Medical Director Derek Bruce, M.D. serves on the WorldCF’s board of directors as well. He is an internationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and has been vitally involved around the world with the work of the foundation since its inception. He is a recognized expert in the treatment of pediatric head injury, raised intracranial pressure, pediatric skull base surgery, and craniofacial reconstructive surgery. Since 2003, Dr. Bruce has been Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at George Washington Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
David Chong, M.D.
Dr. David Chong, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a former WorldCF fellow and longtime friend of the WorldCF. He was trained at the Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, then spent three years gaining more fellowship experience in the area of cleft lip and palate surgery, working with Dr. Kenneth Salyer at the WorldCF in Dallas and at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. He recently performed the first-ever intracranial surgery aboard Africa Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, providing life-saving medical care to children in coastal Africa for Mercy Ships, a foundation based in Lindale, Texas. Dr. Chong’s passion is in correcting facial and skull deformities in children. He frequently volunteers to operate and teach in developing countries, and has been a recipient of a fellowship from the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons granted to promising young surgeons, which has allowed him to travel extensively and help improve craniofacial care around the world.
Juan Cuellar, M.D.
Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles, California, USA
Dr. Juan Cuellar received his medical degree from La Salle University in Mexico City in 2003. He continued his postgraduate training in the prestigious Plastic Surgery Department of the Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez, under the tutelage of worldwide renowned plastic surgery professor Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio. After graduating as a plastic aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Cuellar completed an additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. In 2012, he received a WorldCF fellowship that allowed him to complete a craniofacial fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Together with his father, who is also a plastic surgeon, he co-founded “La Fuerza de Mi Sonrisa” (The Power of My Smile), a nonprofit organization focused on providing multidisciplinary treatment to indigenous children with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial abnormalities in Chiapas, Mexico.
Arun Gosain, M.D.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dr. Arun Gosain is the division head of pediatric reconstructive and plastic surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, one of the most highly respected children’s medical centers in the United States. Dr. Gosain is a leader in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery in America. He received his training at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and New York University Medical Center. Dr. Gosain’s focus is pediatric plastic surgery with expertise in craniofacial and vascular anomalies, congenital nevi, correction of cleft lip and palate and secondary deformities, distraction of the facial skeleton, and dynamic reanimation for facial paralysis and the treatment of neurofibromatosis.
Diego Steinberg, M.D.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dr. Diego Steinberg received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1995. Following his training in plastic surgery, he was awarded the title of Specialist in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery from the Argentine Ministry of Health. In 2007, he became a WorldCF fellow, working under Dr. Kenneth Salyer for a year before returning to Buenos Aires, where he continues to practice craniofacial surgery. Dr. Steinberg has authored than twenty-five papers that have been presented at international meetings as well as scientific publications in Argentina and abroad. He is an international member of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and volunteers internationally in consultation with Operation Smile.
Akira Yamada, M.D.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dr. Akira Yamada, a native of Japan, is one of the most highly skilled surgeons in pediatric ear reconstruction in the world. He has been a WorldCF fellow, and has traveled extensively with Dr. Kenneth Salyer, performing surgeries and teaching ear-reconstruction techniques around the globe. He spent a year as the visiting professor for the WorldCF, traveling nationally and internationally to teach and perform surgery. He will join the staff at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital in 2017 and will continue to volunteer for the WorldCF globally. Dr. Yamada was trained at the Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Kyushu University School of Medicine, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.