This seminar will review the pathophysiology, assessment, and surgical management of velopharyngeal dysfunction in children with 22q deletion syndrome.
Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P.
Chief, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH
Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P. is Robert and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair, Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, and Co-Director of the 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He serves as Professor of Surgery and Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kirschner served as President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 2016. He is co-editor of Comprehensive Cleft Care, now in its second edition, and of the upcoming publication Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. He is co-founder of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to providing education to professionals and care to underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate in Latin America and of Magical Moments Foundation, a wish granting charitable organization dedicated to serving children with facial differences.