Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Symposium 2021

Back to the Future and Still Going Strong

"Saint John's Cleft Palate Center members believe, as most teams do, that it is not enough just to 'repair the cleft,' but rather take pride in creating an optimally aesthetic appearance, good dental function, good speech, and a well-adjusted person who can cope favorably with life's demands." Les Holve, MD, Pediatrician 1964.

Dr. Les Holve put together the Saint John's Team over 55 years ago establishing a coordinated collaboration of multiple specialties to manage the issues that arise from birth to adulthood for a child with a cleft. This annual symposium, also his creation, will focus on the strategies and expected treatments throughout all of the stages of childhood.

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted more than a few things in our lives. Healthcare had to adapt to fight this menace as well as continue to serve our patients needing ongoing care. Pediatricians Danelle Fisher, MD from Providence Saint John’s and Marinda Tu, MD from UCLA along with social worker Sylvia Villasenor, LCSW from UCLA will reflect on this time of upheaval as Teams struggled to maintain continuity of care.

Concurrent Breakout sessions provide an opportunity for more specific strategies and treatments.

Stanley Miyawaki, DMD, Team orthodontist has recruited a range of specialists from the Team, dental schools, and private practice for a breakout session highlighting dental and orthognathic surgical advances contributing to improved outcomes.

Saint John's speech pathologist Julia Hobbs, MA, CCC-SLP, and her colleagues Barbara Moore, MA, CCC-SLP from CHOC, and Aaron Tanner, MA, CCC-SLP from CHLA will review the strategies of treating the child with a cleft, including example cases and provide an opportunity for questions regarding attendees’ children in their own caseloads.

A third breakout session entitled "Families Utilizing Team Resources: Beyond the Clinic Day." A parent panel will discuss resources families need beyond just the professionals on the Team as well as personal experiences in the journey of raising a child with a cleft.

Continuing Education Credits are available: 7 CMEs, 0.7 ASHA credits, 7 CEUs for dental and nursing professionals.

For more information: or call 310-829-8150.