Southcentral Foundation Assumes Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program
Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Suver.
The State of Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic was assumed by Southcentral Foundation in October 2016. While the staffing of the clinic stays continuous, there have been improvements which include an increased number of clinics, additional hours for clinics, and more comprehensive evaluations that allow providers to get to know each child individually.
A new website was developed and contains information not only on the condition, but also specific pages geared toward parents and providers, along with a team bio page. In the future, the dental department hopes to provide additional resources for out-of-town guests to help make travel easier.
The clinic is open to all Alaska residents, and the team is composed of members from SCF, ANTHC, and the community. One of the leading members is Dr. Daniel Suver, a craniofacial plastic surgeon who comes with a remarkable educational and practical background. An Alaska resident since 2012, Dr. Suver has a particular interest in pediatric plastic surgery, and maintains a private practice in the Anchorage community.
The program is currently housed in ANMC, but will be moved to the children’s building when it is completed in 2018. The next cleft lip and palate clinic will be held October 16–17.