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Click here for a PDF of the on-site 2024 Program Book.

Click here for the Livestream schedule and a list of sessions that will be recorded and available after the meeting, for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Thank you to our session chairs and co-chairs! Click here to view a list of this year’s chairs.

Thank you to those who worked alongside the Program Task Force to review the abstracts submitted to the meeting! Click here to view a list of this year’s guest abstract reviewers.

New for 2024! The Annual Meeting’s final night will host a Closing Night Celebration, including food and drink, and entertainment, which replaces the formal gala dinner. Please see Friday evening’s details below for more information. Education sessions conclude Saturday morning, as in previous years.


Tuesday, April 9th

12:00 – 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Symposium

Separate registration required.

Topic: Implementing Research and Quality Improvement in Your Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team

12:00 – 5:00pm

Red Rocks Amphitheatre Guided Tour and Hike

Separate registration required.

Get out and explore the Rockies before the Annual Meeting begins! Our guided tour will pick us up from the hotel to see the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and hike the surrounding trails. This hike will be a duration of 2 hours, with the tour of the Amphitheatre a duration of 30 minutes. Water and snacks will be provided.

3:30 – 4:30pm

Membership Committee Meeting

3:30 – 4:30pm

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting

3:30 – 4:30pm

Family Resources Committee Meeting

5:15 – 6:15pm

New Member and First Time Attendee Reception

6:00 – 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 10th

7:00 – 8:00am

Parameters Task Force Meeting

7:00am – 6:30pm

Poster Session 1

7:00 – 8:00am

Poster Session 1 – Poster Presenter Hour

8:15 – 8:45am

Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentations

8:45- 9:45am

Opening Keynote

10:15 – 11:55am

General Session 1

Perceptual Ratings of Hypernasality Strongly Correlate with Velopharyngeal Gap Size During Sustained Phonation on MRI
Jessica L. Williams

Utility of Caregiver-Reported Early Milestones in Single Suture Craniosynostosis 
Alexis L. Johns

Examining Factors that Impact Interpretability of Nasopharyngoscopy Assessment
Taylor Snodgrass

Craniofacial Assessment of Infants with Robin Sequence Treated with an Institution’s Orthodontic Airway Plate – Treatment Protocol versus Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis
Konstantinia Almpani

Furlow Palatoplasty vs Intravelar Veloplasty: Examining Early Differences in Speech Sound Development in Toddlers with Repaired Cleft Palate
Adriane Baylis

Decreasing the Burden of Care: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Early Cleft Lip Repair
Idean Roohani

Ear and Hearing Care in Infants and Toddlers with Cleft Palate: A Snapshot of Current Practices in the US
Ursula M. Findlen

Revolutionizing Cleft Care in Underserved Communities: A Mobile Cleft Clinic Powered by Advanced Technology
Hannah Xu

A Tailored Machine Learning Approach for Cleft Lip Symmetry Analysis
Karen Gissell Rosero Jacome

Functional Changes to the Soft Palate Following the Use of a Pedicled Buccal Fat Pad Flap During Primary Palatoplasty
Katelyn J. Kotlarek

11:55am – 1:00pm

Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:00pm

2025 Program Task Force Meeting

12:00 – 1:00pm

Advocacy Committee Meeting

12:00 – 1:00pm

CPCJ Editorial Board Meeting

1:00 – 2:00pm

Panels 1 Sessions

2:00 – 3:00pm

Special Interest Groups

2:00 – 2:30pm

Visiting Scholar Presentations

3:00 – 4:40pm

General Session 2

General Session 2A

A Conceptual Thematic Framework of Psychological Adjustment in Caregivers of Children With Craniofacial Microsomia
Nicola M. Stock

Long-Term Outcomes of a Modified Straight-Line Palate Repair Technique: Low Fistula and Speech Correcting Surgery Rates with Single Layer Closure at the Hard-Soft Junction After 13 Years 
Sasha Lasky

Rates of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency and Fistula Following Primary Palatoplasty: Is Pierre Robin Sequence Requiring Distraction a Predictor of Poorer Outcomes?
Stefanie E. Hush

Establishing the Pediatric Head Circumference Growth Curve for Patients with Sagittal Craniosynostosis 
Casey Zhang

Quantifying Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Non-Syndromic Craniosynostosis: AI-Driven Real-Time Evaluation of 3D Photogrammetry
Connor Elkhill

Weight Gain of Infants with Robin Sequence Treated Nonsurgically Using an Institution’s Orthodontic Airway Plate: 1-Year Follow-Up 
HyeRan Choo

Navigating Care for Patients with Craniofacial Abnormalities Utilizing Patient Lists in Epic Electronic Medical Record
Mary Church

Navigating Challenges in Craniofacial Care for Children in the Foster System
Laura Garcia

Examining the Utility of MRI and Nasopharyngoscopy in the Preoperative Assessment of VPI in Patients with Repaired Cleft Palate
Jessica L. Williams

Investigating the Feasibility for Ambulatory Primary Cleft Palate Repair
Allison L. Diaz

General Session 2B

Ethical Considerations for Data Sharing in Craniofacial Research: The Importance of Incorporating Patient, Family, and Community Perspectives into Research Practices
Stephanie A. Kraft

Evaluating the Impact of a Global Cleft Speech Mentorship Program on Expanding Practitioner Competency in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Sara Horne

Impact of a Five-day Intensive International Training on SLPs’ Expertise in Cleft Palate Speech: Results from Oaxaca, Mexico
Catherine J. Crowley

Does Timing Matter? Early vs. Late Tympanostomy Tube Placement in Infants with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Pilot RCT
Katie Garland

Sub-Saharan Africa on the Move: A Decade of Growth of Cleft Speech Therapy and VPI Management 
Catherine J. Crowley


4:45 – 5:45pm

Discussion Forums

Engage in thought-provoking discussions focused on current challenges in cleft and craniofacial care. As ACPA’s core model is based on interdisciplinary care, these forums will replace individual discipline forums. Our topics (subject to change) currently are:

*ACPA’s Model of Interdisciplinary Team Care in an International Team Setting

*Challenges of the Small or Rural Interdisciplinary Cleft or Craniofacial Team

*Navigating and Supporting the Path of Women in Surgical Roles on an Interdisciplinary Care Team

*Financial Challenges for the Cleft or Craniofacial Team in Providing Dental and Orthodontic Care

*Strategies to Enhance Communication and Planning Between the Team, Family, and Community Providers

*Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care: Strategies for the Team and our Patients

*Supporting Patient and Family Mental Health in Team Care

We hope these dynamic discussion forums will provide a platform for in-depth exploration and knowledge sharing.

6:00 – 7:00pm

President's Circle Reception*

By invitation only.

Thursday, April 11th

7:00am – 6:30pm

Poster Session 2

7:30 – 8:30am

Poster Session 2 – Poster Presenter Hour

7:00 – 8:30am

Instructional Courses and Study Sessions 1

8:45 – 9:00am

Young Professional and Emerging Leader Awards Presentations

9:00 – 10:00am

Research Keynote

Join us as Dr. Kathleen Bogart takes the stage to share her presentation, The Psychology of Facial Difference: Communication, Stigma, and Social Support. This keynote will review research on facial difference stigma and social support. Mixed methods research investigates disclosure or explaining facial differences and how different approaches relate to mental health outcomes. Advocacy efforts to boost representation of individuals with craniofacial differences in our field and in society at large will be discussed. Additionally, key practical recommendations for providers and researchers will be shared.

10:15 – 11:55am

Junior Investigator Session

Comparison of Orthognathic Surgery Rates between Furlow Double-Opposing Z-Plasty versus Straight-line Repair: A Review of Three Decades of Experience
Sasha Lasky

Pediatric Bone Tissue Engineering: Dipyridamole-Loaded 3D-Printed Bioceramic Scaffolds Can Stimulate Stable Bone Generation in an In Vivo Growing Pig Model Through Facial Maturity
Allison L. Diaz

Identifying Increased Intracranial Pressure in Non-Syndromic Sagittal Craniosynostosis Using Machine Learning Analysis of CT Images
Jasmine M. Chaij

Nano-sized Bone Particles – An Alternative to Autologous Bone Grafting in the Pediatric Patient with Cleft Lip/Palate?
Sameer Shakir

Laryngeal Aerodynamics and Acoustics in Children with Cleft Palate
Robert Brinton Fujiki

Formulation of E-Liquid Component in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Affects Craniofacial Development
Ethan Richlak

Broadening Access to Patient Educational Information in Resource-Limited Settings
Jinggang J. Ng

Man vs. Machine: 3D Automated Milling of Auricular Frameworks
Jina Yom

Socioeconomic Deprivation and Language Outcomes in Toddlers with Cleft Palate
Robert Brinton Fujiki

Leveraging AI’s Potential: Real-Time Prediction of Longitudinal Patient Development Using Imaging Data
Connor Elkhill


11:55am – 1:15pm

Lunch Break

11:55am – 1:15pm

Past Presidents' Lunch*

By invitation only.

12:00 – 1:00pm

Junior Investigator Award Selection Panel Meeting

1:15 – 2:15pm

Panels 2 Sessions

2:30 – 3:30pm

Instructional Courses and Study Sessions 2

3:45 – 4:45pm

Panels 3 Sessions

5:00 – 6:20pm

Short Talks 1 & 2

5:00 – 6:30pm

ASCFS Program Director’s Meeting

Friday, April 12th

7:00am – 6:30pm

Poster Session 3

7:30 – 8:30am

Poster Session 3 – Presenter Hour

7:00 – 8:00am

ASCFS Breakfast

7:00 – 8:00am

Instructional Courses and Study Sessions 3

8:30 – 9:30am

Concurrent Sessions 1

9:30 – 10:30am

ACPA Annual Business Meeting

10:30am – 12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions 2

  • Craniofacial Surgery 1
  • Psychosocial / Quality of Life 1
  • CLP Surgery 1
  • Speech / VPI 1
  • CLP Surgery 2
  • Craniofacial Biology/Genetics/Imaging 1

12:00 – 1:00pm

Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:00pm

Education Committee Meeting

1:00 – 2:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 3

  • Craniofacial Surgery 2
  • Feeding / Nutrition / Nursing
  • Craniofacial Biology / Genetics / Imaging 2
  • Speech / VPI 2
  • CLP Surgery 3
  • Psychosocial / Quality of Life 2

2:30 – 3:30pm

Special Interest Groups

3:30 – 5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions 4

  • Craniofacial Surgery 3
  • ENT / Audiology / OMFS
  • Dentistry / Orthodontics
  • Health Services Research / Epidemiology
  • CLP Surgery 4
  • Quality Improvement



Closing Night Celebration

New for 2024! The Annual Meeting’s final night will host a Closing Night Celebration, including food and drink, and entertainment.

The Closing Night Celebration will be held in place of the Gala Dinner of years past, and will celebrate the culmination of a successful meeting of our community. We are excited to celebrate in a new way in 2024, and made this change based on past attendee feedback. ACPA’s Awards Ceremony will still be held, with timing to be announced soon.

Saturday, April 13th

7:00 – 8:00am

Ethics Roundtable Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00am

Instructional Courses and Study Sessions 4

9:15 – 10:15am

Panels 4 Sessions

10:30 – 11:30am

Concurrent Sessions 5

  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Short Talks 3
  • ASCFS President’s Invited Lecture


11:30am – 1:00pm

ASCFS PostCon Panel

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