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Meet Your Craniofacial Team


The American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA) recommends a team approach to the treatment of cleft and craniofacial patients. It has created strict requirements to achieve certification as an ACPA-designated team.

The ACPA defines that the purpose of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team “is to ensure that care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner with the proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs.” The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Children’s is proud to be an ACPA-designated team.

The mission of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Children’s Health is to provide comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. Team care includes a collaborative evaluation and treatment planning by all of the specialists that will be active in caring for the patient throughout his/her childhood.

Structure and Elements of the Team

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Children’s Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, which means each of our patients will be seen by multiple providers in one visit. This limits your trips to the clinic/hospital while allowing for better communication and collaboration between the specialists.

Your treatment team will include:

  •     Craniofacial/plastic surgeons
  •     Pediatric oral maxillofacial surgeons
  •     Pediatric dentists
  •     Pediatric orthodontists
  •     Pediatric otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat)
  •     Pediatric speech and language pathologists
  •     Pediatric developmental psychologists
  •     Pediatric neurosurgeons
  •     Social worker
  •     Physician’s assistants, a team coordinator, and nursing and support staff

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