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Originally founded in 1971 by well-known surgeon Dr. Kenneth Salyer, the International Craniofacial Institute is now led by Dr. David G. Genecov, who serves as Director. Recognized nationwide as one of the most advanced centers for craniofacial and cleft lip and palate repair, we have treated over 17,000 patients from more than 30 countries.

Our doctors train surgeons from all over the world in advanced craniofacial surgery techniques and share their knowledge and experience with the world’s surgical community through lectures and publications. For each patient, we strive to provide aesthetic and functional correction, practical instruction, and the real hope we’ve been offering to patients and their families for almost 40 years.
Correcting craniofacial differences demands a high level of specific surgical expertise, detailed treatment and planning, and years of experience. Because our patients have a variety of medical, dental, surgical, and psychosocial needs, we have brought together the finest team representing over 15 different areas of specialty and skill.

 

David G. Genecov, MD, FACS, FAAP

David G. Genecov, MD, FACS, FAAP

“Patients are, first and foremost, people. So that’s where my work begins: I treat every person with individual consideration to get a clear understanding of their specific circumstances. Once we’ve determined the appropriate treatment goals and methods, I apply my skills and experience to create both functional and aesthetic restoration. And as the field advances, I’m committed to ongoing improvement of my own skills as well so that I can do whatever it takes to improve my patients’ quality of life.”

– Dr. David G. Genecov

 

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Carlos Raul Barcelo, MD

“My life goal as a physician is to treat each patient with the same professional expertise, consideration, and personal concern as I would my own family members. And my family is my most valued asset.” 

– Dr. Carlos Raul Barcelo

 

Evan W. Beale, MD

Evan W. Beale, MD

“As a father of young children, I understand the importance of earning the trust of patients and their parents. A trusted surgeon should exhibit more than expert technical skill but should also treat each patient as a respected individual. To give my patients the best possible care, I conduct thorough evaluations, listen to their desires and needs, and set forth realistic expectations for outcomes. I, therefore, perform procedures only when it is in the patient’s best interest and with the utmost regard to their safety and well-being.” 

–Dr. Evan W. Beale

 

Elizabeth E. Sperry, ScD, CCC-SLP

Elizabeth E. Sperry, ScD, CCC-SLP

“My role as a Speech Pathologist on the craniofacial team is multi-faceted. I perform pre- and post-operative evaluations and make recommendations about the appropriate treatment of speech problems of children and adults who have clefts and craniofacial anomalies, velopharyngeal dysfunction for speech, and feeding and swallowing problems. This process also involves family and patient education, and the guidance through the various surgical interventions and therapy so that they not only understand the course of action, but can also become active participants in their medical care. Collaborative care with outside therapists and other craniofacial team members is a critical part of achieving an optimal outcome that will benefit the patient. My ultimate goal for every patient is to achieve maximum functional development to allow them to reach their full potential.” 

–Dr. Elizabeth E. Sperry

 

Barbi Cohen, BSN, CPNP

Barbi Cohen, BSN, CPNP

“My mission is to enhance the lives of pediatric patients and their families with careful analysis and diagnosis for each patient. In my Plagiocephaly Clinic, I believe in educating parents in order for them to understand their unique situation and show them how to utilize techniques such as “tummy time” and neck stretching exercises to promote head symmetry. I gain the trust of my patients and their families, as well as their pediatricians, by using only necessary and safe treatments. I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of craniofacial surgeons that can further treat syndromic and acquired head-shape anomalies.” 

–Barbi Cohen

 

Caroline Maddux, PA-C

Caroline Maddux, PA-C

“As a Physician Assistant, I’m a direct extension of the physician. My role is to ensure that patients receive not only the best quality of care during surgery, but outside of the operating room as well. I enjoy being able to spend as much time as needed to provide thorough care to patients before, during, and after surgery.”

–Caroline Maddux

 

Courtney Dunavant

Courtney W. Dunavant, PA-C

“As a Physician Assistant, I seek to utilize my developed medical knowledge and surgical skills to optimize patients’ medical and surgical outcomes. I take great pride in acting as the primary physician-patient liaison to offer exceptional patient care within a dynamic team.” – Courtney Dunavant