50th Annual cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Symposium

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Cleft Team Care, Community Education and Professional Collaboration

November 17, 2018
Held at the Hilton DoubleTree Guest Suites
1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Over 50 years ago, Leslie Holve, MD, (pediatrician), Elise Hahn, PhD SLP, (speech pathologist), Ben Edwards, MD (surgeon), and Stan Brumett, MD (radiologist), created the first Multidisciplinary Coordinated Longitudinal Cleft Palate Center in Southern California at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California. They formed a team of specialists who would collaborate and coordinate on cases involving children with clefts.

Then in 1967, Dr. Holve, as Chief of Pediatrics and Acting Pediatric Director of Saint John’s Hospital, applied for a $5000 grant from the National Foundation of the March of Dimes for the development of a Birth Defects Evaluation Center. The grant was received in 1968. Subsequently, we received March of Dimes grants of $20,000 in 1969 and $27,000 in 1970. The Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation became involved 1969 with a $5000 grant. Ongoing support for the Center has totaled appx. $2,000,000 over these 50 years!

Soon after our Center was established, an annual symposium was created to share the latest information on cleft care among professionals and parents caring for children with cleft. Leading specialists in the various fields involved in working with these children, have come to the Saint John’s Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Anomalies Symposium to share their insights and ideas.

This year our featured speaker is Henry K. Kawamoto, MD, DDS, a renown maxillofacial surgeon, educator, and author of multiple publications on craniofacial topics. He has taught the strategies of these complex surgeries to surgeons around the world. We were extremely fortunate to have him as a member of the Saint John’s Team for many years.

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 providing school and community speech pathologists with practical, state-of-the-art information for diagnosis, as well as therapy methods 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 breakout session designed to highlight dental and orthognathic surgical advances contributing to improved outcomes.

A third breakout session option, focused on the Whole Child, is moderated by pediatrician Danelle Fisher, MD. Discussion will include a panel of families and professionals, with guidance by Alessia Johns, PhD, ABPP a clinical pediatric psychologist, regarding the joys, stresses, and challenges in raising a child who happens to have a cleft.

For more information, contact us at cleftpalatecenter@providence.org or call 310-829-8150.