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, 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, including:
  • craniofacial-1Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Atypical facial clefting
  • Ear anomalies
  • Jaw abnormalities
  • Facial asymmetries
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck
  • Vascular malformations
  • Craniofacial syndromes
    • Apert
    • Crouzon
    • Pfeiffer
    • Saethre Chotzen
    • Pierre Robin
    • Hemifacial microsomia
    • Stickler
    • Many others
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 each visit. The patient and/or family is an active part of this team and we will review and discuss this plan with you after each team clinic appointment. In addition, a report is sent to the healthcare providers you 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 the following specialties:
  • craniofacial-2Plastic/craniofacial surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics
  • Genetics
  • Speech and language pathology
  • Audiology
  • Social services
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Psychology

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 examining speech and language development or aimed at improving long-term hearing outcomes. You can discuss available research opportunities with your doctor. To schedule an appointment at the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, please call 913-588-2010.