LAKE FOREST, IL and GRAYSLAKE, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 06/16/12 -- Dr. Michael Stosich, a Lake Forest and Grayslake orthodontist and craniofacial expert, recently left for Montpellier, France to participate in a French and American medical team collaboration conducting research on complex orthodontic and craniofacial cases.
Stosich's involvement with this team began three years ago during his time at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he completed a craniofacial fellowship. U.S. medical and orthodontic experts are working with French craniofacial and pediatric surgeons on cutting-edge treatments and research.
"We're identifying ways of bringing care to cleft patients and those with Crouzon Syndrome," said Stosich, whose practice -- iDentity Orthodontics -- provides orthodontics for children and adults. "We're also conducting lab research and looking at ways to introduce tissue engineering to this mix."
Stosich has brought a new perspective to the research into treatment modalities, because an orthodontist is not among the French team.
"It's truly a privilege to be part of this research," said Libertyville orthodontist, Dr. Michael Stosich.
Work will focus this year on how to develop trained craniofacial teams. Accomplishing this will improve the present French scenario where pediatric surgeons perform a surgical procedure with no orthodontic guidance or input. Then the patient gets referred to a private practice orthodontist for further treatment. In the States, every treatment aspect is integrated from the day the baby is born, and the collaboration among specialists continues as the child grows.
"Our desire is to advance French treatment to the point where an orthodontist is brought in once a week instead of referring the patient to a private practice," Stosich said. "It's exhilarating to have a role in improving treatment for patients globally."
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Dr. Michael Stosich