American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

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Richard Kirschner, MD

I am currently a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I completed an internship and residency in general surgery at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, a residency in plastic surgery at The University of Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Having previously served as Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at CHOP, I am currently Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, Co-Director of the 22q Center, and Director of the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. Along with Joe Losee, MD, I am co-editor of the text Comprehensive Cleft Care, published in 2008 and soon to be released in its second edition. My research interests include velopharyngeal dysfunction in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and clinical outcomes in cleft lip and palate surgery.

Since 1998, I have participated in numerous educational symposia on cleft lip and palate both in the United States and abroad. My wife LoriAnn and I are co-founders of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to provision of cleft care to underprivileged children in Latin America. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Cleft Palate Clinics, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 2002-3. I joined the ACPA in 1997 and have presented numerous platform papers and symposium talks at its annual meetings. I have served on the Research Education Committee, the Program Committee, and the Task Force on Clinical Trials/Outcome Studies. Additionally, I have served on the Cleft Palate Foundation’s Research Objectives Task Force and have chaired the CPF Research Grants Committee and the Task Force on Economic Models of Team Care. I am currently on the Task Force on Revitalization and most recently served as Program Chair for the 2014 Annual Meeting. I have completed my tenure as ACPA Communications Officer and currently serve as Vice President.

I believe that service to the ACPA is one of the best ways to positively impact the care of children born with a facial difference, and I see the next five years as a critical time for growth and revitalization of the organization. Together, we will ensure that ACPA remains a vital and relevant resource to its members and to the patients and the families we serve.



Amelia F. Drake, MD

Having trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology, I represent somewhat of a minority in the ACPA. I graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and then completed a residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and then a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati. I have been involved with caring for patients with complicated airways, ear disease and sinus problems for 25 years. Many of these patients have clefts and truthfully, I have found them to be the most challenging and rewarding. Having joined the ACPA as a secondary society to my primary organization, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, I now regard the ACPA meeting as a pivotal event in the academic year and its associated talks, journal articles and research as vital to our patients. I have served as the Director of the UNC Craniofacial Center since 2000, where we try to enhance the life of every patient who comes through our doors in a collaborative way.

My involvement in ACPA for 20 years has risen from an attempt to care for our patients in a responsible manner. I have taken the lead of many before me who have served important roles in this organization. My service includes numerous committees, such as the Parameters committee, the Data Standards Committee and the Program Committee. I have served for a prior three year term on the Executive Council, and as a presenter to the program most years.
An important, but less visible, role for me has been in the mentorship of younger physicians and surgeons in the area of craniofacial care. To this end, we have obtained a leadership/service grant from the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society to add a course on multidisciplinary care for our UNC students. Additionally, I have taken on leadership in my own institution and serve as Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs, which has allowed me to be involved in formulating the issues and managing the challenges of the future of academic medicine.
If chosen, I would hope to help the leadership of the ACPA move in a meaningful direction forward. Despite challenges to care on many levels, my vision would be to continue to make inroads in research, leadership and advocacy for our patients with craniofacial anomalies. I feel that this would be the most important task ahead of us.



Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD

It is an honor to be nominated again for the position of Treasurer of the ACPA. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this organization from the very beginning, and other than patient care, I find the work I do for the ACPA some of the most rewarding that I have had the opportunity to perform. Should I have the pleasure to serve in the role of Treasurer again, I will work to grow our unique organization for the betterment of our patients, and encourage more practitioners from all specialties to enjoy the interdisciplinary collaboration that the ACPA has to offer. 

I studied both performance saxophone and biology at the Berklee School of Music and the University of Scranton respectively. I then received my doctorates in dentistry and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I enjoyed understanding more about the team care provided for children with clefts during my training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. My interactions with pediatric care led me to fellowship training at the Georgetown Medical Center and the Posnick Center where the focus was pediatric cleft and craniofacial disorders. I then became a full-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, where I currently serve as Professor and Program Director in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as the Director of Translational Research for the School of Dental Medicine. I also serve as the chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and enjoy being dedicated to the care of children with cleft and craniofacial disorders. I am an active member of the long-standing team at the Pittsburgh Cleft Craniofacial Center.

Presently, I divide my time at the University of Pittsburgh between clinical care, teaching, and research in tissue engineering. I am a reviewer for a variety of peer publications, and I have had the opportunity to publish a number of articles, reviews, and book chapters in the area of craniomaxillofacial disorders. I have also held editorial positions for a number of publications and have recently been a contributing editor for a comprehensive text in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I have had the privilege of participating in a number of presentations at ACPA annual meetings including the pre-conference, panel discussions, session chair activities, and research sessions. I have happily served on the Program Committee, International Outreach Committee, the Membership Committee and the Council. Locally, I serve my community on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I am married to Jackie Sohn Costello (an orthodontist), and we have two children, Michael and Mia, who have both attended the annual session.


COUNCIL POSITION # 1 – Vote for one: Bruce B. Horswell, MD, DDS, MS or Ana M. Mercado, DMD, MS, PhD


Bruce B. Horswell, MD, DDS, MS

I am honored to have been nominated to the Executive Council of the ACPA.  I became a member in 1988 as a newly minted OMF Surgeon and this was not on my professional horizon then.  But, as time passed, my involvement in the ACPA deepened and new friends were made.  To serve in the Executive Council would be very satisfying.

I was raised in Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and graduated in 1979.  It was there I met Dr. Daniel Waite, Chair of OMFS and Dr. Karlind Moller, head of the Cleft Palate Unit; both were instrumental in pushing me into cleft care, which was (and still is!) so exciting and challenging.  I matriculated and completed the residency in OMFS at Minnesota in 1985.  From there the doors opened - first to a craniofacial research position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia  from 1985 to 1986, then a return to medical school and more surgical training at the University of Connecticut, finishing in 1992.  To further augment my cleft and craniofacial experience, I spent six months at the Craniofacial Unit of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK.

Since those training days, I have had posts at the University of Maryland and University of Minnesota cleft clinic whilst in private practice.  For the past fourteen years I have been at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia, addressing the great health needs here in the middle of Appalachia.  I am Director of the FACES unit, dedicated to the children of central Appalachia with craniofacial differences, and pathological and traumatic conditions.  I love it…because the children and families are so appreciative of our presence here.  We have had training fellows for the past eight years, all of whom have joined the ACPA.

In the ACPA I have served twice on Program Committees, twice as Pre-Conference Symposia Chair, and as a member of the Education Committee for nine years, six as Chair.  I have been honored to present at symposia and general meetings.  I greatly value my relationships within the ACPA and the “family feel” of mutual respect, desire for improvement, collaboration initiatives, family support endeavors at every level, logistical and educational support for the teams, inclusion of more disciplines than any health organization I am aware of, and the list goes on.  This is a great organization, and it serves as the primary repository of education, support, team improvement and outcomes research in the area of cleft-craniofacial care.  I just want to continue to be a meaningful part of that.  That’s my vision.


Ana M. Mercado, DMD, MS, PhD

I am deeply honored to be considered for a position in the Executive Council of the American Cleft Palate Association. I am a board-certified orthodontist and a professor. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I completed a dental degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry in 1992. After dental school, I came to the United States mainland and completed a General Practice Residency at Ohio State University. In 1995 I completed a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology and was awarded a NIDCR Clinician-Scientist grant. This award allowed me to complete a PhD in Oral Biology and a specialty degree in Orthodontics. I have been a faculty member at Ohio State University since 2002, with the unique responsibility of directing the cleft-craniofacial education of the orthodontic residents, both didactic and clinical. I am also a member of the Cleft-Craniofacial Team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My research interest is in the study of outcomes of cleft palate care, where I have been privileged to serve as an investigator in the Americleft Project.

I became a member of the ACPA in 2002 and since then I have participated in national meetings presenting my research and offering courses. I have served the ACPA in the Research Education Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Americleft Project. I consider the ACPA to be the professional organization that most significantly enhances my career as a craniofacial orthodontist, connects me with other orthodontists with similar passions, and provides me with opportunities to learn from experts in the field across different clinical specialties.

The opportunity to serve in ACPA’s Executive Council will be a chance for me to interact with other dedicated professionals for shaping the advancement of our association in support of individuals with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, their families, and the community clinicians who care for them. In this sense, it is my vision that the ACPA will serve as a model entity for the optimum organization and improvement of cleft palate care in other countries.

COUNCIL POSITION # 2Vote for one: Scott Dailey, BS, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP or Lynn M. Fox, MA, MEd, CCC-SLP


Scott Dailey, BS, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP

I am a speech-language pathologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology from Iowa State University and my master of arts degree in communicative disorders from the University of Northern Iowa. While working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, I continued my education and earned my doctoral degree in speech and hearing science for the University of Iowa. I have served on the Cleft-Craniofacial Team at the University of Iowa for 17 years. During that time, I have lectured at the state, national and international level on the topics of team care, feeding issues in individuals with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, and on cleft speech assessment and management. I currently serve as the Assistant Coordinator of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 5 (ASHA SIG5), Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders. 

I became a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 1998 and presented a poster at my first annual meeting that year. Since then I have presented at many annual meetings. I served on the program committee for the 2011 meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, I am a member of the Archives Committee, and serve on a Revitalization Task Force committee. My other service positions include Chair of the Education Committee of ASHA SIG 5 and Coordinator of the ACPA-ASHA SIG 5 Post Conference for Speech-Language Pathologists, 2008-2010 meetings. I continue to admire the multidisciplinary commitment of the membership of ACPA to excellent care to individuals with craniofacial differences.

It is an honor to be nominated for the Executive Council of ACPA, an organization that combines science and humanitarianism. My vision for ACPA is for the organization to continue to serve the members by leading and supporting our members in continuing the mission of ACPA: “interdisciplinary care of persons affected by cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies,” by establishing and strengthening partnerships with each of our professional organizations.


Lynn M. Fox, MA, MEd, CCC-SLP

I have served on craniofacial teams as a speech-language pathologist for over 24 years, having had the opportunity to work with four wonderful yet different craniofacial/cleft palate teams around the country. While it was difficult each time to leave close friends and colleagues, working on so many different teams gave me the unique perspective of how different types of teams function which led me to focus some of my research on maximizing team functioning. For the past ten years, I have been an assistant professor/speech-language pathologist in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where I have served on the craniofacial team and also have been an adjunct professor in the School of Allied Health where I have taught in the graduate speech-language pathology program and have served as a clinical mentor to speech-language pathology graduate students. Prior to this position, I was a member of the teams at Akron Children’s Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, and University of Virginia Hospital (as an intern).

Besides working with so many amazing patients over the years, my membership in the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, providing education and such a wonderful network of professional relationships that have so enriched my ability to provide care to patients. In an effort to give back to the organization that has given so many of us so much, I have served on the Team Standards Committee since the early 2000’s, the International Outreach Committee since 2011, the ACPA Revitalization Task Force on Global Initiatives for the past several years, the Nominations Committee in 2013 (serving as chair), the Program Committee (2010 and 2015 meetings), and the CPF Publications Committee since 2006 (serving as co-chair in 2012 and then chair since 2013). As chair of the Publications Committee for the past two years, I have been developing and refining the publication process. Collaboration with the national office, parents/patients, and the Publications committee members has put us on target to publish nine publications this year. As a member of the executive council, I plan to work toward developing, refining and streamlining the processes associated with establishing Association policy and providing direction to the National Office staff. I am honored to have been nominated for the executive council and I am excited about the possibility to continue to serve this organization.

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