Ron Hathaway Steps into Presidency of ACPA

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News

On January 1, 2015, Ron Hathaway, DDS, MS, MS takes the helm as president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. “I am excited to be leading this great organization which has been a home for so many of us over the years. Not only that, I’m looking forward to your help, knowing that I can count on the dedication and passion of so many of my colleagues. The future is bright and while we will be making a few necessary renovations to this ACPA home to ensure its future vitality, it will be very positive for generations to come.”

Dr. Hathaway will soon be working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as Professor of Surgery in Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery; directing educational, clinical and research programs in Craniofacial Orthodontics. Previously, he founded the Craniofacial Center at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving as the medical director from 2006- 2013. An active ACPA member since 1979, he has held every executive leadership office of the association and chaired or served as a member of 10 national committees. His research interests include craniofacial morphology, clinical-surgical outcomes and evidence based practices. He is a co-investigator for the Americleft Project, an intercenter cohort study for evaluating cleft protocols and outcomes. He serves as an editorial consultant and reviewer for journals in his discipline and is a frequent contributor. He has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally.

He became a speech pathologist in 1979 at Vanderbilt University Medical School. His undergraduate background was in psychology with a baccalaureate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hathaway later completed his DDS at the University of Iowa, Internship at Cleveland Cuyahoga Hospital and Orthodontic Training at University of Detroit-Mercy. He has served as the Chief and Director of Craniofacial and Surgical Orthodontics in various appointments for over 25 years. He has taught craniofacial biology to medical and dental students and treatment planning for orthognathic surgery to residents in plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics and has mentored 22 craniofacial fellowship doctors, many who currently direct similar programs as a result of their training.

Dr. Hathaway’s greatest satisfaction however is to be in the everyday trenches. “I love working with children who have facial differences and at the same time interacting creatively with my colleagues to improve the outcomes of our care. It is my hope that what we do at ACPA and each day in our jobs will not only serve the same mission, but advance it in the New Year.”