Compassionate Care for Children with Craniofacial Abnormalities

At the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, our team of experts treats the full spectrum of craniofacial disorders, including cleft lip and cleft palate. We understand the unique needs and significant impact a craniofacial abnormality can have on your child. You can expect to receive compassionate, comprehensive, coordinated care when you choose Cincinnati Children’s.

We see patients with a wide range of abnormality, from mild to severe, and a wide range of ages, from newborn to adult. We recognize that children and teens with craniofacial anomalies have multiple needs that can be complex and varied. We also know these needs change as your child grows. That’s why we create individual treatment plans for our patients, tailored to each person and his or her specific needs.

Comprehensive Care

Our specialists work together as a team. We recognize that surgery schedules need to be highly individualized. We look at your child’s full health history and make decisions that are based on age, how severe your child’s condition is, and other medical or health needs that may be present.

Multidisciplinary Approach

When your child has a congenital head or facial abnormality, the number of specialists who provide care and treatment can seem overwhelming. At our center, we bring together experts from several specialties in one place. That means you won’t have to coordinate your child’s care. We take care of that for you.

Our team is composed of specialists representing:

Audiology  Plastic / Craniofacial Surgery 
Dentistry and Orthodontics  Prosthodontics 
Human Genetics  Psychology 
Neurosurgery  Pulmonary Medicine 
Nursing  Sleep Medicine 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  Social Work 
Otolaryngology  Speech-Language Pathology 

Frequently Asked Questions

Review answers to common questions about congenital craniofacial malformations and their treatment. > Frequently Asked Questions

Contact / Refer

Contact the Cleft and Craniofacial Center with questions or to schedule an appointment, or learn how to refer patients to us. > Contact / Refer

Mia’s Cleft Lip Surgical Repair

Cleft and Craniofacial Center patient, Mia.
Read a blog post written by a parent about her child's journey with cleft lip surgical repair. > Read More

Preparing for a Baby with a Cleft Lip/Palate

A mother holds her child.
Read a blog post by Dr. John Van Aalst about how to prepare for a baby with cleft lip/palate. > Read More

Research

Research at Cincinnati Children's.
The Cleft and Craniofacial Center strives to advance understanding of craniofacial malformations through our basic science and clinical research. > Advances in Research