The Cleft-Craniofacial Center's Approach

Since the 1950s, the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been providing innovative and individualized care for children with malformations of the face and skull.

We provide coordinated, family-oriented treatment for kids of all ages from the time of diagnosis through adulthood. And we develop a custom care plan for each child’s needs.

Our dedicated team of specialists treat children from birth through adulthood with new and ongoing conditions. When a prenatal condition is found, we will coordinate with our Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center and our Neonatal Craniofacial Program to ensure the safest and most timely care for your newborn child.

No matter the cause, we have the expertise and compassion to care for every child with congenital or acquired anomalies of the skull and face.

Whether you're local or from out of town, we'll make sure your child receives the best care designed to improve his or her:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Appearance
  • Overall development

Contact the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at UPMC Children's

To make an appointment or learn more about our program, call us at 412-692-8650.

About the Cleft-Craniofacial Center

The Cleft-Craniofacial Center is one of the oldest and largest in the U.S. At any time, we have over 5,000 patients in our care.

ACPA Approved Team BadgeWe're an American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Approved Team. This means our program meets the ACPA’s the standards of excellence determined by an outside party of experts for craniofacial patient care.

Most children we treat are from the tristate area, including:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

But we also see children who travel longer distances for our services.

Our goal is to ensure each child — and their families — gets the best care to meet their medical, developmental, and emotional needs.

Our care team includes doctors and other experts from these specialties:

Our Mission

The mission of the Cleft-Craniofacial Center is to give comprehensive, quality longitudinal care to children and families with cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies utilizing interdisciplinary team care. The Cleft-Craniofacial Center serves as a regional center of excellence for education and research related to clefts and craniofacial anomalies.

Going the Extra Mile for Your Child 

Your child may need to see a few specialists at each clinic visit, based on the reason for evaluation or type of condition he or she has. The team at the Cleft-Craniofacial Center will arrange your child's appointments so your visit will be as complete and short as possible.

We know that some families don't always have the resources to pay for hotel stays or travel to our clinic. Our program's patient navigators help decide need and provide aid to those who qualify.

Families who have a child with a craniofacial disorder can sometimes feel alone. This is normal. We work hard to connect you with families with similar conditions. This is especially helpful prior to surgery.

If you and your child like meeting others with similar stories, our program holds a family picnic each year. At this event, you can gather and talk with others who are facing a similar journey.

Hearing others' stories and sharing your own can be good for both you and your child.

Pioneering Better Care for Kids with Craniofacial Disorders

The desire to take the best possible care of the children in our care is what drives our team.

Our doctors:

  • Receive formal training in caring for children with malformations of the face and skull.
  • Conduct research to learn what we can be doing better.
  • Publish the results of our studies so other doctors and patients can benefit from our research programs.
  • Train new doctors to carry on our legacy of commitment to patient care.

Give to the Cleft-Craniofacial Center

We're thankful for the donations we receive from those within and outside our community.

These funds not only help children get the care they need, but they also help families in need by paying for:

  • Travel to Pittsburgh
  • Hotel costs
  • Parking

They also allow us to buy medical equipment that we otherwise couldn't afford.

To donate:

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