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

4.9 out of 5 (313 Ratings, 75 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

4.9 out of 5 (313 Ratings, 75 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

  • 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 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 08, 2019

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

  • 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 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.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    He was amazing. Absolutely a delight to meet and am very confident he is a great match for my son.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Very pleased with the attention and plan

  • Feb 04, 2019

    He's very knowledgeable, confident and professional but yet personable. Makes you feel important, doesn't rush you out but you leave feeling encouraged.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    I would say it was really pleasant. Dr. Urbinelli was really kind and sincere and paid attention to detail in what [Name] the patient had to say, we really appreciated that and making feel really good about themselves and (). So we could take in the future for his situation. We are very very thankful.

  • Feb 03, 2019

    He is very kind, caring and great with kids

  • Jan 28, 2019

    Excellent--he's been great through the whole process. Very patient oriented with a great staff.SGD

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr. Urbanelli was wonderful and we are very happy with all the staff and the way it went. The only negative was how long we had too wait and that the surgery started 3 hours after originally scheduled. Not easy with a toddler :)

  • Jan 07, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli is so amazing. We love him with our whole heart. He was so great through the whole process. He was patient, and kind, and answered every question, and we even ran into him at the food court at the bottom of the tram one day, and he recognized us, and talked to us, and asked us about [Name] by name. He is so great. So great. I would recommend himm to everyone.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Dr. Urbinelli was kind and gentle with my child and patiently explained elective procedure options to both of us.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    This is the guardian of [Name] and Urbinelli was very respectful and really put himself into our visit and answered any questions we wanted to have answered and was just a really genuine doctor to have in the room with us to help us get through the situation that our baby is is going through. Thank you.

  • Dec 20, 2018

    We really enjoy Dr. urbinelli. We appreciate his time and expertise and I feel like he gives a very good feeling in our appointments. He doesn't Rush us. He's really professional but he's also really good in talking to both my son and talking to me and keeping us informed and I just really enjoyed visiting with him and I really appreciate them.

  • Dec 09, 2018

    He is great and very friendly. But the doctor always seems to run late. That?s my only complaint.

  • Nov 20, 2018

    He is a great doctor, and great guy. Really approachable, down-to-earth, easy to talk to, and really listened to whatever concerns we had

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Excellent care, great Doctor, very thorough, knowledgeable, friendly

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Hi, my name is [Name] My grand son is a patient of Dr. Leo Urbinelli's And we absolutely adore him. He is a genius he is probably the best surgeon that ever worked on our child I he's have lots of surgeries and no one's been better. No one has a better manner bed side manner. He's just amazing. We adore him.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    We have been impressed with the care and attention our family has received at every level; administrative, nursing, and drs.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr urbinelli is one of the best plastic surgeons I have had. The last surgeon made me feel bad for asking for more...and I don?t ask much but he was so easy to talk to and explain what I wanted and made it happen!

  • Oct 11, 2018

    The doctor was pleasant but we waited close to AN HOUR to see him. We were left in the patient room for 45 minutes before I went to reception and asked why we hadn?t been seen. 10 minutes later the doctor?s resident came in to see us and we saw the doctor another 10 minutes later. He was friendly, but the wait was ridiculous, especially since no one came back to tell us about the delay or called before the appointment to tell us the doctor was running an hour late.

  • Oct 06, 2018

    Helpful,kind caring, obvious expertise . Finally found somebody who would help me with the problem

  • Sep 11, 2018

    Dr. Urbanelli is amazing and really took the time to answer all of our questions and explain the next phase. We did have to wait 30 minutes after our scheduled appointment. Dr. Urbanelli looked exhausted and I am concerned that he has too many patients in a day that he has to see.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    Dr. Urbinelli really put our mind at ease as we are preparing for our son's surgery on October 2nd. He is very thorough with his explanation of what's going to happen you know the risks and benefits and we just love feeling like our child will be in the best care possible throughout this whole process.

  • Sep 06, 2018

    As a mother who suffers from anxiety and depression and having a child who needs surgery on their head. After speaking with this provider, I felt at ease. I felt at peace. I felt like I could discuss what was going to be happening to my child with my family without tears because this provider instilled confidence in me with the confidence he had in himself. So very happy.

  • Aug 25, 2018

    The doctor was good at discussing my daughter's upcoming surgery without making her too anxious.

  • Aug 25, 2018

    He was fun, relatable, easy to talk to, made time for us, answered all our questions, and made us feel welcome.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    He is my favorite doctor of all time. Gentle, observant, and I feel like he really cares. Great bedside manner. His surgical skill is incredible, and I'm so thankful for him.