A Team Approach
It is the goal of our Center to implement a specialized care plan for each child with a cleft or craniofacial condition. We are here to assist with timely appointments and ongoing coordination of care until each child reaches young adulthood.
Your child’s primary physician can make a referral to the Center before your baby leaves the hospital or after discharge. This should be done by contacting Kapiolani Cleft and Craniofacial Center (KCCC) at (808) 983-8500, option 1. Neighbor island residents may call toll free at (866) 928-7927.
Members of the Kapiolani Cleft and Craniofacial Team include:
David Cho, M.D. view profile
Dr. David C. Cho is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Cho has a strong passion for cleft lip and palate reconstruction. He completed the International Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Cho contributes numerous publications to the plastic surgery peer reviewed literature, and is a speaker at the national level, most recently at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference. Dr. Cho enjoys helping the underserved by providing free reconstructive surgery in developing nations. Over the last decade, he has made humanitarian trips to Central America and Africa to perform cleft lip and palate repairs.
Carl de los Reyes, M.D. view profile
Dr. Carl de los Reyes grew up in Hawaii, attended University of Hawaii School of Medicine and completed his Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is board-certified and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been involved with medical missions to underserved countries to treat cleft lip and palate patients. He has been a part of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team from near its start and enjoys serving the Hawaiian community.
Diane Ching, MD view profile
Dr. Diane Lynne Ching is a pediatrician at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. She earned her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and completed her residency at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Leah Dowsett, MD view profile
Leah Kealaaumoe Dowsett, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and a clinical geneticist at Hawaii Community Genetics. She completed her undergraduate studies in both Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Following medical school at JABSOM, she completed her Pediatrics residency at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu. Dr. Dowsett finished fellowship in Medical Genetics and Genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. She is a board certified Pediatrician and Medical Geneticist. Her primary research focuses on improving genomic health disparities in underrepresented minority populations, Native Hawaiian health, and expanding the availability of genomic sequencing and phenotypic information to her patients and their families.
Cecily Elizares, MS, CCC-SLP
Cecily received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communication Disorders at the University of Redlands. After graduating in 2009, she returned home to Hawaii to work as a speech-language pathologist in various medical settings. Since working at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, she has continued to expand her knowledge of pediatrics and cleft and craniofacial anomalies.
Sherry Gaillard, APRN-Rx, PMHCNS-BC view profile
Sherry Gaillard is board certified in child/adolescent psychiatric/mental health nursing since 2008. She assesses the needs of children with behavioral and psychosocial health conditions and when appropriate, recommends or provides psychiatric treatment. Sherry works primarily in the Cleft and Craniofacial Center as well as the Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Clinic. She serves on the Board of Directors for Hawaii Mothers’ Milk, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting breastfeeding mothers. She also volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization providing a “home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children. Her other interests include spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and reading.
Kathleen Han, LSW
Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts in 2006 and her Masters of Social Work in 2015 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She completed her practicum at The Salvation Army Therapeutic Nursery and at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Kathleen is a licensed social worker and is serving on the Health Concentration Advisory Board at the University of Hawaii Manoa School of Social Work.
Lianne Hasegawa-Evans, CGC
Lianne received her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and has been a pediatric genetic counselor in Hawaii since 2003. She loves working with families and children as part of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center.
David Haynes, D.M.D. view profile
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. David Haynes received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Haynes completed a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. with an emphasis on the surgical management and care of the skeletal deformities associated with cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial disorders as well as orthognathic surgery, trauma, pathology and reconstructive surgery. During his residency, he was an active participant with the craniofacial program at The Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Haynes is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and past president of the Hawaii Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists, The American Dental Association, and the Hawaii Dental Association.
Helen Lau, RN, MS, APRN-Rx, CPNP view profile
Helen is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner for the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Kapiolani. She is involved in the management and treatment of children with complex craniofacial conditions within a multidisciplinary framework. Helen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Master of Science (Nursing) from the University of California at San Francisco specializing in Pediatrics. She has been with Cleft and Craniofacial since 2007.
Sansan Lee, M.S., C.G.C.
Sansan completed her master’s in genetic counseling at Brandeis University in 2009. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Sansan enjoys teaching and has worked with culturally diverse students and families. She has special interests in patient advocacy, community education and genetic testing technology.
Gregory Lung, D.M.D. view profile
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Gregory Lung received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and a two year general practice residency at the Louisiana State University Medical Center. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic and a one year fellowship at the Oral and Facial Surgical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Lung takes an active interest in providing surgical services in maxillary alveolar cleft reconstruction, orthognathic surgery and trauma. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a member of the American Dental Association and the Hawaii Dental Association.
Joan Meister, M.D. view profile
Dr. Meister is a neonatologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She completed her fellowship training at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and is board certified in pediatrics.
Ann Narimasu - Phomenone, AuD
Ann Narimasu-Phomenone earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Hawai‘i in 2003 and her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Central Michigan University in 2007. She completed her training at the House Ear Institute (HEI) CARE Center in Los Angeles where she continued to work as a pediatric audiologist until returning to Hawai‘i in 2009. She is currently the lead audiologist at Kapi‘olani Medical Center and enjoys working with children and their families as part of the Kapi‘olani Cochlear Implant Team and the Kapi‘olani Cleft and Craniofacial Center. She is Board Certified in Audiology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Michael R. Pharaon, M.D. view profile
Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Dr. Michael R. Pharaon received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of California, Irvine. He went on to continue a Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Virginia, followed by an additional year of fellowship training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill specializing in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He has presented research at both national & international plastic surgery, cleft & craniofacial meetings. Additionally Dr. Pharaon travels each year internationally to perform surgery for those in need. While abroad he collaborates with other surgeons helping to refine cleft surgical techniques in developing countries.
Erik Tinhan, M.A., D.D.S. view profile
Dr. Tinhan graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees in Psychology. He graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Magna Cum Laude with a D.D.S. degree. He completed his orthodontic residency training at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received training in the treatment of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies at the Craniofacial Center of Western New York. Dr. Tinhan is currently a member of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, the Hawaii Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Hawaii Dental Association, the Honolulu County Dental Society. Dr. Tinhan has served as president of the Honolulu County Dental Society and the Hawaii Society of Orthodontists and as a Trustee for the Hawaii Dental Association. Dr. Tinhan has also served as a board member for the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and is also currently a delegate to the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Tinhan teaches and supervises dental residents and volunteers his time as the cleft team orthodontist.
Jamie Uesato, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapy and Feeding Therapy
Jamie Uesato received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been working for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children since 2004. In 2012, Jamie was excited to join the Cleft and Craniofacial team, where the children have been inspiring and teaching her each week.
Lauren Yasui, RD, LD, CSP
Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Hawaii Manoa. She is a Certified Specialist in Pediatrics and has been working at Kapiolani since 2011.
Liezl Chan, Patient Services Representative (PSR)
Cleft and Craniofacial
Douang Johnson, Medical Assistant
Cleft and Craniofacial