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The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of people of all ages with a cleft lip or cleft palate, or craniofacial disorder. These complex medical conditions require treatment by a broad range of medical specialists. Early intervention promotes successful outcomes, and reconstruction is available throughout the lifespan. Whatever the age of the patient, our approach is family-centered care.
Our patients see a range of surgical and medical specialists, including:
All of our staff members are pediatric specialists with clinical expertise in cleft lip and palate. Our team develops a coordinated custom plan for treatment and follow-up, which is shared with the family, pediatrician and referring healthcare provider.
The overarching goal is to provide each child the best chance for a positive self-image and optimal appearance, speech, hearing, vision and dentition.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth abnormalities of the mouth and lip. Cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity. left lip is an abnormality in which the lip does not completely form during fetal development.
Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children are using animal models to investigate the genetic and cellular triggers of human clefting. Their findings could lead to the development of earlier detection and more effective treatments capable of halting or reversing cleft development.
Dr. Eric Liao, director of the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, conducts research on the genetic regulation of facial development.
MGHfC Cleft Lip and Palate Program
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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