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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.

Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

Siefert with baby patient
  • 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.

Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions We Treat

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


Our Cleft and Craniofacial Experts

Through our individualized, interdisciplinary approach is advantageous for the patients entrusted to our care.

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.

Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment at Johns Hopkins

After having two children with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, one Baltimore family visits Dr. Richard Redett in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to seek out treatment and ongoing care at the Johns Hopkins Cleft and Craniofacial Center.

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