Meet our renowned speakers

Prof. Dr. Greet Hens

Pediatric otorhinolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon
Coordinator of the multidisciplinary cleft service in the University Hospital Leuven UZ Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Oksana A. Jackson

Attending plastic surgeon
the Donato D. La Rossa Endowed Chair in Plastic Surgery and Co-Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Dr. Marc Swan

Cleft surgeon and Clinical Director
Spires Cleft Centre Oxford and Salisbury, United Kingdom

Dr. Marloes Nienhuijs

Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon
Radboud University Medical Center, the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Ronald Bleys

Head of the department of Anatomy, professor Clinical Anatomy
University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dr. Gersten Jonker

Pediatric anesthesiologist
University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dr. Bart van Nimmen

Plastic, Reconstructive and Cleft surgeon
Cleft Team Central, location Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Ellen Burger

Speech therapist, clinical linguist, college teacher and Pediatric psychologist Private practice
Private practice


Emma Paes

Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cleft Surgeon

Emma C. Paes (1984, Mainz, Germany) started to study medicine at the University of Utrecht in 2002. Her interest in plastic surgery developed primarily by her proceedings in the anatomy department during her study. This is also where she conducted her first scientific work, by performing cadaver dissections to investigate the anatomic features of the internal mammary artery perforator flap. Awaiting the start of her training in plastic surgery in 2012, Emma chose to work as a junior teacher in head and neck anatomy, under the auspices of professor Ronald Bleys. In 2015 she defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “progress toward understanding infants with Robin sequence”. Since 2017 she works as a pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon at the University Medical Centre and Princess Máxima Center, Utrecht. She is involved in post-oncologic (pediatric) reconstructions, microtia and facial nerve reconstructions, and the treatment of pediatric vascular anomalies. Since 2021 she also participates in the Cleft Team of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital. She currently supervises various research projects in cleft care. Special interest goes out for infants with the Robin sequence.

Meet the Faculty of the Cleft Course