Cleft and Craniofacial Team of New Orleans

New Orleans Cleft and Craniofacial Team group photo

Our Cleft & Craniofacial Team

back row: left to right Yves Lacassie, genetics Stephen Holmes, dentistry Regina Zambrano, genetics Michael Marble, genetics Michael Moses, craniofacial/plastics Mark Coreil, orthodontics Hugo St. Hilaire, craniofacial/plastics/oral surgery Claudia Cavallino, dentistry Michael Ferguson, oral surgery Demarcus Smith IV, oral surgery front row: left to right Lori McBride, neurosurgery Mary Ellen Alexander, nursing Amanda Giles, audiology missing William Ledoux, orthodontics Lawrence Simon, and ENT Patrice Haywood

The Children's Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team includes the following specialists:

Dr Moses Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

Michael Moses, MD
Plastic Surgeon - Clinic Director

Michael Moses, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon. He has been working to help children with congenital and acquired facial differences for over 15 years. Currently, Dr. Moses is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Touro Infirmary, the Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial team at Children's Hospital, and on the faculty of Tulane University and LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Moses is also an avid art collector, specializing in New Orleans artists.

Dr. Lawrence Simon

Lawrence Simon, MD
Otolaryngologist (ENT)

Dr. Lawrence Simon, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in biochemistry. He then completed both medical school and a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California, where he also served as an integral member of their Craniofacial Team. Upon finishing fellowship, Dr. Simon joined the faculty of the LSU Health Sciences Center at Children's Hospital of New Orleans in 2010, where he served as Co-Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology from July 2012 until his departure into private practice in 2013. Dr. Simon has been a member of the Children's Hospital Craniofacial team since his arrival in 2010 and maintains both an academic affiliation with LSU and privileges at Children's Hospital.

Anita Jeyakumar, MD F.A.C.S.

Anita Jeyakumar, MD F.A.C.S.
Otolaryngology (ENT)

Anita Jeyakumar, MD is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with a sub-specialty in Pediatric Otolaryngology. She has been a member of the Craniofacial team since November 2013. She joined Children's Hospital in September 2011. She specializes in Pediatric hearing loss including Cochlear implantation, Bone conduction hearing aids, Pediatric ear disease, Pediatric thyroid disease, Pediatric neck masses and craniofacial anomalies.

Sohit Kanotra, MD

Sohit Kanotra, MD
Otolaryngology (ENT)

Dr. Kanotra received his medical education at Government Medical College, Jammu, India and his otolaryngology residency at Government Medical College, Srinagar, India. He completed a 1 year Head and Neck Endocrine fellowship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York and then went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Kanotra is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and the American Neurotology Society and has authored several papers on various aspects of Otolaryngology. He has a special interest in Pediatric airway, Pediatric Head and Neck tumors including vascular anomalies, Pediatric sleep apnea and craniofacial anomalies.

Dr McBride Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Lori A. McBride, MD
Neurosurgeon

Lori A. McBride, MD is a board certified neurosurgeon. Her areas of expertise include craniofacial surgery, neuro-endoscopy, epilepsy surgery, and neurotrauma/critical care. Dr. McBride was a graduate of LSU Medical School, completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Colorado, and received a Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, 1998-1999. Dr. McBride is the Chief of Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital, and is board certified in adult and pediatric neurosurgery. She appreciates the value of the multi-specialty team approach used in the Children's Hospital craniofacial clinic. She believes that it ensures the best care for our patients and is more convenient for families.

Dr Ferguson Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Michael Ferguson, MD, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Ferguson is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. He received his D.D.S and M.D. degrees from Louisiana State University. In addition, He received his specialty training at Charity hospital of New Orleans and currently maintains a private practice in the New Orleans area. Dr. Ferguson is a member of professional groups such as the American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Louisiana Dental Association and New Orleans Dental association.

Dr. St. Hilaire Plastic, Reconstructive, and Oral Surgeon

Hugo St. Hilaire MD, DDS
Plastic, Reconstructive, & Oral Surgeon

Hugo St. Hilaire MD, DDS, is assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU School of Medicine. He is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His education is unique in that he completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University, and Craniofacial Surgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He resides in Metairie with his wife, Brooke, and their children C.D., Caroline, Ellie and Adele.

Willliam LeDoux, DDS Pediatric Orthodontist

William LeDoux, DDS
Orthodontist

Dr. Ledoux has been a member of Children's Hospital Craniofacial Team since 1995, and also has a private practice. His practice is a unique blend of art, science, and experience. His focus is on personal attention and meticulous state-of-the-art care in craniofacial orthodonitics. Dr. LeDoux is actively involved in training and education of dentists specializing in orthodontics as a faculty member of the Department of Orthodontics at LSU School of Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr Ledoux is also an avid fisherman. He is married and has four children.

Mark N. Coreil, DDS, Orthodontist

Mark N. Coreil, DDS
Orthodontist

Mark N. Coreil, DDS is a Board Certified orthodontist. He has worked with children who have craniofacial problems over the past five years. Dr Coreil is Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthodontics at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and is actively involved as an orthodontist on the Children's Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team. Dr. Coreil graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1986 and completed his orthodontic specialty training at LSU in 1988.

Demarcus Smith IV, DDS Pediatric Oral Surgeon

Demarcus Smith IV, DDS
Oral Surgeon

After earning his dental degree at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Demarcus D. Smith, DDS, continued his specialty training at the Charity Hospital of New Orleans (LSU) to enhance his knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Here he completed an internship and residency in the specialty while acting as Chief Resident of Oral Surgery. Board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Smith has served on the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and conducted a number of lectures to his peers. He is a member of professional groups such as the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Louisiana Dental Association, and the New Orleans Dental Association.

Dr. Smith enjoys working with children and craniofacial development problems. He has been involved in such work for most of his practicing career both at Ochsner Clinic and Children's Hospital of New Orleans.

Dr. Smith resides in Metairie with his wife Cherie, and their two children. With commitment to his community just as strong as his commitment to dentistry, Dr. Smith is actively involved in St. Catherine's parish. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.

Claudia Cavallino, DDS

Claudia Cavallino, DDS
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Claudia Cavallino, a lifelong resident of New Orleans, specializes in preventive and restorative dentistry, and dentistry for children with special health care needs. Dr. Cavallino received her B.A. from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, her D.D.S. from LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, and completed her Pediatric Dentistry Residency at LSU School of Dentistry/Children's Hospital. Dr. Cavallino's experience includes private practice in New Orleans, Metairie, and Houma, with hospital affiliations at Children's Hospital, Ochsner Hospital, Terrebonne General Medical Center, and East Jefferson General Hospital.

Dr. Cavallino's professional accomplishments include being Associate Professor at LSU School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a 2007 appointment to the New Orleans Dental Conference Committee. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Terrebonne Parish Head Start Health Advisory Committee. Her personal interests include music and traveling.

Yves Lacassie, MD Geneticist

Yves Lacassie, MD
Geneticist

Yves Lacassie, MD is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Head of the Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and Director of Genetic Services, Children's Hospital of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of Chile, Dr. Lacassie had his formal training in Pediatrics and Genetics in Chile and at Johns Hopkins University under Dr. Victor A. McKusick.

Dr. Lacassie has been the Head of the Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, at LSUMC in New Orleans since 1986. He is board certified in Clinical Genetics and Founder Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. He belongs to several major scientific societies including the ASHG, ESHG, ALAG, and the Ibero-American Society of Human Genetics (President 1998-2000). His major interests are dysmorphology, the delineation of new syndromes, the nosology of genetic diseases, and the clinical use of dermatoglyphics.

Michael Marble, MD Geneticist

Michael Marble, MD
Geneticist

Michael Marble, MD was educated at the University of Arizona, Tuscon and continued on to medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Following his internship and residency in Pediatrics, Dr. Marble gained further experience as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Genetics at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Marble developed and directs the Metabolic Clinic at Children's Hospital in addition to participating in Neurofibromatosis, Down Syndrome and Craniofacial Clinics. He is the Co-Medical Director of the Children's Hospital Metabolic Laboratory. Dr. Marble also conducts outreach clinics at a number of locations in Southern Louisiana.

Amanda Giles, Audiologist

Amanda Giles
Audiologist

Amanda Giles, the audiologist for Children's Hospital, specializes in pediatric diagnostic assessment of hearing and hearing aid fitting. She received her Masters of Communication Disorders from LSU Health Sciences Center.

Mary Ellen Alexander, RN, MN Registered Nurse

Mary Ellen Alexander, RN, MN
Registered Nurse - Team Coordinator

Mary Ellen Alexander has been a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. She has degrees in nursing and psychology, and a Master's degree in Nursing from LSUMC. She has worked in the field of craniofacial care since 1994, and has prior experience in pediatric intensive care and pulmonary nursing. Mary Ellen is a enthusiastic hockey fan, enjoys book club, trying new recipes and walking her dog. She is married and has two children.

Annie Vaden, LMSW
Medical Social Services

Annie Vaden is a Medical Social Worker at Children's Hospital. As a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Annie identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of our patients and their families. With her knowledge of local and state resources, she is able to link families with appropriate services in their communities. Annie earned a Master of Science Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a Licensed Master of Social Work from the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. In her free time, Annie enjoys riding her bike and traveling.

Stephen Holmes, DDS

Stephen Holmes, DDS
Pediatric Dentist

Dr Stephen Holmes completed his Pediatric Dentistry residency in New Orleans, at LSU's School of Dentistry. After four years of serving in the US Air Force and two years of private practice in Texas and Tennessee, Dr. Holmes returned to New Orleans to start his own practice. Dr. Holmes is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, part-time faculty at the LSU School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and on staff a Children's Hospital of New Orleans. He studied "Naso-Alveolar Molding" techniques at NYU's Langone Medical Center, where this technique was developed, and is happy to offer "NAM" as an option for newborn cleft patients.

Patrice F. Haywood, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Patrice F. Haywood, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist.

Patrice F. Haywood has more than fifteen years experience working with children and adults in all aspects of communication. She has a Masters of Education in Speech Pathology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Patrice is a licensed speech pathologist in the states of Lousiana and Nebraska.

Regina M. Zambrano, MD
Geneticist

Regina M. Zambrano, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Science Center School of Medicine, Geneticist, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana Dr. Zambrano was born, raised and attended Medical School in Barranquilla, Colombia. After obtaining her MD degree from Universidad del Norte, She moved to the United States to pursue a career in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. She completed her Pediatrics residency training at LSUHSC in New Orleans and was a Genetic medicine Resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Regina was also a Genetic Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Valle Lab. She received The Gretchen Life, MD Award in 2007 from the LSU Pediatrics Residency Program. Her main interests are dysmorphology, birth defects, and the significance of minor congenital anomalies in the healthy child, prenatal diagnosis and newborn screening programs.