Update from Dr. Gayatri Moghe-Ghadyalpatil – 2015 Visiting Scholar

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News

Dr. Gayatri Moghe-Ghadyalpatil was the ACPA 2015 Visiting Scholar, sponsored by Dr. Gunvor Semb. During her time as the scholar, Dr. Moghe-Ghadyalpatil visited Central Manchester University Hospital and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. While there, she learned about various treatment options in ongoing orthodontic cases. During her time in the United States, she visited Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, MD Anderson Cooper University, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she observed team meetings where interdisciplinary care was discussed for each patient. She also spent time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and learned about early speech intervention, genetics, and craniofacial orthodontics. Read a description of her visits here.

Dr. Moghe-Ghadyalpatil has a new update to share with ACPA about how she has taken what she learned as the Visiting Scholar and applied it in India:

“It was an honor to have Dr. Ron Hathaway visit us in December 2015. We had just started our new facility and were still setting things up. Now it is up and running, and I am happy to say that we are, finally, what I can call a team. We have had three team meetings since then, and a thumbs up from patients who attended it. This has given us a boost to ensure that the initiative doesn’t fizzle out.

We now have three plastic surgeons, two anaesthetists, one team coordinator, one nurse, one speech therapist and audiologist at Badavatarakam Smile Train Center (Indo American Cancer Hospital) in Hyderabad, India.

The secondary care unit, Toothbuddies-Magna, has a pediatrician, developmental pediatrician, ENT surgeon, optometrist, pediatric ophthalmologist/oculoplastic surgeon (to deal with complex Tessier clefts) genetic counselor/molecular geneticist, psychologist, nutritionist, endocrinologist and a whole dental team, all under one roof. I am currently coordinating all care at our private setup since we do not officially have someone doing this yet. Our cleft orthodontic clinic each Saturday is very well attended. We have also started three interdisciplinary clinics once every week:

  1. Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic
  2. Head and Neck Clinic
  3. Clinics for persons with special needs

Our idea behind this is to market regular medical and dental services to those who can afford it, while continuing to treat those who cannot, at nominal costs.

We have also had a pediatric dental resident from the US come over for a visit, and she is very excited about taking a sabbatical for a while and working with us once she graduates.

I have to thank the ACPA for giving me a chance to see, first hand, how team care makes a huge difference. Though the circumstances our patients come from are difficult, I hope this makes it easier for them to seek treatment.

Our plastic surgery associate and orthodontist have had opportunities to train at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. We are looking for more such opportunities to train all our team members to deliver excellent care in all aspects of cleft care. Thank you ACPA, for the enlightenment and life changing experience. I’m sure this year’s visiting scholar will be able to make best use of this wonderful opportunity.”