AO CMF Global Study Club

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The AO CMF Global Study Club offers online events every month with a wide range of faculty speakers, covering a variety of craniomaxillofacial surgical topics. You'll have the opportunity to learn from the best and take your professional skills to the next level. And with our 2023 Study Club events based around six themes, with a global cross-clinical panel session in closing, you'll have access to the latest information and techniques in your field, as well as the chance to learn from other clinical specialties.

Study Club themes in 2023:

  • March: Oral- and CMF imaging
  • March/April: Aesthetic surgery and techniques
  • May: Management of facial soft tissues
  • June/July: Reconstructive surgery
  • September: Graft Master
  • October:  Alloplastics vs. Transplant

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May: Management of Facial soft tissues

Scott Bevens
Mai Thy Truong

Aural Atresia & Microtia

Speakers: Scott Bevans and Mai Thy Truong (USA)

Moderator: Kamal Pathak (Nepal)

Date: Thursday, May 11, 13:15 (NPT) Check your time zone here

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    Topic description

    Aural atresia and microtia are both the results of failure of the ectoderm of the 1st and 2nd brachial arches that results in underdevelopment of the middle and out ear structures and auricle. The Marx classification system is most used to grade microtia. CT imaging is required to evaluate atresia using the Jahrsdoerfer grading system. Hearing outcomes can be excellent with bone conduction systems, even without atresia repair. There are three main methods of reconstructing the auricle: 1) autologous rib reconstruction, 2) Synthetic ear reconstruction with Temporoparietal flap coverage, and 3) prosthetic reconstruction. Each has risks and advantages. In this study club event we discuss specific techniques for microtia reconstruction, including: how to harvest rib cartilage, how to carve the cartilage and manufacture an ear construct, methods of elevating the construct, and techniques for elevating a temporoparietal fascia flap.

    About Dr. Scott Bevans

    Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bevans is in the US Army and currently serving as a Head and Neck Oncologist, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He holds the academic rank of Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University, is AO CMF faculty, and is the current Chairman of the Academy of Otolaryngology Trauma Committee. Following residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery, he completed fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Oncology, Microvascular surgery. After fellowship, he became Chief of Facial Trauma Surgery at a level 1 trauma center in Texas.
    Dr. Bevans is passionate about surgical education in resource limited countries and has performed more than ten international surgical missions to Asia. He has additionally served in the Middle East as part of a head and neck trauma team during Operation Inherent Resolve.

    About Dr. Mai Thy Truong

    Mai Thy Truong, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Stanford Children’s Hospital. She serves as the Clinic Chief and the Fellowship Director for the division. Dr. Truong oversees a dedicated Microtia and Atresia Clinic. Her other clinical interests include Vascular Anomalies and Fetal Management of critical airway (EXIT procedure), as well as congenital head and neck masses.
    Dr. Truong received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Neuroscience, graduating with honors. She went on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine. Dr Truong completed her residency and pediatric fellowship training at Stanford University Hospital in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She completed post-graduate training in Auricular reconstruction in Paris, France with Dr. Francoise Firmin. Her personal interests include musical theater and Karaoke. She strongly believes in the importance of respect for all the diversity of humankind.

Priti Udhay

Eyelid & periorbital soft tissue

Take the opportunity to discuss cases with a selected faculty group on eyelid and periorbital soft tissue reconstruction post trauma.

Speaker: Priti Udhay (India)

Moderators: Juan Carlos Zambrano (Colombia), Belinda Beltran (Mexico), Jorge Agurto (Ecuador)

Date: Thursday, May 18, 8:00-9:00 am (COT)

Language: English

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    About Dr. Priti Udhay

    Dr. Priti Udhay is fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon practicing in Chennai in south of India, She has over 15 years of experience in the field and is currently medical director and head oculoplastics at DRR Eye Care And Oculoplasty Hospital Chennai and also Head of Oculoplastics for the Agarwal group of hospitals , a chain of 140 hospitals. She is a global examiner for FRCS (Glasgow) exams, and Asia Pacific faculty, and women ambassador for AO CMF.

June/July: Reconstructive surgery

Amir Elbarbary

Versatility of local flaps in facial reconstruction

Speaker: Amir S. Elbarbary (Egypt)

Moderators: Ariel Hirschhorn (Israel) and Ana Caruntu (Romania)

Date: Thursday, June 1, 18:00-19:00 pm (CEST)

Language: English

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Further scheduled in 2023

 June/July: Reconstructive surgery

  • June 15:  Non-vascularized reconstruction
  • June 29: Patient centered post ablative reconstruction in H&N
  • July 6: Soft tissue management in GSW
  • July 13: CN V & VII injuries (incl facial nerve palsy)

September: Graft Master

  • September 7: Bioprinting – where are we now?
  • September 14: Bone grafts for mandibular reconstruction & augmentation
  • September 21: Bone grafting for dental implants in the aesthetic area

October: Alloplastics vs. Transplant

  • October 5: Craniofacial implants
  • October 12: TMJ replacement – Distraction vs. TPR vs. Autologous
  • October 19: Anaplastology in the face – what the surgeon needs to know
  • October 29: Facial transplant

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