During its annual awards luncheon in San Jose, the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association (ACPA) presented its Honors of the Association award to longtime UCSF Dentistry faculty Dr. Karin Vargervik, described by Center for Craniofacial Anomalies colleague Dr. Snehlata Oberoi as "a valued member of faculty, and a respected clinician, researcher and colleague." Adds Oberoi: "Her contributions to cleft and craniofacial care have benefited thousands of children in California and around the world. She has dedicated her many talents to research and education over four decades, so that the clinical, research and and academic worlds have all benefitted."
The Honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA can bestow, and is granted to those individuals whose lifetime of research, healthcare delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social handicapping conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies.
After being introduced by Dr. Oberoi, Vargervik addressed the Annual Luncheon attendees, receiving a standing ovation. The event was well attended, and all of her team members were present to support her in receiving the prestigious award. UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann joined in congratulating Dr. Vargervik by way of videotaped remarks shown to the awards luncheon audience.
Dr. Snehlata Oberoi: "On behalf of the thousands of children and families whose lives you have improved, and the many minds you have challenged and inspired, congratulations on this well-deserved honor, and thank you for your outstanding career, contributions, and service to affected individuals and their families, Dr. Vargervik!"
Dr. Karin Vargervik (top); Dr. Snehlata Oberoi (bottom)