Management of VPD in 22q Deletion Syndrome

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.

Pediatric Cricotracheal Resection: A Step by Step Surgical Presentation

This talk will focus on the surgical principals of resective airway surgeries with a step by step discussion on the surgical technique of Pediatric Cricotracheal resection.


Sohit Paul Kanotra , MD

Director, Complex Pediatric Airway Program / Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery & Pediatrics
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Dr. Sohit Kanotra is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa and the Director of the Complex Pediatric Airway program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has clinical expertise in the management of children with complex airway disorders including open airway reconstructive surgeries. He also has clinical interest in the management of Head and Neck vascular anomalies, pediatric thyroid disorders, minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery and robotic airway surgery. Dr. Kanotra joined University of Iowa in 2019 prior to which he was the Director of the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center and the surgical director of the vascular anomalies’ clinic at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in Louisiana.

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