CHOP Clinicians Take Their Expertise to South America

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Venezuela Mission TripA team of pediatric specialists traveled to Venezuela on a mission trip to care for patients with cleft lips and palates and ear deformities.

Clinicians from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Cleft Lip and Palate Program returned to Cumana, Venezuela, last month as part of a mission trip dedicated to the memory of Don LaRossa, MD, former Chief of Plastic Surgery at CHOP, President of the American Cleft Palate Association and Board Member of Rotaplast.

The team, consisting of pediatric plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, an emeritus orthodontist, nurses, a speech pathologist and Rotary Club volunteers, traveled in a military transport plane from Caracas to Cumana. The trip kicked off with an opening day speech in Spanish given by David Low, MD, with assistance from Rosario Rottenborn, nurse at CHOP’s Bucks County Specialty Care Center.

During the duration of their stay, the team screened over 200 patients and performed more than 100 surgeries on children with cleft lips and palates, clefting deformities and other challenging deformities such as microtia (undeveloped ears). Dr. Low served as medical director for the team.