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President, Global Smile Foundation
Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Instructor in Otology & Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine

About Dr. Hamdan
​Dr. Usama Hamdan is an Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon with university appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hamdan is a well-published and respected international lecturer and holds visiting professorships at numerous institutions throughout the world. He is Founder and President of Global Smile Foundation, a 501C3 Boston-based non-profit foundation that provides comprehensive and integrated pro bono cleft care for underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities throughout the world. He has been involved with Outreach Programs for the last 30 years. He also serves on the boards of several NGO’s.

For his philanthropic service to the people of Ecuador, he was awarded the Knighthood, “Al Merito Atahualpa” En El Grado De Caballero, by the President of Ecuador in March 2005, as well as various other national and international fellowships and awards in El Salvador, Peru, City of Boston and Rotary International. He also received Honorary Professorship at Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, School of Medicine, in Ecuador on March 5, 2015 for his contributions in the field of Cleft Lip and Palate.


Plastic Surgeon
Senior Consultant, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft & Craniofacial Centre
Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research
Chennai, India

About Dr. Hussain



Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, Ma

About Dr. Marston


Senior Surgeon and Head- Cleft Lip and Palate Team
Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
University Hospital
Basel, Switzerland

About Dr. Mueller

Andreas Mueller received his MD from the University Basel and the DMD from the University Zurich, Switzerland. He trained in neurosurgery, plastic surgery and craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgery at the University Hospital Basel. He is double-board certified by the Swiss Board of Oral Surgery and by the Swiss Board of CMF surgery (2010) and earned a doctoral degree in human and dental medicine. He certified from the European board of Oro-Maxillofacial Surgery (EBOMFS). In 2011 he completed the Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program from the European Association for CMF surgery in conjunction with the GSR Institute of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery, Hyderabad, India. In 2012 he followed a Cell-Therapy Research Fellowship in Lyon, France. He received in 2013 a PhD for biomedical engineering at the University Basel with the highest distinction for his work on „complementing surgical with biomedical engineering methods to evolve lip and nose reconstruction”. He then deepened his microsurgical training at the department for CMF surgery, Amiens, France.

Since 2014 he is head of Cleft Lip and Palate Team at the University Hospitals Basel and leads a craniofacial research group at the Department of Clinical Research. He teaches cleft care to the international AO CMF fellows visiting his institution. His research was granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation and awarded with the Helene Matras Prize (Austria) and the Bernd Spiessl and Hugo Obwegeser Prize (Switzerland). He serves as Vice-president at Swiss Cleft Association. In conjunction with the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and international clinical partners he just received funding over the next five years to exploit the use of artificial intelligence to simplify and optimize cleft care, specifically for outreach programs (Botnar,


Leonard B. Kaban, DMD, MD Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Oral Surgeon-in-Chief
Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital 
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard School of Dental Medicine/Harvard Medical School
Boston, Ma

About Dr. Padwa

Dr. Bonnie Padwa received her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her MD from Harvard Medical School. After finishing her oral and maxillofacial surgery training at the Massachusetts General Hospital she completed a craniofacial surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Padwa is an Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is the Leonard B. Kaban DMD, MD Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Oral Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Padwa has a special interest in treating patients with cleft and craniofacial deformities and her clinical research is centered around this patient population. She has authored more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured both nationally and internationally.


Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Honorary Senior Lecturer
The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH)

United Kingdom

About Dr. Sommerlad

Dr. Sommerlad was previously President of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1996) and the President of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (1998). His awards include an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Med) from University College, London, and Honorary Fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Sri Lankan College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. He holds an Honorary Membership of The British Orthodontic Society and a Hunterian Professorship of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
He was previously a member of the Clinical Standards Advisory Board (CSAG) on Cleft Lip and Palate and the CSAG Implementation Group. He was Co-Founder and Chairman of the charity CLEFT( He regularly works with surgeons in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Iran, Egypt and the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq. He has published extensively, particularly on palate surgery and function.


Chief of Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
SOBRAPAR – Crânio e Face Hospital
Former President of the Brazilian Association of Craniofacial Surgery
São Paulo, Brazil

About Dr. Raposo-Amaral

Dr Raposo-Amaral is the chief of Craniofacial Surgery fellowship at SOBRAPAR Hospital. He is a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon in Brazil and, with his brother Cesar Augusto Raposo-Amaral who is also plastic surgeon, consolidated a pilgrimage of congenital patients from all over the country to Campinas-Brazil, where SOBRAPAR is located. He has authored more than 100 articles in English and Portuguese literature including important ones about orbital translocation in hypertelorism, 21 book chapters and edited Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment: A Comprehensive Guide, a book recently published by Springer.

He is a member of 7 Professional Societies, including the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, Brazilian Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Brazilian Cleft Palate Association, Brazilian Burn Society, International member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and Active member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.  He was a recipient of 13 awards of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery.  Currently, Dr. Raposo was reelected for President of the Brazilian Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery (2018-2020). He organized The Latin American Craniofacial Congress that gathered more than 200 international professionals and more than 500 participants. The Congress was held in São Paulo-Brazil in 2018.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Cleft & Craniofacial Center
Sri Ramachandra University
Chennai, India

About Dr. Vijayakumar


Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of São Paulo School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Cleft Lip and Palate Program
Hospital Municipal Infantil Menino Jesus- Instituto de Responsabilidade Social Sírio-ibanês
Research Physician, Instituto Sírio-Libanês de Ensino e Pesquisa
Member, Brazilian Medical Advisory Council of Smile Train
São Paulo, Brazil

About Dr. Tanikawa

Dr. Tanikawa is an attending surgeon in Hospital Municipal Infantil Menino Jesus – Institutode Responsabilidade Sírio-Libanês, an Assistant Professor at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine and a research physician at Instituto Sírio-Libanês de Ensino e Pesquisa.
She obtained her MD, completed the plastic and reconstructive surgery program, receivedfellowship training in craniofacial surgery, and holds a PhD from the University of São Paulo School of Medicine. Since 2014 she is a Smile Train partner, and in 2019 she became member of the Brazilian Medical Advisory Council of Smile Train. Her clinical and research areas of focus include cleft lip and palate, ear reconstruction and tissue engineering strategies.



President, Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Vice-Director, Global Surgery Fellowship, Operation Smile, Affiliated with University of Southern California
Surgical Advisor, Operation Smile for Strategy, Education & Outcomes
Melbourne, Australia


About Dr. Chong

Dr. David Chong is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon committed to the care of those affected by facial deformities. He graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1995. He is the current President of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Society, and volunteers three months a year with Operation Smile and Mercy Ships. He has recently taken on a paid role with Operation Smile overseeing their commitment to education and outcomes.

David’s passion is correcting facial and skull deformities in children and is particularly known for his work in cleft lip and palate. He holds a clinical appointment at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne Australia. He has authored numerous article and book chapters on cleft lip/palate, craniofacial and salivary control surgery.


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniomaxillofacial Units
Perth Children’s Hospital
Founding Member, Australia & New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons
Former President, Australasian Cleft Lip & Palate Association (2005-2018)
Former President, Asia Pacific Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Congress (2007-2011)
Perth, Australia


About Dr. Gillett
Dr David Gillett is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in caring for children with clefts of
the lip and palate and associated craniofacial problems. David is the ex President of the Australasian
Cleft Lip & Palate Association and the Asian Pacific Cleft Palate Craniofacial Congress. He is a
founding member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons and has
been actively involved in caring for children in Primary Cleft Surgery, Speech Surgery, Alveolar Bone
Grafting and Cleft Orthognathic Surgery for over 25 years. David is the Chairman of the Cleft Lip and
Palate Unit and the Supervisor of Paediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Training at Perth
Children’s Hospital.


Director of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
Yale Plastic Surgery
Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chief, Dentistry
Yale New Haven Health,
New Haven, Connecticut

About Dr. Steinbacher

Dr. Steinbacher is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cleft, craniofacial, and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests also include cosmetic surgery of the face and body, rhinoplasty, facial reanimation for palsy, and facial reconstruction. His research encompasses tissue engineering and regeneration, fat grafting, distraction osteogenesis, stress shielding, and 3-dimensional analysis and planning.

Dr. Steinbacher obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School and his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, both with honors. He received fellowship training in craniofacial surgery from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, completed the plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in oral/maxillofacial and general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


In charge, “Maaya” Cleft and Craniofacial Unit, MGM Campus, Navi Mumbai, India
Associate Professor in Maxilllofacial Surgery, MGM Dental College and Hospital, Navi, Mumbai, India
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Penn State Hershey School of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
Mumbai, India


About Dr. Deshpande
Dr. Gaurav Deshpande is a Maxillofacial Surgeon and fellowship director for cleft and craniofacial surgery at MGM Dental College and Hospital Navi Mumbai. He is also the fellowship director for Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery. He has been into exclusive Cleft and Craniofacial Practice since past 8 years. He has numerous publications in reputed peer reviewed journals and has been author and editor of chapters on cleft care. He has been invited as keynote speakers at various conferences on cleft surgery. Has been on 20 International Cleft care missions with Operation Smile. He is very passionate about teaching and believes in strengthening the foundation by emphasising on basics.


Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery
Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

About Dr. Mark

Hans Mark, has been a consultant in Plastic surgery in Sweden since 1997, and did a Fellowship at Bernard O’Brian Institute of Microsurgery, Melbourne, Australien 1999 and was then Head of Microsurgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Sahlgrenska  University Hospital,  Göteborg. He has been National Liason, WSRM, World Society Reconstructive Microsurgery. In 2004 he finished a PhD degree in Gothenburg University in ¨Experimental Studies on fracture healing. Biological and biomechanical aspects¨ He was also the director of studies in Plastic surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital between 2006 and 2010 and he is a Senior Surgeon.

Since 2011 he is Head of Cleft-Lip and Palate team, Sahlgrenska Univeristy Hospital in Gothenburg and since 2017 Associate Professor at Department of Plastic Surgery , Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been a board member of Swedish Association of Plastic Surgeons and Swedish Association of Cleft Surgeons as well as President of 10th European Craniofacial Congress, 2015 and is since then Vice President, European Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, ECPCA. He is also representative in ERN, European reference network as well as ECCE, European Cleft and Craniofacial initiative for Equality in Care. He is a member of Operation Smile and is in involved in several cleft care program in India, Indonesia and Rumania. He is also a partner of the private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Akademikliniken, Sweden.


Ross H. Musgrave Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
Chief, Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

About Dr. Losee

Dr. Joseph E. Losee is the Ross H. Musgrave Endowed Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He served as the Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Residency for over a decade.  He is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he is also the Director of the interdisciplinary Pittsburgh Cleft-Craniofacial Center.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, as a member of the UPMC GME DIO team, a member of the UPMC Physician Wellness Initiative, as an Advisory Dean of Students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. 

Dr. Losee graduated AOA from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1994.  He completed a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Losee has served on the American Board of Plastic Surgery for six years, and currently is Chair of the Board. He is the Vice President (Education) of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and serves on the ACGME Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee (RRC).  He is Past-President of the: American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Robert H. Ivy Society, Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.  He serves on numerous Boards of Directors of national societies within Academic Plastic Surgery, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery.  As well, Dr. Losee serves on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

He has edited 6 text books including, “Comprehensive Cleft Care”, the authoritative text on Cleft Surgery in its second edition, and Pediatric Plastic Surgery”, of the multi-volume “Plastic Surgery” text.  Dr. Losee has authored over 175 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters.  His federally funded research is focused on bone and suture regulation, as well as skull defects in infants; and, he has been Co-PI of an NIH RO1 clinical grant investigating the treatment of ear disease in cleft palate patients.  He has given over 110 invited lectures and has been a visiting professor at over 40 national and international universities.


Plastic Surgeon
Senior Consultant, National Heart Institute, New Delhi
Member of Smile Train Medical Advisory Board

About Dr. Agrawal


Associate Professor
Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Co-Directory of MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies Cleft Lip and Palate Team
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Charleston, South Carolina

About Dr. Patel

Dr. Patel joined the Medical University of South Carolina department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2008, and was named the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2010. She attended Columbia University in New York City for her undergraduate education. She then earned M.D. and Ph.D. degrees through the combined program at the Medical College of Georgia, where she was awarded the “Excellence in Research” award. Dr. Patel completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Following residency, she pursued fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Patel is double-board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She actively participates in volunteer medical trips to third world countries to provide care to the medically underserved. She travels annually to both Ecuador and El Salvador where she operates on children with cleft lips and palates. Here in the United States, Dr. Patel is one of the main cleft surgeons and a member of the MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Palate Center.


Professor Maxillofacial Surgery
Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon
Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital
Bangalore, India

About Dr. Bonanthaya

Krishnamurthy Bonanthaya, Maxillofacial Surgeon, currently working as consultant and Project Director, Smile Train at Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bangalore. Also holds the position of Professor, Maxillofacial Surgery, Program Director, Fellowship in Cleft lip and palate deformities, Bangalore Institute of Dental sciences, Rajiv Gandhi university of Health sciences, Bangalore.  Professor of Surgery (VT), Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cinncinnati, Ohio, USA.

Currently he is the President of the Indian Society for Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies and also the Vice President of the International Board for Certification of specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.  He has been the President of the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons of India and also has served as Editor of 2 journals, Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery and the Journal of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial anomalies, in the past .


President, Mexican Association of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
Plastic Surgery Department, National Institute of Pediatrics, Mexico City
National Coordinator, MEXICLEFT
Mexico City, Mexico

About Dr. Perez Dosal

Dr. Perez Dosal is an Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon with the Plastic Surgery Service of the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City. She is the President of the Mexican Association of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies (AMLPHAC) and a staff member at the Fernando Ortíz Monasterio Foundation for the care of Craniofacial Anomalies.

She holds a  PhD in Medical Sciences and Professor of the Master and Doctorate Program in Medical, Odontology and Health Sciences (UNAM). In addition, she is a national coordinator of MEXICLEFT for the evaluation of the interdisciplinary protocols of cleft lip and palate care in Mexico and a national coordinator of NATIONAL CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES for Cleft Palate Care (CENETEC National Center of Excellence in Health Technology in Mexico).

Dr. Perez Dosal is a member of the National System of Researchers with lines of research related to: Evidence-based medicine, development of measurement scales, standardization of evaluation methods, evaluation of cleft palate results, development of educational models and Tissue Engineering.


Professor, Head, Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
Rio Grande do Sul Federal University Medical School, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Head, Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery Division,
Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Federal University
Porto Alegre, Brazil

About Dr. Collares
  • Medical School Graduate, Rio Grande do Sul Federal University
  • General Surgery Resident, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Federal University
  • Plastic Surgery Resident, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Federal University
  • Plastic Surgery Fellow, Clinica Planas, Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Jaime Planas
  • Craniofacial Fellow, Hospital Valle de Hebron, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Luis Tresserra
  • Craniofacial Fellow, Craniofacial Institute, Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI, Dr. Ian Jackson
  • PhD, University of Barcelona, Spain, Dr. José Luis Pomar Moya-Prats
  • Associated Editor, Brazilian Journal of Plastic Surgery
  • Former President of the Brazilian Association of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Former Head of the Craniofacial Chapter of the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society

Dr. Collares stablished a training program at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, graduating more than 60 surgeons from Brazil, Latin-America and Europe. He has cooperated with Smile Train and Operation Smile to help cleft lip and palate care in Brazil since 2007. He is a reviewer for many Scientific Journals in the Plastic, Craniofacial, ENT and Pediatric areas. Dr. Collares has published several papers, including long-term follow-ups for innovative techniques and devices, in the Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial fields. His main interests are Cleft Lip and Palate, Pierre Robin Sequence and other congenital craniofacial anomalies.


Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Co-Director of Craniofacial Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

About Dr. Alpoverich

Dr. Michael Alperovich is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Co-Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Yale University. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, attended the University of Oxford for graduate school receiving Distinction honors, and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Alperovich completed an integrated plastic surgery residency and a craniofacial fellowship at
New York University’s Department of Plastic Surgery.

He has authored over seventy peer-reviewed publications and multiple plastic surgery book chapters. A two-time recipient of the Blair Rogers research award during training, he has presented nationally and internationally in craniofacial surgery. He serves on the Editorial Board of three plastic surgery journals as well as contributes as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals.


Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery At University of Sao Paulo
Chief of Craniofacial Unit at University of Sao Paulo
Responsible for the Craniofacial Service in HRAC – University of Sao Paulo
President of Brazilian Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery Association 2001-2004
Commissioner of Lancet Commission for Global Surgery
Medical Director of the Medical Council of Smile Train in Brazil
President of LATICFA – Latin America Craniofacial Association 2015-2017

About Dr. Alonso
Nivaldo Alonso is Plastic Surgeon trained in Craniofacial Surgery in Paris France with Daniel Marchac in 1985-1986. Since then has been working with major Craniofacial deformities in Brazil. Nivaldo is the responsable for two Major Craniofacial Centres in Brazil ( HRAC-Bauru and University of Sao Paulo), training more than 90 surgeons in Brazil on this field. He has been part of Operation Smile International for more than 14 years with many Humanitarian Missions done. Dr Nivaldo worked as medical director for Operation Smile Brazil from 2004 to 2011, responsable for many Humanitarian Mission in Brazil. He became partner of Smile Train in 2008 and since has been working in education and organization of training program for plastic surgeons in Brazil as medical director of brazilian board council.

As member of Lancet Commission for Global Surgery has an exchange program for medical students for academic research on Global Surgery since 2014 with Harvard University from USA working associated to Dr John Meara. Dr Nivaldo has a Cleft Center at University of Sao Paulo affiliated to Smile Train since 2009. He has many papers on the field of Craniofacial Surgery, Global Surgery and also many book chapters, and just recently a book about Cleft Lip and Palate: a comprehensive Guide in association with Dr Cassio Eduardo Raposo do Amaral.


Head, Charles Pinto Centre for Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute
Kerala, India

About Dr. Narayanan

Born in 1962 in Chennai. After Basic education in Chennai, completed medical graduation from Kalpank Medical College, Chennai in 1987 and post graduation in General Surgery (Ms (General Surgery)) from JIPMER, Pondichery in 1992. After the FRCS (Glasgow) exam trained in Plastic Surgery at the Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, UK.

Returned to India and from 1998, have been a consultant Reconstructive surgeon at the Charles Pinto Centre for Cleft Lip, Palate & Craniofacial Anomalies under Dr. H.S. Adenwalla. Fortunate to have been able to learn basics and advanced cleft surgery from Dr. H.S. Adenwalla and now performing all forms of primary and secondary cleft lip and palate related surgery with a passion for cleft rhinoplasty.

Happily married to Vidya, a house- maker and blessed with a daughter Anusha and a son Viswanath, both medical graduates.


Vice-Chairman, University of California Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery
Chief, CHOC Children’s Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Director of Clinical Research, University of California Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery
Associate Professor, University of California Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery
Irvine, California

About Dr. Vjas

Dr. Vyas is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cleft, craniofacial, and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests include cleft and complex rhinoplasty, facial reanimation surgery for facial paralysis, and pediatric microsurgical reconstruction. He is active in clinical, basic science, and translational research, including tissue engineering, craniofacial implant design, global outreach, surgical anatomy education, and use of AR/VR/3D surgical technologies. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented nationally and internationally on cleft and craniofacial care, and provides committee service and leadership to several national and international organizations and academic societies.

Dr. Vyas obtained his BS from Stanford University with Honors and Distinction and his MD from UCLA, where he graduated first in his class (Stafford L. Warren Medal) and first in Surgery (The Longmire Medal). He completed plastic surgery training in the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program and Craniofacial Surgery fellowship at New York University’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.


Chief Consultant Plastic Surgeon
KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Center
Professor and Head, Dept. of Plastic Surgery
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KAHER, Belgaum
Project Director, KLES Smile Train Project
Director, KLES Rotary Skin Bank
KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Center
Karnataka, India

About Dr. Powar

Rajesh Powar completed his training for M.Ch. in Plastic Surgery at the Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, India. He was instrumental in establishing the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & KLES Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Belgaum in the year 1998. Since then this department has made great strides in delivering state-of-art plastic surgical care for patients and quality training in plastic surgery for residents. He was one of the founder members of the Indian Society for Cleft Lip Palate & Craniofacial Surgery.

Rajesh Powar is also the Director of the KLES Smile Train Project at the KLES Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital & MRC, Belgaum since the year 2001. His area of primary interest is Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Surgery. He has performed close to 10,000 Cleft Surgeries and has described innovative techniques of Vermilion Repair in Unilateral Cleft Lip. He has trained a large number of Fellows and Residents in Cleft Surgery.

Rajesh Powar is actively involved in drafting Curricula for a variety of Clinical Subjects and Courses and is a recognised Examiner for several national and international universities. He has numerous publications and textbook chapters to his credit and also has been the section editor for a textbook in Plastic Surgery. He is a reviewer for various national and international journals.


Senior Professor and Head
Department of Plastic Surgery at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)
Chandigarh, India.

About Dr. Sharma
Dr Ramesh Sharma completed his MS, (General Surgery) and M. Ch (Plastic Surgery) from the PGIMER, Chandigarh and has been a faculty in the Institute since 1987.
He had a one-year fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery under Dr. I T Jackson at the Institute of Craniofacial Surgery at Southfield, Michigan during 1993-94. He has been able to establish a craniofacial unit at PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1995 where more than 2000 craniofacial surgeries have been performed till date . He has been actively involved in the comprehensive cleft care and has been associated with the Smile Train since 2007.

He has authored about 200 original articles out which about 30 articles are related to Cleft and Craniofacial surgery and has contributed to 6 chapters in the books. He has been the President of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India and the Indian Association of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies.


Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Washington
Division of Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA

About Dr. Tse

Dr. Raymond Tse is an attending surgeon in the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington.  He trained as a plastic surgeon at the University of Western Ontario and completed a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  He is an active member of the Americleft Surgeon Subgroup and of the American Cleft Palate Association.  His research focuses on cleft lip and palate with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes and reducing the “learning-curve” of cleft care.  He has had the privilege of working with surgeons abroad through a spectrum of international partnerships and outreach programs.


Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Director of the Oral Cleft Program
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Spectrum Health Medical System)

About Dr. Mann

Dr. Mann graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in 1978. He completed plastic surgery residencies in Grand Rapids and a pediatric plastic surgery fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He established the cranial facial program in Grand Rapids in 1985 and has been the director of the Oral Cleft Program in Grand Rapids since 1987. He is best known for his work in cleft lip and palate care and cranial facial surgery Dr. Mann developed several surgical techniques, including:

  • Double Opposing Buccal Flap Palatal Lengthening to treat VPD.
  • The Tongue Lip Adhesion Suspension, for treatment of Pierre Robin Sequence
  • The No Touch Cleft Palate Repair for treatment of Pierre Robin Sequence
  • The Directive Growth Approach for the treatment of non-syndromic cranial synostosis
  • The Double Opposing Z-Plasty +/- Buccal Flap: repair for cleft palate.

Dr. Mann published a 29-year follow-up study that shows The Double Z-Plasty +/- Buccal Flap Repair can obtain the same excellent speech results for all clefts, regardless of width or classification. He has spoken extensively on the advantages of the Buccal Flap Approach, a modern embryological-based reconstructive philosophy for the treatment of cleft palate.


Professor, Plastic Surgery, University Children’s Hospital, San Jose
Director, Division of Craniofacial Surgery, University Foundation of Health Sciences
Director, Craniofacial Surgery Chapter, Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery
Bogota, Colombia

About Dr. Prada Madrid

Rolando Prada Madrid, MD is the Director of the sub specialty in Craniofacial Surgery of the University Foundation of Health Sciences. He is Professor in Plastic Surgery at the University Children’s Hospital of San Jose. He works as a Plastic Surgeon at the University Hospital of the Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation. Dr. Prada belongs to the Colombian Society of Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. Currently the Director of the Craniofacial Surgery Chapter of the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery. He is the editor of several books and has several publications in Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery.


Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kanagawa Children`s Medical Center
Visiting Professor
Department Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Yokohama City University

About Dr. Kobayashi
Dr Shinji Kobayashi is the director, depertment of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Kanagawa Children`s Medical Center in Japan since 2000. He is also visiting professor, department plastic and reconstructive surgery at Yokohama city university.He is a board member of Japanese Cleft Palate Association and Japanese Teratology Society as well as a member of Japanese Society of Plastic Surgery,craniofacial surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.His main interests are cleft lip andpPalate, syndromic craniosynostosis, and congenital craniofacial anomalies.



Course Director
Director of Orthodontics
Co-Director, Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team
Associate Consulting Professor of Surgery (Craniofacial Orthodontics)
Division of Plastic Surgery, Duke University

About Dr. Santiago

Dr. Pedro E. Santiago received his dental degree from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine in 1989. He then moved to Rochester, New York where he underwent post-doctoral studies in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center and Pharmacology and Dental Research at the University of Rochester. In 1995, he was accepted as the first craniofacial orthodontic fellow at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center in Manhattan where he received a certificate in Craniofacial Orthodontics.

Dr. Santiago was the founder, professor and director of the Orthodontic Graduate Program and the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at the University of Puerto Rico (1997-2008).

He has published many scientific articles and book chapters in international orthodontic and surgical journals. He has lectured in national and international meetings in over 20 countries. He is currently the Director of Orthodontics and the Co-director of the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team at Duke University’s Division of Plastic Surgery.


Associate Professor, Clinical Surgery (Orthodontics), NYU School of Medicine
President, International Society of Craniofacial Orthodontics
New York


About Dr. Grayson

Barry Grayson completed his undergraduate and dental training at New York University in 1971. Postgraduate training in Orthodontics was completed in 1974 at Columbia University. In that same year he joined the Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico College of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics. From 1975 to 1978 he served as chairman of the Department of Orthodontics. During that time he chaired the Committee of Dental Research at the College of Dentistry. In 1978 he joined the Faculty of Orthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry and the Faculty of The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine.

Since that time he has served as a member of the Craniofacial Anomalies Team and the Cleft Palate Team at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. His principle areas of clinical practice and research have been cleft palate, craniofacial anomalies, and distraction osteogenesis. Publications of research funded under grants by the National Institute of Dental Research have appeared in the Cleft Palate Journal, American Journal of Orthodontics, The American Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Outside the realm of professional practice he enjoys participation in the Art of Bonsai and the painting of realistic portraits in oil.


Professor of Orthodontics
Chair of the Department of Orthodontics
Akdeniz University, Turkey

About Dr. Esenlik

Dr. Esenlik received her DDS Degree in 1997 and her PhD in Orthodontics from Ankara University in 2004. She worked in private practice in Ankara for three years. In 2017, she joined the faculty at Süleyman Demirel University, where she was appointed Associate Professor in 2013. She was part of the Cleft and Orthognathic Surgery Team in Isparta and a Research Fellow in the Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical School (2015-2016). Dr. Esenlik conducted many clinical and experimental research projects in the areas of cleft lip and palate treatment and functional orthopedics. Twenty doctorate students and residents graduated under her consultation. She was assigned to many administrative tasks in the University like Vice Chair and Coordinator of the Education of the Health Science Institute and has many international and national publications and presentations.

She organized an International Craniofacial Anomalies Congress in 2013 and, in the same year, organized a Presurgical Infant Orthopedics Workshop with Dr. Latham and Dr. Spolyar in  Turkey. She attended three NAM workshops (Dr. Grayson) at NYU. Dr. Esenlik’s research focus is on craniofacial orthodontics including cleft lip and palate treatment, presurgical infant orthopedics, orthognathic surgery, distraction osteogenesis, functional orthopedic treatments, skeletal anchorage based orthopedic treatments, and issues related to accelerated orthodontic tooth movement.


Pediatric Dentist & Orthodonist
Chairwoman, Craniofacial Malformations Clinic
Sociedad Argentina de Ortodoncia (2008- present)
Buenos Aires, Argentina



About Dr. Sabás,

Dentist. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza. Argentina. (1995)
Pediatric Dentist. Hospital Pediátrico H, Notti. Mendoza. Argentina. (Resident 1996-1999)
Orthodontist. Training Program, Maimonides University – Buenos Aires, Argentina(1999-2001).
Orthodontic and orthognathic surgery. ICOR. Santiago de Chile. (2009-2011).
Craniofacial Orthodontist. Servicio de Cirugía Plástica. Hospital Nacional de Pediatría. Buenos Aires.(1997-2014).
Invited Professor at several Orthodontic Training Programs, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chairwoman at the Craniofacial Malformations Clinic . Sociedad Argentina de Ortodoncia. Buenos Aires. Argentina. (2008- present).
Private practice with focus in orthodontics and Craniofacial orthodontics.
National and international speaker .
Scientific publications in national and international journals
Professional affiliations: Sociedad Argentina de Ortodoncia, SAO. American Cleft Palate Association, ACPA. International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, ISCFS.


Professor & Chief
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Faculty of Dental Sciences,
Sri Ramachandra University

Chennai, India


About Dr. Muthu

Authored two books for Reed Elsevier India Pvt Ltd
Multiple Choice Questions In Pediatric Dentistry – 2011 (2nd Edition)
Principles and Practice – Pediatric Dentistry – 2011 (2nd Edition)
New Classifications in the literature
Modified the existing “Talon Cusp’s Classification” (Ped Dent 2005; 27(4) :303-6)
Formulated a new classification for “Dens Evaginatus” (J Dent Child 2011; 78:71-75.)
Patents Filed
Designed and patented “Infant Wipes” for use in cleaning Primary teeth (Patent Pending)
Mobile App
Developed a Mobile App titled “Injured Tooth” for Ignobilis Terrain LLP (to diagnose and manage
fractured tooth for students and dentists), available at App Store and Google Play
Publications in Journals
Indexed for PubMed – 52
Non Indexed – 8
Research Grants
First Indian Dentist to receive a Welcome Trust – India Alliance – Grant for 1 crore – To
investigate the interproximal contacts of primary molars
BIRAC – Grant – 12 lakhs
Invited Talks/ Guest lectures
124 (both National (117) and International (7))
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
Conferred with the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Sciences of the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow ( MFDSRCPS – Glasgow) – In Dec 2015
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Meenakshi University – Oct 2005 to Nov 2010 – Fourth Pediatric Dentist in the Country to
have doctorate degree.
General Secreatary – Indian Society of Dental Traumatology
Founder & Head – Centre for Early Childhood Caries Research (CEECRe), Sri Ramachandra
University, Chennai, India
Founder Director – Pedo Planet Health Care Pvt Ltd – India’s First Network of Pediatric
Dental Centres
Founder Director – Ignobilis Terrain LLP
Co-Chair – Global Task Force on “Caries Free Cleft Children”
Chairman – Human Ethical Committee – Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Pondycherry.
Member – Publication Oversight Committee – Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai.
Member – Research and Innovation Council – MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
Professional Experience
Professor & Head – Since Sep 2012 – Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences,
Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamilnadu
Professor & Head – Since July 2010 – Aug 2012 – Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, Saveetha
Dental College, Chennai, Tamilnadu
Reader, Assoc Professor & Professor – Mar 2004 – June 2010 – Dept of Pediatric Dentistry,
Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, Tamilnadu
Reader – Nov 2002 – Feb 2004 – Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, Oxford Dental College,
Bangalore, Karnataka
Asst Professor – Nov 1999 – Oct 2002 – Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, Sri Ramachandra
Dental College, Chennai. Tamilnadu


MDS (Lucknow), M Orth RCS (Edinburgh), M MEd (Dundee), FDS RCS (Edinburgh) Hon., FAMS.
Dr CG Pandit National Chair of ICMR
Department of Plastic Surgery
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, INDIA
Formerly: CHIEF of the Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER), Professor and Head, Division of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Deformities,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
New Delhi, India

About Dr. Kharbanda

Dr. Kharbanda has been involved in the care of cleft patients since 1985. His formal training in cleft orthodontics was with Prof William Shaw and Gunvor Semb as a British commonwealth fellow at Manchester, UK  and as a Visiting Scholar of American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program in USA and Toronto. He is the brain and PI of the multi-centre PAN-INDIA India Cleft task force project funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. Prof Kharbanda has extensively contributed to the cause of cleft care in India and south-east Asia region. He is the author of a popular textbook on orthodontics (Elsevier), now 3rd Edition, and his book on Cleft Orthodontics (Thieme) is due to be released early next year. 


Craniofacial Orthodontist and Researcher
Cleft and Craniofacial Center, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Department of Pediatric Oral health and Orthodontics
Basel, Switzerland

About Dr. Nalabothu

Dr. Prasad Nalabothu received his dental degree from the Sri Ramachandra Medical college and research institute, Chennai in 2001. He then went on to pursue his post-doctoral studies in orthodontics at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. In 2006, he was accepted as the craniofacial orthodontic fellow at the craniofacial orthodontic department of the Changgung Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Taipei, Taiwan where he received his fellowship in cleft and Craniofacial orthodontics. He is also the recipient of Nordhoff Craniofacial foundation scholarship.

Dr. Prasad was the full time Craniofacial orthodontist for the cleft and craniofacial center of Sri Ramachandra University from 2007 to 2016 and also served as post-doctoral studies instructor in craniofacial orthodontics. He has lectured nationally and internationally in 12 different countries and has received awards for scientific research in India and Switzerland. He has published many scientific articles and book chapters in cleft and craniofacial journals. He has volunteered in many craniofacial outreach programs in Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and still actively associated with them.

Dr. Prasad’s greatest satisfaction however is to be “in the everyday trenches”, with the craniofacial children and interacting with colleagues to improve the care for these children. He is currently attached to Cleft and Craniofacial Center, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland and Department of Pediatric Oral health and Orthodontics, Basel, Switzerland.


PUNEET BATRA, BDS, MDS, MOrth RCS(Edinburgh), FFD Orth RCS(Ireland), FDS RCPS (Glasgow), DNB

Vice Principal,
Professor and Head,
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Institute of Dental studies and Technologies
Modinagar, India

About Dr. Batra

Dr. Puneet Batra is the Cleft Orthodontist at Global Hospital and Research Centre Mt Abu Rajasthan and Sant Parmanand Hospital, New Delhi. He has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth scholarship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children London to train in Cleft Orthodontics. He also received the TC White award in Dunddee dental school Scotland for training in CLEFT SiS. He has more than 100 publications in peer reviewed national and International journals. He was President of the Indian Society of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies 2019-20. He is the Editor of Journal of Indian Orthodontic Society (JIOS) 2018-2022 . He was a task force member and reviewer for the International Cleft Conference at Orlando 2013. He is the India Member Advisory Council (IMAC) for Smile Train and has been appointed by the Government of India to the Dental Council of India (DCI). He initiated the first training program for cleft orthodontics in India (PG Certificate in Cleft Orthodontics).


Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry,
New York University College of Dentistry, New York, NY
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry,
Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, British Columbia
Clinical Attending, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia
Former Director Pre-Doctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry, NYU College of Dentistry
Director Pre- Surgical and Dental Division, Global Smile Foundation, Norwood, MA
Vancouver, British Colombia
About Dr. Kassam

Dr. Kassam completed her BA/DMD at Tufts University and Pediatric Dental Residency through Lutheran Medical Center at St. Josephs Hospital in Providence, RI. She completed a research fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Craniofacial Pediatric Dentistry and Nasoalveolar Molding (NAM). She has worked as clinical attending with St. Josephs Hospital (through Lutheran Medical Center), Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and in private practice. She has served as the team pediatric dentist with the Rhode Island and the Tufts Cleft and Craniofacial Teams and established NAM clinics at both sites.

Dr. Kassam was the former Director of Pre-Doctoral Pediatric Dentistry and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry. In 2012 she worked with Global Smile Foundation to establish a NAM clinic in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition to training local healthcare providers, the clinic runs year-round with bi-yearly follow-up and was able to expand into a full Comprehensive Cleft Care Center in 2015. Dr. Kassam is a Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Fellow, Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She also holds dental licenses in MA, RI, and NY.


Craniofacial Orthodontist, Professor and Researcher
Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies University
São Paulo, Brazil

About Dr. Turri de Castro Ribeiro

Graduated at Bauru Dental School, University of São Paulo(2000) and performed orthodontic training at the Hospital of Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies 2002-2006) Master’s degree in orthodontics at Araraquara Dental School, São Paulo State University (2009-2011) Orthodontist, Professor and Researcher at Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies since 2006. National and international lectures and articles on orthodontics and orthognathic surgery in patients with cleft lip and palate.


Speech Pathology


Course Director
Senior Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

About Dr. Kummer

In addition to her professorships at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Kummer holds adjunct positions at four other universities. Previously, she held the position as Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric SLP program in the nation. Dr. Kummer has given hundreds of national and international lectures and seminars in the areas of cleft palate, VPI, and business practices in speech-language pathology. She has written numerous professional articles, 24 book chapters, and is the author of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, 4th Edition.

Dr. Kummer developed the Simplified Nasometric Assessment Procedures (SNAP) test that is incorporated in the Nasometer software (PENTAX Medical) and she holds a patent on the Nasoscope. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati. In 2017, she received Honors of the Association from ASHA, the highest award given by the association.


Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (DU)
Chennai, India

About Dr. Subramaniyan

Dr. Subramaniyan, serves as Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed University) Chennai, India.  He directs a comprehensive cleft care project in rural South India and serves as a mentor for international initiatives. He completed his Ph.D. in the area of alternative models of providing speech intervention for children with cleft lip and palate.



Course Director
Professor of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Kristianstad University

About Dr. Persson

Martin Persson is a professor of health sciences at Kristianstad University, Sweden. One of his primary research interests is working with individuals with visible differences or negative body image concerning psychosocial and public health aspects. He has extensive knowledge of working with socially disadvantaged groups across Europe as well as specialising in the methodological and pedagogical development of courses ranging from basic to advance level in psychology, public health and health education. Martin is passionate about developing training programs and knowledge mobilisation activities based on evidence-based research in order to reach relevant stakeholders. He has considerable experience in coordinating and managing over 40 international projects and has attracted over €11 million in funding to support activities in psychosocial, health and educational areas.

He has a PhD in Medicine, Masters Degrees in Public Health and Psychology, and his research has been published in academic peer-review journals and over the last 15 years facilitated a variety of keynotes, lectures, workshops and symposiums for professionals, students and users in his areas of expertise in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Currently, he is also the Chair of the EU COST Action CA16234 “European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care”, a Horizon 2020 funded network of researchers and practitioners from 26 European countries.


Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist
Department of Clinical Psychology
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education
Chennai, India

About Dr. Subramanian

Lalitha  Subramanian is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Sri Ramachandra Insitute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, India. She has over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental, learning, behavioral and social-emotional difficulties. She does assessments to help with diagnosis for school placement and appropriate interventional services. She works with parents to understand their children’s conditions, their prognosis, and with working towards home based programs. She provides counseling for children and adolescents for psychological concerns. She works with the departments of pediatrics, pediatric oncology, cleft and craniofacial anomalies, and plastic surgery in the hospital. She conducts training programs for teachers in private schools to enhance awareness about learning and behavioral difficulties in children for early identification in India and Tamil Schools in Malaysia.

Lalitha has worked as a special educator and clinical psychologist in special schools and hospitals in India and as a School Psychologist with public schools in USA.


Anesthesia & Pediatrics


Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center
Fateh Family Chair in Anesthesia
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

About Dr. Sethna

Dr. Navil Sethna, is a Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and an attending pediatric anesthesiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is presently the Clinical Director of Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center. He is a Board Certified in Anesthesiology with sub-specialty certifications in Pediatric Anesthesia and Pain
Medicine. Dr. Sethna received his anesthesiology training at State University of New York in Brooklyn NY, pediatric anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston and NIH clinical research fellowship at Bethesda, Washington DC.

In addition to his interests in pediatric anesthesia, he practices management of pediatric acute medical and postoperative pain and rehabilitation management of pediatric chronic pain disorders. His clinical research and prolific publications span both disciplines of pediatric anesthesia and pediatric pain medicine. Dr. Sethna has been
actively involved for decades in the international medical volunteer endeavors in three continents for both clinical and educational services particularly Global Smile Foundation and Anesthesia Global Outreach organization.


Assistant Professor & Fellowship Program Director
Pediatric Simulation Director
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Shands Children’s Hospital
University of Florida
Gainsville, FL

About Dr. Muñoz

Dr. Muñoz Pareja was born, raised, and partially educated in Colombia at Universidad del Norte. She completed her last 2 years of medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, her Pediatric Residency training at Miami Children’s Hospital and her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Harvard Medical School system. Her biggest passion is medical education and over the past years, she has pursued many opportunities to teach fellows, residents and medical students in both clinical and didactic settings. In gratitude to her teaching contributions to the Harvard medical students and pediatric residents, she was the recipient of the outstanding teaching Fellow award.

Dr. Muñoz Pareja has a strong scholarly focus on simulation and is currently leading the Pediatric Simulation Department at the University of Florida.

Dr. Muñoz Pareja also participated and led different research projects with a strong emphasis on investigating age-dependent differences in traumatic brain injury response and repair. For her outstanding research contributions, she was the recipient of the Best Physician in Training Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics in Oct 2013. Dr. Munoz Pareja has collaborated in three books and has presented her research in multiple venues.

Dr. Munoz Pareja ultimate goal is to provide high quality healthcare in underserved populations and is currently an active member of a non-profit organization that aims to provide high quality surgical care to children with craniofacial abnormalities living in developing countries around the world. She plans to help implement well established US medical guidelines and protocols in developing countries with the goal of decreasing pediatric morbidity and mortality and aims to utilize simulation based training to reach those goals.

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