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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. Hamdan is an Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon with university appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Medicine. He 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 cleft patients throughout the world. Dr. Hamdan has been involved with outreach cleft programs for the last 31 years and 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 2005. He has also received various other national and international fellowships and awards in El Salvador, Peru, the City of Boston and Rotary International. He received Honorary Professorship at Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, School of Medicine, in Ecuador in 2015 for his contributions in the field of Cleft Lip and Palate. He also received the “Medal of Honor” from the Ecuadorian Congressional Assembly in September 2017.

ROBERTO L FLORES, MD

Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
Director Cleft Lip and Palate Program
Director Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
NYU Langone Medical Center

About Dr. Flores

Dr. Flores is the Joseph 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. He is widely published in the topics of cleft lip and palate, rhinoplasty, Pierre Robin Sequence and surgical simulation, and has over one million dollars in NIH funding to investigate bone tissue engineering solutions in the growing craniofacial skeleton.

An international expert in cleft lip and palate, rhinoplasty and infant jaw reconstruction, Dr. Flores has created three, freely-available multimedia plastic surgery simulators, including the Smile Train Virtual Surgery Simulator, the most widely utilized surgical simulator for cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

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)

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.

DAVID FISHER, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Professor, University of Toronto
Medical Director, Cleft Lip & Palate Program
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, 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 pediatric 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.

JOSEPH E LOSEE, MD, FACS, FAAP

Ross H. Musgrave Endowed Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
Division Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 

About Dr. Losse

Dr. 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 and is a member of the UPMC GME DIO team, a member of the UPMC Physician Wellness Initiative, an Advisory Dean of Students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

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, 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.

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.

RICARDO DANIEL BENNUN, MD, MS, PhD

Director, Asociación PIEL, NGO, Bs. As., Argentina
Director, Post Graduate Program in Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
Hospital de Clinicas, School of Medicine, National University of Buenos Aires
Post Graduate Professor, Orthodontic Department, School of Dentistry, Maimonides University
Buenos Aires

About Dr. Bennun

Dr. Ricardo D. Bennun was born in Cordoba, the second largest city of Argentina. He got his title in the School of Medicine of the National University of this City, where he also made his residency in general surgery.

In 1980, he moved to Buenos Aires to complete his training in Plastic Surgery, after finishing he  traveled to Boston, where he accomplished his Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery, at the Children’s Medical Center, of Harvard University. He returned to his Country, where he became the second Chief, at the Service of Plastic Surgery, of the National Pediatric Hospital of Buenos Aires.

Working in this big center and watching the enormous amount of patients excluded by the Public Health Systems, he started to design his project to open an NGO, to help poor people. His idea was presented to the government authorities, receiving an important contribution to buy and adapt the building where Asociacion PIEL was opened, in 1993.

During this period, Dr Bennun also completed a Master in Epidemiology and Public Health Development and obtained his PhD, becoming professor at the School of Medicine of the National University of Buenos Aires.

As a Medical Director of Asociacion PIEL, he worried  not only in taking care of more than 4,000 underprivileged children and their families, but also to create joint to Prof Julia Harfin, an interdisciplinary treatment protocol to be successfully implemented, in all the third world countries. The bases, and the 25 years follow up were published in the Atlas, called Cleft Lip and Palate Management, edited by Wiley Blackwell USA, 2015. Also, as Asociacion PIEL’s director, Dr Bennun granted many national and international awards such as the World of Children Foundation Health Award, received in 2015, and “los 8  abanderados de Argentina”, received in 2018.

Worried about the young professional’s formation, and having an experience of more than 10,000 cases operated, Dr Bennun is the Director of the Post-graduate Career in Pediatric Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery, at the Hospital de Clinicas of the National University of Buenos Aires, and Associate Professor of the Post-graduate Career in Orthodontic, at the Dental School of Maimonides University.

Having published more than 40 papers in the specialty and many book chapters, Dr Bennun is member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Treasurer of the Latin-American Craniofacial Association (LATICFA).

MARCIA PEREZ DOSAL, MD

Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgery Service of the National Institute of Pediatrics, Mexico City.
President of the Mexican Association of Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies (AMLPHAC), 2018-2020.
Mexico City, Mexico

About Dr. Perez Dosal

Born in Lima, Dr. Percy Rossell Perry studied human medicine at San Marcos University of Lima finishing in 1993.Then, he performed a plastic surgery training at Kirschbaum Institute from 1993 to 1996 and Militar Central Hospital from 1996 to 1999 supported by San Marcos University of Lima. His Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship was done at Emori University from Atlanta in 2004 and UCLA and New York University in 2006.

His teaching experience began in 1987 at the Department of Human Anatomy of the School of Human Medicine at the University of San Marcos University until the year 2000. He has taught specialty courses at the Universities of Ricardo Palma, Villarreal, and Cayetano Heredia and through the Peruvian Society of Plastic Surgery.  Currently, he is professor of the Post Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Human Medicine of the San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru.

Although involved in many aspects of plastic surgery, his main activity now is centered about surgery for patients with cleft lip and palate.  Since 2016, Dr. Percy Rossell Perry is plastic surgeon assistant of the Edgardo Rebagliatti Martins Hospital of ESSALUD where he performs pediatric reconstructive plastic surgery. He was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Casimiro Ulloa Hospital (2004-2008) and now at San Bartolome Hospital of Lima since 2010.

In  addition,  during  the  last  years  he  has  worked as a consultant plastic surgeon in other Hospitals  of  Lima,  Peru  such  as  Alberto  Sabogal and Guillermo Almenara Hospitals of ESSALUD and Cayetano Heredia Hospital.

He has a Diploma Course in Clinical Research from Harvard University of United States.   In 2011, he obtained a master´s degree in Teaching University and a doctorate (PhD) in Human Medicine from San Marcos University of Lima in 2014.

ROLANDO PRADA MADRID, MD

Director of the Subspecialty in Craniofacial Surgery
University Foundation of Health Sciences, Bogota, Colombia
Professor in Plastic Surgery
University Children’s Hospital of San Jose,
Columbia

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.

CARLOS NAVARRO, MD, FACS

Principal Professor
Academic Department of Surgery
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Lima, Peru

About Dr. Navarro

Dr. Navarro has 20 years of experience in leading cleft lip and palate surgical volunteer missions in Peru for CIRPLAST, a nonprofit volunteer plastic surgery goodwill program that has provided free surgery for patients with cleft lip and palate in remote areas of Peru. He is an honorary member and past president of the Peruvian Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a life member and Past President of the Society of Latin American Plastic Surgeons of the United States and Canada (SLAPS).

JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, MD

Chief of Plastic Surgery and Burns Service of the Pediatrics Hospital “Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan”
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Director of the Medical Specialist Career in Child and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Dr. Rodriguez
  • School of Medicine. National University of Buenos Aires
  • Specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Specialist in Hospital Administration, ISALUD University
  • Chief of Plastic Surgery and Burns Service of the Pediatrics Hospital “Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan “Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Director of the Medical Specialist Career in Child and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires
  • Professor of the Specialist Career in Plastic Surgery of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
  • Director of the Teaching Foundation of the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery. 2016-2018
  • Counselor of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. 2015-2019
  • President of the Society of Plastic Surgery of Buenos Aires. 2014-2015
  • Vice President of the Argentine Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Period 2018 – 2019
  • President-elect of the Argentine Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Period 2019 – 2020

NIVALDO ALONSO, MD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Chief of Craniofacial Unit
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Responsible for the Craniofacial Service in HRAC – Hospital de Reabilitação Craniofacial de Bauru –
University of São Paulo, Brazil

About Dr. Alonso

President of Brazilian Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery Association 2001-2004
Active of Internacional Society of Craniofacial Surgery
Commissioner of Lancet Commission for Global Surgery
Medical Director of the Medical Council of Smile Train in Brazil
President of LATICFA – Latin America Craniofacial Association 2015-2017
Brazilian Member of Program for Global Surgery and Social Changes in Harvard University – PGSSC

Dr. Nivaldo Alonso is a 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 responsible for establishing two Major Craniofacial Centers in Brazil (HRAC-Bauru and University of Sao Paulo), training more than 90 surgeons in Brazil in this field. He has been part of Operation Smile International for more than 14 years with many Humanitarian Missions. Dr Nivaldo worked as Medical Director for Operation Smile Brazil from 2004 to 2011, and responsible for many Humanitarian Missions 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 a member of Lancet Commission for Global Surgery, he has an exchange program for medical students for academic research on Global Surgery since 2014 with Harvard University, working with 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. He just recently published a book about Cleft Lip and Palate: A Comprehensive Guide in association with Dr Cassio Eduardo Raposo do Amaral.

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.

CARLOS GIUGLIANO, MD

Medical Director and Executive Vice President
Gantz Fundation, Santiago, Chile
Staff of Plastic Surgery Unit
Alemana Clinic, Santiago, Chile
Associate Professor
School of Medicine, University of Chile and University of Del Desarrollo, 
Santiago, Chile

About Dr. Giugliano

Medical Director and Executive Vice President of Gantz Fundation
Staff of plastic surgery unit , Alemana Clinic
Associate Professor, School of Medicine , University of Chile and University of Del Desarrollo
Member of the board of Latin American CranioFacial Association
Partner of Chilean Society of Plastic Surgery, Chilean Society of Pediatric Surgery, Ibero-Latin-American Federation of Plastic Surgery, International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Multiple publications in Journals and books

CAROLYN ROGERS-VIZENA, MD

Attending Physician in Plastic and Oral Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Clinical Director for Plastic and Oral Surgery Services and Special Effects and Materials Science
Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

About Dr. Rogers

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 AssociateClinical Director for Plastic and Oral Surgery and Special Effects and Materials Science.

WIESLAWA DE PAWLIKOWSKI AMIEL, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Chair of Surgery Department at Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño
San Borja, Lima, Peru
Chief of plastic surgery division INSNS- SB
Director of Cleft lip and Palate Program INSN -S
Lima, Peru

About Dr. De Pawlikowski

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Chair of Surgery Department at Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño – San Borja, Lima – PERU
Chief of plastic surgery division INSNS- SB
Director of Cleft lip and palate program INSN -S
Associate Professor of Plastic surgery at  Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
Comitee of Resident program in Plastic surgery at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal

Past President of the Sociedad Peruana de Cirugia Plastica
Secretaria de la Academia Peruana de Cirugia

PERCY ROSSELL PERRY, MD, PhD, FACS

Pediatric Reconstructive Surgeon
Edgardo Rebagliatti Martins Hospital of ESSALUD, Lima Peru
Professor of the Post Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Human Medicine
San Martin de Porres University, Lima, Peru
Consultant  Plastic  Surgeon
San Bartolome,  Alberto  Sabogal and Guillermo Almenara Hospitals, Lima. Peru

About Dr. Rossell Perry

Born in Lima, Dr. Percy Rossell Perry studied human medicine at San Marcos University of Lima finishing in 1993.Then, he performed a plastic surgery training at Kirschbaum Institute from 1993 to 1996 and Militar Central Hospital from 1996 to 1999 supported by San Marcos University of Lima. His Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship was done at Emori University from Atlanta in 2004 and UCLA and New York University in 2006.

His teaching experience began in 1987 at the Department of Human Anatomy of the School of Human Medicine at the University of San Marcos University until the year 2000. He has taught specialty courses at the Universities of Ricardo Palma, Villarreal, and Cayetano Heredia and through the Peruvian Society of Plastic Surgery.  Currently, he is professor of the Post Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Human Medicine of the San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru.

Although involved in many aspects of plastic surgery, his main activity now is centered about surgery for patients with cleft lip and palate.  Since 2016, Dr. Percy Rossell Perry is plastic surgeon assistant of the Edgardo Rebagliatti Martins Hospital of ESSALUD where he performs pediatric reconstructive plastic surgery. He was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Casimiro Ulloa Hospital (2004-2008) and now at San Bartolome Hospital of Lima since 2010.

In  addition,  during  the  last  years  he  has  worked as a consultant plastic surgeon in other Hospitals  of  Lima,  Peru  such  as  Alberto  Sabogal and Guillermo Almenara Hospitals of ESSALUD and Cayetano Heredia Hospital.

He has a Diploma Course in Clinical Research from Harvard University of United States.   In 2011, he obtained a master´s degree in Teaching University and a doctorate (PhD) in Human Medicine from San Marcos University of Lima in 2014.

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.

CARMEN GLORIA MOROVIC, MD

Head, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit/ Director Craniofacial Program
Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital
Clinical  Professor Of Plastic Surgery
Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile

About Dr. Morovic
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Luis Calvo Mackenna as a Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit and Craniofacial program.
  • Staff plastic surgeon at Fundacion Gantz
  • Clinical professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica
  • Leader of cleft lip and palate surgical volunteer missions in remote areas of Chile.
  • She also has participated as speaker in multiple international conferences and has many publications regarding cleft lip and palate
    and others craniofacial anomalies.
  • Member Chilean  Society of Plastic and reconstructive surgery, Chilean Society of Pediatric Surgery, American Cleft Palate
    Association,Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery

J. PAUL WILLGING, MD

Professor Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Director Clinical Operations
Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

About Dr. Willging

Dr. Willging is a pediatric otolaryngologist and the Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His residency and fellowship training were obtained from these institutions. He is Director of the Interdisciplinary Feeding Team; the Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Clinic; and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic.

He is a member of the Craniofacial Anomaly Team. He is a member of the executive committee of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center. His research interests include clinical outcomes in the area of pediatric dysphagia and velopharyngeal insufficiency.

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.

PRADIP SHETYE, DDS, BDS, MDS

Course Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery (Craniofacial Orthodontics)
Director, Craniofacial Orthodontics
Director Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship
Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center

About Dr. Shetye

Dr. Shetye received his DDS from the NYU College of Dentistry and his post-graduate Certificate in Orthodontics from St. Barnabas Hospital. He completed an Advanced Craniofacial Orthodontics Clinical Fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Craniofacial Orthodontics Research Fellowship from the NYU Medical Center. Dr. Shetye also has earned an MDS in Orthodontics from India and MOrthRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has expertise in all areas of Craniofacial Orthodontic treatment for pediatric and adult patients and a special interest in orthodontic treatment for patients needing reconstructive surgery of the face and orthognathic surgery. He also offers all phases of comprehensive routine orthodontic treatment for children teens and adults.

Dr. Shetye is an internationally recognized orthodontist and has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several book chapters. He has given over 150 scientific presentations at various universities, national and international scientific meetings in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has received several awards for clinical excellence including the Henry Kawamoto Award from the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, Joseph E. Johnson Award and Charley Schultz Award both from the American Association of Orthodontics and T. C. White Award from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is a member of International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association and American Association of Orthodontics.

PEDRO E SANTIAGO, DMD

Course Co-Director
Director of Orthodontics
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.

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.

ELCIN ESENLIK, DDS

Chair of the Department of Orthodontics
Akdeniz University, Turkey
Associate Professor of Orthodontics
Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Orthodontic Specialist Faculty of Dentistry
Ankara 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.

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.

MARIA DEL CARMEN PAMPLONA, PHD, SLP

Researcher at Hospital Gea Gonzalez, Mexico
President, Hablarte e Integrarte, AC
Professor and Supervisor
Colegio Superior de Neurolinguistica
Volunteer at the Cleft Palate Clinic at Hospital ABC
Member of the National Research System

About Dr. Pamplona

Dr. Pamplona is a speech language pathologist with 35 years of experience treating patients with cleft palate at Hospital General Dr. Manuel GEA Gonzalez in Mexico City. She has been a professor at two universities for more than 30 years. Dr. Pamplona has written 11 book chapters and more than 50 articles in scientific journals. She is a co-author of two books related to speech and language in patients with cleft palate, and has given many lectures and workshops on this topic. She is the president and founder of Hablarte e Integrarte, AC, an organization dedicated to offering speech and language pathology intervention to people with limited economic resources, mainly patients with cleft palate. She has developed different intervention approaches to optimize and improve treatment options in language and speech therapy. Hablarte e Integrarte, AC also provides online international training courses for specialists.

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