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Back Home Again: Annual Tri-State Craniofacial Conference Returns to Riley at IU Health

Each year, participants from craniofacial teams in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio come together to share techniques in the evaluation and treatment of cleft and craniofacial patients. On October 2, the Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Riley at IU Health will host the 27th Annual Tri-State Craniofacial Conference in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center in the Riley at IU Health Outpatient Center. The conference rotates host sites throughout the tri-state region on a yearly basis. Riley at IU Health hosted the first conference 27 years ago and is delighted to invite the region’s professionals back to Indiana for this year’s conference. The conference was last hosted by Riley at IU Health in 2010.

The course is aimed at specialists working in the areas of audiology, genetics, neurosurgery, nursing, oral surgery, orthodontics, otolaryngology, pediatric dentistry, pediatrics, plastic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, radiology, social work, speech pathology and team administration. Health care professionals may register for the conference through the Indiana University School of Medicine's department of Continuing Medical Education (on-site registration required after September 30). 

Dr. Robert J. Havlik, the George J. Korkos, MD, Professor and Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Froedtert Hospital, will give the keynote address, “Distraction Osteogenesis: The First 25 Years.” Riley at IU Health team members will remember Dr. Havlik as the former director of the Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program before he relocated to Wisconsin in 2013.

This year’s conference will feature panels addressing craniofacial team practices; the adolescent patient with cleft lip and palate; early interventions in the cleft and craniofacial patient; and quality of life and outreach programming for cleft and craniofacial patients. Dr. Ronald R. Hathaway, the president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), will present a short update about the association to conference participants. Our many thanks go to KLS Martin for their generous donation in support of this year’s conference.

Our commitment to the continuing medical education of our craniofacial team impacts the high level of care provided to the patients visiting the Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic at Riley at IU Health, and we’re pleased to be active participants in the tri-state region’s most comprehensive cleft and craniofacial annual conference.

For more information, or to register for the 27th Annual Tri-State Craniofacial Conference, please visit the Indiana University School of Medicine’s department of Continuing Medical Education.

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