By Usama Hamdan, MD, FICS
The quest for optimal outcomes in patient care is a driving force for healthcare professionals. This is especially true for those caring for patients born with clefts. The significant advances in medicine coupled with the logarithmic expansion of information dissemination have facilitated the sharing of knowledge throughout the globe. Video Atlas of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery edited by Derek Rogers, MD, Christopher Hartnick, MD and Usama Hamdan, MD, FICS presents both in print and videography the knowledge, understanding, philosophy and skills of various multi-specialty cleft experts in an attempt to unravel many of the questions regarding cleft management with particular emphasis on surgical techniques.
The disparity in surgical outcomes, lack of comprehensive care and lack of the concept of cleft team methodology are quite striking but understandable under certain conditions that might be attributed to the deficiency of resources throughout many parts of the world. However, in other regions or capitals where resources are available, comprehensive cleft care is also absent or scarce. A multidisciplinary team approach is essential for rendering the best possible cleft care.
This book aims at sharing the vast practical experience of the authors with readers from various specialties, enhancing the dissemination of training at a global level, an option made possible through the expansion of internet and online teaching, and hopefully be a catalyst for the development of comprehensive cleft programs worldwide. Coupled with the power of video documentation, the book also hopes to enhance the ability of the reader to capture the step-by-step surgical techniques that have been useful in the hands of the authors in reproducing successful outcomes.