ACPA and CPF Announce 2017 Award Winners

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Chapel Hill, NC, March 23, 2017 – The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) were pleased to present their most prominent awards at ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting.  ACPA presented the Honors of the Association Award, and CPF awarded the Leadership Award.

The ACPA Honors of the Association Award 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 handicapping conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. The 2017 award was given to Katherine Vig, BDS, MS, DOrth, FDS(RCS). 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.

The CPF Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group, such as a parent, former patient, advocate, or community organization, who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership on behalf of individuals with cleft or craniofacial anomalies.  The 2017 award was presented to Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer who has spent the past twenty years collaborating internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to affect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual differences.

The ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting, March 13-18 in Colorado Springs, CO, explored advances in research, clinical and team-driven care of patients.  The 2017 Scientific Program featured general and concurrent specialty sessions, poster sessions, panel presentations, study sessions, and nuts and bolts of team coordination.  For more information about the meeting, visit


About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
ACPA is a 73-year old non-profit medical society of healthcare professionals dedicated to treating birth defects of the head and face through a team care approach. ACPA supports the professional community and enhances the quality of team care by providing education and resources, supporting and disseminating research, and acting as an open forum for specialists to communicate. More information about ACPA can be found at www.acpa-cpf.orgor by calling 919-933-9044.

About the Cleft Palate Foundation
The mission of the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) is to serve individuals and families affected by cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial conditions by connecting them to team care, providing education, and offering personal support.  CPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to be the public service arm of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. For more information, visit or call 919-933-9044.