Dr. Raghda W. K. Al-Shamout

Dr. Raghda W. K. Al-Shamout

BDS degree – University of Jordan 1997

Jordan Borad – Jordan Medical Council 2008

Speciality Certificate –Orthodontics –Jordan Dental Association 2012

Clinical Fellowship in Cranio-Facial Orthodontics - Okan University, Istanbul,

Turkey 2018

Specialist in Orthodontics

Member - Jordan Dental Association 1997

Member - Jordan Orthodontic Society 2008

Dr. Corinne Poli

Dr. Corinne Poli

Dr. Corinne Poli obtained her Dental Degree in 2009 at the University of Milan (Italy).

After Dental School, she received Specialty in Orthodontics at the University of Milan with thesis in Orthognatic Surgery. 

Her passion for Craniofacial and Cleft patient took her to have a fellowship in Craniofacial department in GGMH Hospital of Taipei (Taiwan) and visiting other Craniofacial departments as Rush Hospital of Chicago. 

Volunteer from 2012 in Smile House Craniofacial Department of San Paolo Hospital (Milan) under Orthodontic Direction of Dr. Costanza Meazzini. Member of Italian Society of cleft patients (Silps) 

Actually she works in private practice in Milan and Bergamo. 

Dr. Marzouq Amarin

Dr. Marzouq Amarin

Dr. Marzouq N. Amarin was born in Karak, Jordan. He obtained his medical degree at Jordan University of Science and Technology. His residency was at Jordan university hospital , and he completed his training with fellowships at the University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Amarin is a member of the European association of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, a member of the Jordanian association of plastic and reconstructive surgeons and also a member of the Jordanian association of general surgeons.

In addition to his surgical practice, he is an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine Jordan University.

Dr. Amarin is board certified by the Jordanian Board of Plastic surgery and general surgery ranking first in both qualification exams.

Dr. Amarin is interested in microsurgical reconstructive and esthetic plastic surgery, performing many surgeries in both fields during his practice in Jordan University Hospital.

Aya Jazi

Aya Jazi

Aya Al-Jazi is a certified speech-language pathologist with primarily a background in pediatric speech, language, swallowing and feeding disorders. She received a BSc in Speech and hearing Sciences from the University of Jordan and MSc in Speech and Cleft Science from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Aya is currently pursuing a Clinical Doctorate in Speech-language pathology at the University of Northwestern, Chicago.

Aya Al-Jazi is the founder of Seeds of Hope clinic, a speech-language therapy clinic that provides high-quality and equitable speech-language therapy services for those who need it.

Seeds of Hope clinic empowers people who have communication difficulties overcome their obstacles so that they can be part of their community and have better quality of life. Aya’s purpose at Seeds of Hope clinic is to help every individual in need find their own voice to be heard and communicate.

Before devoting her full time to Seeds of Hope clinic in 2016, Aya has worked clinically for 10 years and lectured at the University of Jordan for 4 years. She has a special interest in Down Syndrome, Apraxia of speech, speech cleft disorders, voice and swallowing disorders.

As a speech-language pathologist she would like to bring her country hope of advancing speech-language pathology profession through clinical service provision, advocacy, research and leadership.

Professor Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly

Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly

Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly is currently a professor of Plastic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Assiut, Egypt. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Assiut University in 1991 and 1996 respectively. He received a Doctor Degree in Microsurgery from University of Munich in Germany in 2002 as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) where he developed and promoted the idea of endoscopic assisted microsurgery. He got his Doctorate degree in Plastic Surgery from Assiut University in 2003. Dr El-Shazly has three registered patents of microsurgical instruments; one of them was already prototyped and manufactured in USA. He was invited and presented his work in many international events and has 36 international publications. He is currently an associate and guest editor, a reviewer, and a scientific advisory board member in many concerned international plastic and reconstructive surgery journals including the PRS Journal. He got the best paper prize twice from the Egyptian Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons in 2002 and 2007. He was awarded many international trainings and fellowships in Toulouse University- France (1998), Munich University – Germany (1999), Chang Gang University – Taiwan (2001), Institute Gustav Roussy – France (2011) and Harvard Medical School - USA (2014). In 2005, he founded the charitable organization of Operation Smile Egypt which is presenting free reconstructive cleft surgeries to the children in need nationally and internationally as a branch office of the global Operation Smile based in Virginia, USA and found now in 35 countries. Currently he is carrying out academic and research duties in addition to clinical practice at the University of Assiut as the director of Microsurgery and Hand Surgery Unit of the Plastic Surgery Department.

Dr. Shadi Al Smadi

Dr. Shadi Al Smadi

Dr. Alsmadi is currently a Pediatrician at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. He has nine years of experience in Pediatrics and is interested in pursuing fellowships in Intensive Care. While Dr. Alsmadi was born in Jordan, he pursued higher education in Ukraine, now living in Amman.  

He received his medical degree in Ukraine, overcoming language and cultural barriers. After 7 years, he returned to Jordan to serve as a GP in private hospitals. He then pursued Pediatric Residency at Jordan University Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. Witnessing the need of suffering children left him with a deep sense of responsibility. He knew he was called to serve sick children and began pursuing volunteer work in additional to his professional life.  

He has served with NGOs such as, Doctors without Borders, Operation Smile and Save the Children, attending many missions regionally to Morocco and Egypt. Dr. Alsmadi has also taught American Heart Association courses, both Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, to volunteers in Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco.  

Dr. Alsmadi also served as a volunteer specialist for neonatal resuscitation in Iraq, where active military conflict was an added challenge. Dr. Alsmadi highly values volunteer work which he believes enriches the care he can provide patients, especially learning differing cultural values and customs. Personally, Dr. Alsmadi’s mother’s battle with breast cancer gave him added perspective into a family’s struggle with a loved one’s sickness. Dr. Alsmadi’s first mission with Operation Smile was in Jordan in 2008, as a pediatric Resident. He helped medical volunteers with translation and logistics. He then moved into serving as an observing Pediatrician and eventually a credentialed Pediatrician. Since, he has participated in over 15 missions.




Dr. Khaldoun Haddadin

Dr. Khaldoun Haddadin

Dr. Khaldoun Haddadin graduated from St. Andrews ( BSc 1982) and Manchester University ( MB
ChB 1985). He is Jordanian Board certified in General Surgery (1991) and Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery (1995). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 1996.
He completed his Post-Graduate Training in Plastic Surgery at Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow UK
He is the President of the Jordanian Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons, a Member of the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic
Surgeons and a Member of AO CMF; Jordan Chapter.
Currently he is a Consultant Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon in the Private Sector, Chief of Plastic
Reconstructive Surgery, King Hussein Cancer Center since 2003, President of the Jordanian Society of
Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons and Examiner for the Jordanian Board of Plastic Reconstructive
Surgery since 2010
Previous Posts include Assistant Director General of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services for
Medical Affairs and Regional Medicine from Nov 2016 until retirement from Active Service in June
2017, Chairman of Dep. of Surgery, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Dec 2013- Nov 2016 and
Chief of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, King Hussein Medical Center, Oct 2009 – Dec 2013
His Main interests include Head and Neck Surgery, CranioFacial Surgery and Breast Reconstruction.

Professor Ahmed Shorrab

Prof. Ahmed Shorrab

Dr. Shorrab is a professor of anesthesia at the College of Medicine, University of Mansoura, Egypt, and of Clinical Sciences at the College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE. He is also the Senior Consultant, Chairman of anesthesia, University Hospital Sharjah. Sharjah, UAE. 

Dr. Shorrab is a Consultant anesthetist with more than 25 years of experience in treating patients in all types of anesthesia including neonatal anesthesia. Founder of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Departments in University Hospital Sharjah, UAE. In addition to his proficiency in all anesthetic and intensive care skills, he is also experienced an all types of vascular access including permanent ports. He was appointed Pediatric Anesthetist with Operation smile since 2015. 


Dr. Shorrab has been practicing medicine since 1989 after graduating from Mansoura University in Egypt. He continued his post graduate work in Anesthesiology and went on to complete his Master in Anesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care from the same university followed by the Doctorate degree in the same field through joint supervision in Mansoura University Hospitals and Guy’s Hospital, London, UK. 

He is also holding Diploma of clinical medical nutrition from the European Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ESPEN) and a master’s degree in leadership in Health Professions Education from RCSI. He published in various national and internal medical journals and led many training courses in management of difficult airways, vascular access and procedural sedation. He is also a peer reviewer for many international journals. He has supervised many postgraduate Theses for Master and Doctorate degrees.

Prof. Dr. Zaid H. Baqain

Prof. Dr. Zaid H baqain

Professor - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The University of Jordan (Jordan)


Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UAE)

Professor Baqain obtained his degree in dentistry from the University of

Jordan (UJ) with distinction, and pursued his postgraduate study and

training in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) in Jordan and the UK, in

University College London (UCL); Queen Victoria and the Royal London

Hospitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

Currently he is a professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the UJ, on a

sabbatical at Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine at

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in

Dubai and Dean of the College and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the

University, he is also a consultant OMFS in Dubai Healthcare City. He was

the Vice President of the UJ for Science and Health Schools, and prior to

that Dean of the School of Dentistry.

He is an elected Vice President of the Arab Board for OMFS and a member

on its Specialist Training and Examination Committee. He is an examiner

for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for the Membership and

Fellowship examinations. He is a reviewer and a member on the editorial

board for peer reviewed journals with more than 50 publications in

international peer reviewed journals.

Professor Baqain was a member on the, Board; Higher Specialist Advisory

Committee for Dental Specialties; Specialist Training and Examination

Committee for OMFS of the Jordan Medical Council. He was a member on

the Council of Deans of the Society of Arab Dental Faculties. He was honoured by the UCL and the UJ. He served as the Vice Dean, and before that the chairman of the OMFS, Oral Medicine and Periodontology Department at UJ. He was an elected to the Board of the Jordanian Dental Association Council in 2009 for two terms and elected Vice President of the Jordanian Society of OMFS.

Dr. Kenneth E. Salyer

Kenneth E. Salyer,

Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in craniofacial surgery. He founded the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center in Dallas, Texas in 1986 and is founder and chairman of the World Craniofacial Foundation, 1989, dedicated to care and healing for all children with craniofacial abnormalities. He performed over 16,000 surgical procedures in Dallas from 1969 to2006 on patients from 75 countries and every state in the U.S. Dr. Salyer continues to be committed to research, teaching, and providing humanitarian care regarding treatment of cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies, making an active contribution to the field. 


He founded and developed the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he was professor and chairman from 1969 to1978. He founded and directed a plastic-surgery training program for nine years and a leading craniofacial surgery fellowship-training program for 26 years, 1979-2006. He has contributed over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. Dr. Salyer has given over 1,000 presentations and teaching courses at national and international congresses. He has been visiting professor at more than fifty universities and medical schools around the world. He has received numerous honorary memberships, professorships, and degrees, including A Lifetime Achievement Award for his research from The Friends of the National Institutes of Health.  


He has been a member of fifty national and international professional societies and has held leadership roles in many of these organizations. He is past president and a founding member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, past president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, past chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, founder and past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery Section, past president of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and founder and past president of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery.  


Currently, Dr. Salyer serves on the Board of Trustees as president of the International Cleft Palate Foundation and is chairman of the board of the World Craniofacial Foundation. He is currently Clinical Professor of Biomedical Research, Texas A&M University, Dallas. His most recent publication is A Life that Matters: Transforming Faces, Renewing Lives (Hachette). He has appeared on many television programs, including Oprah Winfrey, Regis and Kathy Lee, Les Brown, Dateline NBC, Connie Chung LIVE, Good Morning America, TODAY, a CNN series on craniofacial surgery and was featured in the recent documentary film, Beautiful Faces 


Dr. Salyer lives with his wife Luci Lara-Salyer in Dallas, Texas, and Telluride, Colorado. He has two children and six grandchildren.

Angela Rezzonico

Angela Rezzonico

With over 35 years of experience in working with children with language and speech disorders and learning disabilities, Dr. Rezzonico is a leading speech and learning therapist in Italy. For 18 years she has been working at the San Paolo Hospital of Milan specializing in children with cleft palate and overseeing specialized university courses for speech and language therapists in Italy.  

Since 2011 she has joined Smilehouse Milan, managing a team of Speech Therapists specializing in cleft palate therapy in patients that range from newborns to adults. She is always active supporting the mother-child relationship since the child’s first months of age, ensuring efficient stimulations within the communication process between the child and his caregivers in his speech and language evolution through the years.  

Dr. Rezzonico also runs her own private practice that comprises a team of speech therapists, psychologists and neuropsychiatrists and is a speaker at numerous international medical conventions addressing learning and cleft palate pathologies. Angela Rezzonico holds a degree from the Universita’ degli Studi of Milan as well as one from the Genova University.

Dr. Nour Bashiti

Nour Bashiti

In 2014, Dr. Nour El-Bashiti graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and started working with a program funded by USAID aimed at establishing a speech clinic at the Za’tari camp north of Jordan to help the Syrian refugees in need for these services.

In 2015, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Jordan. This position has provided her with the opportunity to continue delivering services in three dimensions: research, clinical and academic. It is her long-term goal to initiate the establishment of a Regional Craniofacial Center, to provide services on a regional level for individuals with craniofacial anomalies.

Her research interests include craniofacial anomalies, cleft palate speech, acoustic-perceptual study of hypernasality, cleft palate speech assessment and intervention programs, and effect of voice disorders on hypernasality perception. Over the years she has taught courses related to cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, acoustics of speech, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, introduction to speech disorders, speech anatomy and physiology, and a clinical practicum.

Dr. Nicole Shilkofski

Nicole Shilkofski

Dr. Shilkofski is a pediatric intensivist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  She graduated from Tulane School of Medicine with honors and subsequently from pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins, including a year as chief resident.  She began research projects overseas during fellowship, beginning with adaptation of pediatric resuscitation guidelines to developing country settings.  Since that time, she has served as a consultant to the Education Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) for development and updates of the pediatric resuscitation guidelines.  She completed a Master’s degree in Medical Education through University of Cincinnati in 2009.  Her thesis focused on improving care for children in developing countries through implementation of structured training programs in resuscitation in 17 different hospitals in 12 countries using simulation teaching methodologies.  In 2011, she moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to assume the position of Founding Vice Dean for Education of Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine in collaboration with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a position she held for 4 years.  During this time, she was responsible for curriculum development for Malaysian and international students and contextualization of the Johns Hopkins medical student curriculum for Southeast Asian settings.  While living in Asia, she also developed educational and research programs in Philippines and Burma, focusing on community level providers and midwives, integrating education in maternal and neonatal resuscitation for prevention of birth asphyxia and post-partum hemorrhage.  Nicole is passionate about her volunteer work with Operation Smile and has been on over 30 medical and educational missions in 25 countries, in addition to serving on the Medical Oversight Council. She will be presenting “Crisis Management” and offering the Difficult Airway Workshop.

Dr. Teresita Pannaci

Teresita Pannaci

Dr. Teresita Pannaci is Venezuelan dentist specialist in Functional Maxillary Orthopedic FMO techniques for craniofacial malformations patients. She is an expert in preoperative treatment for cleft patients with 27 years of trajectory.  

Pannaci has been working since 1992 in clinical, research and teaching activities about the preoperative treatment for craniofacial deformities. In 1997 she had her first publication based on her own original technique supported by the mechanical action caused by the movements of the tongue. Her lines of research include projects with mechanical and electronic engineer in order to develop more effective methods for the preoperative treatment in cleft patients. 

Dr. Pannaci also is Active Volunteer of Operation Smile since 1993 participating in many medical-surgical Missions as specialist and leader in dental field, as well as teaching qualified dentists to perform FMO techniques for cleft patients. In 1993 was co-founder of Operation Smile Venezuela supporting clinical activities as well as the Board of Directors.  

Recently in May of 2018 she was invited as speaker to ¨Next Conference 2018¨ in Norfolk-Virginia, during the event she received an Award in the category of Excellence in Dentistry. Teresita Pannaci currently performs as Senior Investigator in a Hospital and Institute of Research important in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Rushdi Adnan Amr

Rushdi Adnan Amr


Dr. Amr practices general dentistry and is both Jordanian and Palestinian Board Certified.  Dr. Amr obtained his General Dentistry degree in 1997 from Voronezh Medical Academy in Russia and also secured professional training for Dental Cleft Care in the United States. Dr. Amr works in his Private Clinic in Hebron and in 2008, he started volunteering with the Operation Smile medical team, after having his first son born with a cleft lip and palate and was awarded Operation Smile Volunteer of the year award in 2009. Dr. Amr is an Operation Smile Credentialed International Dentist Volunteer and has participated in over 20 Operation Smile missions around the world.

Dr. Rula Fawzi El- Sabbagh

Rula Fawzi El- Sabbagh

Attained B.D.S in 1994 from Jordan university of science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, General dentistry Practice till 2002. Residency in Pediatric dentistry 2002-2005 Holder of Jordanian Board in Paediatric dentistry from Jordanian medical council Amman - Jordan. Master in laser dentistry from university of Genoa 2014.

Currently consultant paediatric dentist at King Hussein Cancer Centre in addition to Private Dental Practice in Amman –Jordan

Speaker in international Laser congresses in IPTA 2015 in France, WFLD 2016 in Japan, Science and evidence in laser dentistry in Greece , Poster presentation in WFLD ED 2015 Romania.

Participant in international dental congresses

Reviewer in Lasers in Medical Science Journal

Special interest in photobiomodulation therapy in relation to oral lesions ,

Special interest in cleft lip and palate patients specifically Nasoalveolar moulding ,

Volunteer dentist in operation smile international since 2007

Dr. Jerry Santos

Dr. Jerry Santos

Dr. Jerry Santos is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University, Washington, DC.  He is the Perioperative Medical Director at Children’s National and oversees the anesthesiology services for all anesthetizing locations and post anesthetic care units (recovery rooms) at the hospital and the surgicenters.  He has been on faculty at Children’s National for the past 11 years and is our local expert in anesthetizing craniofacial surgical patients, neurosurgical patients and complex plastic surgery patients.  He is also expert in difficult airway management and is a skills instructor for our annual Advanced Pediatric Airway Workshop that is offered for physicians throughout the hospital and the Airway Competency Workshop for nursing, which includes lectures and simulations.  Nationally, he is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Andrew Matisoff

Dr. Andrew Matisoff

Dr. Andrew Matisoff is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University, Washington, DC.  For the past nine years as a pediatric and cardiac anesthesiologist, he has developed extensive expertise in caring for a wide range of pediatric patients. He has participated in several medical missions as a pediatric anesthesiologist, providing patient care and teaching for Duke/Milagro Hospital Neurosurgery Mission, Kampala, Uganda (July 2008); Hospital Sacre CoureMilot, Haiti, caring for patients after the earthquake in Haiti and during cholera outbreak (annual 2009-2012); Africa Heart Morocco trip (2014) and Africa Heart Uganda Trip (2017).  His academic interests include teaching airway management skills, point of care ultrasound, the anesthetic care of Williams Syndrome patients and medical device testing and development. 

Dr. Isabelle Simoneau

Isabelle Simoneau

Dr. Simoneau is a pediatric anesthesiologist in private practice with Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, a division of Envision, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice consists of high acuity pediatric anesthesia cases from the neonatal period to teenage years. Her primary focus is craniofacial and neuroanesthesia. She was also appointed clinical assistant professor to the department of anesthesiology, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix campus. Her primary involvement with the University of Arizona is with Global Medicine. 

Practicing medicine in the developing world has been her main reason for choosing medicine as a career.  With the practice of anesthesia, her primary goal has become that of practicing and teaching safe anesthesia in the developing countries. Operation Smile has become a driving force in helping her reach her goals with approximately 40 missions, including educational missions in multiple countries.

Professor Patricia Yazbeck

Professor Patricia Yazbeck

Professor Yazbeck is a Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the St Joseph University, Beirut and has been a full-time physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital since 1982. She is also President of the Pan Arab Federation of Societies of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management (PAFSA), a Regional Section of the WFSA. 

She holds a Medical Degree from St. Joseph University, Beirut-Lebanon (ECFMG diploma), Anesthesia and Critical Care Specialist Diploma from the René Descartes University, Paris-France, and a diploma in Ethics, St Joseph’s University, Beirut, Lebanon.  

Professor Yazbeck has served as Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital from 1999 to 2005, followed by Head of Anesthesia and Surgical Critical Care Department at Hotel-Dieu de France hospital since 2005 till now. Reappointed twice in 2009 and 2013. 

She has also held positions as Director of Medical Affairs, Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital, Anesthesia & Surgical Critical Care Residency Program Director, Head of the Organ Procurement Unit at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital, Founding member of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine (LSCCM) in 2002 and Past-President of the LSCCM and actual vice President of LSCCM. Past-President of the LSA and President of the PanArab congress of anesthesia 2014, Amman. 

Memberships: Co-opted member of the WFSA council, Member of the Anesthesia Arab Board Examiners committee, December 2016, French Society of Anesthesia and Critical Care, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the French Society of Reanimation.  


Professor Yazbeck has also served as a reviewer for The Lebanese Medical Journal, a speaker in many national and international conferences and authored many articles in local and international medical journals.

Dr. Brian Sommerlad

Brian Sommerlad

Mr. Brian Sommerlad is an Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), London and St Andrew’s Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. He was the first Clinical Director of the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service. Although involved in many aspects of plastic surgery, his practice at GOSH is focused on surgery for children with cleft lip and palate.    

He has been involved in the development of the operating microscope for cleft palate repair and in refining surgery for repair of the muscles in cleft palate, and in re-repairing the cleft palate as an alternative to pharyngoplasty in some patients.    

He regularly visits countries where cleft lip and palate services are less well-developed, to work with local surgeons and to assist in their development of multi-disciplinary teams. He works with cleft teams in Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, Bangladesh and Venezuela. He is the Chairman of a charity called , which funds the research activities of GOSH and St Andrew’s cleft lip and palate team and to support the overseas activities of the team in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Uganda, Egypt and other countries.    

He is a past president of both the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (1998) and the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1996). He is an honorary member of the Indian Society of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies and regularly attends meetings in India.  

Mr. Sommerlad has written multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; he has also been a reviewer for the following journals: Annals of Royal College of Surgeons of England, British Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery. 

Awards include an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Med) from University College, London, Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellowship of the Sri Lankan College of Surgeons, Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, Honorary Membership of The British Orthodontic Society and a Hunterian Professorship of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. Previously member of the Clinical Standards Advisory Board (CSAG) on Cleft Lip and Palate and the CSAG Implementation Group. Mr. Sommerlad is Co-founder of and Chairman of the charity “CLEFT” (www.cleft.org.uk) and regularly works with surgeons in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Iran, Egypt and the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq. 

Dr. David Chong

David Chong

David Chong grew up in Perth attending medical school at University of Western Australia.  After being awarded intern of the year at Royal Perth Hospital, David set his heart on Plastic Surgery as his chosen specialty, being particularly passionate about being able to make a difference in children born with facial deformities.  

After leaving Australia in 2005, he spent a year in Dallas with Ken Salyer and then two years at Sick Kids in Toronto with David Fisher, Chris Forrest and John Phillips to refine his experience in cleft and craniofacial surgery. He was then awarded a travelling scholarship by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons for promising young surgeons which he used to visit centres of academic prominence to explore the best approaches to facial surgery. 

He was then recruited to a position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne where he continues to practice.  His subspecialty passion is Cleft Lip and Palate surgery. He has authored several book chapters and articles regarding craniofacial and cleft surgery. 

David is currently the President of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association. He also runs a busy private practice where his interests include aesthetic surgery of the face, in particular rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery. 

David has a heart for volunteerism and dedicates three months a year to work with Mercy Ships and Operation Smile. He has been a part of over 30 missions, in excess of 20 countries, in pursuit of helping those who have little access to health care. He is particularly motivated by local empowerment.