March 30, 2018

UAMS Otolaryngologist plays an active role in humanitarian work in Ecuador.

Lucia Wesley, ENT SPN, with child patient

Lucia Wesley, ENT SPN, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Two of our UAMS/ACH Cleft team members are playing an active role in humanitarian work in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the non-profit organization Global Smile Foundation (GSF). Now finishing their 3rd mission, our cleft team coordinator, Lucia Wesley, ENT SPN, is assisting with building a self-sustaining comprehensive team in Ecuador to mirror our nationally accredited team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Lucia also acts as the peri-operative nurse providing extensive post-op cleft care and education to families.


Adam Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., with patient

Adam Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., Arkansas Children’s Hospital/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Adam Johnson, Otolaryngologist, Cleft surgeon and ACH VPI clinic director, is actively participating in an ongoing VPI (velopharyngeal insufficiency) initiative in Ecuador. This includes establishing protocols, research and reaching out to local ENTs to partner with the team. He was recently named as the newest member to the GSF Surgical Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson is one of the surgeons providing surgeries on mission trips. During this recent trip, 365 patients were screened with a total of 131 surgeries performed. The mission’s comprehensive cleft care included speech therapy sessions, dental procedures, as well as psycho-social support.