Providence Saint John's 49th Annual Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Symposium


Cleft Team Care: A Legacy of Excellence

November 4, 2017
Held at the Hilton DoubleTree Guest Suites
1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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The Team approach to cleft care is now the standard of care for children with cleft throughout the world. Its inception was the need for collaboration and coordination of the multiple specialties involved in treating children with cleft.  The first cleft palate clinic was established in 1938 in Lancaster, PA by Dr. H. K. Cooper, grandfather of our special guest speaker, Dr. Ross E. Long, DMD, MS, PhD. Dr. Long is the executive director of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic and the third generation of his family to dedicate their lives to helping children with facial birth defects and associated challenges.  He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center and Clinical Professor in the Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Department of Orthodontics. He co-founded the Americleft Project, North America’s first intercenter collaborative outcome comparison study to identify best evidence-based practices in cleft/craniofacial care. He is a past-president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Anomalies Association (ACPA). He has published and presented extensively.

Julia Hobbs, MA, CCC-SLP teams up with Aaron Tanner, MS, CCC-SLP, Barbara Moore, MA CCC-SLP, to present an interactive afternoon breakout session to provide school and community speech pathologists with practical, state of the art information for diagnosis as well as providing therapy for children with cleft related articulation and resonance disorders.

Stanley Miyawaki, DMD, MS, Team orthodontist, has recruited a range of specialists from the Team, Dental Schools, and private practice for an alternative break out session designed to highlight dental and orthognathic surgical advances contributing to improved outcomes.

A third breakout session option is focused on the Whole Child, moderated by pediatrician Danelle Fisher, MD to include discussion of topics related to various developmental stages in a child’s life.

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