Larry H. Hollier Jr., M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, has been appointed chairman of the medical advisory board of Smile Train. Smile Train is the largest cleft charity in the world. It's mission is to identify teams of physicians and healthcare providers worldwide capable of performing surgery on children with cleft lip and palate problems. Smile Train then pays for and supervises those operations. Currently they are involved in 87 countries with 2100 partner surgeons in over 1100 hospitals. They have cared for over 1 million patients since the founding of the charity a decade ago. This year they have already cared for over 120,000 children. In his role as chairman of the medical advisory board, Dr. Hollier supervises a group of physicians and healthcare providers assembled from countries around the world to ensure Smile Train provides the safest care for these children.
As a member of the medical advisory board of Smile Train, the largest organization in the world providing care for children with cleft lip and cleft palate problems, Dr. Hollier has been on numerous trips sponsored by Smile Train to Haiti, both before and after the earthquake in 2010.
With the help of other local organizations he has also traveled to Southeast Asia, Central America and Africa to care for children with cleft deformities and serious burn injuries. Additionally, Dr. Laura Monson traveled to Egypt and Dr. Edward Buchanan traveled to Tanzania to treat these children as well. These problems are often left untreated in less developed countries, leading to a lifetime of disfigurement.