Craniofacial Center

The St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center provides pediatric patients with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to treating cleft and craniofacial anomalies.

Specialists caring for your child within our team may include:

  • Audiologist 
  • Child Life specialist 
  • Dentist 
  • Geneticist 
  • Lactation consultant 
  • Nurse 
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon 
  • Orthodontist 
  • Orthopedic surgeon 
  • Orthotist 
  • Otolaryngologist 
  • Pediatric neurosurgeon 
  • Pediatrician 
  • Prosthodontist 
  • Psychologist 
  • Social worker
  • Speech-language pathologist  

Other specialists available for consultation and treatment include a pediatric ophthalmologist, pediatric anesthesiologist, pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric intensivist. We also have a Level II, Level III and Level IV NICU with neonatologists in case your baby requires specialized care after delivery.

When a child is prenatally diagnosed with a craniofacial defect, our physicians and pediatric rehabilitation therapists work with the parents and family to prepare for the arrival of their baby and to educate them on potential feeding and treatment options available. Family members are present during the decision-making process and are encouraged to ask questions and be a part of the team.

As a team, we treat a wide variety of conditions including common and rare clefts and craniofacial defects, craniofacial tumors, craniosynostosis and other craniofacial malformations. We treat isolated conditions as well as those associated with syndromes.

  • Facial reconstruction
  • Correction of congenital anomalies
  • Cleft lip and palate surgery
  • Skull reconstruction
  • Treatment of oral and facial pathology
  • Placement of craniofacial implants
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Sleep apnea surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis (brittle bone disease)
  • Treatment of plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Treatment of hearing loss
  • Management of airway disorders
  • Speech and swallow therapy

For more information about our craniofacial department, to schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our program coordinators, fill out our contact us form or call (813) 870-4565.