Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am very excited to invite you to join me for the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Palm Springs, California, from April 20-25, 2015.
Our meeting theme, Journey to the Oasis – Explore the World of Cleft and Craniofacial Care, is very fitting as we will find ourselves immersed in new frontiers of discovery. Traveling from the basic sciences to developments in the global care of our patients, while not missing the translational journey in between, this meeting has it all! Bob Havlik, MD chairs the 2015 Annual Meeting Program and his committee has assembled outstanding sessions from a record 647 abstracts. This meeting guarantees to provide an oasis of learning and networking for the challenges that we face in our daily work. You can expect to be revitalized by expert panels, scientific sessions, and study sessions. Whether this is your first or fiftieth meeting, Palm Springs will satisfy attendees of all disciplines. Please check out all of the offerings now posted on this site.
Dr. Harold “Hal” Slavkin, our D. Ralph Millard keynote speaker, will open the meeting. He is a lifelong supporter of ACPA and has served as Director of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. In this role, he led the intramural program for NIDCR while he simultaneously was responsible for a portfolio of external research projects throughout the country. He has also served as Dean, School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. You won’t want to miss Dr. Slavkin’s address which promises to give us insights for the future based on his wide spectrum of interests and expertise.
Tom Sampson, MD and Mary Michaeleen Craddock, PhD are the co-chairs of this year’s one and one-half day Pre-Conference Symposium, ‘What is the ‘Ideal’ Treatment Outcome for a Child with a Cleft,” which will precede the Annual Meeting on April 20th and 21st. This symposium will focus on defining what the “ideal” outcome is as it pertains to each of the fields participating in care of a cleft patient. Within each field we will review the evidence that either supports the ideal outcome or discuss its glaring absence and then conclude with how outcomes will continue to be tied to professional reimbursement.
Did I mention that this a resort meeting? Palm Springs has gorgeous April weather with consistently brilliant sunshine, warm dry air and daily high temperatures in the mid to high 80’s. You will definitely feel like you are “away from it all” in the open and scenic atmosphere of the resort grounds. You can look forward to conversations by the poolside, convenient golf and many excursions such as Joshua National Forest. Andrea Ray, MD, serves as chair of 2015 Local Arrangements, and along with her committee, they will prepare information for you on a broad spectrum of activities unique to the area.
I look forward to welcoming everyone in the ACPA family to our 72nd Annual Meeting in Palm Springs. This will be a great venue to relax and learn, to share experiences, to renew old friendships while make new ones and taking home knowledge enhancing the care of our patients and families.
Ron Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS
2015 ACPA President
The ACPA is pleased to present our 72nd Annual Meeting in conjunction with: