Cleft and Craniofacial

The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic offers comprehensive care for a full range of craniofacial anomalies. This includes procedures to repair conditions, such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis, as well as for injuries or scarring caused by burns, disease or accident. We are also actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. Our primary areas of focus include gene identification and speech and language development, as well as improving long-term hearing outcomes.

The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic diagnoses and treats patients of all ages across a broad range of craniofacial abnormalities and disorders.

Craniofacial abnormalities and disorders

About our clinic

The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic is a multidisciplinary program. The clinic is staffed by board-certified specialists, all of whom are also faculty members of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Our physicians work with dedicated therapists, nurse specialists and other professionals who have advanced training and interest in cleft and craniofacial disorders.

All members of the team meet as a group to discuss each patient and formulate an individualized care plan for every visit. The patient and/or family is an active part of this team, and we review and discuss this plan with them after each team clinic appointment. In addition, a report is sent to the healthcare providers they designate to ensure ongoing collaborative care.

Our team is staffed with experts who are able to provide comprehensive cleft and craniofacial care. All team members are board-certified and licensed, and the clinic is supported by a variety of specialties.

Our specialties

The difference of academic medicine

As a part of an academic medical institution, we offer up-to-date, evidence-based care to patients with complex medical issues. This includes advanced surgical techniques and innovative approaches that may not be available elsewhere.

It may also include the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research, examine speech and language development and improve long-term hearing outcomes. You can discuss available research opportunities with your doctor.