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Children’s Hospital Plastic Surgeon Co-Edits Textbook Offering Medical Teams Around Globe Access to Advanced Care Techniques

New Comprehensive Cleft Care is co-edited by Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP

A Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC plastic surgeon has co-edited one of the international medical community’s most comprehensive and authoritative publications on the care of young patients with cleft lip and palate.

Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP, co-edited the 73-chapter, 1,200-page Comprehensive Cleft Care, which was authored in collaboration with more than 120 experts from six countries. Dr. Losee’s co-editor was Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP, director of the Cleft Palate Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The book was recently published by McGraw-Hill Education.

Comprehensive Cleft Care is designed for multidisciplinary medical teams who care for children with clefts. Clefts are gaps that occur in the lip or palate and are among the most common birth defects in the United States. Nationally, about 6,800 babies are born with clefts each year, according to the March of Dimes.

“The care of patients with clefts here at Children’s Hospital and at other leading centers in the United States involves a multidisciplinary approach. We have experts in genetics, speech pathology, surgery, social work and other disciplines who all work as a team to ensure the patient and family receive the best and most comprehensive care possible,” said Dr. Losee, chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and director of the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children’s. “That same multidisciplinary approach to care is emulated in this publication. We want to help educate teams from around the globe on the latest and most advanced care for children born with clefts.”

Dr. Losee, also an associate professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is one of the leading cleft-craniofacial surgeons in the country. Since joining Children’s Hospital in 2003, he has overseen the transition of the Cleft-Craniofacial Center to the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, combining the resources of one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals with one of the oldest and busiest interdisciplinary centers for treating cleft and craniofacial anomalies in children. Dr. Losee’s clinical interests focus on children born with congenital deformities, including clefts and craniofacial anomalies. As an author, his articles have been published in the leading journals in the field, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Losee was an attending surgeon and director of the Strong Center for Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. He received his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he also completed a combined residency in general surgery and plastic surgery. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

For information about the publication, visit www.mcgraw-hillmedical.com.

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