Karin Vargervik, D.D.S.

Director of the Center for Craniofacial Anomalies

Dr. Karin Vargervik is director of the UCSF Center for Craniofacial Anomalies. She is an orthodontist with special interest and expertise in growth as well as the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

She completed dental training and specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Following a fellowship at the Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Vargervik joined UCSF Medical Center and has been engaged in experimental and clinical research and patient care, primarily in the Craniofacial Clinic. She is widely recognized for her contributions to the management of craniofacial anomalies. In the UCSF School of Dentistry, Vargervik is the Larry L. Hillblom Professor in craniofacial anomalies.


Craniofacial Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5C
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-2271

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University of Oslo School of Dentistry, Norway 1963


University of Oslo School of Dentistry, Norway, Orthodontics 1968


Forsyth Institute, 1969

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Park TK, Vargervik K, Oberoi S. Orthodontic and surgical management of cleidocranial dysplasia. Korean J Orthod. 2013 Oct; 43(5):248-60.
  2. Oberoi S, Hoffman WY, Chigurupati R, Vargervik K. Frequency of surgical correction for maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Nov; 23(6):1665-7.
  3. Oberoi S, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K. Craniofacial team management in Apert syndrome. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Apr; 141(4 Suppl):S82-7.
  4. Vargervik K, Rubin MS, Grayson BH, Figueroa AA, Kreiborg S, Shirley JC, Simmons KE, Warren SM. Parameters of care for craniosynostosis: dental and orthodontic perspectives. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Apr; 141(4 Suppl):S68-73.
  5. Ohtani J, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K, Oberoi S. Team management and treatment outcomes for patients with hemifacial microsomia. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Apr; 141(4 Suppl):S74-81.
  6. Oberoi S, Huynh L, Vargervik K. Velopharyngeal, speech and dental characteristics as diagnostic aids in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2011 May; 39(5):327-32.
  7. Slavotinek AM, Vargervik K. Expanded spectrum of oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum with imperforate anus in a male patient who is negative for SALL1 mutations. Clin Dysmorphol. 2011 Jan; 20(1):11-4.
  8. Shen YF, Vargervik K, Oberoi S, Chigurupati R. Facial skeletal morphology in growing children with pierre robin sequence. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012 Sep; 49(5):553-60.
  9. Hogue J, Shankar S, Perry H, Patel R, Vargervik K, Slavotinek A. A novel EFNB1 mutation (c.712delG) in a family with craniofrontonasal syndrome and diaphragmatic hernia. Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Oct; 152A(10):2574-7.
  10. Oberoi S, Gill P, Chigurupati R, Hoffman WY, Hatcher DC, Vargervik K. Three-dimensional assessment of the eruption path of the canine in individuals with bone-grafted alveolar clefts using cone beam computed tomography. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 Sep; 47(5):507-12.
  11. Tao YC, Slavotinek AM, Vargervik K, Oberoi S. Hypodontia in Beare-Stevenson syndrome: an example of dental anomalies in FGFR-related craniosynostosis syndromes. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 May; 47(3):253-8.
  12. Vargervik K, Oberoi S, Hoffman WY. Team care for the patient with cleft: UCSF protocols and outcomes. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Sep; 20 Suppl 2:1668-71.
  13. Slavotinek A, Crawford H, Golabi M, Tao C, Perry H, Oberoi S, Vargervik K, Friez M. Novel FGFR2 deletion in a patient with Beare-Stevenson-like syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2009 Aug; 149A(8):1814-7.
  14. Pena WA, Vargervik K, Sharma A, Oberoi S. The role of endosseous implants in the management of alveolar clefts. Pediatr Dent. 2009 Jul-Aug; 31(4):329-33.
  15. Oberoi S, Chigurupati R, Gill P, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K. Volumetric assessment of secondary alveolar bone grafting using cone beam computed tomography. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2009 Sep; 46(5):503-11.
  16. Porwal R, Ousterhout DK, Hoffman WY, Vargervik K, Oberoi S. Hemimaxillofacial dysplasia: a variable presentation. J Craniofac Surg. 2008 Nov; 19(6):1554-7.
  17. Hsieh EW, Vargervik K, Slavotinek AM. Clinical and molecular studies of patients with characteristics of Opitz G/BBB syndrome shows a novel MID1 mutation. Am J Med Genet A. 2008 Sep 15; 146A(18):2337-45.
  18. Nawa H, Oberoi S, Vargervik K. Taurodontism and Van der Woude syndrome. Is there an association? Angle Orthod. 2008 Sep; 78(5):832-7.
  19. Oberoi S, Chigurupati R, Vargervik K. Morphologic and management characteristics of individuals with unilateral cleft lip and palate who required maxillary advancement. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2008 Jan; 45(1):42-9.
  20. Minzer-Conzetti K, Wu E, Vargervik K, Slavotinek A. Phenotypic variation in trismus-pseudocamptodactyly syndrome caused by a recurrent MYH8 mutation. Clin Dysmorphol. 2008 Jan; 17(1):1-4.

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