Ana M. Mercado, DMD, PhD, is Co-Director of the Orthodontic Craniofacial Program, team orthodontist in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Clinic and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She received her dental degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Her general practice residency and dentistry master’s degree are from The Ohio State University. She completed the dentist-scientist program from the National Institutes of Health, which awarded her a specialty degree in orthodontics and a PhD at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the incidence of dental anomalies in patients with cleft lip and palate and secondary alveolar bone grafting.