American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

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ACPA Board of Directors

The voting period for the 2017 board closes on August 26, 2016.  
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Amelia Drake, MD

Having trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology, I represent a minority specialty in the ACPA. I graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 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 over 25 years. Many of these patients have clefts and truthfully, I have found them to be some of 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 annual meeting as a pivotal event in the academic year for the advances that it offers to our patients. I have served as the Director of the UNC Craniofacial Center since 2000, and we try to enhance the life of every patient who comes through our doors in a collaborative and respectful manner.

My involvement in ACPA for 20 years has risen from an attempt to care for our patients in a caring and 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 3-year term on the Executive Council, and as Chair of the Program Committee for the 2016 program as well as a presenter on many occasions.

I have taken on leadership in my own institution and serve as Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs, within faculty affairs, 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 is the most important task ahead of us.

Patricia Glick, DMD, MS

I have been a full-time craniofacial orthodontist for my entire career. My path toward achieving this goal was nontraditional. After having two children, I attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA graduating Phi Beta Kappa. I attended The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia as a Dean’s scholar and I completed my orthodontic residency at Temple University School of Dentistry at the age of 41.

I have served on two different craniofacial teams. Currently I practice at The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. At BCCC I serve as Co-Medical Director. I have held several additional positions of leadership. I was co-chair and chair of the Department of Dentistry. I have served on the credentials, the quality, and the medical executive committees. I was involved in a fundraising effort that raised over a million and a half dollars to create our craniofacial center. Our center assumed the programming efforts of the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona when it no longer could sustain funding. I feel that it isn’t enough to only address the medical needs of patients. The entire family unit must be supported psychologically and emotionally. Our motto at The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center is “To heal the flesh, the spirit must soar.”

I have been an active ACPA member since 2000. I have participated on the Commission on Approval of Teams Task Force, the Americleft Task Force, the ACPA Outcomes Research Task Force and I served as chair of one of the challenge teams for the ACPA Revitalization Task Force. I participated on numerous committees and served on the ACPA Executive Council, now the Board of Directors.

I have always considered my professional position to be a “calling” rather than a job. I feel responsible to my patients to not only provide optimal care and excellent outcomes, but to positively affect their lives. Similarly, I consider leadership a calling. The end result of effective ACPA leadership is improvement in patient outcomes with healthcare providers as the vehicle. I am unwavering in my belief that the interdisciplinary approach to cleft and craniofacial care produces the best possible result. A leadership position in ACPA would provide me the opportunity to affect cleft care by impacting the provision of healthcare through education, the organized exchange of information and the continued emphasis and dissemination of the value of the team approach. Through the position of Vice President Elect I feel I can ultimately affect the lives of families with cleft and craniofacial differences on a larger scale.

John Girotto, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACS

I have been active in the ACPA beginning during my residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals. I maintain a clinical practice dedicated to providing interdisciplinary team care for children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies. I have served many rolls for the ACPA over the years, most notably as Treasurer for calendar year 2016. Prior service includes being a prior member of the management and finance committee, a council member, and chair of challenge team 10 for the recent strategic planning.

In similar roles, I am the immediate past president of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, having served prior on that board as membership chair and treasurer. I am currently the chair of the finance and investment committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In this role, I oversee the management of the plastic surgery national endowment and the long-term growth portfolio totaling over $26 million. (term 2010-2015)

I attended college and medical school at Washington University in St Louis as one of 10 “scholars in medicine.” My combined general and plastic surgery residency training was in the Johns Hopkins / University of Maryland program followed by a craniofacial fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I then spent 12 years at the University of Rochester as director of the regional cleft and craniofacial team. While there, I received my MBA from the Simon School of Business with a focus on Medical Management.

I am currently Chief of Craniofacial Surgery at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids with an academic appointment in the Michigan State College of Human Medicine.



Oksana Jackson, MD

I am currently Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Attending Surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am currently Co-Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program, and Director of the Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My current research interests include clinical outcomes in cleft lip and palate surgery and velopharyngeal dysfunction in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

I was first introduced to the care of children with cleft lip and palate through Dr. Don LaRossa, whom I met as a medical student. Since then, I have been passionate about contributing to this field to improve the lives of children with clefts and facial differences. I attended my first ACPA meeting in 2001 to present a paper on cranial bone biology, working under the guidance of Richard Kirschner, and I became a member in 2006. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Cleft Palate Clinics, serving as President from 2013-2015. I also have a strong interest in international medicine. Since 2007, I have participated in many educational and clinical trips with Casa Azul America, Inc., Rotoplast, and SARA (Sharing America’s Resources Abroad), to support care for children with clefts in Latin America and in Eastern Europe.

My service to the ACPA thus far includes the Membership Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Cleft Palate Foundation Grants Committee, and the Visiting Scholar Committee. I am on the Program Committee for the 2017 meeting.

I am interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the ACPA to help promote the mission of this organization and to contribute to its ongoing growth and revitalization. Through collaboration and dedication to our patients and our teams, we can continue to advance cleft care and the quality of life of those we serve.

Joseph Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP

I am currently the Ross H. Musgrave Endowed Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. I served as the Program Director for the Residency Training Program for over a decade, and remain the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I am also the Director of the interdisciplinary Pittsburgh Cleft-Craniofacial Center. As a Cleft-Craniofacial surgeon, the majority of my clinical practice focuses on primary and secondary cleft surgery.

After graduating from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, I completed a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Finding great fulfillment in service, I am the Vice Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and will become Chair of the Board in 2018. In the past I have served as President of the: American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Robert H. Ivy Society, Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. I sit on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery.

I have been honored to participate in editing 3 text books including, “Comprehensive Cleft Care”, the authoritative text on Cleft Surgery in its second edition, and “Pediatric Plastic Surgery”. I have authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters. My federally funded basic science research focuses on skull defects in infants; and I am the Co-PI of an NIH RO1 grant investigating the treatment of ear disease in cleft palate patients.

I have found great fulfillment in my participation with, and service to, the ACPA thus far; and, it is an incredible honor for me to be nominated to serve in a leadership role. I feel strongly that my leadership experience with many other national foundations, associations, and societies will be a benefit to the ACPA. This opportunity, for me, represents a unique chance to positively impact the collective care of children born with cleft and craniofacial anomalies, while working together to assure the future success of our Association.



Patricia Chibbaro, MS, RN, CPNP

For the past 28 years, I have been the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner on the Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Teams in the Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center. For five years prior to this position, I was a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Bellevue Hospital in NYC.

I received my BSN from the State University of New York at Albany and my MS in Parent-Child Nursing, with a PNP Certificate, from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  I have co-authored chapters on nursing care of the cleft lip/palate and craniofacial patient in 4 textbooks and participated in the writing/filming of the CPF Video, “Feeding Your Baby.” Since 2010, I have been the host of the Nurse Practitioner Show on Doctor Radio, Sirius/XM Channel 110 . I am married (31 years) and Tony and I have 2 amazing daughters, Marcella (age 29 – a 5th grade math teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn) and Gabriella (age 26- a 3rd year medical student in Pittsburgh) – they are truly my greatest achievements.

In 1992, I was honored to receive the Donna Pruzansky Memorial Fund Award at the annual meeting in Portland, which was my introduction to the ACPA. I have attended every meeting since then and I consider this organization to be my second professional home.  I was the co-founder of the Nuts and Bolts preconference workshop and have served on the Program (three times), Ethics, Donna Pruzansky Memorial Fund and Journal Advisory Committees. I presently am a member of the Parent/Patient Leadership Award and Management/Finance Committees. I have been an invited speaker at 4 ACPA Preconference Symposiums and have presented at almost every annual meeting since 1993.

Since joining the ACPA, I have been passionate about representing the voices and interests of my fellow nurses and coordinators. Our group comprises a significant percentage of the total membership and I believe that we can and need to increase our participation in all aspects of the organization. There has not been a nurse on the ACPA Board for many years and I feel that our input at that level is needed and would contribute significantly to the overall ACPA mission. It would truly be my honor to represent the ideas, thoughts and concerns of my nurse/coordinator colleagues as an at-large ACPA board member.

Sean Edwards, MD, DDS, FRCDC

I am honored to be considered for a position on the Board of Directors of the ACPA, an organization I love and hold in the highest regard. My wife and I and our four children have been fortunate to call Ann Arbor, Michigan home for the past 10 years. We are a busy hockey family and I spend many weekends and evenings at the rinks cheering for my kids along and coaching a couple of youth hockey teams.

My undergraduate education was in biology at the University of New Brunswick in eastern Canada. From there, I completed dental school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I then moved to the United States where I completed medical school and residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Michigan. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a second fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the University of Michigan.

I joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in the section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery after my fellowships almost 10 years ago. I am currently an Associate Professor of Dentistry and Surgery and serve as the residency program director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I am the Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and a member of our Craniofacial Anomalies Program. Cleft lip and palate care has been my passion from the outset and is a major focus of my clinical practice and research interests. I have been an active member of the ACPA since 2006. I have served on several committees including Ethics, Membership and Organizational Alliances. I have also served as chair of the Ethics Committee. I am a vocal advocate for the ACPA and have worked to recruit new members to our important organization.

I am the son of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who was infected with his passion for caring for children with clefts of the lip and palate. I have always been drawn to the ACPA because of its unique interdisciplinary nature. I would be honored to be a part of the ACPA Board of Directors and have the opportunity to work to grow and strengthen this organization that I love and ensure that it remains the principle organization representing and advocating for children and families affected by facial differences.

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The voting period for 2017 board ends August 26, 2016. 
Please email with any questions.