Speakers

Haithem Babiker, Mark Chariker, Jennifer Creedon, James Hartsfield, Ronald Hathaway, Kenneth Iverson, James Liau, Kellie Lozano, Cristina Perez, Cara Sparks, Brenda Thompson, John van Aalst, Henry Vasconez, Margaret Wilson

Haithem Babiker, MD, DMD, FAAP

Assistant Professor
Plastic Surgery
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Haithem Elhadi Babiker is originally from Sudan and moved to the US to pursue further surgical training. Having an overseas background is something that Haithem deeply cherishes and is continuously humbled by it.

Haithem completed his dental education in Sudan and then travelled to India to complete medical education. He then moved to the US and attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and obtained another dental degree. He then went on to pursue oral maxillofacial surgery residency, general surgery residency and then plastic surgery residency training from the University of Cincinnati. In 2013 he joined Cincinnati children’s Hospital Medical Center as a fellow, and then stayed on as an Assistant Professor in plastic and craniofacial surgery. Haithem’s unique background having both dental and medical training; and being double boarded in plastic surgery and oral maxillofacial surgery; in addition to fellowship training in pediatric craniofacial surgery, puts him among an elite group of about 30 surgeons in the nation with such qualifications.

Haithem has been named as the director for the TCC. He has vast experience in jaw surgeries and distraction in general. He travels overseas regularly on mission trips to perform and lecture on jaw surgeries and distraction.

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Mark Chariker, MD, FACS

Co-Director
Commission for Children
With Special Healthcare Needs
Plastic Surgery
Kentucky Center for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Chariker is co-director of the Cleft team for the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs over the past 17 years in Louisville. He has traveled to the Philippines for over 25 years for facial cleft missions with his former Naval colleagues. He is currently the director for plastic surgery at Norton Children’s Hospital and is part of the Craniofacial Team. After leaving a career as a general surgeon he returned to train as a plastic surgeon subspecializing in craniofacial and hand surgery. He continues to maintain a focus on oncologic and traumatic reconstruction in adults and children. Dr Chariker is a graduate of Wofford College where he was a student athlete as a strong safety on the football team for 4 years. He maintains a devotion to exercise for its physical and psychological benefits. He has published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, The Journal of Trauma, The Journal of Otolaryngology and others.

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Jennifer Creedon, PhD

Psychologist
Behavioral Medicine and
Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Jennifer A. Creedon, PhD: Served as one of the psychology members of the Craniofacial Team from 2010 to 2016 and continues to be a consultant to the team on an as needed basis. Dr. Creedon obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2002 after completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). In 2008, she became a staff psychologist in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and is a current member of the medical-dental staff at CCHMC. Her special interests include psychosocial and educational aspects of children affected with a craniofacial anomaly, including a special interest in Velocardiofacial Syndrome.

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James Hartsfield, DMD, MS, MMSc

E. Preston Hicks Endowed Professor in Orthodontics and Oral Health Research
Orthodontics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

James K. Hartsfield, Jr., DMD, PhD received his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and his PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He served his residencies in Medical Genetics at the Indiana Univeristy School of Medicine, and the Univeristy of South Florida College of Medicine. His residency in Orthodontics was at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hartsfield completed a fellowship in Pediatrics Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been the E. Preston Hicks Endowed Professor of Orthodontics and Oral Health Research for nine years at the University of Kentucky, and is an adjunct professor at the Indiana Univeristy Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Hartsfield is the Director for the Graduate Orthodontic Residency Program, the Craniofacial Biology Externship Program, the Craniofacial Genetics Fellowship Program, and the Center for Oral Health Research Hereditary Genetics and Genomics core lab at the University of Kentucky. He is a past President of the Society of Craniofacial Genetics, and is certified with the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the American Board of Orthodontics.

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Ronald Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS

Craniofacial Orthodontist
Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ron Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS is a Craniofacial Orthodontist and Professor in the Plastic Surgery Division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He became a member of the American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association in 1979 as a Speech Pathologist and was the 2015 President of ACPA. His area of orthodontic expertise includes over 30 years in the diagnosis and correction of cleft palate and complex facial growth conditions. He has taught surgical-orthodontics, craniofacial growth and development and embryology in universities and initiated Craniofacial-Orthodontic Fellowship programs at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and at Indiana University. His research interests include inter-center comparison studies and audits of clinical outcomes in cleft care. He currently chairs the Global Cleft Team Network Task Force of the International Confederation for Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies to improve outcomes in all countries.

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Kenneth Iverson, MD

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Iverson earned an MD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He completed residency in Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Regents University in Augusta and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He practices clinical and surgical pediatric otolaryngology and is active in the education of residents and medical students.

Dr. Iverson is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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James Liau, MD, FACS

Associate Professor
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

James Y. Liau, M.D., FACS, is the director of hand service at UK Healthcare and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Kentucky. He is also a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Liau practices the complete spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He also specializes in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery and craniofacial surgery, focusing on comprehensive treatment of children with cleft lips and palates, congenital craniofacial deformities, as well as other more unique congenital problems requiring pediatric plastic surgery. He received an undergraduate degree in anthropology and psychology at University of California at Berkeley and earned a medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Liau completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Kentucky and a fellowship in pediatric reconstructive surgery and craniofacial surgery at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Liau include congenital problems requiring pediatric plastic surgery, aesthetic surgery, congential anomalies, craniofacial reconstruction, and congenital craniofacial deformities.

Dr. Liau is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic surgeons, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and Kentucky Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Kellie Lozano, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Kellie Lozano, MS, CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of KY in 2012 with a Masters in Communication Disorders. Kellie treats both adult and pediatric clients. Her areas of interest include: pediatric articulation and language disorders, early language development, autism, adult cognitive communication disorders, and aphasia.

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Cristina Perez, DDS

Resident
Orofacial Pain Program
College of Dentistry
University of Kentucky

Cristina Perez, DDS is a full time resident in the University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Program. She graduated from the University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile, where she also received graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry. She was a faculty member at the University of Concepcion prior to joining the UK Residency program.

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Cara Sparks, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Cara Sparks, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. After residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Brenda Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Speech Language Pathologist
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Brenda Thompson is a clinical speech-language pathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she is the clinical lead in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She has worked with medically fragile infants and toddlers for over 20 years and has been an inpatient speech pathologist at Children’s Hospital for the last 16 years. Her primary clinical focus is on neonatal feeding and swallowing and supporting feeding and development in infants with craniofacial anomalies. She has presented locally and nationally regarding feeding and swallowing in infants and implications of feeding and swallowing in infants with airway anomalies and craniofacial anomalies. She has published an article on feeding and swallowing in infants with Pierre Robin Sequence and impacts of neonatal mandibular distraction. She completes Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is certified in the use of the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST).

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John van Aalst, MD

Director, Center for Complex Craniofacial s
Disorder
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. John Van Aalst graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School in 1993 and went on to do a residency at Case Western Reserve in 2001. In 2003 he transitioned to a Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Indiana University and finished a Craniofacial Fellowship in 2004. Dr. van Aalst is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in long-term outcomes in cleft and craniofacial patients. His research includes tissue engineered bone and complex tissues for craniofacial defects; nanotechnology applications for chondrogenesis, osteogenesis and skin production.

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Henry Vasconez, MD

Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Vasconez earned an MD from the Central University Medical School in Quito, Ecuador. He completed residencies at the University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics in Chicago and Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta. He completed a fellowship at the International Craniofacial Center for Pediatric Plastic Surgery in Dallas.

He is certified or received special training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Plastic Surgery. He was named a Best Doctor 2013.

Clinical interests include Aesthetic Surgery, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, and Microsurgery.

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Margaret Wilson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Margaret M. Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Main Campus. Her areas of interest and expertise include working with children and families impacted by cleft lip and palate and resonance disorders, including the resulting effects on feeding and speech and language abilities. She serves on the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency/ Incompetence (VPI) Clinic and the Craniofacial Anomalies Team (CFAT.) Meg has been with the Division of Speech Pathology since 2002.

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