Specialist Programs and Services

Craniofacial Center’s Mission

The Craniofacial Center is committed to providing the best multidisciplinary care for children and families with craniofacial differences. The center will provide comprehensive evaluation and management of all congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies. It is the center’s goal to advance knowledge through education, community service and physician commitment. Through these efforts, Craniofacial Center will create a family-centered environment and a Center of Excellence for the care of individuals with craniofacial differences.

Getting Started

The first step in treating patients with craniofacial differences is to conduct a complete evaluation and make a diagnosis. Since each facial difference is unique, the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of various medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialists is required to develop a systematic, comprehensive treatment plan for each child.

The initial evaluation is conducted during a single appointment attended by a variety of team specialists. Following the assessment, the team members deliver a diagnosis and make recommendations regarding treatment and comprehensive/continuous care.

A Team Approach to Care

The members of the Craniofacial team work together to develop and deliver a coordinated plan of care to meet each child’s individual needs. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of specialists in the following disciplines:

  • Audiology - Evaluates hearing
  • Genetics - Evaluates inherited conditions
  • Feeding and swallowing - Evaluates oral-motor feeding and swallowing
  • Nursing - Oversees coordination of care
  • Orthodontics - Corrects the position of the teeth
  • Oral Surgery - Specializes in mouth/jaw surgery
  • Otolaryngology - Treats ears, nose and throat problems
  • Parent advocates - Provides support to families
  • Pediatrics - Monitors growth and development
  • Pediatric dentistry - Provides dental care
  • Plastic surgery - Improves appearance and function by surgical means
  • Prostodontics - Makes artificial teeth and mouth prostheses
  • Psychology - Evaluates mental development and counsels
  • Social Work - Helps with family dynamics and finances
  • Speech language - Evaluates speech, language and resonance
  • Team secretary - Schedules and coordinates appointments
Contact the Craniofacial Center
 305-662-8237

Surgical Procedures
Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon and co-director of Nicklaus Children's Hospital's operating room, explains why the surgical procedures and environment at the hospital are so special.