NYU School of Medicine announced a $2 million grant from myFace, a nonprofit organization founded to assist those with facial disfigurement and a longtime benefactor of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.
The gift heralds the renaming of NYU Langone’s highly regarded Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery to the myFace Center for Craniofacial Care at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery and further supports the provision of comprehensive and personalized craniofacial care.
“We are extremely proud to continue our decades-long partnership with myFace,” says Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone. “Together, we have cared for thousands of patients, regardless of the severity of their condition, geographic location, or ability to pay.”
In the United States alone, 1 in 600 children is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, and 1 in 3,000 is born with facial asymmetry, a missing ear, jaw deformity, or a defect of the skull, nerves, or facial bones.
The myFace Center, located at 307 East 33 Street, is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with facial disfigurement—with a particular focus on pediatric care—providing medical, surgical, dental, and psychosocial services. One of the largest facilities of its kind in the country, the myFace Center treats approximately 3,000 patients each year with cranial or facial abnormalities, like craniosynostosis or Treacher Collins syndrome, as well as other reconstructive plastic surgery conditions.
“The breadth and depth of experience with our practitioners, having treated so many issues, allow us to constantly re-evaluate, modify, and improve traditional treatment modalities,” continued Dr. Rodriguez.
“The surgical quality that both my children have received at the myFace Center has been phenomenal,” says Lisa Pleasants, mother of myFace patients, Jaimeson and Anderson. “They are not textbook cases of these rare syndromes, so the surgeons often have to come up with surgeries that are new and very customized.”
The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery enjoys an illustrious history, highlighted by innovative breakthroughs in research, patient care, education, and surgical training, and has made major contributions in transplantation, wound healing, craniofacial biology, surgical simulation, and distraction osteogenesis.
myFace is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with facial disfigurement. With a special focus on children and their families, myFace funds medical, surgical, dental, and psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness.
myFace, formerly the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, was founded to address the all-too-visible plight of those with facial disfigurement by assuring them access to the comprehensive and highly personalized team care at the myFace Center in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone.
The myFace Center provides integrative, highly specialized, and personalized team care to all those who request treatment, regardless of the type or severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care.
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