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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
Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine

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

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

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

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

Surgery

ANDREAS MUELLER, MD, DDS, PhD

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

About Dr. Mueller

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

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

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 
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard School of Dental Medicine/Harvard Medical School
Boston, Ma

About Dr. Padwa

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

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.

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

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

About Dr. Vijayakumar

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 2007 Dr Tanikawa is a medical volunteer from Operation Smile, and in 2014 she became a Smile Train partner. 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 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.

ELIAS ZGHEIB, MD, MRCS

Medical Director, Obagi Medispa
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Cleft Lip & Palate Fellowship, Great Ormand Street Hospital, London
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

About Dr. Zgheib

Dr. Elias Zgheib received his MD and Plastic Surgery training at the American University of Beirut. This was followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Cleft Lip and Palate at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London along with Craniofacial Surgery and Advanced Trauma Reconstruction at The Royal London Hospital.

Dr. Zgheib has been involved in cleft care for the past decade. He has authored numerous peer reviewed scientific articles relating to trauma reconstruction as well as cleft care. He has participated as a faculty in several cleft-related conferences including the First Comprehensive Cleft Care Workshop that was held in Beirut, Lebanon in 2017. He has been a member of the Global Smile Foundation since 2013.

He is a member of numerous societies including the Royal College of Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Emirates Medical Association, and Lebanese Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 

GAURAV DESHPANDE, BDS, MDS

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

 

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

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.

KAROON AGRAWAL, MS, MCh

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

About Dr. Agrawal

KRISHNA G PATEL, MD, PHD

Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of 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.

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.

MARCIA PEREZ DOSAL, MD

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

About Dr. Perez Dosal

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

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

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

MICHAEL ALPOVERICH, MD

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

About Dr. Alpoverich

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

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

PRASSANA KUMAR SARAVANAM, DLO, DNB, PGHDA, PhD

Professor and Senior Consultant
Department of ENT, Head & Neck Surgery
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute 
Chennai, India 

About Dr. Kumar

Qualification: DLO, DNB (ENT), PhD (Otorhinolaryngology)

He is a Professor and senior ENT consultant with 20 years of practice in this specialty. After his post-graduation in ENT he worked in the Indian- Army Medical Corps as a Graded ENT specialist till 2004. Since then he is practicing and teaching ENT at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research institute, Chennai.

He is presently working as a Professor in the Department of ENT, Head and Neck surgery at Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, Senior Consultant at Apollo specialty Hospital and Senior Consultant at Chennai ENT Research Centre, Anna Nagar.

His keen interests are in the field of aesthetic surgery of the Nose, micro ear surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, head and neck surgery and head and neck trauma surgery. His passion in airway related surgery propelled him to do extensive clinical, surgical and research work in the field of airway surgery in which he has also obtained a PhD degree.

He is a keen academician with numerous publication and presentation in various journals and at scientific conferences of national and international repute. He has bagged many awards and recognition in the field of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery.

PUTHUCODE VISWANATHAN NARAYANAN, MBBS, FRCS

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

About Dr. Narayanan

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

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

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

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.

RAJESH POWAR, DNB, MCh, MS, MBBS

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

About Dr. Powar

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

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

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

RAMESH SHARMA, MS, MCh

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

About Dr. Sharma

Dr Ramesh Sharma completed his MS, (General Surgery) and M. Ch (Plastic Surgery) from the PGIMER, Chandigarh and has been a faculty in the Institute since 1987.

He had a one-year fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery under Dr. I T Jackson at the Institute of Craniofacial Surgery at Southfield, Michigan during 1993-94. He has been able to establish a craniofacial unit at PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1995 where more than 2000 craniofacial surgeries have been performed till date . He has been actively involved in the comprehensive cleft care and has been associated with the Smile Train since 2007

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

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.

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.

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
Yokohama, Japan

About Dr. Kobayashi

Dr Shinji Kobayashi is the director, department 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 and palate, syndromic craniosynostosis, and congenital craniofacial anomalies.

 

Dental

PEDRO E SANTIAGO, DMD

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

About Dr. Santiago

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

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

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

ARVIND SIVAKUMAR, MDS

Senior Consultant and Assistant Professor
Cleft & Craniofacial Center
Department of Orthodontics, Saveetha University
Chennai, India

 

About Dr. Sivakumar

Dr. Arvind Sivakumar received his BDS from Saveetha Dental College, Chennai. He secured the 1st Rank in the All India Post graduate entrance examination & did his MDS from the prestigious Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences. He went on to super specialize in Craniofacial orthodontics by pursuing triple Fellowship from NITTE Meenakshi Craniofacial Centre, Mangalore (Swiss Cleft Fellowship), Showa University School of Dentistry, Tokyo, Japan & Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan.

He has conducted many national level hands-on workshops & guest lectures on Cleft lip & palate management, Nasoalveolar molding, surgery first orthodontics & virtual planning. He has many publications & patents in both international & national journals. His field of interest are, Cleft lip and palate Orthodontics, Nasoalveolar Molding, Surgery first approach, 3-D computer aided surgical planning, digital orthodontics & aligner therapy, temporary anchorage devices (bone screws, mini-implants & mini plates), clinical photography

 

C.SIVA SUBRAMANIAN, BDS, MDS, FCFO

Cleft and Craniofacial Centre
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research
Chennai, India

 

About Dr. Subramanian

Dr C.Siva Subramanian obtained his bachelor degree from Ragas Dental College and hospital in Chennai in the year 2000 and master’s degree from Sri Ramachandra University in the year 2004. He went on further to pursue clinical and research fellowship in cleft and craniofacial orthodontics in Chang Gung University.

 

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.

FAYSAL SUCCARIA, DMD, MSD

Consultant Prosthodontist and Dental Director
Sultan AlOlama Medical Center, Dubai, UAE
Former Department Chair & Director of Postdoctoral Program in Prosthodontics
Boston University Institute for Dental Research & Education Dubai, UAE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

About Dr. Succaria

Dr. Succaria is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He received his pre-doctoral dental degree in Beirut in 2003. He later completed a 3-year combined program at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, receiving the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) and Masters of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree in prosthodontics in 2009.

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 has presented nationally and internationally on numerous subjects, including color, contemporary ceramic materials, dentin bonding, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, and CAD/CAM dentistry.

 

MURUGAN (MS) MUTHU, MDS, PhD, MFDSRCPS

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

Chennai, India

 

About Dr. Muthu

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

OP KHARBANDA, BDS, MDS 

Chief, Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER)
Head, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Deformities
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
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. 

PRASAD NALABOTHU, BDS, MDS, FCFO

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

About Dr. Nalabothu

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

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

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

 

SERENA KASSAM, DMD

Assistant Clinical Professor
NYU College of Dentistry
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Former Director of Pre-Doctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry
NYU College of Dental Medicine

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 DE CASTRO RIBEIRO, MDS

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

About Dr. Turri de Castro Ribeiro

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

 

Speech Pathology

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.

SURAJ SUBRAMANIYAN, PhD, MASLP, BSLHS

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

About Dr. Subramaniyan

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

Psychosocial

MARTIN PERSSON, PhD, MPH, MSc

Course Director
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.

LALITHA SUBRAMANIAN, PhD

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

About Dr. Subramanian

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

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

 

Anesthesia & Pediatrics

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

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

About Dr. Muñoz

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

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

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

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

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