ADVISORY BOARD

Tania Ochoa, JD, Los Angles, CA, USA

Tania is a solo practicing Attorney in the areas of general civil litigation with an emphasis on family law and estate planning. She attended Southwestern Law School where she received a full tuition scholarship and was accepted to the Honors Program where she wrote and edited articles for the Law Journal and received the awards of Finalist Brief Writer and Oralist Honorable Mention in the Moot Court Intramural competition. Her undergraduate education includes attending Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and ultimately graduating from UC Irvine in CA. As a native of East Los Angeles, Tania has always found an opportunity to serve others. In college Tania worked as a volunteer helping Mexican migrant farm workers in rural Pennsylvania. By far, Tania's greatest accomplishment to date has been her role as a parent to 13 year old twins. She hopes to inspire them to lead lives of service and contribution. 

Dr. Mairaj K. Ahmed, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Ahmed specializes in nasoalveolar molding and infant orthopedic techniques used in the treatment of cleft/craniofacial anomalies.  His work, which includes close collaboration with numerous cleft/craniofacial centers worldwide, is widely published in scientific journals and textbooks, and is presented regularly at national and international conferences.

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor - Departments of Dentistry/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Surgery (Division: Plastic Surgery), Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor - Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor - New York Medical College

Hospital Appointments:
Attending Physician - Mount Sinai Hospital (NY, NY)
Attending Physician - New York Ear & Eye Infirmary (NY, NY)
Attending Physician - Jacobi Hospital (Bronx, NY)
Attending Physician - North Central Bronx Hospital (Bronx, NY)
Attending Physician - Metropolitan Hospital (NY, NY)
Attending Physician - Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla, NY)

Visiting Professor Appointments:
Sohag University Craniofacial Center (Sohag, Egypt)
Gujrat Cleft Hospital (Gujrat, Pakistan)

Dr. Shyam Sheth, BDS, MDS (OMFS) Switzerland, Belgium

Dr. Sheth is a  renowned maxillofacial and oral surgeon practicing in Gujarat , India . He has been trained and guided the world's best in his profession and has also obtained extensive training in Cleft, Craniofacial and aesthetic facial surgeries from leading Indian, European and American institutions. He underwent a one year fellowship program at Mangalore under the Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation. At the same time he has left no stone unturned to serve the cleft community through his surgical skills by conducting free operations for cleft lip & cleft palate patients since 2005. Since then, he has conducted 4,500 pro bono cleft operations. He has also donated his time during the 2001 earthquake which rocked Gujarat, India by giving onsite services for more than two weeks in Kutch, BHUJ. He has also served as an academic since 2001 in various dental and medical colleges, has attended more than 40 national and international specialty conferences, and currently has a one year fellowship program at his cleft center.  To date, only eight maxillofacial surgeons have  obtained this training. He emphasizes keeping himself updated and trained on the most advanced techniques in his field.

Thomas Flood, RN, San Diego, CA, USA

Tom Flood RN has been a Registered Nurse since 1974. Prior to that he was an operating room technician in the US Air Force. After discharge from the military and receiving his nursing license, he moved to Houston and worked in the operating room at The Methodist Hospital.  Starting in 1999, he began to volunteer on surgical missions for cleft lip and palates in Vietnam, Romania, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Haiti and India.  He is currently also a partner with Smile Train and and has conducted many missions.  In 2007, he along with his wife Nancy, formed Surgical Volunteers International. SVI is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization. Since 2007, SVI has helped over 2000 patients in 6 countries. 

Tom Flood RN has been a Registered Nurse since 1974. Prior to that he was an operating room technician in the US Air Force. After discharge from the military and receiving his nursing license, he moved to Houston and worked in the operating room at The Methodist Hospital.  Starting in 1999, he began to volunteer on surgical missions for cleft lip and palates in Vietnam, Romania, Peru, Bolivia, Egypt, Haiti and India.  He is currently also a partner with Smile Train and and has conducted many missions.  In 2007, he along with his wife Nancy, formed Surgical Volunteers International. SVI is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization. Since 2007, SVI has helped over 2000 patients in 6 countries. 

Ayisha Ayub, M. Phil, Gujrat, Pakistan

I am research coordinator at Cleft Hospital Gujrat- a high volume cleft care center specially for cleft patients.

Since my joining I have been doing surveys to get an idea of the cleft awareness and care status in Pakistan.

I have also written a chapter on "strategies to optimize global cleft care"

A research on the risk factors associated with the development of cleft has been completed, an article written which is currently under review.

Side by side research on "ear infection and cleft" along with cleft and cancer relation is in its final stages. My main aim is to thoroughly gather all the info I can collect so that we can get to know the cleft status and its incidence in Pakistan. Further it will help our hospital in getting funding for practical  genetic level research.

 

My BS was in biochemistry where I was one the seven students who got to do research in their final semester. After completing my BS I also taught for a year to get exposure and polish my skills along with a diploma in linguistics.

I have done MS in molecular biology from Center of excellence in molecular biology, university of the Punjab, one of the top uni in Pakistan. During MS, my research was on screening of deafness loci at genetic level. I was always interested in doing genetic level research that is why I was excited to join cleft hospital as this is an area where little research has been done in our country.

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