Transforming Faces is supported by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors who provide guidance, strategic leadership and strong governance. In 2014, we were thrilled to introduce two new members who bring invaluable skills and experience to our board.
One of these new members is Dr. Ronald Zuker, plastic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and professor at the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zuker is the past Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Plastic Surgery, past president of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, and past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. His clinical focus is on Moebius syndrome, facial paralysis reconstruction, tissue expansion in children, and cleft lip and palate.
Read some of Dr. Zuker’s thoughts on being a part of TF’s Board of Directors:
“I consider it a great honour to be on the Board of Directors of Transforming Faces. The organizational structure is one that I can relate to with administrative costs being looked after separately and all donations going to the care of children in need. I truly believe that in time we can improve the lot of children with clefts around the world through the assistance of organizations such as Transforming Faces.
As a surgeon, I know what we can do from a surgical perspective. However, I also know what we cannot do from a social and integrative perspective. Social supports for people with clefts are equally important to the actual surgical procedure. Transforming Faces recognizes this and focuses on pulling all parts of the puzzle together so that unified successful cleft care delivery can be affected.
There are so many areas in our complex world where non-governmental charitable assistance is necessary. The agenda of Transforming Faces can actually have a direct practical impact on children and faces with clefts. The moneys donated go directly to cleft care with no administrative burden. We are realizing our potential in improving the lives of children in many parts of the developing world and hope that we can not only continue to do this but expand our horizons even further.
I bring to the Board considerable expertise in cleft care over my 35 year career at SickKids, in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. I have also worked with charitable organizations in a variety of ways and in a variety of countries, including Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines, India and China. I understand the problems of health care delivery in the developing world and also understand the importance of comprehensive organizational focus such as that provided by Transforming Faces.”