The Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Cincinnati Children's is committed to improving the quality of life for every child. Our skilled medical and dental team uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose, treat and manage children with head and facial abnormalities.

The Center is made up of multiple clinics that evaluate specific types of craniofacial abnormalities or are age specific.

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Cincinnati Children's is composed of specialists representing:

Audiology    Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 
Plastic / craniofacial surgery    Otolaryngology 
Human genetics    Prosthodontics
Neurosurgery    Psychology 
Nursing   Pulmonary Medicine 
Oral surgery   Speech pathology 

Comprehensive Treatment Plan

The Cincinnati Children's Cleft and Craniofacial Center develops a comprehensive treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each child and family. We collaborate closely with the primary care physician in managing your child's craniofacial abnormality.

To assist long-distance patients, our team members serve as consultants to local health care providers and evaluate the child yearly to update the treatment plan.

Family-Centered Care

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate and respectful care to every patient and family. Our team of experts offers individualized care and attention. Plus, on-site facilities such as the Family Resource Center provide personal, comprehensive, up-to-date assistance. The Family Resource Center staff offers the most current information in response to questions related to diagnoses, medical conditions or procedures. If you would like assistance working with your child's school, the Family Resource Center can also help.

Additional Craniofacial Services

Prenatal Counseling

The Genetics clinical nurse specialist and Geneticist meet with parents who are expecting a baby with a craniofacial condition that has been diagnosed prenatally. Parents are counseled about all aspects of craniofacial care.

Neonatal Airway Management Team

A team of specialists provides consultation and treatment for newborns hospitalized with airway problems, such as Pierre Robin sequence.

Feeding Management

Speech pathologists and clinical nurse specialists provide feeding consultation and hands-on instruction for newborns and infants.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management

The Pulmonary Medicine doctor on the Craniofacial Team assesses children seen in Craniofacial Team clinic who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Children identified at risk for OSA or other pulmonary concerns are referred to Sleep Apnea clinic for further evaluation and management.