Dr. Long, an orthodontist, is the Executive Director of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic (LCPC). He has been on the staff of LCPC and involved in the care to the patients with cleft lips and palates since 1977. Dr. Long is the third generation of his family who have dedicated their lives to helping children with facial birth defects and associated disabilities. His grandfather, Dr. H. K. Cooper, founded LCPC in 1938.
Dr. Long’s qualifications include: a bachelor of arts degree (BA) in Psychology from Dartmouth College, a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD) from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree (MS) from the University of Pittsburgh, a doctoral degree (PHD) in Anatomy and Developmental Biology from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. He also maintains academic appointments as Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Surgery, Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center, and Clinical Professor in the Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Dept. of Orthodontics. He also maintains academic appointments as Clinical Professor, Dept. of Surgery Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center, and Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Dept. of Orthodontics. Through his academic affiliations he has supervised the Masters’ Thesis research projects of over forty graduate orthodontic residents from seven universities. He has been Principal Investigator on three major NIH/NIDCR grants. He is the author/co-author of eight book chapters and over fifty scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Arising from his involvement with the World Health Organization, he co-founded in 2006 the Americleft Project, North America’s first intercenter collaborative outcome comparison study to identify best evidence-based practices in clef/craniofacial care. The LCPC is now the organizing center for Americleft which has led to treatment outcome comparisons between fifteen major North American Cleft/Craniofacial Centers. The Americleft Project has also been adopted by the American-Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association as a Task Force assigned the primary responsibility of documenting the benefits of team care for patients with facial birth defects.
Dr. Long has served many organizations. He has been on the Board of Directors of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) for fourteen years. He has been active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association since 1975 holding many offices including that of President. He has received ACPA’s two highest awards – the Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the Honors of the Association in 2012. In 2013 he was the President of the 12th International Congress for Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies, the largest worldwide meeting of specialists involved in this field.