Professor Richard Hopper
Dr Richard Hopper is the Marlys C. Larson Endowed Professor in Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is Chief of the Division of Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Surgical Director of the Craniofacial Center, a 40-member interdisciplinary team dedicated to craniofacial care. Dr Hopper completed his plastic surgery residency and Master of Sciences thesis at the University of Toronto, and his craniofacial fellowship at New York University Medical Center under Dr Joseph McCarthy. His clinical practice focuses on the surgical treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, rare and severe birth deformities of the bones and soft tissues of the face at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with a sub-focus on subcranial distraction procedures. He also
has a busy practice at Harborview Medical Center managing acute craniofacial trauma. His research interests include image-based outcome studies for complex craniofacial procedures as well as device design for cleft and craniofacial care. He holds patents for a novel device to mold the nose deformity in patients born with cleft lip and an image recording cleft palate retractor system. Dr Hopper serves on the Council of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS) and is past President of the American Society for Craniofacial Surgery (ASCFS). He serves on the SmileTrain Global Medical Advisory Board and is co-sponsor of the Partners in African Cleft Team Training (PACT) program that has worked with African cleft teams in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia since 2008 to increase Sub-Saharan capacity for sustainable care of patients with cleft lip and palate.
Dr Gary Parker
Gary Parker earned his dental degree from UCLA School of Dentistry and completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at UCLA Hospital and Medical Center. After his residency training, he spent five years as senior registrar, North Wales Oral and Maxillo- facial Surgery Unit, Glan Clywd Hospital in North Wales, United Kingdom. In 1987, Dr Parker joined the Mercy Ships, an international charity founded in 1978, and became a ship surgeon on the Anastasis. Thus, began his dedication of his life’s work to Mercy Ships’ humanitarian service. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer on-board the 16,500-ton Africa Mercy, where he has lived with his wife and children. The Africa Mercy is the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free surgical and transformational healthcare. He has confronted the most challenging cases daily, removing enormous tumours from the head and neck region that afflict those who have little to no access to health care. In addition, he has operated on thousands of children affected with cleft conditions. Dr Parker is an inspiration to all who have worked with him.