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Joshua Demke

Joshua Demke, MD

  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director
  • Surgical Director
Mail Address: 3601 4th St Stop 8312
Lubbock TX 79430-8312


  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2016-Present
  • Co-Director, West Texas Craniofacial Center of Excellence , TTUHSC/Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, Texas 2009-Present
  • Surgical Director , UMC Cleft Palate Team , University Medical Center Lubbock, Texas 2009-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2015-2016
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2009-2015

Post Doctoral Education:

  • Fellowship : SUNY Upstate Medical University , 2009
  • Residency : University of North Carolina , 2008
  • Internship : University of Kentucky, 2004


  • MD: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2003
  • BS: Brigham Young University , 1998

Selected Publications:

  • Thompson, Mark & Saadeh, Charles & Watkins, Phillip & Nagy, Laszlo & Demke, Joshua February (2017) Blood Loss and Transfusion Requirements with Epsilon-Aminocaproic Acid Use during Cranial Vault Reconstruction Surgery Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 36, February 2017, p. 153-157.
  • Demke, Joshua & Wang, James & Nagy, Laszlo (2016) Syndromic Craniosynostosis.
  • Demke, Joshua & Tatum III, Sherard (2015) Craniofacial Surgery for Congenital and Acquired Deformities Elsevier Publications, III, 6th, 2891-2914.
  • Wang, J & Nagy, L & Demke, Joshua November (2015) Image-guided surgery and craniofacial applications: Mastering the unseen. Maxillofac Plast Reconstr Surg, 37, 1, 43.
  • Banerjee, D & Wang, James & Demke, Joshua November (2014) Novel Use of Tissue Expander for Dilation of Oropharyngeal Stenosis Int. J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 78, (11), 2018-20.

Selected Presentations:

  • Poster Presentation: PNAM decreases operative time in patients undergoing primary unilateral complete cleft lip repair with tip rhinoplasty. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Dallas, Texas; September 2015.
  • Poster Presentation: Predominance of anaerobes in polymicrobial ear fluid and PE tubes. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dallas, Texas; September 2015.
  • The diagnosis and management of congenital and acquired head shape deformities. May 2015.
  • Poster Presentation: Rare spindle cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity initially presenting as leiomyosarcoma. American Rhinologic Society COSM, Boston, Massachusetts; April 2015.
  • Poster Presentation: Reducing blood loss and transfusion with epsilon-aminocaproic acid during craniofacial reconstruction surgery in infants and children. Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, Phoenix, Arizona; March 2015.

Selected Awards:

  • Unsung Hero Award, Dean, School of Medicine, 2016.
  • Outstanding Clerkship Educator, TTUHSC, 2014.
  • Medical Staff All Star , University Medical Center , 2012.
  • Safe Surgeon, UMC, 2011.
  • Inductee , Alpha Omega Alpha , 2003.

Selected Scheduled Teaching:

  • MSIII Clerkship Lectures - 2017
  • Surgery Residency Lectures - 2017
  • MSIII Clerkship Lectures - 2016
  • Surgery Residency Lectures - 2016
  • MSIII Clerkship Lectures - 2015

Selected Non-Credit Instruction Taught:

  • Mentoring Medical Students Interested in Plastic Surgery 2016 - Present
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2013 - Present
  • Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair 2011 - Present
  • Managing the Airway in Pierre Robin Sequence 2011 - Present
  • Unilateral Cleft lip repair 2011 - Present
Date last updated: 1/17/2018
Research Interests

Facile with EMR including CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) and WEBCIS/WEBCAIS (Web based Clinical Information Systems
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems)

See 5-15 cleft and craniofacial kids a week- Participate in interdisciplinary cleft palate team acting as surgical director- working alongside audiologists, speech pathologists, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, early childhood interventionalist, pediatricians, counselors and psychologists on delivering quality care. Operate on 2-5 cleft children/week whether it is fixing cleft lip, cleft palate, fixing palatal fistulae, revising lips, alveolar bone grafting, orthognathic surgery or mandibular distraction. I helped found and direct the regions first and only craniofacial team with pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and pediatricians establishing a center of excellence capable of helping babies and children with craniosynostosis and other craniofacial anomalies.

Clinical Interests

Primary and secondary cleft lip/palate surgery
airway management of Pierre Robin Sequence
velopharyngeal surgery
microtia repair
craniosynostosis repair
orthognathic surgery
nasal reconstruction
repair of Mohs defects
distraction osteogenesis of the mandible and midface
reconstruction of traumatic and ablative defects
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery as well as endoscopic approaches to the anterior skull base. Thyroid and paraythroid surgery
Adult and pediatric airway surgery