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Dr Dufresne, DC plastic surgeon and rare disorders expert, will speak on Freeman-Burian syndrome for Genetic Alliance, at 1 pm on 18 Nov 2021.

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Premier National Organization for Genetic and Rare Disorders Announces Internationally-Renowned Surgeon to Give Webinar


Date: 08 Nov 2021

FAIRFAX—Recently, Genetic Alliance, a premier national organization for genetic and rare disorders, announced Dr Craig R Dufresne, a Washington, DC area plastic surgeon in private practice, will present a webinar on Freeman-Burian syndrome (FBS) – formerly, Freeman-Sheldon syndrome. Dufresne and his research assistant, Mikaela I Poling, will deliver the webinar at 1 pm EST on Thursday, 18 November 2021. Dufresne is considered one of the world’s leading experts on craniofacial deformities, having cared for affected patients from around the globe since the 1980s. Dufresne and Poling have written and presented extensively about FBS and other craniofacial deformities. In August, Genetic Alliance updated its online medical encyclopedia description of FBS based on Dufresne and Poling’s work.

Freeman-Burian syndrome, an exceptionally rare and difficult to treat birth defect, is primarily a condition of facial and skull muscles that frequently involves muscles in the arms, legs, back, and other areas. During the webinar, Dufresne and Poling will discuss the disagreement, misinformation, and misunderstanding surrounding the syndrome; barriers to research efforts; their clinical and research experience; and outcomes of their work to resolve inconsistencies in information about the syndrome and define a standard of care. Webinar registration is available on the Genetic Alliance website

Audience members will be able to ask questions and interact with Dufresne and Poling, but a recorded version will also be available free on the Genetic Alliance website. Handouts for the webinar, including a slide-deck, will be available for download on Dufresne’s practice website.

For Dufresne, writing about rare conditions is all about educating scientists, physicians, care teams, family members, and patients to improve patients’ chances for a healthy, normal, and productive life. An ever-humble gentleman, publishing medical articles is his way to help many more patients than he ever could directly.

For more information and to arrange interviews with Dr Dufresne and a patient who has this very rare syndrome, please contact the office.

Craig R Dufresne, MD, PC, with offices in Fairfax, Virginia and Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a premier private solo practice providing aesthetic and reconstructive surgery care to adults and children from across the globe. Research supports the mission to provide safe, exceptional, innovative, and compassionate care that enhances overall well-being and health.


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