ACPA Members to be Recognized at ACPA’s Annual Meeting

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The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) will recognize two members at the 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon, March 16, 2017 in Colorado Springs.

Katherine Vig, BDS, MS, D.Orth, FDS (RCS) will be awarded the ACPA Honors of the Association Award.  The honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows.  It is granted to an individual whose lifetime of research, health care delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies.

Dr. Vig’s vast research and clinical career, compiled in peer-reviewed journal articles, commentaries, discussions, books, and lectures, has established her reputation as an expert in the orthodontic management of craniofacial anomalies as well in the topics of alveolar bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, treatment satisfaction, quality of life, and evidence-based practice. She participated in the development of ACPA’s Parameters for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Anomalies, served in the Editorial Board of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, and served as ACPA President in 1998.  She was awarded ACPA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Solomon Obiri-Yeboah, MD, DMD will be recognized as ACPA’s 2017 Visiting Scholar.  The ACPA Visiting Scholar program selects an individual who has the potential for establishing and/or directing interdisciplinary team care for comprehensive management of individuals with craniofacial anomalies in their home country.  The program is supported in part by an educational grant from Stryker.

Dr. Obiri-Yeboah is a senior specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi (KNUST), Ghana. He had his undergraduate training in dental surgery at the University of Ghana, Accra and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana.

He holds the Fellowship of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and an International Fellowship in craniofacial surgery from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He is an accomplished cleft and craniofacial surgeon and a member of the KATH multidisciplinary cleft palate/craniofacial clinic in Kumasi. His research interests include the genetic basis of cleft lip and palate.

The Cleft Palate Foundation will also award the CPF Leadership Award and Subtelny Speech Grant during the luncheon, and ASCFS will award their Kawamoto Best Paper Award. Awards from The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal will be given at the ACPA’s Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 17.  Additional CPF awards, grants, and scholarship winners will be announced in April.