For the past six years, Dr. James Liau traveled to Ecuador with surgeons from around the world, performing cleft lip and palate surgeries on children. He uses that experience to better serve patients in Kentucky (photo by Mark Cornelison)

Pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. James Liau, volunteered on Global Smile Foundation’s mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador along with plastic surgery resident Dr. Ashley Boustany to provide comprehensive care for patients born with cleft lips and palates.¬† Dr. Boustany described her experience as “the best week of her entire residency.”

“The days were long, and the surgeons operated on as many as 15 children in a day. But for Boustany, Liau and the other members of the team, the reactions from parents are worth it. This surgery is life changing for not just the young patients, but for families who struggle to feed and nourish their child. The surgery isn’t just for aesthetics; cleft lips and palates can make it difficult to for babies to breathe, eat, drink and speak.”

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