Dr. Hamdan is an Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon with university appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Medicine. He is a well-published and respected international lecturer and holds visiting professorships at numerous institutions throughout the world. He is Founder and President of Global Smile Foundation, a 501C3 Boston-based non-profit foundation that provides comprehensive and integrated pro-bono cleft care for underserved cleft patients throughout the world. Dr. Hamdan has been involved with outreach cleft programs for the last 32 years and serves on the boards of several NGO’s. He has special interests in simulation-based cleft training, empowerment & sustainability initiatives for providing comprehensive cleft care as well as quality assurance strategies. For his philanthropic service to the people of Ecuador, he was awarded the Knighthood, “Al Merito Atahualpa” En El Grado De Caballero, by the President of Ecuador in 2005. He has also received various other national and international fellowships and awards in El Salvador, Peru, the City of Boston and Rotary International. He also received the “Medal of Honor” from the Ecuadorian Congressional Assembly in September 2017.