Center for Craniofacial Care

Comprehensive cleft and craniofacial care

The Center for Craniofacial Care at Children’s Hospital or Richmond at VCU specializes in treating children with cleft lip and palate, craniofacial conditions and vascular malformations.

We are recognized as a Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Approved Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, which means we are among the most experienced pediatric craniofacial specialists in the country.

Why choose CHoR for cleft and craniofacial treatment?

  • A coordinated team approach: Our mission is make sure your child receive the best care possible. All of our specialists work together to help children and their families with all aspects of care related to their condition, to provide care and support as a child grows, and to serve as a resource for both families and health care providers. 
  • Our center is made up of providers from over 15 specialties: Our craniofacial center is made up of health care providers who are part of specialized, multidisciplinary care teams. 
  • Our pediatric neurosurgeons are the most experienced in the region: Our dedicated and compassionate surgeons utilize state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive procedures to address the needs of those we serve. In addition, we provide the only dedicated 24/7 pediatric anesthesia team in the community. Each member of the team has specialized training in pediatric anesthesiology, and all have considerable experience in pediatric surgery.
  • A unique treatment plan is created for your child: Our teams meet weekly to evaluate and develop a treatment plan for each child. Team members see the child and family during multidisciplinary clinic appointments, then meet face to face to develop a plan based on all the needs of the child. They are available to follow a child between appointments as needed or to work with a child’s local health care providers.
  • Receive care from infancy through adulthood: We provide both surgical expertise and individualized care to ensure that each child’s surgical, speech, visual, dental, developmental and psychosocial needs are met with excellent and coordinated care as long as needed, from infancy through adulthood.

Conditions we treat

We provide care for a variety of conditions children are born with (congenital conditions) as well as conditions that may occur during a child’s life. These include:

Our specialized clinics and services

Our center offers expert guidance on both surgical and non-surgical options, such as:

What to expect

How to schedule an appointment

Call us at (804) 828-3042 or send us an email at craniofacial@vcuhealth.org.

Please be sure to contact our Center for Craniofacial Care if you have questions or suggestions for additional information we can provide.

VCU takes kids with craniofacial disorders to watch the movie 'Wonder'

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Meet the team

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Jennifer L Rhodes, MD, FACS, FAAP
Jennifer Rhodes MD, FACS, FAAP Center for Craniofacial Care
Vascular birthmarks/malformations
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
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Kelley M Dodson, MD
Kelley Dodson MD Otolaryngology (ENT)
Center for Craniofacial Care
Aerodigestive collaborative
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Victoria G Kuester, MD
Victoria Kuester MD Orthopaedic surgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
Cerebral Palsy Clinic
Spina Bifida Clinic
Neuromuscular clinic
Sports medicine
Vascular birthmarks/malformations
Neurofibromatosis program
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Ann M Ritter, MD
Ann Ritter MD Neurosurgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
Spasticity Clinic
Spina Bifida Clinic
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JoAnn Tillett, RN
JoAnn Tillett RN Neurosurgery
Center for Craniofacial Care
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Ruth Trivelpiece, MEd, CCC-SLP
Ruth Trivelpiece MEd, CCC-SLP Center for Craniofacial Care
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Vascular birthmarks/malformations
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Locations

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