GURNEE AND GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS – Grayslake and Round Lake orthodontics and craniofacial expert Dr. Michael Stosich will travel to Montpellier, France this month to participate in a collaboration between French and American medical teams researching complex orthodontic and craniofacial cases.
Invisalign provider Dr. Stosich has been involved in this research for the past three years, in which U.S. medical and orthodontic experts work with French craniofacial and pediatric surgeons on novel treatments and research.
This collaboration came about as a result of Dr. Stosich’s work at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he completed a craniofacial fellowship. While there, he worked with a French pediatric surgeon, who continues to work with other pediatric and fetal surgeons on research into ways of treating various craniofacial anomalies at his university in France.
“We work on methods of bringing care to cleft patients and those with Crouzon Syndrome, as well as conducting lab-based research,” says Dr. Stosich, a Waukegan braces provider. “We’re also researching how to bring tissue engineering to this mix.”
There is no orthodontist on the French team, so Dr. Stosich brings a new perspective to the research into treatment modalities.
“It’s truly a privilege to be part of this research,” says the SureSmile dental braces provider. “Not to mention getting to go to France every year or two.”
During his first trip, the group established objectives. Last year’s trip resulted in significant progress. The U.S. team observed the French team’s surgeries at the children’s teaching hospital in Paris.
“We observed their teams and contributed orthodontic knowledge,” says family orthodontist, Dr. Stosich. “This year, we’re trying to focus on how to develop trained craniofacial teams.”
That will be an improvement over the current French scenario where pediatric surgeons perform a surgical procedure without any guidance or input from an orthodontist, and then the patient is referred to an orthodontist in private practice for additional treatment.
Here in the U.S., all aspects of treatment are integrated from day one when the baby is born, and the collaboration among specialists continues as the child grows.
“We hope to advance French treatment to the point where an orthodontist is brought in once a week instead of sending the patient to a private practice,” Dr. Stosich says. “It’s exciting to be part of improving treatment for patients globally. A smile truly has no boundaries!”
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