ICPF Presidential Oration


The International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation
ICPF is one of the world’s foremost bodies dedicated to the care and management of cleft lip and palate. This multi-disciplinary, humanitarian, non-profit foundation provides vital information, inspiration and motivation to healthcare professionals all over the world and helps to enhance the quality of comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and palate. ICPF conferences are unique, global events where healthcare professionals from around the world discuss current issues in management of congenital and genetic pathology of head, face and neck. The ICPF Presidential Oration is the highest honor bestowed upon by the ICPF congresses and are delivered by legendary, stellar and most distinguished surgeons of our times in recognition of their exemplary expertise, outstanding accomplishments and exceptional abilities to lead, serve, inspire, and collaborate with broad impact. With this special distinction, the ICPF honors their innovative approaches and unsurpassed contributions for the advancement of cleft missions.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious ICPF Presidential Oration to be given by Prof. Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D.

Prof. Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D
Prof. Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D, Founder & Chairman, World Craniofacial Foundation, Founder, International Craniofacial Institute and the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center, Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Texas, President, International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation, USA.
Prof. Salyer is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in craniofacial reconstruction surgery. In his illustrious career spanning nearly half a century, he has surgically rehabilitated several thousands of children, adolescents and adults afflicted with deformities of the skull and face. He is probably best-known for a herculean feat of medicine: the 36-hour operation to separate the Egyptian twin toddlers Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim conjoined at the head, in 2003. He was part of the team that tried to save John F. Kennedy after the President was shot in November 1963. His passion for his patients and the promise of a normal face have given hope to thousands of children around the world. He is the author of a new memoir, A Life That Matters: Transforming Faces, Renewing Lives.

Prof David Precious Memorial Oration

Prof. David S. Precious, Canada

Prof. David S. Precious, DDS, MSc FRCDC, FRCS, CM, Dean Emeritus, Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Former Chair, ICPF, was an internationally-recognized leader in the field. He was widely renowned for his humanitarian outreach missions having donated his time, money and skills to advance and support surgical care for children with cleft lip & palate.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious Prof. Davis S. Precious Memorial Oration to be given by Prof. Anthony F. Markus

Prof. Anthony F. Markus, UK

Prof. Anthony F. Markus, FDSRCPS, FDSRCS, FRCS, Head, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Nuffield Hospital, Bournemouth, Poole Hospital, Pool Dorset, UK,
is among the world’s renowned maxillofacial surgeons. He established a multidisciplinary cleft centre to serve the population of Dorset and surroundings in 1985. Over the years he has trained innumerable young surgeons and cleft team members from around the world. He is among a team of experts who have established Future Faces charity.


Prof. C.R. Sundararajan Memorial Lecture

Prof M.S. Ramakrishnan, India

Prof M.S. Ramakrishnan, M.S., F.A.C.S, Former Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Madras Medical College, Pediatric Surgeon, Institute of Child Health, Chennai, India, was the first surgeon to hold a professorial chair in South India in Pediatric Surgery. Having started his career as a General Surgeon and Professor of Operative Surgery, Madras Medical College, he trained in Pediatric Surgery at Montreal, Canada. A very popular teacher, he became the President of the Association of Surgeons of India and Association of Pediatric Surgeons of India. His passion was to treat congenital malformations, particularly cleft lip and palate in which he excelled. He also created a registry on congenital malformations in 1000 live births, which is still being quoted at the Institute of Child health, Chennai.  A very endearing teacher and his final struggle were to establish a state of the art children’s Hospital to cater for the lower income group in Chennai. This edifice – Child’s Trust Hospital is a standing monument of his dream with all sub specialties of pediatrics and teaching program.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious Prof. M.S. Ramakrishnan Memorial Lecture to be given by Prof. S. Anthony Wolfe, M.D

Prof. S. Anthony Wolfe, USA

Prof. S. Anthony Wolfe, M.D. is Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital. Prof. Wolfe graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed a General Surgery Residency at The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital under Francis 0. Moore. He then went through a Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami under D. Ralph Millard, Jr., M.D. Following this, he spent a year as Assistant to Paul Tessier, in Paris, and then returned to Miami to go into practice with Dr. Millard.

Prof.Wolfe is the author of numerous books (Plastic Surgery of the Facial Skeleton, with orthodontist Sam Berkowitz; a book on Facial Fractures, and a two volume biography of Paul Tessier entitled A Man from Héric) and translator of many other. He sits on The Medical Advisory Board of Smile Train. He is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Florida and Florida International Universities, and a Professor of the Voluntary Faculty at The University of Miami. He is a Founding Member of The International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. Prof. Wolfe feels that Plastic Surgery is composed of two often overlapping areas— reconstructive surgery, and aesthetic surgery, and it has been one of his particular interests to apply techniques and principles from one area to the other, presiding thereby in the marriage of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.



Prof. C.R. Sundararajan, India

Prof. Cheyyur Ramaswamy Sundararajan, MS, Mch, is a doyen in Plastic Surgery in India. He was an outstanding surgeon and a legendary teacher & guide for over four decades. He headed the Plastic Surgery Dept. at Madras Medical College, Chennai, India and started the M.Ch Plastic Surgery course here. For his contributions to the
field of Plastic Surgery he was awarded the “Dr. BC Roy Award” in 1989, the highest medical honor in the country.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious Prof. C.R. Sundararajan Memorial Lecture to be given by Prof. GE Ghali, USA

Prof. G.E. Ghali, USA

Prof. G.E. Ghali DDS, MD, FACS, Professor & Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center , Jack W. Gamble Chair in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, Director of the cleft and craniofacial surgery fellowship program, Senior partner in WK/University Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Willis-Knighton South, President, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

Graduating with degrees in medicine (LSU School of Medicine, Shreveport) and Dentistry (Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas), he served an internship in general surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas and an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery residency at the same institution. He held a Fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.


Prof. Kawai, Japan

Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai, Professor Emeritus, Aichi-Gakuin University, President, Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, was senior advisor and responsible for many activities of the Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation since it was founded. He established the Cleft Lip and Palate center at Aichi-Gakuin University Hospital and spared no effort to improve the care for cleft lip palate patients.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious Prof. Kawai Memorial Oration to be given by Prof. Adrian Sugar

Prof. Adrian Sugar, UK

Prof. Adrian Sugar, FDSRCS(Eng,Ed) FDSRCPS MDhc, Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgery, Clinical Director, The Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate,
Cleft and Maxillofacial Units, Morriston Hospital and Swansea University, Wales, UK, has been training senior trainees in the specialty for more than 20 years and his team was the first to introduce both craniofacial implants and maxillofacial distraction osteogenesis into the UK.



Prof J.G. Kannappan, India

Prof J.G.Kannappan was a former Professor and Principal of the Government Tamil Nadu Dental College and Hospital, Professor Emeritus of the TN Dr MGR. Medical University, Chennai. He has been teaching dental and medical students in a career spanning for more than half a century. During this period he has taught, inspired and mentored BDS, MBBS, MDS, M Phil and MSc Forensic Odontology candidates. In 1980s He has been known for his unique classification of dental appliances for the cleft palate patients in India and credited with the identification of oral manifestation of tropical oral infections. He had a huge fascination for cleft rehabilitation and led several dental and cleft camps at remote areas in a bid to create awareness and provide initial treatment for children and adult affected with oro-facial clefts. In remembrance of his unique contribution to Indian cleft –orthodontics, this oration has been conceived.

We are privileged to have the Congress’ prestigious Prof. J.G. Kannappan Oration to be given by Prof. N.R. Krishnaswamy.

Prof. N.R. Krishnaswamy, India

He is Professor and Head of the Dept of Orthodontics and the Vice Principal of Ragas Dental College & Hospital, Chennai, India. After graduating from the Madras Dental College, he obtained his Masters in Orthodontics from College of Dental Surgery, Manipal, India. He is a fellow of the Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Diplomate of the Indian Board of Orthodontics and The National Board of Medical Sciences. He was the recipient of the International Scientific exchange fund of the Japan Dental Association which led to clinical training at Tsurumi University, Yokohama, Japan. He has delivered lectures and conducted workshops on Orthodontists in several countries worldwide and has also published extensively.


Prof. US Nayak, India

Prof. Dr. U.S. Nayak, MS., MCh., FRACS (Melbourne), Plastic Surgeon, Prof. & Head of Plastic Surgery, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, was one of the greatest surgeons, whose word was considered ultimate in Plastic Surgery. He was one of the first from India to be trained under Sir Benjamin Rank, Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Melbourne. A respected teacher and a surgeon par excellence, he has done monumental work and inspired and trained a large number of surgeons. Prof. US Nayak memorial Oration will be given by Prof. Dr. S.M. Balaji, India

Prof. S.M Balaji, India

Prof. S.M. Balaji MDS, PhD, DSc, Founder Director, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Chennai, India, is the first PhD from Govt. Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University in Maxillofacial Surgery, author of Textbook of Maxillofacial Surgery and Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery (AMS), a PubMed indexed journal. He is the President of the IADR Asia Pacific Region and President of International College of Dentists.