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Cleft and Craniofacial Center

Each year, the Johns Hopkins Cleft and Craniofacial Center in Baltimore, Maryland treats approximately 650 babies and children.  Our goal is to help our patients achieve their full potential, without being defined or limited by facial differences. With our medical expertise and advanced diagnostic techniques, we 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.

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We see all types of children with facial and cranial differences, including:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Goldenhar Syndrome
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Pierre-Robin Sequence
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome
  • Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome
  • Treacher-Collins Syndrome

Our expert team


Providing seamless multidisciplinary care, our expert team includes plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons,speech and language pathologists, dentists and orthodontists, geneticists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat or ENT doctors), and a nurse coordinator, all of whom specialize in cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions. This multispecialty approach allows us to work with our clinical community and the community at large, providing the chance for each child to experience life to the fullest.

Research for a better understanding

Johns Hopkins medical staff and research scientists are working to gain an even better understanding of craniofacial differences by studying the genetic causes and craniofacial development. Our experts use a wide variety of disciplines, including genetics, epidemiology, anatomy, cell biology, surgical outcomes, animal modal systems, and behavioral sciences to perform groundbreaking research into the environmental and genetic causes of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders. Through NIH funding, we have already made great strides in research working towards finding the gene for cleft lip and palate.

Patient information

Find out more information about our Johns Hopkins Cleft and Craniofacial Center, including prenatal diagnosis and counseling, pre-adoptive counseling, and our individualized ongoing care

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Our Locations

We offer services at five convenient locations in and around Baltimore, Maryland:
   • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
   • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
   • Green Spring Station
   • Odenton
   • White Marsh

Get maps and directions.


Meet the Surgeons

Dr. Gerald BrandacherOur experts specialize in a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Meet our surgical teams.