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Choosing a cleft & craniofacial surgeon

Cleft lip, cleft palate, and certain craniofacial disorders are among the most common conditions affecting children at birth. The doctors at Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery have over 35 years of collective experience caring for children with cleft and craniofacial disorders.

Cleft & Craniofacial Teams

In addition to providing contemporary, state-of-the-art surgical care for these children, we embrace the comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach to care. We encourage our patients to participate in one of the following interdisciplinary teams that we manage in partnership with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota: cleft lip and palate, comprehensive craniofacial, craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly, velocardiofacial syndrome, and vascular malformations.

Through the special care provided by these teams, your child will benefit from the skills and knowledge of select professionals in our community with expertise and long-time experience treating children with cleft and craniofacial disorders. Our team members include facial plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, audiologists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech pathologists, geneticists, and many others. There is no other group of professionals in the Upper Midwest with as much experience as those on our teams.

Our teams are accredited by the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association.

Are we “plastic” surgeons too?

In a word, yes. Some people ask us why a pediatric ears, nose, and throat surgeon is performing surgery to repair cleft lips and palates. Most people think that only a general plastic surgeon can perform cleft surgery.

It may surprise you to learn that facial plastic surgery has been an integral part of every ENT surgeon's basic training since the early 1970s and is a required skill to achieve certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. In fact, modern cleft care began in the late 1950s with early collaboration between dentists, oral surgeons, and otolaryngologists (ENT surgeons).

At Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery, we have made care of children with cleft & craniofacial disorders an integral part of our practice from the beginning.

“One-stop-shopping” for many families

There are also advantages to having a pediatric otolaryngologist as your child's cleft surgeon. Many of our cleft patients also suffer from conditions that affect the ears & hearing, nasal passages, speech production, and breathing problems. Our doctors have the knowledge and skills to care for these problems as well.

Contact our Cleft & Craniofacial Program

Patients are seen on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Main Phone: (612) 813-6888
Fax: (612) 813-6889
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8a–5p

Children's–Minneapolis (Map)
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Children's–St. Paul (Map)
345 North Smith Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102