John W. Canady, M.D.

Medical Director and Medical Safety Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Physician. Researcher. Author. Mentor. Leader.

Dr. John W. Canady has worn many hats during his distinguished career. A worldwide leader and researcher in the treatment of cleft lip/palate, Dr. Canady completed one of his residencies at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in 1990 and continued as Clinical Assistant Professor until 1994.

Dr. Canady's passion is helping children overcome the devastating physical, social and emotional effects of cleft lip/plate. He has traveled the world performing thousands of surgeries for Operation Smile and Iowa MOST, often under very challenging conditions.

His groundbreaking research in this area has led to the publication of more than 65 papers and the delivery of hundreds of presentations. Areas of study include fetal wound healing, in-utero cleft repair, cutaneous blood flow, flap and graft survival, among many others.

A past president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Canady spent the lion's share of his career at the University of Iowa Medical Center, serving as Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) and Orthopaedic Surgery (Hand: Microvascular).

But Dr. Canady still remembers Kansas fondly.

"I'm always very grateful the University of Kansas Medical Center was one of the places I trained," he said. "It's a well-respected program with a wide variety of experiences. My time at KUMC exposed me to so many different approaches and areas."

In 2011, Dr. Canady assumed a new role as a Medical Director at Johnson & Johnson.

He advises medical students to seek as many new experiences and learning opportunities as possible.

"You never know what twists and turns life will present. I'm enjoying this second career," he said.

Last modified: Jun 27, 2013

John W. Canady, M.D.


John W. Canady, M.D.
Medical Director and Medical Safety Officer, Johnson & Johnson