Derek Bruce, M.D.
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.
Christopher Gordon, M.D.
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Dr. Chris Gordon received his undergraduate degree in biomedical science and psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon completed an internship in general surgery at Union Memorial ospital-Baltimore. He completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery and was chief resident at University of Louisville, followed by a research fellowship in surgery at Johns Hopkins University; a fellowship in craniomaxillofacial/minimally invasive plastic surgery at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, Mexico, and a fellowship in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery at Hospital Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez in Mexico City under the training of the late Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, a craniofacial pioneer and longtime member of the board of directors of the WorldCF.
Dr. Gordon serves as medical director of plastic surgery at Dayton Children's Hospital and as a pediatric plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati. Areas of special interest to him include the treatment of cleft lip and palate, and endoscopic craniofacial surgery. His research focuses on the molecular biology of bone growth and the genetic basis for facial clefting.
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.
Rolando Prada, M.D.
Dr. Rolando Prada, a native of Bolivia, graduated from the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, then specialized in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González in Mexico City, studying under the late and world-renowned reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, a former WorldCF board member and center director. Dr. Prada is on staff at the Santa Fe Foundation University Hospital in Bogotá, at the University Children's Hospital of San José, and at the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate. He is the director of the newly established WorldCF craniofacial center at the University Children's Hospital of San José in Bogotá and is a member of the Colombian Society of Plastic Surgery, the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery, and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. He has written books on general craniofacial surgery and surgery of the nose, and has contributed chapters to numerous other books, in addition to publishing many articles in national and international journals of plastic surgery.
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.