M.D., State University of New York (SUNY) - Upstate Medical University, Syracuse New York 2009
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, New York University Medical Center, 2009-2012
  • Fellowship:

    • Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., 2015-2016


Dr. Leo Urbinelli specializes in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery and is a part of the cleft and craniofacial team at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completed his plastic surgery residency at NYU Medical Center in 2015.  Most recently he trained in craniofacial surgery and pediatric plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, completing his fellowship in 2016.  

Dr. Urbinelli’s clinical practice focuses on cleft lip and palate surgery, craniosynostosis, and pediatric congenital deformities. His expertise also extends to craniofacial trauma, microsurgery, orthognathic and cosmetic surgery. His research interests include: improving patient outcomes in the cleft and craniofacial population, pediatric microsurgical reconstruction, distraction of the craniofacial skeleton, expanding the applications for orthognathic surgery and facial reanimation. He is also passionate about student and resident education and is excited to encourage the next generation of medical graduates in their pursuits of a surgical career.

A former collegiate wrestler and an avid hiker, runner, and bicyclist, Dr. Urbinelli and his wife, Lindsay Urbinelli, M.D., enjoy taking advantage of the many outdoor opportunities throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest. 

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (373 Ratings, 93 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Professional and thorough very impressed

  • Dec 05, 2019

    We saw several providers this day and they were all extremely knowledgeable, nice, sincere, and did not rush through the information. The lab technician was also phenomenal!

  • Nov 05, 2019

    The bedside manners (INAUDIBLE) are by far the best I have ever seen in my entire life. She's outstanding and also he apparently did a very good job, and with the surgery of my daughter but I'm particularly impressed with his bedside manner who are indeed outstanding. Thank you.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Very caring, friendly and competent doctors and staff

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli, is a wonderful doctor and we really appreciate his service in past years. Thank you very much.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli is top notch in every aspect. We appreciate his knowledge and expertise, as well as his patient, caring approach. In a world of technical medical lingo where I imagine one can become quite desensitized to recommending surgical procedures, he is careful and considerate, making his patient's comfort level top priority. I also appreciate his approach to use terms like, "We can change this to make it look this way..." vs. saying "We can fix this," which makes the assumption there is something wrong or bad with a unique facial feature.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli is amazing! He takes such good care of our daughter, and the whole staff at Doernbecher are so kind and caring and competent.

  • Oct 07, 2019

    We just absolutely adore Dr. Leo Urbinelli. He is so caring and so professional, and he is just an amazing doctor; and we just think you've Godlike, thank you.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Doc is very considerate and understanding

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Great demeanor with families, reassuring, provides lots of details and reasoning behind his decisions, includes families in the decision making process, willing to discuss any issues - even follow up with other providers if they are not his area of expertise. He has very professional students working with him that will also make impressive professionals when they are on their own. His students are an asset to the team, not just taking up space in the room.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    I think he is a great doctor. He does a great job.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Hey, where are your answers to the questions so far as my first visit, so far, I like it. I'm just waiting to see I'm hoping for the best. What was left over night and I looking forward to have my surgery with him. Thank you very much. Bye.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli is so friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. Our only complaint is that we had to wait almost two hours past our appointment time to see him and then had to drive four hours back home. We were really frustrated and disappointed.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    They all took their time and checked in on my son and made sure he was comfortable and understood each and every part of the process/procedure. They made sure he was able to ask questions and when my son said he was nervous, they acknowledged his feelings and helped him work through it.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    Dr. Leo was amazing. He was friendly and took time to explain things to us and answer all of our questions. Thank you!

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli was completely engaging. He explained everything, then did again in a different way just to make sure my daughter understood- without us having to ask for a simpler explanation. He allowed time for questions. He also addressed insurance concerns with great understanding of challenges we might face and a plan to address them. He looked my daughter right in the eye, used humor appropriately. I was impressed with how much time he spent without seeming rushed.He is top notch!

  • Aug 17, 2019


  • Jul 11, 2019

    [Name] had a serious problem with salivating excessively and when I asked about what we can do to solve or help [Name] through that time. The provider only told me what I shouldn't be doing and didn't provide any sort of tips as far as what we could be doing to help [Name] along. It didn't appear as though he was totally vested in [Name] well being.

  • Jul 08, 2019

    Excellent surgeon, great patient interaction.

  • Jul 06, 2019

    Dr Urbanelli was so great with our son! He seemed to really ‘get’ where our son was coming from in wanting his large birthmark removed, and spoke very confidently and comforting about the process and how he would make sure to line the scar with the line of his spine. Our son was nervous but Dr. eased that so much!

  • Jul 03, 2019

    I would recommend anybody. He's very thorough with his work. He cares about his patients and he doesn't stop until he knows that they're going to heal properly. He did amazing job on my son. And I thank him for that. I will remember him for the rest of our life.

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Leo was a great. He made us feel really comfortable and had a very good knowledge on my son and what they were going to do with him and, yeah, he made us feel comfortable. Great doctor. Bye. Bye.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    He takes the time needed to explain things and has wonderful bedside manners!

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli was an amazing doctor for my daughter. He's done two surgeries on her. He's a very caring and careful and skilled and a very intelligent doctor. We appreciated everything he did for our daughter. The nurses at Doernbecker Hospital were just superb and the care we received ,and the treatment that my daughter received their was outstanding.

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Welcoming, informative, and confident. Looking forward to working with them.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    We adore the staff and the doctor

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Very friendly and personal staff. Dr Urbanelly was very personable and explained things very well. I’m very pleased so far.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli does a good job at filling the patient in on what to expect with the procedure. He's very kind and compassionate and is care after the procedure and overall just has a wonderful bed side manner and it's very knowledgeable in his field.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    he is amazing. couldn't ask for a better doctor.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    I had to wait like 3 hours when my appointment was supposed to be a 2:30, the doctor went in the room around 5 does not acceptable at all.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    We love Dr. Urbinelli. His care, concern for the children that he treats just shines through on every appointment. He makes it a priority to speak to the kids first to make them feel comfortable and to answer any and all questions that we have. Also, his staff are amazing, quick responses on my charts. The MA's are terrific, the schedulers are terrific, we love it, and we have two kids and Dr. Urbinelli's care.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    Our experience is always a pleasant one with Dr. Urbinelli. He's very easy to talk to, takes his time with you and is very thorough with treatment explanations. His confidence leaves you feeling encouraged and comfortable preparing for future procedures. We know we are in good hands with Dr. Urbinelli.

  • May 25, 2019

    The doctor we saw at OHSU was amazing. He thoroughly spoke with us about our daughters condition. He was very kind and really appreciated that. We would definitely recommend him to all our family and friends.

  • May 23, 2019

    Yes [Name] was there. He had 4 appointments that day so it was a very long day at the hospital. He also had an appointment scheduled away from (INAUDIBLE) and Dr. McNally was caught up in surgery and that about the time for our appointment he got out of surgery and saw us first so that we could make it to our other appointment and it was very much appreciate it you very much enjoy Dr. Bunnelli him. He's done wonderful for us.

  • May 18, 2019

    Dr. Leo Urbinelli is extremely personable and always makes you feel like family. He listens to you and doesn't make you feel like any of your questions are silly.

  • May 16, 2019

    Personable, caring, down to earth. Effective communicator.

  • May 13, 2019

    Very satisfactory, very caring, very concerned. Very good health provider. I would recommend him to friends family.

  • May 11, 2019

    Very professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate

  • May 06, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli is a wonderful person. He's a wonderful doctor who treats the patients, especially my grandchild, with respect. He shows true concern and care and I would recommend him to God himself.

  • May 04, 2019

    Very thorough and answered any questions we had.

  • May 04, 2019

    The doctor was kind, understanding and was very thorough in explaining our options.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Very excellent.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    We were met with great kindness after a while of waiting.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    I am happy to participate in my experience with Dr. Leo Urbinelli, he has been a fantastic physician, both in his skills, and in his presentation and his kindness and empathy and I would just highly recommend him to anybody. He's just about the finest physician in all my many years, decades of life, that I have had the privilege of encountering. Thank you.

  • Mar 30, 2019


  • Mar 26, 2019

    Thanks to Dr. Urbinelli, my son can live a normal happy life now with no cleft lip or no cleft palate. He's very compassionate and cares about his patients. We appreciate him.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    He was very kind, very honest. He made our family feel very safe through the whole procedure and he educated us as well. Thank you.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    We absolutely love Dr Urbinelli - he is so kind and amazing with our son. He takes the time to explain everything, and I think he genuinely cares.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli was excellent. He was very personable and knowledgeable and really listened to our concerns and questions. We felt like he was honest and genuinely wanted to help. Would recommend him to any parent needing plastic surgery for their children

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli was very helpful, very knowledge. He showed he cared about my son's well being.