IU professor helping develop surgical educator app

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An Indiana University surgeon is helping develop a smartphone app that could teach doctors in the developing world how to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries.

Dr. Roberto Flores is medical director for cleft and craniofacial anomalies at Riley Hospital for Children and an assistant professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine.

He's working on the Virtual Surgery Simulator with Smile Train, a New York City-based nonprofit that treats cleft lips and palates in the developing world.

An app version for tablets or smartphones is being developed by Smile Train and BioDigital Inc., a New York City-based company that specializes in creating virtual training environments.

Flores says the simulator's app version could "change the way surgeons will be trained in cleft lip and palate around the world."

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