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Medical or Graduate Education:
University of San Carlos of Guatemala Faculty of Medicine
Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center - Orthodontics
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry - Pediatric Dentistry
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - Craniofacial Research
University of Illinois Medical Center - Craniofacial Orthodontics and Research
Abnormal craniofacial growth and development
New surgical treatment strategies for cleft lip/palate
New orthodontic treatment strategies for cleft lip/palate
New orthodontic and surgical treatment strategies for craniofacial anomalies
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Isolated keratinized gingiva incision in alveolar cleft bone grafts improves qualitative outcomes: A single surgeon's 23 year experience. López-Cedrún JL, Gonzalez-Landa G, Figueroa A J Craniomaxillofac Surg 2014 Jun 14 Treatment of midfacial hypoplasia in syndromic and cleft lip and palate patients by means of a rigid external distractor (RED). Sant'Anna EF, Cury-Saramago Ade A, Lau GW, Polley JW, Figueroa ÁA Dental Press J Orthod 2013 Jul-Aug 18(4):134-43. Orthognathic Positioning System: Intraoperative System to Transfer Virtual Surgical Plan to Operating Field During Orthognathic Surgery. Polley JW, Figueroa AA. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 2013 Jan 9. doi:pii: S0278-2391(12)01612-6. 10.1016/j.joms.2012.11.004. [Epub ahead of print] Nasal Changes After Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding (PNAM) in the Unilateral Cleft Lip Nose. Gomez DF, Donohue ST, Figueroa AA, Polley JW. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012 2012 Nov 49(6):689-700. doi: 10.1597/11-007. Epub 2011 Aug 16. Parameters of care for craniosynostosis. McCarthy JG, Warren SM, Bernstein J, Burnett W, Cunningham ML, Edmond JC, Figueroa AA, Kapp-Simon KA, Labow BI, Peterson-Falzone SJ, Proctor MR, Rubin MS, Sze RW, Yemen TA; Craniosynostosis Working Group. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2012 2012 Jan 49 Suppl:1S-24S. doi: 10.1597/11-138. Epub 2011 Aug 17. Parameters of care for craniosynostosis: dental and orthodontic perspectives. Vargervik K, Rubin MS, Grayson BH, Figueroa AA, Kreiborg S, Shirley JC, Simmons KE, Warren SM. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 2012 Apr 141(4 Suppl):S68-73. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2011.12.013. Evaluation of maxillary permanent molars in patients with syndromic craniosynostosis after monobloc osteotomy and midface advancement with rigid external distraction (RED). Sant'Anna EF, de A Cury-Saramago A, Figueroa AA, Polley JW. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2010 2010 Mar 47(2):109-15. A combined orthodontic and surgical approach in osteogenesis imperfecta and severe Class III malocclusion: case report. Aizenbud D, Peled M, Figueroa AA. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 2008 May 66(5):1045-53. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.01.010. No abstract available. Use of visible light-curing acrylic resins to manufacture occlusal splints: health considerations for clinicians and laboratory personnel. Alves PV, Bolognese AM, Polley JW, Figueroa AA. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 2008 Dec 66(12):2638-41. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.04.015. No abstract available. Clinical controversies in oral and maxillofacial surgery: Part two. External versus internal distraction osteogenesis for the management of severe maxillary hypoplasia: external distraction. Figueroa AA, Polley JW. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 2008 Dec 66(12):2598-604. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2008.05.371. No abstract available.
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We treat patients with craniofacial anomalies. This includes patients with cleft lip and palette, patients with other birth defects affecting the shape and function of the face and head.
So one of the techniques, that now we have used at Rush since the early 90s, is this technique that is called nasal alveolar molding, in which we reshape the cartilages of the nose prior to the repair of the lip. So in this way, the patients tend to have a much, much better immediate outcome, but also they do require less secondary procedures to obtain the final desired outcome.
I’m old enough now that I now have seen some of my patients go into successful personal and professional lives. Helping them to get into the mainstream of life is, to me, the most rewarding thing.