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The International Medical Advisory Council is responsible for credentialing of volunteers for international participation. It also advises the International Secretariat on drafting and updating of Smile Asia Medical Policies & Guidelines.

Dr Rashmi Taneja | INDIA


Dr Rashmi Taneja has worked at various prestigious institutions in India and United States, and has extensive experience in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Taneja had completed her Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery from University of California, Los Angeles. She is certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. She has a number of publications and research papers to her credit.

Dr Josephine Tan | SINGAPORE


Dr Josephine Tan is a Senior Consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and headed the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia from 2006 to 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from National University of Singapore in 1988 and became a specialist in Anaesthesiology following training in Singapore and Canada. She has been involved in many surgical missions as a volunteer and Anaesthesiology Team Leader.

Deborah Smith | UNITED STATES


Deborah Smith is a Registered Nurse with advanced certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing. She has been a nurse for over 40 years with experience in both surgical and paediatric nursing. She has helped to develop and managed ambulatory surgical facilities in the United States. She is the Clinical Nursing Advisor for STOP Cleft International Alliance.

Dr Por Yong Chen | SINGAPORE


Dr Por has held prestigious positions, including Head of Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, and won notable awards including the Owen Cole Young Investigator’s Award and Young Surgeon’s Award. He is actively involved in medical mission trips and charity work organised by Smile Asia to treat children suffering from cleft lip and palate anomalies across Asia. Dr Por also enjoys the art of photography.

Prof Ramkumar Venkateswaran | INDIA


Prof Ramkumar Venkateswaran is an Anaesthesiologist who completed medical schooling from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 1985 before joining Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University where he served as Chairman of Anaesthesiology. A passionate clinician and academician, his career spanned 35 years at two prestigious institutions. A popular invited speaker at international conferences, his interests include intensive care, resuscitation science and medical simulation.

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