ACPA Member Co-Authors AAP Report on Cleft Care

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News, Member News

ACPA Member Lisa Jacob, DDS, MS, has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to publish a clinical report, The Primary Care Pediatrician and the Care of Children with Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate.

Jacob served as an executive committee member with the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an ACPA Member and actively works with cleft and craniofacial patients. While acting as the Organizational Alliance Committee’s liaison to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, she coauthored the report with two other physicians.

“I brought this clinical report to the attention of ACPA’s Organizational Alliances Committee to get feedback from various subspecialists to find the most common recommendations and referral times,” said Jacobs. “The clinical report was written and largely based on ACPA’s Parameters and Guidelines. The clinical report was reviewed by the various committees within the AAP, AAPD’s Clinical Affairs Committee and ACPA’s Organizational Alliance Committee in order to get the best recommendations for the primary care physician.”

The report was published to help pediatricians better understand the different and complex treatment decisions and the appropriate referral times to various subspecialists.

“The AAP represents the largest organization with which we were aligned,” said Steven L. Goudy, MD, chair of ACPA’s Organizational Alliances committee when it was sunset in 2016. “From the beginning of this alliance, it was clear that getting a reasonably sized distillation of the ACPA Parameters would be of use to AAP members. The wonderful report by Lisa and her colleagues will be of enduring benefit to the members of the AAP and demonstrates the multidisciplinary collaboration that exists within the ACPA.”

The report highlights the importance of multidisciplinary care for a child born with cleft lip and/or palate. View the report.

“I hope this report will show how important the timing and the coordination of care is to receiving the optimal results for our patients with cleft lip and/or palate. Each person on the team has a vital role in the overall results for these patients,” Jacobs continued. “As the child’s pediatric dentist, I have the great opportunity to be part of the child’s oral health and facial development from birth to adulthood, which is a real joy. It has been a pleasure to be able to coauthor this report, and I hope that it gives easy guidelines on how to best treat our patients with cleft lip and/or palate.”