President’s Letter

ACPA75th Anniversary, ACPA News, President's Letter

Amelia F. Drake, MD

I hope you will join us in Pittsburgh April 10-14 for the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). We are excited to celebrate ACPA’s 75th Anniversary in Pennsylvania, where the idea for ACPA was born. In March of 1943, twenty-five dentists and oral surgeons attended a meeting at Pennsylvania State College on the “Construction of Speech Appliances for Children with Cleft Palates,” and the American Academy of Cleft Palate Prosthesis was formed one month later.

The Association has gone through several name changes over the years, but the focus has remained – the pursuit of excellence in research and in the delivery of team care to patients with cleft and craniofacial conditions. The original purpose of ACPA holds true in the mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care.

ACPA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary throughout 2018, and we are excited to celebrate at the annual meeting by honoring our history at the Opening and Game Changer Sessions, challenging the present with cutting-edge research and clinical presentations, and inspiring the future with our keynote presentation by Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation. In addition, the Stryker-sponsored ACPA Wall of Traditions will be on display all week.

Patricia Beals, DMD, MS and the 2018 Program Task Force have worked to create a program that both recognizes ACPA’s past and leads us into the future. I would like to thank them for their hard work as they crafted this anniversary meeting. I would also like to give a special thank you to Ross E. Long, DMD, MS, PhD and the members of the 75th Anniversary Task Force for their insight and guidance as we make this a meeting to remember.

On behalf of the ACPA Board and National Office Team, I hope to welcome you to Pittsburgh as ACPA celebrates 75 Years of Team Care.