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Cleft Lip and Palate


Each year, we treat approximately 650 babies and children at the Cleft Lip & Palate Center at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. We believe that an individualized, interdisciplinary approach is advantageous for the patients entrusted to our care. Through our broad-reaching approach, our goal is to help the children we treat experience family life, friendships, school, sports, and hobbies with the advantage of heightened speech capabilities and minimized facial differences.

For treatment, we draw on the expertise of 15 specialists in many areas, including:

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat or "ENT")
  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Nursing
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Medical Expertise. Compassionate Care. Close Communication. 

With our medical expertise and advanced diagnostic techniques, our goal is to provide compassionate and expert care that addresses not only the physical, but also the emotional needs of our patients and their families. We are committed to working closely with the child's community, fostering good communication with patients, their families, and referring physicians. This close communication helps patients' referring doctors follow their progress during and after their care at Johns Hopkins.

Working with our young patients' team and referring physicians, we provide seamless, coordinated care for disorders such as:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Pierre-Robin Sequence
  • Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
  • Treacher-Collins Syndrome
  • Facial Paralysis

2008 Top-rated Hospital in the United States 

The Cleft Lip & Palate Center is part of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children's Center, named 18 times as the number-one hospital in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, including 2008. Johns Hopkins proudly pioneered groundbreaking surgical techniques that benefit children with craniofacial differences.

Hopkins medical staff and research scientists are working to gain an even better understanding of craniofacial differences æ studying the genetic causes and processes of mutation, and craniofacial development. Hopkins experts are researching craniofacial development and mutation from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Anatomy
  • Cell biology
  • Surgical outcomes
  • Animal model systems
  • Behavioral Sciences

Why physicians and families choose Johns Hopkins: 

  • Patient satisfaction: 96% of patient families have been satisfied with the medical outcome of care at Johns Hopkins
  • Doctors' respect: 95% of referring physicians are satisfied with the treatment and medical outcome of their patients we treat
  • Interdisciplinary care from pediatric specialists, backed by the resources and pediatric expertise of Johns Hopkins
  • Compassionate, comprehensive, individual treatment that addresses the full impact of craniofacial differences, from the physical to the emotional
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, including 3D-CT scan and genetic evaluation
  • Groundbreaking procedures and materials used to reconstruct bone and correct craniofacial anomalies

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