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Craniofacial Center

The Craniofacial Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland specializes in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial microsomia, and other complex craniofacial conditions. We're one of the nation’s leading medical centers for the treatment of craniofacial birth defects in children and young adults. Bringing together leading specialists from our hospital’s 31 pediatric subspecialties, we approach every child’s treatment with the customized attention they deserve. We provide comprehensive evaluation, therapeutic, surgical, and rehabilitative care that's specifically oriented toward the unique needs of children—all under one roof.

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Why Families Choose Us

Personalized Craniofacial Consultations and Treatment Plans

  • In many of the cases we see at the Craniofacial Center, craniofacial abnormalities occur when the proper development of bones in the skull and face is interrupted during fetal development. That’s why we provide craniofacial corrective therapies and surgery on children from birth through the age of 21.
  • We always conduct a complete evaluation and make a diagnosis based on the expertise of our entire team. From there, we build a treatment or surgical plan that draws from various medical, surgical, and rehabilitation specialists.

Comprehensive Pediatric Craniofacial Expertise in One Place

  • One of the biggest concerns for families seeking craniofacial correction is finding a way to navigate a path through many different specialists and subspecialists in order to get the right care team in place. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, we take care of that for you.
  • In addition to your surgical team, our coordinated care plan includes specialists from audiology, dental care, ophthalmology, and speech therapy, to name just a few. Cleft-feeding evaluations are also offered to support your decision to breast- or bottle-feed your newborn.

Coordinated Multidisciplinary Care

  • Children's Hospital Oakland's pediatric surgeons, dentists, ophthalmologists, orthopedic specialists, social workers, nutritionists, and other related specialists all work together to treat the whole child, rather than just his or her condition.