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Craniofacial & plastic surgery

Craniofacial Surgery

Our Center for Craniofacial Care specializes in treating children with cleft lip and palate, craniofacial conditions and vascular malformations/birthmarks. 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.

Our center is recognized as a Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Approved Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and meets the association’s high clinical and team care standards.

A team approach

The children we serve face complex medical issues and often require care from different specialists at many stages of life. A coordinated team effort among specialists is central to making sure a child receives the best care possible. Under the leadership of our medical director, a full-time craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon, and program coordinator, a speech-language pathologist with expertise in craniofacial conditions, our center is made up of health care providers from over 15 different specialties who are part of specialized, multidisciplinary care teams.

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.

Our mission is 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. In addition to specialized surgical care, our services range from prenatal and pre-adoption consultation to specialized speech and feeding support, psychological counseling and much more.

Conditions treated

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:

Specialized services

Our center offers expert guidance in the following areas:

We also have an Infant Skull Screening Clinic designed to provide expert diagnosis when there are concerns about an infant’s head shape. This clinic is staffed by a neurosurgeon and a craniofacial surgeon. Families who come for a screening can often obtain an accurate diagnosis without having to get X-rays or CT scans. Plagiocephaly (flattened spot on back or side of head) and craniosynostosis (unusual skull shape) are among the conditions we see most often in this clinic.

Meet our teams

A child may work with different teams or specialists based on their individual needs and their age.

We have specialists in audiology, care coordination, dentistry, dermatology, genetics, interventional radiology interventional cardiac catheterization, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, physical lymphaedema therapy, plastic surgery, psychology, speech/language pathology and surgery.

Our pediatric neurosurgeons are the most experienced in the region in serving children with craniofacial differences. These 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.

Appointments and locations

Children's Pavilion - Level 4, Pod F and Level 6, Pod I
VCU Health at Stony Point 9109 – 9109 Stony Point Drive, 2nd Floor Surgical Specialties

Please be sure to contact our Center for Craniofacial Care if you have questions or suggestions for additional information we can provide. Call us at (804) 828-3042 or send us an email

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