Facial Paralysis Center

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The Facial Paralysis Center is a multidisciplinary network of doctors and therapists, dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy. The Center was established by Dr. Andre Panossian, a board-certified and Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, specializing in the field of facial paralysis and other facial nerve disorders. Specialists were hand-picked from different disciplines with a focus on facial paralysis.  They include the following:

  • Plastic surgeons
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • ENT surgeons
  • Facial therapists
  • Psychologists

Facial paralysis is typically treated in a multidisciplinary fashion. In other words, multiple specialists provide input and intervention, all under the direction of Dr. Panossian. The unique aspect of the Facial Paralysis Center is that Dr. Panossian oversees all surgical interventions and works closely with physical therapists and psychologists personally. He remains in close contact with all of his patients throughout treatment.

Help for Boy Who Can’t Smile

by Dr Panossian

Dr. Panossian of the Facial Paralysis Center is featured on “The Doctors” for his work on Moebius syndrome.  Watch Dr. Panossian as he surprises the family with a generous gift.

Webinar Series: Facial Paralysis

by Dr Panossian

Watch our Facial Paralysis Webinar right here.  As part of a new Webinar Series sponsored by the Facial Paralysis Center, Dr. Panossian discusses the diagnosis and management of facial paralysis and the importance of early intervention.  He outlines his personal and unique approach to managing facial paralysis.  It’s not too late to submit your questions.  Please send your questions by clicking this link.  Stay tuned for future installments of the Webinar Series.

 

The Boy with the Big Hands

by Dr Panossian

Dr. Panossian discusses the story of an 8-year-old boy from India with an incredibly rare case of enlarged hands (macrodactyly) on The Doctors.

Children of War Foundation

by Dr Panossian

Dr. Panossian travels to Amman, Jordan with the Children of War Foundation. Take a look at this really terrific organization making headway in the Middle East and beyond.

Helping Treasure…with Randy Jackson

by Dr Panossian

Randy Jackson has kept his promise to an 11-year-old girl named Treasure by donating money to correct a painful vascular malformation of her tongue. Randy tells X17online that the young girl’s surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was a “huge success.”

Birhanu’s Life-Saving Spine Surgery

by Dr Panossian

Mending Kids International gives a boy from Ethiopia a chance at a normal life by performing life-changing hand and spine surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Facial Paralysis Smile Surgery for Kiana Deane

by Dr Panossian

Kiana Deane receives surgical intervention from Dr. Andre Panossian, board-certified plastic surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As featured on Good Morning America and Los Angeles Times.

Founder & Director

panossian_head_squareDr. Andre Panossian is the Founder and Director of the Facial Paralysis Center. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only specialty board in plastic surgery officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (read more about the importance of proper board certification here). Following his training with Dr. Ron Zuker at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Dr. Daniel Labbé at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Caen in France, Dr. Panossian began his career at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery. He founded and remained Director of the Facial Paralysis Center there for seven years before going into private practice. As a Professor in the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Panossian trained over 30 physicians in complex surgical techniques in the treatment of facial paralysis patients. The Center remains fully functional today and continues to participate in resident teaching as clinical faculty.

Many people do not know that the origin of facial paralysis reconstruction is strongly rooted in plastic surgery. Many of the techniques we use today are modifications and improvements upon innovative techniques of decades past. Dr. Panossian’s background as a plastic and craniofacial surgeon ensures that patients receive the same cutting-edge treatments in the tradition of excellence and innovation that characterizes the specialty. In addition, what separates Dr. Panossian from other facial paralysis specialists is his unique qualification for treating children as well as adults.

Dr. Panossian is recognized for his work with gracilis muscle transfers for smile reanimation in addition to temporalis muscle transfers. He has developed a new technique using the temporalis lengthening myoplasty described most recently by Dr. Daniel Labbé. Through a series of significant modifications, Dr. Panossian has improved the predictability and overall results with minimal risks. In select patients, he now offers outpatient smile reconstruction with superior results (see Temporalis Muscle Transfer for further details).

Dr. Panossian’s work in facial paralysis reconstruction has been featured on The Doctors, Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, and the Los Angeles Times. He regularly lectures on this topic and has been invited to present his work at national and international academic conferences. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and a chapter in a seminal text on pediatric plastic surgery. Dr. Panossian also created a Webinar Series with timely discussions on various aspects of facial paralysis.

For more information on Dr. Panossian’s credentials, please click here.


Ophthalmology

kami_parsa_MDDr. Kami Parsa is an Oculoplastic Surgeon, specializing exclusively in reconstructive, revisional and cosmetic surgery of the eyes and surrounding tissue.  Dr. Parsa has appeared on numerous media outlets around the world for his work on complex oculoplastic reconstructions.

After graduating with honors from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Parsa completed a residency in ophthalmology at USC’s prestigious Doheny Eye Institute. He then completed a two year sub-specialty fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery at the University of Miami ‘s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked first in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Parsa is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at USC’s Department of Ophthalmology. For the past decade, he has been involved in many clinical and basic science research projects.  Dr. Parsa has also published numerous articles and has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. His current research focus is in the development of customized 3-D implants for patients with major ocular and facial deformities.

Dr. Parsa regularly volunteers with several humanitarian organizations. He is the one of the founders of Surgical Friends Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to delivering reconstructive surgery to patients who do not have access to quality medical care. He has joined Dr. Panossian on medical missions to third world countries through the Children of War Foundation.


Neurosurgery

BarkhoudarianDr. Garni Barkhoudarian is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Garni completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, majoring in Microbiology and Human Genetics. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was the Edgar A. Kahn Neurosurgery Research Fellow. He completed his Neurosurgery Residency at the UCLA Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in Pituitary Surgery and Neuroendoscopy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Barkhoudarian’s clinical interests are minimally invasive skull-base surgery, pituitary disorders, benign and malignant brain tumor surgery, neuroendoscopy, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, and mild to severe head injury/concussion. He is the director of the Brain Tumor Center Skull-Base and Endoscopic Microdissection Laboratory. Dr. Barkhoudarian is involved in a number of clinical and translational research studies, evaluating the genetics, diagnosis, treatment and results of patients with malignant metastatic tumors, meningiomas, chordomas and pituitary tumors. He is also evaluating children as well as active and former NFL athletes with chronic, repetitive concussions and brain injury. He has a special interest in the advancement of technologies for minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures.


Physical Therapy

england-2Teresa England is the Director of Teresa England Physical Therapy, a private practice with locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Teresa completed her physical therapy training at Pacific University and received her Post-Professional Masters in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2002.  She has a strong clinical, teaching and research background in assessment and treatment of facial nerve and balance and vestibular disorders.  Teresa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Neurology Section, and Vestibular Special Interest Group.  She provides clinical support for Los Angeles and Orange County Facial Nerve Support Group meetings.


Psychology

Sue Harden, Ph.D. photoDr. Sue Harden is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience specializing in the treatment of children and adults with acute and chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Harden received her masters’ degree from Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Alliant University. She completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Prior to entering private practice full time, Dr. Harden held positions as the Director of Mind Body Therapy at the Disney Family Cancer Center, Providence St. Joseph Hospital and as Pediatric Psychologist and Acting Director of Clinical Training at the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Her work with patients with anxiety in relation to medical treatment has been featured on abc7.com. She has additionally been a contributor to articles regarding patients mental health issues related to cancer treatment on today.com.

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Selected Journal Articles

  • Panossian A: Lengthening temporalis myoplasty for single stage smile reconstruction in children with facial paralysis. Plast Reconstr Surg, 137(4): 1251-61, Apr 2016.
  • Zhou S, Wang L, Panossian A, Anselmo D, Wu SQ, Venkatramani R:  Refractory Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma associated with a chromosomal translocation t (13; 16) (q14; p13.3).  Pediatr Dev Pathol, Nov 2015.
  • Farnoosh S, Don D, Koempel J, Panossian A, Anslemo D, Stanley P:  Efficacy of doxycycline and sodium tetradecyl sulfate sclerotherapy in pediatric head and neck lymphatic malformations.  Int J Pediatr Otorhi, 79(6): 883-7, Jun 2015.
  • Panossian A: Facial paralysis reconstruction in children and adolescents with central nervous system tumors. J Pediatr Rehabil Med, 7(4): 295-305, Jan 2015.
  • Ferkel E, Speer A, Anselmo DM, Panossian A, Stanley P, Arkader A: Vascular malformations and associated syndromes: the role of the orthopaedic surgeon. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2(5):e2: 1-12, May 2014.
  • Levin D, Speer A, Stefano G, Panossian A, Arkader A, Stanley P, Anselmo DM: Extremity amputations for vascular anomalies in children: a single-center experience over 10 years. Curr Orthop Pract, 24(6): 653-58, Nov/Dec 2013.
  • Speer AL, Merritt R, Panossian A, Stanley P, Anselmo DM: Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia with massive abdominal lymphatic malformation requiring surgical debulking. J Pediatr Surg Case Rep, 1(12): 425-8, Nov 2013.
  • Levin DE, Speer AL, Pierce JR, Nowicki D, Arkader A, Stanley P, Panossian A, Anselmo DM: Room for improvement: patterns of referral misdiagnosis to a vascular anomalies center. Open J Ped, 3: 331-6, Nov 2013.
  • Rommer E, Anselmo DM, Stanley P,Arkader A, Panossian A. Vascular anomalies of the extremities. Curr Orthop Pract, 24(3): 244-252, May/June 2013.
  • Taghinia AH, Al-Sheikh AA, Panossian A, Upton J. Two-stage distraction lengthening of the forearm. J Craniofac Surg, 24(1): 79-84, Jan 2013.
  • Francis CS, Rommer EA, Kane JT, Iwata K, Panossian A. Limited-incision surgical debulking of lymphatic malformations using ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Plast Reconstr Surg, 130(6): 920e-922e, Dec 2012.
  • Borzabadi-Farahani A, Groper JN, Tanner AM, Urata MM, Panossian A, Yen SLK. The Nance Obturator, a new fixed obturator for patients with cleft palate and fistula. J Prosthodont, 21(5): 400-3, Jul 2012.
  • Pierce JR, Hunter CJ, Naik-Mathuria B, Stanley P, Ford HR, Genyk Y, Shaul DB, Panossian A, Anselmo DM. Colonic venous malformation and portal hypertension: association, management, and review of literature. Pediatr Surg Int, 28(4): 435-8, Jan 2012.
  • Panossian A, Cohen MJ, Posalski I. Upper extremity Mycobacterium chelonae cutaneous infection. Plast Reconstr Surg, 127(6): 163-5e, Jun 2011.
  • Pierce J, Matthews J, Stanley P, Panossian A, Ford H, Anselmo A. Perirectal arteriovenous malformation treated by angioembolization and low anterior resection. J Pediatr Surg, 45(7): 1542-5, Jul 2010.
  • Speer AL, Panossian A, Arkader A, Stanley P, Anselmo DM. Arteriovenous Malformations. eMedicine from WebMD. Updated Aug 9, 2010. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/459927-overview.
  • Panossian A, Diamond I, Zuker RM, Fecteau A, Grant D. Hepatic artery microvascular anastomosis in pediatric living donor liver transplantation: a review of 35 consecutive cases by a single microvascular surgeon. J Reconstr Microsurg, 25(7): 439-43, Sept 2009.
  • Panossian A, Garner WL. Polytetrafluoroethylene facial implants: 15 years later. Plast Reconstr Surg, 113(1): 347-49, January 2004.
  • Panossian A, Ashiku S, Kirchhoff CH, Randolph MA, Yaremchuk MJ. Effects of cell concentration and growth period on articular and ear chondrocyte transplants for tissue engineering. Plast Reconstr Surg, 108(2): 392-402, August 2001.
  • Panossian A, Panossian V, Doumanian N. Criminalization of perinatal HIV transmission. J Legal Med, 19(2): 223-55, June 1998.

Book Chapters

  • Panossian A:  Temporalis flap for facial reanimation.  In: Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery, (Eds: Kevin Chung, Charles Thorne, Arun Gosain, Hooman Soltanian, John van Aalst, Babak Mehrara, Joseph Disa, Gordon Lee). Wolters Kluwer Health, St. Louis, MO; in preparation.
  • Panossian A:  Labbé procedure.  In: Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery, (Eds: Kevin Chung, Charles Thorne, Arun Gosain, Hooman Soltanian, John van Aalst, Babak Mehrara, Joseph Disa, Gordon Lee). Wolters Kluwer Health, St. Louis, MO; in preparation.
  • Panossian A: Facial paralysis. In: Plastic Surgery Review (1st Edition; Ed: Gregory E. Lakin). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, pp 105-7, 2015.
  • Panossian A, Fisher DM: Bilateral cleft lip repair. In: Pediatric Plastic Surgery (2nd Edition; Eds: Michael L. Bentz, Bruce S. Bauer, Ronald M. Zuker). Quality Medical Publishing, St. Louis, MO, pp 455-71, 2007.

Presentations

  • Panossian A:  Lenthening temporalis myoplasty for lip reanimation.  Presented at: The 66th Annual Meeting of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Santa Monica, CA, May 27-30, 2016.
  • Panossian A:  Sliding temporalis myoplasty for single stage smile reconstruction in 15 consecutive patients with facial paralysis.  Presented at:  The 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Palm Springs, CA, Apr 20-25, 2015.
  • Urata M, Panossian A:  Gracilis free muscle transfer versus lengthening temporalis myoplasty for lip reanimation.  Presented at:  The 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Scottsdale, AZ, Apr 11-14, 2015.
  • Gillenwater J, Buchanan I, Panossian A:  Lengthening temporalis myoplasty for single stage smile reconstruction in children with facial paralysis.  Presented at: The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, IL, Oct 11-14, 2014.
  • Panossian A:  Vascular anomalies.  Presented at: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 18, 2014.
  • Grant C, Thomas D, Nowicki D, Panossian A, Stanley P, Anselmo D: Sacral venous malformation masquerading as sacrococcygeal teratoma in a newborn female.  Presented at: The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, Melbourne, Australia, Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Panossian A:  Facial paralysis reconstruction.  Presented at: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Los Angeles, CA, Aug 9, 2013.
  • Panossian A:  Diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies.  Presented at: The 11th Annual Armenian Medical World Congress, Hollywood, CA, Jul 3-7, 2013.
  • Panossian A:  Facial paralysis reconstruction.  Presented at: The 11th Annual Armenian Medical World Congress, Hollywood, CA, Jul 3-7, 2013.
  • Francis C, Tung L, Karatsonyi A, Anselmo D, Stanley P, Panossian A. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction and pull-through technique for treatment of lymphatic malformations. The 19th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Malmo, Sweden; Jun 16-19, 2012.
  • Francis C, Dunn A, Karatsonyi A, Nazarian-Mobin S, Anselmo D, Panossian A. Efficacy of acebutolol for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas. The 19th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Malmo, Sweden; Jun 16-19, 2012.
  • Panossian A, Anselmo DA, Stanley P, Chaudhry O, Francis CS, Taghinia AH, Upton J: Treatment strategy for diffuse venous malformations of the upper extremity. The 41st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Surgery of the Hand. Cancun, Mexico; Jan 13, 2011.
  • Panossian A: Microsurgery. Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Burbank, CA; Nov 23, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Obstetric brachial plexus palsy. USC Plastic Surgery Citywide Hand Conference, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA; Nov 10, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Microsurgery. Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine at USC. Los Angeles, CA; Oct 29, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Novel techniques in pediatric plastic surgery. CHLA Pediatric Plastic Surgery Symposium. Pasadena, CA; Oct 23, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Congenital limb anomalies. CHLA Pediatric Plastic Surgery Symposium. Pasadena, CA; Oct 23, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Vascular anomalies. CHLA Pediatric Plastic Surgery Symposium. Pasadena, CA; Oct 23, 2010.
  • Speer AL, Austin MT, Panossian A, Urata M, Stein JE: Separation of an epigastric heteropagus conjoined twin. The 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. Washington, DC; Oct 3-7, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Free flap care: a team approach. Division of Critical Care Medicine, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA; May 26, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Pediatric reconstructive surgery. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, LAC+USC Medical Center. Los Angeles, CA; May 18, 2010.
  • Austin MT, Woo R, Giuliani S, Speer AL, Panossian A, Stanley P, Anselmo D: Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia associated with abdominal lymphatic malformation requiring surgical debulking. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain). Brussels, Belgium; Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Pierce J, Matthews J, Panossian A, Stanley P, Anselmo D: Management of pelvic arteriovenous malformation utilizing preoperative angioembolisation. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain). Brussels, Belgium; Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Facial paralysis reconstruction. Division of Plastic Surgery (USC) weekly conference. Los Angeles, CA; Jan 22, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Obstetric brachial plexus palsy. Division of Plastic Surgery (USC) weekly conference. Los Angeles, CA; Feb 12, 2010.
  • Panossian A: Bilateral cleft lip repair. Video-based Education Program. The 95th Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois; Oct 11-15, 2009.
  • Panossian A: Pediatric reconstructive surgery. Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA; Apr 21, 2009.
  • Panossian A: Vascular anomalies. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Los Angeles, CA; May 19, 2009.
  • Panossian A: Vascular anomalies. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pasadena, CA; May 27, 2009.
  • Panossian A, Diamond I, Zuker RM, Fecteau A, Grant D: Is microsurgical hepatic artery repair worthwhile in pediatric liver transplantation? The 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Maui, HI; Jan 10-13, 2009.
  • Panossian A: Pediatric hand trauma. Department of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA; Dec 14, 2008.
  • Panossian A: Medpor ear reconstruction. Grand Rounds, Division of Plastic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA; Oct 23, 2007.
  • Panossian A, Diamond I, Zuker RM, Fecteau A, Grant D: Outcomes analysis of microsurgical anastomosis of hepatic artery in live donor liver transplants in a pediatric population. The 14th International Congress of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Berlin, Germany; June 26-30, 2007.
  • Cypel T, Panossian A, Manktelow R, Zuker RM: Etiology and treatment of facial paralysis in children. The 14th International Congress of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Berlin, Germany; June 26-30, 2007.
  • Panossian A, Diamond I, Zuker RM, Fecteau A, Grant D: Outcomes analysis of hepatic artery microvascular anastomosis in live donor liver transplants in a pediatric population. The 61st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Banff, Alberta, Canada; May 29-Jun 2, 2007.
  • Panossian A: Tissue engineering of injectable auricular cartilage. The 16th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Burlington, Vermont; October 1999.
  • Panossian A: The role of cyanoacrylates in wound healing. Surgical Grand Rounds, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Newton, Massachusetts; May 1999.
  • Panossian A: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (a case report). Baystate Medical Center. Springfield, Massachusetts; December 1998.
  • Panossian A, Panossian V, Doumanian N: Criminalizing the perinatal transmission of HIV. XI International Conference on AIDS. Vancouver, Canada; July 1996.
    Poster Sessions
  • Buchanan I, Gillenwater J, Stanley P, Venkatramani R, Anselmo D, and Panossian A: Difficult case: massive cervicofacial lymphatic malformation.  The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Melbourne, Australia; Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Grant C, Thomas D, Nowicki D, Panossian A, Anselmo D: Lymphatic dysplasia: a heterogeneous spectrum of lymphatic disorders requiring an individualized and multidisciplinary approach. The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Melbourne, Australia; Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Gillenwater J, Anselmo D, Stanley S, Nowicki D, Panossian A: Early excision of head and neck infantile hemangiomas with purse-string closure and aggressive scar management protocol. The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Melbourne, Australia; Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Co-Reyes E, Panossian A, Anselmo D, Zhou S, Stanley P, Nowicki D, Venkatramani R: Refractory multifocal Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma treated with sirolimus.  The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Melbourne, Australia; Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Co-Reyes E, Anselmo D, Panossian A, Stanley P, Nowicki D, Venkatramani R: Sirolimus for the treatment of complicated lymphatic anomalies.  The 20th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Melbourne, Australia; Apr 1-5, 2014.
  • Zhou S, Panossian A, Venkatramani R, Anselmo D, Wu S, Wang L: Refractory Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma with a chromosomal translocation T (13; 16) (q14; P13.3). College of American Pathologists’ Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida; Oct 13-16, 2013.
  • Panossian A, Francis C, Anselmo A, Stanley P. Sclerotherapy of retro-orbital lymphatic malformations using bleomycin. The 19th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Malmo, Sweden; Jun 16-19, 2012.
  • Speer A, Pierce J, Arkader A, Stanley P, Panossian A, Anselmo D. Room for Improvement: patterns of referral misdiagnosis to a multidisciplinary vascular anomalies center. The 19th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Malmo, Sweden; Jun 16-19, 2012.
  • Pierce J, Hunter C, Stanley P, Ford H, Genyk Y, Panossian A, Anselmo D. Colonic venous malformation and portal hypertension: a difficult case. The 19th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. Malmo, Sweden; Jun 16-19, 2012.
  • Nazarian-Mobin S, Karatsonyi A, Gutierrez Y, Urata M, Hammoudeh J, Anselmo DM, Magee W, Panossian A. Early results of acebutolol therapy for the treatment of proliferative infantile hemangiomas. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain), Brussels, Belgium, Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Rizvi M, Nazarian-Mobin S, Anselmo DM, Urata M, Panossian A. Limited-incision surgical debulking of lymphatic malformations using ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain), Brussels, Belgium, Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Panossian A, Anselmo DM, Stanley P, Taghinia A, Upton J. Treatment strategy for diffuse venous malformations of the upper extremity. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain), Brussels, Belgium, Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Speer AL, Giuliani S, Panossian A, Arkader A, Femino JD, Tolo V, Stanley P, Anselmo DM. Extremity amputations for vascular anomalies: single-center experience over 10 years. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain). Brussels, Belgium; Apr 21-24, 2010.
  • Speer AL, Austin MT, Arkader A, Panossian A, Stanley P, Anselmo D. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome associated with a capillary lymphatic venous malformation and limb hypertrophy requiring left hip disarticulation. The 18th International Workshop on Vascular Anomalies, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, de Duve Institute (Université catholique de Louvain). Brussels, Belgium; Apr 21-24, 2010.

volunteerism-photo

The members of the Facial Paralysis Center frequently participate in medical missions, offering reconstructive surgery for children and adults affected by geographic isolation, bad economy, natural disasters, devastating trauma and birth defects. The group has traveled all over the world, from places as remote as the Amazon basin and the war-torn countryside of Sierra Leone, West Africa to the inner cities here in the United States.

Dr. Panossian currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Gondobay Manga Foundation, an organization dedicated to the improvement of lives of the people in Sierra Leone. Target issues include increasing access to education, clean water and improving healthcare. Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested.  He also actively participates with Operation Smile, whose mission is to provide free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.  Here at home, Dr. Panossian has had the opportunity to bring children to the United States to provide some of the most cutting edge surgical reconstructions currently available. Thanks to the benevolent efforts of Mending Kids, Dr. Panossian continues to treat such surgically complex reconstructions with the latest advances in technology and reconstructive surgery. These efforts are aimed at children whose deformities are too complex to address in their own countries.  Recently, Dr. Panossian joined the Medical Advisory panel of the Children of War Foundation. He and Dr. Kami Parsa traveled to Amman, Jordan in June 2013 to provide highly specialized reconstruction for children with facial paralysis, complex vascular malformations, and hand deformities. Partnering with local doctors is a key strategy of the organization in perpetuating valuable medical knowledge throughout the world.

Dr. Kami Parsa has taken his expertise in oculoplastic surgery to underserved areas to provide free reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to young adults living with physical deformities. He founded the Surgical Friends Foundation, dedicated to providing access to quality care for economically disadvantaged individuals and to help raise the necessary resources through fundraising, charitable donations, and community involvement.  Dr. Parsa has also participated in numerous reconstructive surgical missions through the International Kids Fund (IKF).  One of these cases was recently featured in an hour-long special entitled, “A New Face for Marlie” on Discovery Health Channel.

If you would like to learn more about the organizations listed above or to make a donation, please visit the links provided for more details.

Experts in

Facial Paralysis
Smile Reanimation
Eyelid Surgery
Brow Surgery
Symmetry Correction
Rehabilitation

What separates the Facial Paralysis Center from others of its kind is a unique qualification for treating children as well as adults with facial paralysis.