Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care
12220 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612
Cleft and Craniofacial Care in Hillsborough County
Learn more about our cleft and craniofacial program serving patients in Tampa, Brandon and throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Your child can receive expert care for cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care Centers in Tampa and Brandon. Our program serves families throughout the Tampa Bay area and Hillsborough County including Tampa, Brandon, North Tampa and beyond.
We treat children of all ages and provide prenatal consultations for expectant mothers whose unborn baby has been diagnosed with cleft lip and/or cleft palate or other craniofacial anomalies during an ultrasound. Your child receives care from a multidisciplinary team led by our board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons. Our team has extensive experience caring for babies and children of all ages from diagnosis and initial treatment as well as follow-up care through young adulthood.
We offer these services at the Outpatient Care Center in Tampa as well as several of the hospital’s other locations so we’re able to see you in the location and timeframe that best meets your needs.
Craniofacial anomalies are congenital (meaning present at birth) or acquired abnormalities of the head and neck.
Cleft lip and palate are among the most common that we treat. It occurs when the bones and tissues that form the nose, lip and roof of the mouth do not form properly while the baby is in utero. Children may be born with clefts that affect their lip, palate or both.
Craniosynostosis is also among the more common craniofacial anomalies we treat. It occurs when the bones of a baby’s skull fuse too early before the brain has fully developed. As the brain continues to develop, this causes the skull to become misshapen.
Our patients receive care for the full range of cleft and craniofacial disorders at Outpatient Care, Tampa, including:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Syndromic craniosynostosis (Apert, Crouzon, Pfeiffer, Muenke, Saethre-Chotzen, etc.)
- Hemifacial microsomia
- Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery)
- Facial nerve palsy
- Pierre Robin Sequence
- Treacher Collins syndrome, Nager syndrome and Miller syndrome
- Frontonasal dysplasia, craniofrontonasal dysplasia and Tessier clefts
- Rhinoplasty and septoplasty
- Neonatal ear molding/otoplasty
- Brachial plexus/peripheral nerve
We will develop a care plan to meet your child’s individual needs based on evaluation at Outpatient Care, Tampa. After surgery, our team will continue to follow your child as they grow, providing care through young adulthood. Follow up care available at our Outpatient Care locations also includes rehabilitation services, such as speech-language and feeding therapy services for children treated for cleft lip and palate.
Our team performs cleft and craniofacial surgeries at our main hospital location in St. Petersburg. We work closely with the specialists in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, the anesthesia team and others to coordinate your child’s surgical care and recovery.
In addition to the cleft and craniofacial program, providers in multiple specialties also see patients at Outpatient Care, Tampa, for our patients who may need care from other specialists. Other specialties at Outpatient Care, Tampa include cardiology, cancer and blood disorders, endocrinology and diabetes care, and neurology.
Meet Our Plastic Surgeons
S. Alex Rottgers, MD
Dr. Rottgers practices in the pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery programs and is chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. His areas of special interest are vascular anomalies and in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial conditions including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, hemifacial microsomia, microtia, and other abnormalities of the face and jaw.
Jordan Halsey, MD
Dr. Halsey is a pediatric plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She joined the hospital staff in 2021. Dr. Halsey earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed a residency in integrated plastic surgery from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey, where she was administrative chief resident. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric craniofacial surgery from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Ernesto Ruas, MD
Dr. Ruas specializes in plastic surgery and cleft and craniofacial surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and is the director of plastic surgery resident education. He joined the hospital staff in 1990.
The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s
The services we offer at Outpatient Care, Sarasota, are part of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The program is approved by the Commission of Approval of Teams as meeting the standards set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. Learn more about the program and the conditions we treat.