Alvaro A. Figueroa, DDS, MS, is a dentist with specialty training in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. He is co-director of the Rush Craniofacial Center in Chicago. His clinical and research interests are in craniofacial anomalies, with emphasis in orthodontic and surgical management, treatment results and craniofacial growth and development. His interest in the field started in 1976 when he did a fellowship in the Craniofacial Anomalies Section, National Institute of Dental Research in Bethesda, Md. He was the last orthodontic fellow of the late Samuel Pruzansky.
He has dedicated his entire professional and academic career to treating and learning about patients with clefts and craniofacial anomalies. He is a member of various professional associations including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. He serves as a reviewer for various professional journals. He was a member of Council for the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, was chairman of the Research Grants Committee and has participated in other committees. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Smile Train.
He has participated in various overseas treatment trips to help children with clefts and other craniofacial deformities, including Central America, the Caribbean, South America and Asia. He participates as an adviser for orthodontic graduate student thesis projects, has published over 95 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally. He was recipient of the "Best Paper of the Year" by the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery in 1997 as well as the Dewel Award from the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 1998. Through extensive clinical experience he and his partner of over 20 years, John W. Polley, MD, have developed distraction techniques that are used in the management of patients with maxillary and midface hypoplasia.
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