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Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Care

The Cleft and Craniofacial care team at Monroe Carell brings experts from multiple specialties together to treat your child's cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders. We know these delicate, complex procedures can be difficult to understand. We're here to help with compassionate care tailored to your child and family.

We coordinate care with your child’s primary care doctor for treatment plans that bring lifelong improvements in quality of life and appearance. Our team includes you and experts in the Fetal Center, audiology, genetics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, psychology, social work and speech therapy.

Our team of expert, caring providers aims to become global leaders in championing children with cleft and craniofacial differences through exemplary personalized care, continued innovation and education.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all cleft and craniofacial conditions, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Meet additional program staff members.

Michael S. Golinko

Michael S. GolinkoBS, MD

    Cleft Lip and Palate, Craniofacial Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Ryan H. Belcher

Ryan H. BelcherMD, MPH

    ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology), Head and Neck Cancer, Hearing and Speech, Nose and Sinus Conditions, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Christopher M. Bonfield

Christopher M. BonfieldMD

    Congenital Malformations of the Brain and Spinal Cord, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Disorders, Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedics, Pediatric Neurologic Surgery
Stephane A. Braun

Stephane A. BraunMD

    Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Izabela A. Galdyn

Izabela A. GaldynMD

    Cleft Lip and Palate, Ear Deformities, Facial Paralysis, Hand Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Peripheral Nerve, Plastic Surgery
Louise A. Mawn

Louise A. MawnMD

    Droopy Eye Lid, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Surgery, Plugged Tear Ducts, Swollen Eye Lid
Liz Ellis

Liz EllisAuD, CCC-A

    Audiology, Hearing Aid Services, Hearing Disorders, Hearing Loss, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Audiology
Shannon N. Guarnere

Shannon N. GuarnereSLP

    Feeding / Swallowing Therapy, Hearing and Speech, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Pediatric Speech Language Pathology, Speech Language Pathology
Derrick R. Sowder

Derrick R. SowderSLP

    Hearing and Speech, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Pediatric Speech Language Pathology, Speech Language Pathology, Speech and Language Disorders
Amber N. Winston

Amber N. WinstonMA, CCC-SLP

    Autism Disorders, Feeding / Swallowing Therapy, Hearing and Speech, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Pediatric Speech Language Pathology, Speech Language Pathology
Raquel T. Capote

Raquel T. CapoteDMD, MPH

    Cleft Palate, Facial and Jaw Reconstruction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Skeletal Facial Deformities
Margaret V. Maclin

Margaret V. MaclinDMD, BS

    Cleft Lip and Palate, Pediatric Dentistry, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Samuel J. McKenna

Samuel J. McKennaMD, DDS

    Dental Implant Reconstruction, Facial Trauma, Facial and Jaw Reconstruction, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Skeletal Facial Deformities, Total TM Joint Replacement
Clare E. Gargaro

Clare E. GargaroPA, MHSA

    Cleft Lip and Palate, Ear Deformities, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate, Pediatric Ear Deformities, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Why Choose Cleft and Craniofacial Care at Monroe Carell

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    Coordinated care

    Our care team works with surgeons and specialists to establish a relationship with your family and provide personalized team-based care. We bring together experts in pediatric care and surgery throughout Monroe Carell to ensure your child has the most comprehensive care possible. Our dedicated patient navigator will guide your family through every appointment.

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    Expert care

    Our specialists are among the best in the country, having trained at some of the most renowned surgery fellowship programs. They bring a compassionate, patient-based approach to treatments for craniosynostosis and other syndromes. Our program tailors treatment to your child, including endoscopic-assisted craniosynostosis repair, open repair and cranial vault distraction.

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    Recognized care

    We are nationally accredited by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). This means we meet that organization’s highest standards for medical care. Our program meets the national regulations for treatment of cleft palate and craniofacial problems.

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    Collaborative care

    Ours is one of few cleft and craniofacial programs that feature on-site dental and orthodontic experts. They often take part in our routine evaluations and can offer your child ongoing care. We are proud to offer nasoalveolar molding (NAM) to aid in the success of cleft repair. Many of our consultations for NAM can take place in our pioneering Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Judah's Story

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Cleft rhinoplasty
  • Endoscopic craniosynostosis repair
  • Helmet molding therapy
  • Lip reconstruction surgery
  • Post-trauma cranial and facial reconstruction
  • Reconstructive palate surgery


2200 Children's Way, 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt Oral Health
2111 Belcourt Avenue, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212