2018 ACPA Award Winners

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Chapel Hill, NC, April 26, 2018–The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) was pleased to present its most prominent awards at ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting: Emerging Leader, Family Services Leadership, Distinguished Service and Honors of the Association.

The Emerging Leader Award is given to an early career professional who is a member of ACPA for at least three years and not more than 15 years, who exhibits exemplary accomplishment and dedication to the issues affecting people with cleft and craniofacial conditions.  The inaugural winner was Thomas Sitzman, MD. Sitzman was recognized for his personal record of accomplishments which exemplify his leadership and scholarship, including his work with the Americleft Project.

The Family Services 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.  Tampa resident Drew Davis was the recipient of the ACPA Family Services Leadership Award for his outstanding work as a patient advocate and craniofacial community leader.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual, member or non-member, who has demonstrated exceptional service to ACPA.  David Kuehn, PhD was honored as the Distinguished Service Award Winner for his service to ACPA, his dedication to research and education in the field of cleft palate and craniofacial differences and his desire to foster collaborations both nationally and internationally in research and clinical care.

The Honors of the Association Award represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to those individuals whose lifetime of research, healthcare delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial differences.  ACPA recognized William Shaw, PhD, MScD, BDS and Gunvor Semb, DDS, PhD with the Honors of the Association Award for their contributions to research and clinical management of patients.  Combined, they have worked over 80 years in cleft care and research and are known for their advances in evidence-based decision-making, intercenter collaboration, and national, regional and global efforts to improve the lives of patients with craniofacial anomalies.

The ACPA’s 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, explored advances in research, clinical and team-driven care of patients.  For more information, visit www.acpa-cpf.org.


About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. Since 1943, ACPA has worked to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. ACPA also provides information to affected individuals and families and seeks to educate the public about facial differences through its ACPA Family Services program. For more information, please visit acpa-cpf.org.