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Below is a list of blogs written by ACPA members and the National Office Team.

If you are interested in writing a blog, please email Alyssa Kirkman for more information.

*Disclaimer-The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Cleft Palate Foundation claim no responsibility for the content published by others on their web sites. Published content does not imply endorsement of either the organizations or the content of the meetings.

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As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank the ACPA and CPF Board of Directors, our committee chairs and co-chairs, committee members, Annual Meeting Mentors, and all of our volunteers for working with ACPA and CPF over the past year. Your support strengthens our community as we work to create a world, through team care, where individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive.  Your time investment makes ACPA and CPF more influential, and we thank you.    The National Office Team is excited to work with our members and professionals everyday - to offer support as they provide their patients with the best care possible. ...
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ACPA Members Timothy Cox, Michael Cunningham and Matt Greives were recently highlighted in the news. Cox and Cunningham were highlighted for a study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research , "Massively Increased Caries Susceptibility in an Irf6 Cleft Lip/Palate Model".  Excerpts from the interview: "We found that the cleft lip and palate gene mutation also resulted in abnormal salivary glands," Cox said. "The result was a mouth environment that was too acidic and contained excess bacteria, which led to problems in the gums and more rapid tooth decay." "Doctors who treat children with cleft lip or palate have observed for a long ...
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This July, treatment specialists, support organizations, advocacy groups, and affected individuals and families are joining forces to encourage awareness of cleft and craniofacial conditions for National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month . We will work to promote awareness throughout July, and we need your help to spread the word as much as possible. We invite you to write a brief narrative of your experiences to be shared as we spread awareness in July and throughout the year.  Please send us your practitioner stories and share our flier with your patients and families so they can submit their stories.  Email your story and pictures to admin@cleftline.org ...
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We want your team to become an ACPA/CPF Approved Team! The Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) is now accepting applications from all teams seeking approval and from Region III teams who would like to continue to be listed as Approved Teams. Applications are due July 1, 2017. Teams are approved for up to five years.  Keep in mind that if you are not in Region III and your team is approved this year, you will be required to reapply when your  region  is up for review - which will be in fewer than 5 years.  Region IV will be up for review in 2018, Region V in 2019, Region I in 2020, and Region II in 2021. ACPA’s mission is to optimize team care for ...
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ACPA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2018. Activities will take place throughout the year, including ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting. Please plan on joining your ACPA colleagues at the Westin Convention Center , April 9-14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA as we Honor the Past, Challenge the Present, and Inspire the Future. ACPA will continue to share information and ways you and your team can participate in the 75th Anniversary. Email Alyssa Kirkman for more informa
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ACPA Members Craig Hobar, Larry Hollier, Eric Stelnicki and Derek Steinbacher were recently highlighted in the news. Hobar was interviewed for a story on NBC 5 in Dallas on major medical procedures that change the lives of children . Hobar performed surgery on Victor, who was abandoned by his family in China. "He lived a tough life. Other children were afraid of him because of the way he looked, and he didn't understand this. He just dreamed of the day he could look like other kids, and fortunately that day has come," said Dr. Craig Hobar. View the article. Hollier was featured on ETHealthworld.com in an article on funding surgeries and ensuring ...
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Dr. Fadekemi Oginni is a Nigerian Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. She obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Fellowships of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, West African College of Surgeons and International Board for Certification of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. An associate Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University and Honorary Consultant at the University Teaching Hospital, she enjoys teaching. Fades professional interest centers on management of children with cleft lip and palate and maxillofacial trauma. Her love for managing children with cleft lip and palate was initiated in 2005, when she visited ...
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ACPA Members Pedro Sanchez and William Magee, III contributed to a study published in Human Molecular Genetics. A group of researchers has found that three siblings born with cleft lip and palate share a common gene mutation associated with the birth defect. From the release: "Although most people are not familiar with cleft lip and palate, it is a common congenital anomaly that impacts survival, feeding, speech and has long-term implications if not repaired early and correctly," said Pedro Sanchez, a co-author of the study, a medical geneticist at CHLA and an assistant professor of clinical pathology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. "It occurs ...
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ACPA First Timer

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If youve read A Man From Heric, then you are familiar with the story of Tessiers unpublished atlas of craniofacial malformations, which was interrupted by the advent of computerized tomography. But if you attended ACPA's 74 th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs last month, then you heard the story straight from the very man who assisted Dr. Tessier in a marathon, sleepless editorial session: Dr. Henry Kawamoto. And if you were a first-time attendee of ACPA's Annual Meeting like myself, then after hearing the American Society of Craniofacial Surgerys first president deliver a standing-room-only presentation peppered with dozens of inspiring personal anecdotes ...
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Over the past 23 years, the ACPA Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) has successfully led to the creation of new teams and the improvement of care, and past scholars have reported that the experience was overwhelmingly positive and had an impact on their careers and their teams. Some highlights of past scholars include: A Portrait of 2005 Visiting Scholar Peter Donkor Chat with 2014 Visiting Scholar Dr. Gerald Isiekwe Following Up with 2015 Visiting Scholar Dr. Gayatri Moghe-Ghadyalpatil The Experience of Participating in the ACPA Visiting Scholar Program 2016 Solomon Obiri-Yeboah is ACPAs 2017 Visiting Scholar This program has ...
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The 14th International Congress on Cleft Lip and/or Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 5-9, 2021. On the conference website, Dr. Felicity V. Mehendale, President Elect of the International Confederation, has this letter of invitation: On behalf of my colleagues in Edinburgh and the CFSGBI, I warmly invite you to join us in July 2021, for the 14th International Cleft Congress. Our custom built conference venue, the EICC, is surrounded by a range of hotels, and cafes, in the very heart of Edinburgh a short walk from many famous tourist sites, such as Edinburgh Castle and the Queens Palace at Holyrood. Our ...
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Member News: Farbod

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ACPA Member Frank Farbod was featured in a news release: Medical Director of UP Health SystemMarquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic named . Dr. Frank Farbod of the Facial Surgery Institute of Marquette will serve as the Medical Director of the UP Health System Marquette Cleft Lip & Palate-Craniofacial Clinic. Dr. Farbod said, Im very honored to lead the clinic. It is genuinely a privilege to provide these services right here in Marquette and continue to build upon Dr. Geisslers remarkable efforts. Its important to realize that a series of complex surgeries are involved in cleft lip and palate repair and that continuing and improving this ...
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#CPFImpact2017

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This week we have had the opportunity to spend time with professionals at ACPA's Annual Meeting. There have been many great sessions that speak to patient care, and tonight's presentation will be from Rick Guidotti who spends his time magnifying the humanity and beauty of individuals with facial difference. CPF relates to his passion for this community, and we are proud to celebrate his work with the CPF Leadership Award at today's Awards Luncheon. During the Meeting, we have been talking about how CPF serves individuals and families throughout the country, including many of patients of the meeting attendees, through excellent educational materials, connections ...
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Posting Your News

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We want to post news about you and your team! The ACPA Blog is accessible to ACPA members and the public its a great way to let everyone know about our mission, what were up to and to provide information about important topics - and we want to feature your news and announcements. Here are some of the recent member and team blogs we've posted: Member News: Mackay And Samson Team News: Families Celebrate Progress Outside Hospital Walls Member News: Hopper And Kuehn Member News: Ghali, Hobar, And Costello Team Spotlight: Rush Craniofacial Center In Chicago We invite you to participate by emailing your news, blogs or story ideas ...
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In January, Duke launched its CleftKit project a prospective data-collection system for cleft research and quality improvement. The project is led by pediatric plastic surgeon Alexander C. Allori, MD, MPH, a former member of the ACPA Data Standard Committee. CleftKit is built on the foundation of the Standard Set of Outcome Measures for Cleft Lip/Palate (CL/P) that was developed by an international and multidisciplinary working group under the auspices of the International Consortium of Health Outcome Measures (ICHOM). The Standard Set was inspired by and modeled after the pioneering work of many clinicians and researchers who have contributed to the body ...
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ACPA members Dr. Donald Mackay and Dr. Thomas Samson of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic were recently highlighted in the Harrisburg Magazine article "Changing the Faces of Poverty, One Surgery at a Time". Excerpts from the article on Mckay: Mackay, currently the chief medical officer for Operation Smile, has been involved for years and has performed surgeries in several countries. His activity as a volunteer includes helping establish centers in places like India, the Dominican Republic, the Congo and Uruguay. A well-respected plastic surgeon, Mackay has tremendous experience helping patients with ...
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The meeting for cleft and craniofacial professionals is less than two weeks away - ACPAs 74th Annual Meeting is March 13-18, 2017 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The registration desk and online registration will be open starting at 4:00 PM local time on Sunday, March 12 in the Broadmoor Hall Foyer. If you need to make any changes to your registration, credit card and check payments will be accepted. Suggested attire for the meeting is business casual and cocktail dress is recommended for the Thursday night Gala. Please reference The Broadmoor dress code if you are planning to enjoy one of their restaurants. This years event will focus ...
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Andrew Bradley is our miracle. We may describe Andrews birth as a whirlwind. It was miraculous. We celebrated and were so thankful for our healthy, thriving, full term baby boy. He was finally here! However, we were also faced with the fears and jitters of our son being born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate that was not diagnosed prior to birth. We could have never expected that the bottles we so meticulously selected for him and the binkies we carefully packed in the hospital prep bag would never ever be used. We spent the first twenty four hours of his life in our local small town hospital worrying because he would not appropriately ...
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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) will recognize two members at the 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon, March 16, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Katherine Vig, BDS, MS, D.Orth, FDS (RCS) will be awarded the ACPA Honors of the Association Award. The honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to an individual whose lifetime of research, health care delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Vigs vast research and clinical career, ...
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Discussion Forums at ACPA's 74th Annual Meeting give attendees a chance to connect over similar interests. The forums offer a time for networking and collaboration while also providing an opportunity to solicit advice or share ideas. The Discipline and SIG Forums are 3:00-4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 15, and the Ethics Roundtable is 12:30-1:30 on March 15. All registered attendees are invited to participate in the forums of their choice. This years sessions will be more structured and agendas will be shared in advance of the meeting. This is your chance to contribute. The discussion forum chairs are collecting topics and ideas that will help shape ...
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