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Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Program

The Cleft and Craniofacial Program's team of  at Children’s Hospital 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
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4.8

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
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4.9

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
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4.8

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
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4.7

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
Margaret V. Maclin

Margaret V. MaclinDMD, BS

    Cleft Lip and Palate, Pediatric Dentistry, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Louise A. Mawn
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4.8

Louise A. MawnMD

    Droopy Eye Lid, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Surgery, Plugged Tear Ducts, Swollen Eye Lid
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
Sarah E. West

Sarah E. WestAuD, CCC-A

    Audiology, Hearing Aid Services, Hearing Disorders, Hearing Loss, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Audiology
Clare E. Gargaro

Clare E. GargaroPA, MHSA

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

Why Choose the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children's Hospital

  • Cleft & craniofacial expertise

    Our division chief, co-directors and program lead work with all the surgeons and providers to establish a relationship with your family and provide personalized team-based care.

  • Expert care

    Our cleft and craniofacial experts and neurosurgeon bring longstanding craniofacial expertise to Children's. They have trained at such institutions as Johns Hopkins, NYU and the University of Pittsburgh, and are nationally recognized experts and published authors in their fields. They bring a compassionate, patient-based approach to multiple treatments for craniosynostosis and associated syndromes. Our program tailors treatment especially for your child, including endoscopic-assisted craniosynostosis repair, open repair and cranial vault distraction.

  • Recognized care

    As a part of our “prenatal to prom” approach, we are in compliance with the guidelines and standards for cleft care of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Expert clinicians from one of the top speech and hearing programs in the nation will care for your child with comprehensive diagnosis and therapy. Our specialty program for children with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) features these same speech and language experts.

  • Collaborative care

    Ours is one of few Cleft & 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.

Learn More about the Cleft & Craniofacial Program

Meet our Director and Team Lead, see a story about one of our patients, and know what to expect during your visit. Click the menu link in the upper right corner of the video window to see the full playlist.

Tests, Treatments and Services

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

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

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