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  • The 2014 Harold M. Trusler Lectureship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

    07/11/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Doctor Harold M Trusler was the first intern at Riley Hospital for Children when it opened in 1924.  Doctor Trusler’s desire to help children affected by birth defects and trauma led to his interest in reconstructive Surgery.  He went on to become internationally known for his work with Riley’s Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and was appointed the first Director of the Division of…

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  • Confronting our Prejudices

    05/15/2014 | Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Jeannie Ewing is a Riley mom and creator of the blog “Love Alone Creates”.  Below are her reflections regarding prejudice. It's been a little over a year since I've given birth to our second daughter, Sarah, who was born with Apert Syndrome.  I often tell people - and myself - that, while this isn't the life we would have chosen, Sarah has certainly blessed our lives…

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  • The 71st Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association:  Riley Was There

    04/29/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Last month, the Cleft and Craniofacial Team of Riley Hospital at IU Health was proud to welcome The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) to Indianapolis as our city played host to ACPA’s 71st annual scientific meeting.  The ACPA is an international organization of over 2500 health care professionals who treat birth defects of the face and skull.  The ACPA promotes research…

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  • THE POWER OF A SMILE

    04/02/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Eric Luecking . a Riley parent, recently spoke at the “Cleft Care Across the Lifespan: Fundamentals for Parents” conference on March 6, 2014 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  Below is the written text of Mr. Luecking’s remarks. Humans can have an ugly way of undoing God's gifts.  Maybe it's the media - or our interpretation of their reporting - that has…

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  • Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals for Parents

    03/19/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health presented a conference for parents of children with cleft lip and palate on March 6, 2013.   “Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals for Parents” explored the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of infants through adolescents with cleft lip and palate. Team members addressed topics such as…

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  • Christian Buchanan: Facing the World Despite Rare Facial Disorder

    02/27/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Midway through her pregnancy, Lacey Buchanan got some sobering news: There’s something wrong with your baby. The elation she’d felt just weeks before—it’s a boy!—was now abruptly deflating, like air escaping from a punctured balloon. An ultrasound showed that if her son survived, he would have facial abnormalities, the extent of which were not fully known. It would be…

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  • Women For Riley Grant Helps Craniofacial Families

    02/05/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Through the generosity of a grant provided by the “Women for Riley”, many hearts of parents who have had an infant born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate have been touched.  A baby born with a cleft will most likely have feeding difficulties at birth due to the inability to suck and successfully express milk from a regular nipple and bottle.  Many times a special feeding system…

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  • What is Plagiocephaly?

    01/15/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Plagiocephaly is a word that describes abnormal head shape, often flattening, of one side of the skull. There are a number of reasons that a baby’s head shape may not be round and equal.  An early and thorough evaluation is important to figure out the cause and plan a course of treatment. Plagiocephaly may develop when the baby’s rapidly growing head meets some kind of resistance.…

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  • A Parent’s Perspective

    12/11/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    This blog was submitted by the parent of a child with a Craniofacial disorder - Jeannie Ewing. Our infant daughter, Sarah, was born with Apert Syndrome, which we discovered was a rare chromosomal anomaly and form of craniosynostosis. Shortly following her birth, we were referred to Dr. Flores, who became her craniofacial surgeon. At the time of this writing, Sarah has nearly a dozen specialists in…

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  • The 2013 Trusler Lectureship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

    11/07/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Harold M. Trusler Visiting Lectureship in Clinical Plastic Surgery is an annual event held in honor of Doctor Trusler, a plastic surgeon who was integral in establishing the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Each year a national leader in pediatric plastic surgery is invited to give a Grand Rounds lecture and participate in educational sessions with…

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