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ASMS Cleft Course: Download Course Brochure ASMS Cleft Course

This program will provide a review of surgical cleft care. Additional information regarding perioperative management and challenges related to providing medical and surgical care in and underdeveloped environment will also be comprehensively discussed.

Intended Audience:
This course is intended for plastic surgeons and other physicians, surgeons, and ancillary allied health care workers that plan to sign up for an overseas mission trip

Cleft lip/palate (CLP) consists of a spectrum of congenital defects involving the upper lip and the hard and soft palate. CLP affects millions of children and adults globally. This disorder adversely affects the child’s appearance, speech, dentition, alimentation, and hearing. Therefore, this plays a significant adverse role in normal social development. CLP has been described as the second most commonly occurring congenital anomaly after club foot. Incidence is higher within children of Asian, Latino, or Native American descent, occurring in countries possessing the best number of trained plastic surgeons and available resources.

Learning Objectives:
Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the abnormal and normal anatomy of cleft lip, palate, and nose.
  • Apply the basic anatomy to perform improved cleft techniques.
  • Summarize patient safety issues when embarking on overseas mission trips.
  • Incorporate the new information obtained to avoid untoward sequelae.
  • Apply this knowledge to the management of secondary cleft deformities.

Space is still available, please register on-site


Yash Avashia
Medical Student
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Mimis Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP (Co-Chair)
Professor and Chief
Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
Director of Craniofacial Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Vincent A. DeGennaro, MD, MS
Assistant Chief - Surgical Services
Miami VA Healthcare System
Miami, FL

Urmen Desai, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Arthur Fournier, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine and Associate Dean of Community Health Affairs
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Barth Green, MD
Professor & Chairman of Neurological Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

N. James Halliday, MD, FCARCS(I)
Director of Pediatric Anesthesia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Dept of Anesthesiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Henry Kawamoto, MD, DDS
Professor of Surgery
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Carlos E. Navarro, MD, FACS
Profesor Principal (r)
Departamento Académico de Cirugía
Coordinador Post-Grado Cirugía Plástica
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Pravin K. Patel, MD
Chief of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Illinois & Shriners Hospital
Chicago, IL

Monique Phillipaux, RN
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ryder Trauma Center
Miami, FL

Warren Schubert, MD, FACS
Chair, Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Peter Taub, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY

Seth R. Thaller, MD, DMD, FACS (Chair)
Chief and Professor - Division of Plastic Surgery
The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University Of Miami Health System
Miami, FL

Henry Vasconez, MD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Wm. Stamps Farish Endowed Chair
of Plastic Surgery
Chief of Plastic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Andrew Wexler, MD, MA, FACS
Clinical Professor
Southern California Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles, CA

Gwen Wurm, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Faculty subject to change.

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