International Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Symposium :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

International Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Symposium

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The International Symposium on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, which has been endorsed by the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA), will be held at The Grand Event Center, 820 Goodale Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43212 on September 14-15, 2018.

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Topics Include:

  • State of the Art in VPD Outcomes Assessment
  • Strategies for Achieving Valid and Reliable Perceptual Speech Judgments
  • Approaches for Optimized VPD Imaging
  • Surgical Management of VPD in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
  • Quality of Life in Patients with VPD
  • Speech Therapy Approaches for Children with VPD


Keynote Speakers

Brian Somerlad, MD
Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Hugh Gillard
Author, “What Did You Say? Memories on a Road Less Travelled”

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to share your expertise in the form of an abstract presentation in one of the following categories related to velopharyngeal dysfunction:

  • Research
  • Case presentation
  • An innovative program or clinical concept

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Please submit your abstract here. All abstracts are due May 7, 2018. You will be notified by Friday, June 1, 2018 if your abstract was accepted.

For questions, please contact:

Christina Stocker
Service Line Administrator
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Orthodontic Treatment Program
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-5880

Conference Center

The Grand Event Center

820 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212


Centrally located in Grandview Yard, in beautiful Grandview Heights, The Grand puts you within reach of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife with easy access to all major highways. The Grand is conveniently located less than ten miles from John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the Arena District, downtown Columbus, North Market, The Ohio State University, and the Short North.


Hotel Accommodations 

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus/OSU

780 Yard St, Columbus, OH 43212


Rooms are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus/OSU at a discounted rate of $155 + tax. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made prior to July 30, 2018. For reservations, please call 1-888-797-1886 and ask for the International Symposium on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction group rate, or register online by using the link: Book your group rate for International Symposium on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

Conference Directors


Intended Audience

This symposium is designed for plastic surgeons, speech pathologists, otolaryngologists, craniofacial specialists, nurses and other health professionals who diagnose, treat and care for patients with velopharyngeal dysfunction and related speech disorders.

Exhibiting Opportunities

For sponsorship and or exhibiting opportunities, please contact Laura Lehman, Senior Education Coordinator at


For more information, call (614) 355-0676 or email

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000