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Course Co-Chairs

USAMA HAMDAN, MD, FICS

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

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.

ELCIN ESENLIK, DDS, PhD

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.

ADAM JOHNSON, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital 
Director of Research, Global Smile Foundation
Director of Curriculum, Comprehensive Cleft Care Workshop
Little Rock, Arkansas

About Dr. Johnson

Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University. He also attended Texas A&M University Health Science Center to complete his PhD in Neuroscience. He then attended medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed residence in Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery at the University of Oklahoma and a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Johnson is board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery. Dr. Johnson is a current member of the Cleft, Vascular, Velopharyngeal dysfunction and Craniofacial teams. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is committed to providing cleft care to underserved populations and has volunteered his time and surgical skills on mission trips in other countries to provide free cleft lip and palate care.

 

ALEXANDER P. MARSTON, MD

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

About Dr. Marston

Alexander Marston, MD is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He did his residency training at the Mayo Clinic, and completed two separate fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Marston treats patients with a broad range of ear, nose and throat conditions in both children and adults. His special interests include cleft lip and palate, mandibular distraction osteogenesis, vascular malformations, congenital and acquired hearing loss, facial paralysis, nasal obstruction, septorhinoplasty and facial/Mohs reconstruction.

In his free time Dr. Marston enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, basketball, skiing and traveling. He speaks Spanish and has lived and traveled throughout Latin America. He participates in yearly surgical trips to underserved areas of the world to care for patients with cleft lip and palate.

ARNAUD PICARD, MD, PhD

Professor, Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Paris
Head, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery Department, Necker Children’s Hospital
Paris, France

About Dr. Picard

Dr. Picard is also responsible for the National Reference Center for the treatment of clefts and facial malformations and coordinates the national network. Its clinical activity is focused on facial malformations, vascular pathologies, and tumors. He leads a multidisciplinary team taking charge of more than 200 new cases of clefts per year. He is a member of the national tete cou network, and a member of the ERN cranio.

Dr. Picard has authored more than 150 articles, and numerous lectures.

 

BEATRIZ BERENGUER, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Complutense University School of Medicine
Attending Physician Cleft Lip and Palate Program
Hospital Materno-Infantil Gregorio Marañón
Madrid, Spain

About Dr. Bereguer
  • Works in the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Unit at Gregorio Marañón University Hospital and directs a private Aesthetic Surgery Unit at Hospital Universitario La Luz, Madrid.
  • Graduated in Medicine from the Autónoma University, Madrid.
  • Residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Getafe University Hospital, Madrid.
  • D, “magna cum laude”, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • Fellowships in Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston with Prof. John Mulliken and in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with Dr. Rafael de la Plaza, Madrid, Spain, to whom she is the successor in the practice.
  • Assistant Professor at the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Complutense University, Madrid.
  • EBOPRAS lecturer and examiner.
  • Member of major international societies.
  • Secretary General of the Spanish Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SECPRE) 2005-2009. Current Vicepresident elect.
  • EURAPS President 2016-2017.
  • Current Council member of the Spanish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (AECEP).
  • Author of 53 papers and several book-chapters.
  • Regular invited speaker in national and international conferences.

BONNIE PADWA, DMD, MD

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 
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.

BRIAN SOMMERLAD, MD

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(www.cleft.org.uk). 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.

CAROLYN R. ROGERS-VIZENA, MD

Attending Physician, Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

About Dr. Rogers-Vizena

Dr. Rogers-Vizena is a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed her Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin, and a Craniofacial Surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical areas of focus include cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and craniofacial disorders. She has been involved in cleft lip and palate research for over a decade, beginning with a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research parallels her
clinical interests, with an emphasis on cleft lip and palate outcomes. As part of that work, Dr. Rogers-Vizena is Scientific Co-Chair for the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement Cleft Lip and Palate benchmarking program. In addition, she is highly engaged in the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program and holds the appointments of Associate Clinical Director for Plastic and Oral Surgery and Special Effects and Materials Science.

CASSIO EDUARDO RAPOSO-AMARAL MD, PhD

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.

CHARANYA VIJAYAKUMAR, BDS, MDS

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Clinical and Research Fellow in Cleft, Craniofacial & Facial Plastic Surgery
Sri Ramachandra University
Chennai, India 

About Dr. Vijayakumar

Dr. Charanya Vijayakumar is a Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Clinical and Research Fellow in Cleft, Craniofacial & Facial Plastic Surgery at Sri Ramachandra University. She also has clinical experience in pediatric dentistry and dental care for children with cleft. She is involved in clinical research on cleft children with velopharyngeal incompetence and currently having two grants in India: The notable Lady Tata Memorial Trust Grant & the institutional GATE grant. She has also been a part of a prestigious Government of India Project on Safety Protocols for Dental Procedures in India. Her passion is to treat and rehabilitate children with cleft and craniofacial deformities.

CHRISTOPHER FORREST, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP

Professor and Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Director, The Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

About Dr. Forrest

Christopher R. Forrest is a Professor and Chair in the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at the University of Toronto and is the Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Medical Director of the Craniofacial Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.

He received his medical training at the University of Toronto and completed his fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery also at the University of Toronto in 1990. He is a graduate of the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto and received post graduate fellowship training in the area of adult and pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery.

After completing fellowships in pediatric and adult craniofacial surgery and aesthetic surgery, he started his university appointment at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1993 and moved to the Hospital for Sick Children in 1999 as the Medical Director of the Craniofacial Program. He is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric craniofacial disorders and has trained fellows from all around the world. He became the chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive in 2003. After almost 2 years as the interim Chair, he was appointed Chair of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at the University of Toronto in 2013. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and has authored several book chapters. He has research interests in surgical simulation, global outreach, patient reported outcome measures and the application of surgical robotics in craniofacial surgery.

CHRISTOPHER RUNYAN, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Residency Program Director, Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dept of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

About Dr. Runyan

Dr. Runyan received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University. He then attended the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, receiving a PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology. After completing medical school, he remained at the University of Cincinnati for integrated plastic surgery training. He then completed a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at New York University. He is currently an assistant professor at Wake Forest University, and the Program Director for the Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency. Dr. Runyan’s clinical focus includes cleft and craniofacial anomalies. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests include tissue engineering, distraction osteogenesis, craniofacial developmental biology and outcomes and global outreach.

CORSTIAAN BREUGEM, MD, PhD

Professor in Plastic Surgery
Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Emma Children’s Hospital,
Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
President, Dutch Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
Vice-President, European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
President, Interplast Holland
The Netherlands

About Dr. Breugem

Corstiaan Breugem is a pediatric plastic surgeon. After obtaining his registration as plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Amsterdam, he did a pediatric plastic surgery fellowship in Vancouver, Canada 2005/2006. In 2003 he finished his PhD in vascular malformations. He subsequently starting working in the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht in 2007. He has published > 120 peer reviewed articles and has > 100 presentations. He has performed > 1000 cleft surgeries. He was initiator of the International Cleft Palate Dissection course. He was also coordinator of the international Robin sequence consensus meeting in 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is member of the Dutch Association of Plastic Surgeons (NVPC), Dutch Association of Cleft Palate / Craniofacial anomalies (NVSCA), American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA), International Cleft lip/palate Foundation (ICPF) and International Society for Auricular Reconstruction (ISAR).  He is also board member of the Dutch Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and president of the European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. He is also coordinator of the European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association meeting in 2019 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. From april2019he is working at the University of Amsterdam.

 

DANIELA TANIKAWA, MD, PhD

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.

 

DAVID CHONG, MBBS, FRACS

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.

DAVID M. FISHER, MB, BCh, FRCSC, FACS

Medical Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Program
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

About Dr. Fisher

David Fisher received his Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1990. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He received American Board of Surgery Accreditation in General Surgery in 1997 and American Board of Plastic Surgery Accreditation in 2001. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1998. He undertook Fellowship training in Paris, France with Dr. Daniel Marchac, in Taipei, Taiwan with Dr. Samuel Noordhoff and Dr. Yu-Ray Chen, and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Fisher is the Medical Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. His practice is entirely paediatric with a focus in Cleft Lip and Palate and Ear Reconstruction. Dr. Fisher is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society for Auricular Reconstruction & Operation Smile.

DAVID GILLETT, MB, BS, FACS

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.

DEREK STEINBACHER, DMD, MD, FACS

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.

HALIL İBRAHIM CANTER, MD, PhD

Professor, Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery /Craniomaxillofacial Surgery/ Hand Surgery
Private Practice
Istanbul, Turkey

About Dr. Canter

Halil İbrahim Canter was graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine as MD in 1996 and succeeded the residency program in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery department in the same institute in 2003. He attended the Advanced Plastic Surgery Ph.D. and studies in Craniofacial Anomalies, Traumas and Tumors throughout this program and got his Ph.D. degree in 2008. He worked as clinical fellow in the field of Craniofacial Surgery in Southfield/Michigan/USA between 2006-2007. He has the specialty of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. He got the degree of Associate Professor in 2009 and the degree of Professor in 2014 in Acibadem University. He still works as team member in craniofacial teams of two different Universities in Turkey. He runs his own clinic as solo practice and works as consulting physitian of Anadolu Medical Center affiliated by John Hopkins Hospital.

He has more than 60 scientific papers published in outstanding pear reviewed medical journals and has 4 book chapters in almost all fields of Plastic Surgery. The works as reviewer in more 10 pear review international journals, including Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Burns, International Journal of Dermatology, Lasers in Medical Science etc. and he is in the editorial board of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. He got one patent for his invention in the field of distraction osteogenesis. He has been rewarded as first price in best research project of the year competitions in National Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Meetings for four times in Turkey and Best research paper award of PRS in 2017 in USA.

He has European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and Turkish Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic. In addition to be a member of several National Plastic Surgery Societies, he is the member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The European Society of Craniofacial Surgery, The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and The International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. He joined the charity activities out of country for reconstruction of cleft palate lip patients in the third world countries. He is the father of three kids.

HANS MARK, MD

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

University of Gothenburg, Sweden
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.

JOSEPH E. LOSEE, MD, FACS, FAAP

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.

KRISHNA G PATEL, MD, PhD

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.

LARRY HARTZELL, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor
Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Director
Director of Arkansas Cleft Lip/Palate Team
Steward of the Benjamin and Milton Waner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

About Dr. Hartzell

Dr. Larry Hartzell grew up in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona in the USA.   He then attended Brigham Young University in Utah where he received his undergraduate degree in Zoology with a human biology emphasis in 2001.  However, after his first year of college, he set aside his schooling for 2 years to serve a mission for his church in Barranquilla, Colombia where he also became fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Hartzell earned his medical degree at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2005 where he was also nominated into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  He then went to Arkansas where he completed his residency program and is board certified in Otolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). 

During medical school and then to a greater degree in residency, Dr. Hartzell became drawn to children born with cleft lip and palate among other congenital anomalies.  After residency, he elected to stay in Arkansas to pursue a two-year fellowship-training program in Pediatric Otolaryngology, which included an extensive experience in the comprehensive care of cleft patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).  He then was recruited by UAMS to direct the cleft lip and palate team as an Assistant Professor initially and now is recognized as a tenured Associate Professor and is also the Pediatric ENT Fellowship Director.

Education is very important to Dr. Hartzell and he dedicates time for educating his residents and fellows in addition to the medical students and other healthcare students and professionals around the world about topics in otolaryngology as well as cleft lip and palate care.  He has been an invited lecturer locally, nationally and internationally as well.

Dr. Hartzell is an active participant in multiple local as well as national committees.  He is academically active in research and has published many peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters and educational materials. 

He is a member of numerous medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  His major research interests include cleft lip and palate surgical and clinical management and outcomes, velopharyngeal insufficiency, alveolar bone grafting and hemangiomas.

Dr Hartzell also has a passion for the care of the underserved especially those in foreign countries.  Dr. Hartzell has participated in humanitarian surgical teams in China, Guatemala, Ecuador and Egypt with a particular emphasis on treating cleft patients.  Larry is a devoted husband and proud father of 3 children.  He is an active member of his church where he provides regular voluntary service in different capacities. He loves outdoor activities including camping, hiking, soccer and volleyball as well as reading, watching movies and Lego! And to say he is a fan of Star Wars is an understatement.

MARCUS VINICIUS MARTINS COLLARES, MD, PhD

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.

NIVALDO ALONSO, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of São Paulo
Chief, Craniofacial Unit at University of São Paulo
Responsible for the Craniofacial Service in HRAC – University of São Paulo
Commissioner of Lancet Commission for Global Surgery
Medical Director of the Medical Council of Smile Train in Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil

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.

PHILIP KUO-TING CHEN, MD

Director, Craniofacial Center of Taipei Medical University Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Taipei Medical University
Taipei, Taiwan

About Dr. Chen

Dr. Philip Kuo-Ting Chen is currently the Director of the Craniofacial Center and Professor in Surgery at the Taipei Medical University Hospital and Taipei Medical University and has been the director of Craniofacial Center of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for more than 15 years.

Dr. Chen graduated from the National Taiwan University Medical School in 1981 and received his plastic surgical training at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital from 1984 to 1987.  He was a clinical fellow of Craniofacial Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto in Canada, from 1990 to 1991.

Dr. Chen was the President of the Asian Pacific Craniofacial Association from 2006 to 2008 and the President of Taiwan Cleft Palate –Craniofacial Association from 2001 to 2007. He also served as the National Secretary of Taiwan in International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery from 2006 to 2014. He was the board member for Taiwan in AOCMF, Asian Pacific region from 2011 to 2017. He is the council member of the Taiwan Cleft Palate –Craniofacial Association. He is among the International Medical Advisory Board of The Smile Train.

Dr. Chen received the Best paper award for the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery in 1994 and 2001 and a best paper award from the Journal of Plastic & reconstructive Surgery in 2015. He has given more than 350 international presentations. He has published more than 150 peer review articles and 22 chapters in textbook of cleft surgery or craniofacial surgery.

RAJ VYAS, MD, FACS

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.

RAYMOND TSE, MD

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.

ROBERT MANN, MD

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.

ROBERTO FLORES, MD

Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Director Cleft Lip and Palate
Director Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center
Member, Global Medical Advisory Board, Smile Train
New York

About Dr. Flores

Roberto L . Flores, MD, is the Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Director of Cleft Lip and Palate and the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Director in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Flores is an internationally recognized leader in cleft lip and palate, Pierre Robin sequence and surgical simulation.  Through strategic partnerships between philanthropy, industry and medicine, he has created three, freely available, web-based multimedia plastic surgery simulators, including the Smile Train Virtual Surgery Simulator, the most widely utilized surgical simulator for cleft lip and palate reconstruction with over 4000 users. He currently has over one million dollars in NIH funding to investigate bone tissue engineering solutions in the growing craniofacial skeleton.

ROLANDO PRADA MADRID, MD

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.

SYED ALTAF HUSSAIN, MS, FRCS, DNB

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

SHINJI KOBAYASHI, MD,PhD

Director, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kanagawa Children’s Medical Center
Visiting Professor,Department Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Yokohama City University
Kyoto, Japan

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.

 

Dental/Orthodontics

ELCIN ESENLIK, DDS, PhD

Course Co-Chair
Dental Course Director
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.

ANNE MARIE KUIJPERS-JAGTMAN, DDS, PhD, FDSRCSEng

Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics,
Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Senior Scientist, Department of Orthodontics
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
Netherlands

About Dr. Kuijpers-Jagtman
Anne Marie Kuijpers-Jagtman is professor emeritus of orthodontics and she works as a senior scientist at the department of Orthodontics at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. She serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta (Indonesia).
She has a long-standing interest in cleft lip and palate. For 33 years she has been Head of the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Unit of the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She has undertaken extensive experimental and clinical research during the past 35 years in the area of cleft lip and palate. She is the chairperson of Foundation Sumbing Bibir, a charity for cleft care in Indonesia.

She holds honorary membership of 6 orthodontic associations around the world and of the Word Federation of Orthodontists. She is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for Orthodontic Research of the American Association of Orthodontists. She (co)authored over 400 publications, supervised 56 PhD theses, and has given lectures in 40 countries around the globe.

BARRY GRAYSON, DDS

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.

BRUNO GROLLEMUND, DDS, PhD

Faculty of Dental Surgery
Hospital Practitioner in Orthondontic and Plastic & Maxillocraniofacial Departments
Reference Center for Rare Oral and Dental Diseases Oral Medicine and Surgery
Competence Center for Cleft Lip and Palate Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
Competence Center for Pierre Robin sequences Pediatric Surgery
Strasbourg University Hospital
Strasbourg, France

About Dr. Grollemund
CURRENT POSITIONS

From 2015 Hospital pratictioner in orthodontic (Dr Bolender, department) and in plastic and maxillofacial surgery departments in Strasbourg University Hospital
(Pr Bruant-Rodier department, Cleft competence center)

From 2017 French delegate for “European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care” (ECCE) CA16234 (Martin Jens Persson and Gareth Davies: coordinators)

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2018 – President of the Association Francophone des Fentes Faciales
2012-2018 Vice president of the Association Francophone des Fentes Faciales
2008-2012 Member of the Association Francophone des Fentes Faciales

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

• PHRC National 2009 188 000 € Relational development in children with cleft lip and palate: influence of the waiting period prior to the first surgical intervention and parental psychological perceptions of the abnormality 2008/2014
Promoteur Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, principal investigator B. Grollemund
Study ID Number: 2009-A00640-57
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00993993
Health Authority: France: Ministry of Health

• PHRC National 2019 870000 € French Cleft: Evaluation of 5-year-old children with complete cleft lip and palate: Multicenter study. Promoteur Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, principal investigator C. Dissaux
Orthodontics principal investigator B. Grollemund

UNIVERSITY PROGRAM

National diploma on cleft lip and palate treatment: master’s designer and coordinator
https://sfc.unistra.fr/orofacial-clefts-how-to-do-better/

DANIELA GARIB, DDS, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Orthodontics
Bauru Dental School
Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
 
 
About Dr. Garib

Daniela Garib is an Associate Professor at the Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies (HRAC) and at the Bauru Dental School (FOB), both from the University of São Paulo. In Dentistry, her first steps followed her mentor, Omar Gabriel da Silva Filho, and her positive and altruistic view of life and of how to deal with people greatly resembles his views. She got her Master’s and Doctorate from FOB-USP under the advisory of Dr. José Fernando Castanha Henriques, and completed her postdoctoral studies at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, under the mentorship of one of the legends of Orthodontics, Sheldon Peck. She has recently completed a research fellowship at the University of Michigan, working with Dr. Lucia Cevidanes. Despite her youthfulness, Daniela has already published over 160 studies in scientific journals and dozens of books and book chapters, and she has also served as an associate editor of our journal for almost a decade. 

ELIF ERBAY, DDS, MS, PhD

Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Istanbul University
Private Practice
Istanbul, Turkey

About Dr. Erbay
Elif Erbay graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Dentistry in 1983. She received her MS degree in Orthodontics in 1991 and PhD degree in Orthodontics in 1994 at the same university after completing her theses respectively on “Cephalometric examination of the effects of Frankel’s function regulator (FR-4) therapy and lip closing exercises on the treatment of Angle Class I skeletal anterior open bite malocclusion” and “Cephalometric examination of hard and soft tissue profile changes that occur as a result of orthodontic treatment of Angle Class I anomalies with or without tooth extraction”.
She became Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 2002 at Istanbul University, Faculty of Dentistry.
Erbay served as full-time Faculty Member between 1985-2016, Orthodontic Department Chair between 2005-2006 and Vice Chair of the Institute of Health Sciences between 2003-2009 at Istanbul University.
She directed the Clinic of Presurgical Orthopedic Therapy for Cleft Lip and Palate Infants where is the first and the most babies were treated center in Turkey at Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry between 2004-2016.
She lectured at Faculty of Dentistry (1996- 2016), at Dental Prosthesis Program (1996-2002) of Vocational School of Health Services and at Oral and Dental Health (1998-2002) Program of Vocational School of Health Services at Istanbul University.
She supervised 10 PhD and 12 undergraduate theses in Orthodontics.
She has been a member of the European Orthodontic Society, British Orthodontic Society, World Federation of Orthodontists in different periods and is currently a member of the Turkish Dental Association, Turkish Orthodontic Society and she is the one of founding members of Society Cleft Lip and Palate founded in 2013 in Turkey.
She is married and the mother of a girl with cleft lip and palate.

FAYSAL SUCCARIA, DDS, MSD

Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics
Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Boston University. MA, USA
Past Program Director and Assistant Professor, Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

About Dr. Succaria

Dr. Succaria is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. After receiving his dental degree in Beirut, Lebanon, he completed post-doctoral programs at Boston University, USA, and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics. He served as full-time faculty and Department Chair and Director of the Postdoctoral Program in Prosthodontics at Boston University Institute for Dental Research & Education, Dubai, UAE, from March 2010 until June 2012. Dr. Succaria has conducted multiple studies related to Prosthodontics and biomaterials science. He has served as mentor to prosthodontic residents for their research projects conducted to fulfill requirements for the MSD degree in prosthodontics.

Dr. Succaria maintains a private practice in UAE and Lebanon. In addition to his clinical practice, he is still active in academia. He co-authored chapters and articles on restoring pulpless teeth and ceramic materials. He lectures and conducts workshops locally and internationally on color, contemporary ceramic materials, dentin bonding, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, and CAD/CAM dentistry.

MARIA CONSTANZA MEAZZINI, DMD, MMedSci

Scientific Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Regional Center, Smile House, Operation Smile, S.Paolo Hospital, Milano
Consultant for Craniofacial Anomalies, Dep.of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, S.Gerardo Hospital, Monza
Adjunct Professor, Craniofacial Anomalies, University of Milano
President, European Society for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
Milano, Italy

About Dr. Meazzini

Maria Costanza Meazzini acquired a Specialty in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master in Medical Sciences at Harvard University, Boston in 1995.

She achieved a Cranio-Facial and  Surgical Orthodontic Fellowship  at University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. She then completed in 1997 three short fellowships at Gea-Gonzalez Hospital, Mexico City, then at Chung Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei and at Tokio Medical Dental University, Tokyo.

She is presently Scientific Director and Orthodontic Coordinator at the Smile House of Milano, CLP Center, Santi Paolo e Carlo Hospital in Milano and Consultant  for cranio-facial anomalies at the Department of Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza

She has published over 100 papers and book chapters in National and International literature and presented Internationally  on the treatment and long-term follow-up of children affected by cleft and craniofacial anomalies.

Her book  “Craniofacial Anomalies: Orthodontic Surgical-Coordination” edited by Martina Ed. in 2011 was sold in over 30 countries.

She is Adjunct  Professor in Pre-surgical Orthodontics and Orthodontics for Craniofacial Anomalies, for the residencies in Maxillofacial Surgery and in Orthodontics at University of Milano.

She is Representative in the CRANIO-European Reference Network (ERN-CRANIO).

Past President of the Italian Society for Cleft Lip and Palate (SILPS).

She is now President of the European Cleft Lip and Palate Craniofacial Association (ECPCA).

 

M. OKCAN AKÇAM, DDS, PhD

Professor, Department of Orthodontics
Ankara University School of Dental Medicine
Ankara, Turkey

About Dr. Akçam

M. Okan Akcam is a Professor at Ankara University, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Department of Orthodontics.

After graduating from the Faculty of Dentistry in 1990, he completed his PhD thesis in the Department of Orthodontics at the same university in 1996. Between 1996-1998 he studied with Prof. Dr. Kenji Takada from the Department of Orthodontics and with Prof.Dr. Takeshi Wada from the Department of Oral and Facial disorders at Osaka University, School of Dentistry in Japan.

He was promoted to Associate Professorship in 2003 and Professorship in 2009. In 2006, he visited 3 different craniofacial centers in North Carolina, Chicago, and Seattle in the United States as the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association’s  2005-2006

Visiting Scholar for a period of 1 month. He has more than 70 national and international scientific publications covered by SCI, SCI-Expanded, and other refereed journals. He is one of the contributors of a section in the book ‘The Future of Orthodontics’ edited by Carine Carels and Guy Willems. He is a member of Turkish Orthodontic Society, Ankara University Graduates Association of Orthodontists, the Turkish-Japanese Universities Association (Secretary General) and the American Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACPA).

Some of his areas of interest are; Evolution of Jaws, Cleft lip and palate,3 dimensional investigation of craniofacial structures and their relations with body posture, and artificial intelligence in orthodontic treatment planning.

 

OP KHARBANDA, BDS, MDS

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
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. 

 

 

PEDRO E SANTIAGO, DMD

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.

PRASAD NALABOTHU, MDS, BDS, PhD

Clinician and Researcher
Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University Center for Dentistry, Basel, Switzerland
Department of Oral and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
University of 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, UP
New Delhi, India

About Dr. Batra

Dr Puneet Batra is a Gold medalist during BDS and MDS in Orthodontics from the prestigious AIIMS New Delhi. Presently he is the Vice Principal, Professor and Head in the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies Modinagar UP. He is the Cleft Orthodontist at Global Hospital and Research Centre Mt Abu Rajasthan and Sant Parmanand Hospital, New Delhi. He is the recipient of the PP Jacob award as well as the JG Kannapan award by the Indian Orthodontic Society. He has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth scholarship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children London as well as the TC White award in Dunddee dental school Scotland. He is an MOrth from Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and an FFD Orth from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a Diplomate of Indian Board of Orthodontics (DIBO), DNB in Orthodontics and has done PG Diploma in Hospital Management, PG Diploma in Medico Legal Systems, PG certificate in Oral Implantology. He has more than 100 publications in peer reviewed national and International journals. He has lectured extensively in India and abroad as an invited speaker. He is the Past President of the Indian Society of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies 2019-20. He is presently the Editor of the Journal of Indian Orthodontic Society (2018-22). He has been nominated to the Dental Council of India by the Government of India in July 2019. He has been awarded Fellowship by 3 Royal Colleges namely Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Glasgow and England. He is a member of Smile Train India Advisory Council as well as STRIAC Smile Train Research Innovation Advisory Council. He has been recently certified by DRDO in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

 

SERENA KASSAM, DMD

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.

TIAGO TURRI DI CASTRO RIBEIRO, MSc, PhD

Craniofacial Orthodontist, Professor and Researcher
Doctorate from (HRAC- USP)
Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
About Dr. Turri

Dr. Turri is currently an orthodontist at the Craniofacial Anomaly Rehabilitation Hospital at the University of São Paulo and a professor of the Orthodontics Specialization Course at this institution. He has a master’s degree in Orthodontics from the Araraquara Unesp School of Dentistry and recently completed his Doctorate from (HRAC- USP) Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies-University of São Paulo. Has experience in Dentistry, focusing on Orthodontics and treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. He has presented numberous national and international lectures and articles on orthodontics and orthognathic surgery in patients with cleft lip and palate.

Speech Pathology

ANN W KUMMER, MAT, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-Fellow

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.

DEBBIE SELL, PhD, FRCSLT

Principal Speech and Language Therapist
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability
Great Ormond Street Hospital
United Kingdom

About Dr. Sell

Debbie Sell is a Senior Research Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH), London UK and a Founder and Co-Director of Speech@Home. She has many years experience as a Clinician-Researcher/Lead Speech and Language Therapist in the North Thames Regional Cleft Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital and also was Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Department for a period. She has held several honorary academic appointments including Visiting Professor at City University London, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield and Senior Clinical Lecturer, University College London.
Her PhD study in Sri Lanka on speech in patients with unoperated and late operated cleft palate led to the development of a Speech and Language Therapy training course and the establishment of the profession in that country. The model used informed courses developed in Bangladesh and Uganda. Debbie continues to contribute to national (CLEFT-Bridging the Gap) and international cleft charities (Circle of Cleft Professionals, Transforming Faces).

Debbie’s research interests have included the development and testing of perceptual speech outcome tools in cleft palate/VPD, including the UK clinical screening tool Great Ormond Street Speech Assessment (GOS.SP.ASS.) and the Cleft Audit Protocol for Speech-Augmented (CAPS-A), used nationally and internationally. She has been involved in multicentre studies of speech outcome in the UK, Europe and America. Her current research, with Dr Triona Sweeney, includes the implementation of parent-led articulation therapy intervention in children with cleft palate into clinical practice, supported by therapists and technology, called ‘Speech@Home’ (www.speech@home.org), Debbie is widely published with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is the co-editor of two textbooks. She has co-developed teaching video materials for the speech assessments, GOS.SP.ASS. and CAPS-A, including a “training the trainer” programme for the delivery of CAPS-A courses www.capsa.com She has extensive experience of presenting in the field both nationally and internationally.

Debbie is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) medal from the Queen for services to the National Health Service.

debbie.sell@gosh.nhs.uk; debbie@debbiesell.com
Twitter @debbie_sell

KELLY MABRY, PhD, CCC-SLP

Professor, Southern CT State University
Craniofacial Speech Pathologist
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
 

About Dr. Mabry

Dr. Mabry is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Communication Disorders. She conducts research in collaboration with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where she is a senior member of the Craniofacial Team since 1989. Dr. Mabry is recognized internationally for her research, practice, and service in the areas of Craniofacial Disorders. Her work focuses on Craniofacial syndromes, feeding/speech
development and evaluation of velopharyngeal function. She is a member of international volunteer organizations such as Global Smile Foundation and and Operation Smile. Through her volunteer efforts, Dr. Mabry has traveled to the Congo, Bolivia and Ecuador while providing speech and feeding support.

VALERIE PEREIRA, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Division of Speech Therapy
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

About Dr. Pereira

Dr. Pereira is a Senior Lecturer with the department and is also an Honorary Assistant Professor with the Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (HKU) as the Speech Therapist for the Joint Cleft & Nasendoscopy Clinics held at Prince Philip Dental Hospital. She is a Board member and current Chair of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions committee of the IALP dba International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr Pereira is a Speech and Language Therapist specializing in Cleft Palate and Craniofacial conditions and has worked in Singapore and London with the North Thames Regional Cleft Service and the Supraregional Craniofacial service, both based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (UK). Her research interest areas include the impact of orthognathic surgery on speech outcomes and perceptual and instrumental assessment of articulation, nasality and velopharyngeal function. She has co-authored several book chapters in the field and was part of the working group that developed the Cantonese-Cleft Speech Assessment Tool (C-CSA: Yiu, Chan, Choi & Pereira, 2019).

MARTIN PERSSON, PhD, MPH, MSc

Professor of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Kristianstad University
Sweden

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.

GARETH DAVIES, BA (Hons)

Executive Director and Founder Member, European Cleft Organisation
Former Chief Executive, UK Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)
Netherlands

About Mr. Davies

Gareth Davies has worked as an NGO leader in the fields of human rights, homelessness and disadvantaged children. In 1995 he became the first CEO of the UK Cleft Lip and Palate Association and was a key member of the UK government committee which oversaw the development in the UK of centres of excellence. In 2007 he co-founded the European Cleft Organisation working with and providing training for patient groups and health professionals across Europe.. He chaired a technical committee of the Committee for European Standardisation (CEN) developing agreed guidelines on early cleft care, published in 2015. Since 2018 he has been Vice Chair of a European Action making recommendations on equality of access to cleft care. He is a founding member of the World Cleft Coalition which has produced ethical standards of cleft care in global settings and is also a founding member of Face Equality International, which strives to end discrimination against anyone who has a visible difference. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and currently lives in France. He is married and has three grown up children

University of London, UK (History)
Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland (History)
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Adverting Marketing Public Relations)
EURORDIS (NGO Leadership)

Anesthesia & Pediatrics

NAVIL SETHNA, MD, MA (Hon.), FAAP

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.

JENNIFER MUÑOZ PAREJA, MD

Associate Professor & Assistant Fellowship Program Director
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Children’s Heart Center
Holtz Children’s Hospital
University of Miami
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.

Global Health Panel: World Cleft Coalition

ERIN STIEBER

Senior Vice President, Programs
Smile Train
New York
About Ms. Stieber

Erin joined Smile Train in 2013 and serves as Senior Vice President, Programs. She has more than ten years of experience working with cleft lip and palate surgical programs around the world and oversees Smile Train’s programmatic strategy and innovative initiatives in education, training, research and comprehensive care.

Prior to joining Smile Train, Erin was the Associate Vice President of Program Development at Operation Smile. She also spent time in the private sector as an attorney in the London offices of Allen & Overy, LLP. Erin’s work at Smile Train focuses on strengthening treatment programs and access to care for children with clefts and overseeing innovative programming to build the capacity of health professionals in 90+ countries to offer safe, high-quality surgical treatment and related comprehensive cleft care.

She holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from Arcadia University. Erin also serves on the Board of the CORE Group, an organization dedicated to improving health practices for vulnerable populations.

DR. DUSHYANT PRASAD

International Programmes Advisor
Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe eV
Bangalore, India
About Dr. Prasad

As a NGO leader, heathcare and non profit professional, Dr Dushyant Prasad has spent over a decade in the area of cleft care delivery and is an advocate for comprehensive cleft care. Apart from this, he has worked closely with NGOs and companies in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. Since 2010, Dr Prasad has worked with Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe, in planning, setting up and monitoring cleft projects in more than ten countries in South Asia and South East
Asia and is currently the International Programmes Advisor. Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe works in 18 countries and promotes partnerships between medical universities in Europe and developing nations while funding cleft care.

More recently, Dr Prasad was instrumental in setting up the Cleft India and Cleft Bangladesh consortiums to foster collaborations amongst funding organizations in the
cleft arena. While having worked with many think tanks in the area of CSR in India, he also initiated the first joint fellowship between a medical association and NGO in India, the AOMSI-ABMSS Fellowship for orthognathic surgery. Dr Prasad also serves on the board of organizations such as ABMSS and MRC Trust, working in the field of public health.

Dushyant is based in Bangalore, India and enjoys being a part of innovative projects.

GARETH DAVIES, BA (Hons)

Executive Director and Founder Member, European Cleft Organisation
Former Chief Executive, UK Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)
Netherlands

About Mr. Davies

Gareth Davies has worked as an NGO leader in the fields of human rights, homelessness and disadvantaged children. In 1995 he became the first CEO of the UK Cleft Lip and Palate Association and was a key member of the UK government committee which oversaw the development in the UK of centres of excellence. In 2007 he co-founded the European Cleft Organisation working with and providing training for patient groups and health professionals across Europe.. He chaired a technical committee of the Committee for European Standardisation (CEN) developing agreed guidelines on early cleft care, published in 2015. Since 2018 he has been Vice Chair of a European Action making recommendations on equality of access to cleft care. He is a founding member of the World Cleft Coalition which has produced ethical standards of cleft care in global settings and is also a founding member of Face Equality International, which strives to end discrimination against anyone who has a visible difference. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and currently lives in France. He is married and has three grown up children

University of London, UK (History)
Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland (History)
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Adverting Marketing Public Relations)
EURORDIS (NGO Leadership)

HUGH BREWSTER, M.Ed

Executive Director
Transforming Faces
Toronto, Canada

About Mr. Brewster

Hugh Brewster is an experienced organizational capacity-builder, grant-maker, and leadership coach. He has led within large international NGOs and served as a consultant to grassroots charities. Hugh facilitates workshops and webinars in Asia, Africa, South America and across Canada on topics relating to non-profit management and comprehensive cleft care. 

Since 2017 Hugh has served as the Executive Director of Transforming Faces, a Canadian NGO supporting local comprehensive cleft teams in 10 low and middle income countries (LMIC). As a founding member of the NGO consortium the Circle of Cleft Professionals (CoCP), Transforming Faces has facilitated monthly interactive webinars engaging 250+ participants since 2019. The CoCP also hosted the first LMIC-focused comprehensive cleft care conference during the pandemic, Solutions for Comprehensive Cleft Care (S4CCC), which engaged over 140 cleft leaders from 30 countries in September, 2020. 

Hugh, along with the team at Transforming Faces, enjoy producing an ongoing podcast series called Caring for Cleft.

RUBEN AYALA, MD, MSc

Chief Medical Officer
Operation Smile
Virginia Beach, Va 

About Dr. Ayala

Ruben Ayala is a public health physician from Panama with more than 25 years of experience in advocacy and humanitarian assistance. During his career with Operation Smile, he has planned, executed and overseen surgical programs in more than 40 countries.

Dr. Ayala also oversaw the establishment of Operation Smile foundations in low- and middle-income countries that offer year-round health services to patients and families affect by cleft conditions. Throughout the years, Dr. Ayala has fostered collaboration between governments, nongovernmental organizations, industries, communities, universities and other members of civil society.

More recently, Dr. Ayala has focused on the review of surgical outcomes and the evolution of standards of surgical care for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate. He served as part of the official delegation of the government of Vietnam to the World Health Assembly in 2015 and 2017, helping align the country’s support for global surgery and anesthesia.

Dr. Ayala currently serves as Operation Smile’s Chief Medical Officer. He is also the current President of the Permanent Council of the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care, represents Operation Smile at the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. He leads Operation Smile’s global health policy efforts promoting access to safe, timely and effective surgical care to underserved communities around the world.

SERENA KASSAM, DMD

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.

USAMA HAMDAN, MD, FICS

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

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.

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