Department of Otolaryngology–Head
and Neck Surgery
3024 New Bern Ave, 305
Raleigh, NC 27610-1255
ROBERT ABBE, MD (1851-1958) (Figure 1) is best known for the lip switch flap that he described in 1898. For many years, Abbe had been interested in the surgical correction of cleft lip and cleft palate deformities (Figure 2).1 In 1894, he published a detailed description of his surgical approach to correct facial clefts. Abbe advocated the use of either the Mirault or Hagedorn procedure for unilateral cleft lip. He recognized the importance of cheiloplasty in the construction of the labial tubercle and placement of the philtral dimple in the midline.
Triana RJ. Robert Abbe, MD. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2000;2(1):74. doi: