Sharing Expertise Locally and Globally

The Cleft & Craniofacial team at Riley at IU Health was proud to represent Indiana and the Midwest in the prestigious ISCFS conference. Our ongoing involvement with the national and international societies of cleft and craniofacial surgery puts us in the cutting edge of facial reconstruction. We are privileged to make contributions to this body, share our expertise, and stay ahead of the latest innovations. Thus, we are better able to serve our patients and their families.

The ISCFS represents the world leaders in cleft and craniofacial surgery from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. This year, the 14th Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons (ISCFS) met at Livingstone, Zambia to discuss and formulate the standard of care for cleft and craniofacial anomalies. The Riley Cleft and Craniofacial team was represented by myself and this past year's craniofacial fellow, Dr. Matthew Choi. Together, we gave four lectures to the congress on the topics of Craniosynostosis, Pierre Robin Sequence, Facial Trauma and Surgical Simulation. Our lectures were given a very positive response from the international audience and we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and treatment protocols with the world leaders of cleft and craniofacial surgery.

The ISCFS Congress meets every two years in historic and exotic locations around the world. This year we met in Africa for the first time -- in the country of Zambia and the city of Livingstone. Livingstone is named after Dr. Livingstone, the British explorer who "opened" Africa to the western world. The city, which bears his name, is also home to Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall on earth and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The location of this year's congress in Livingstone, Zambia, made the meeting a memorable event for the entire faculty.

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