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Craniofacial Center and Face the Future Foundation Celebrate First Patient Picnic

Patients and their families enjoyed a day of food, games, and sharing with other members of the Craniofacial Center community. Read More >>

Article on Discrimination Associated with Facial Disfigurement

Neil Stenberg visited the Craniofacial Center many times in January and February for this article, spending time watching Rosie Seelaus construct an ear over the course of the week, and interviewing several other patients at the Center, including Victor Chukwueke. Rosie, Victor, as well as, Dr. Reisberg are quoted in the article. Read More >>

Note: Victor Chukwueke has a Q & A "sidebar" Read the sidebar >>

Face Reconstructing Lives in a "High-Tech" World

"3D Printing" -- once an obscure concept, today a household term --  has been used for nearly a decade by clinical specialists at The Craniofacial Center (CFC) to design "high-tech" treatment solutions for complex rehabilitative and reconstructive cases. 3D Printing is only part of a much broader process of digital treatment protocols, that are strategically-designed and carefully-executed for each individual patient.  Read More >>

gala in tribune

Face the Future Foundation Gala in the Chicago Tribune

Read the full story and see photos from the gala at's Lifestyles Section

CFC is celebrating its 66th Anniversary this year.

Craniofacial Center Approval

In January 2012, the Commission on Approval of Teams( CAT) of the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association unanimously voted to fully approve the application for our Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences as a Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Team (CPT, CFT) for a period of five years.

The purpose of the Commission on Approval of Teams is to assure patients and families that the teams to which they are referred meet the Standards for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams as set forth by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

Our team was one of the first multidisciplinary teams in the world established in 1949. In addition to the surgeons, a team of experts across many specialties is available to our patients, participate in the completion of their care from birth to adulthood and full rehabilitation.

Telepractice Pilot Speech Therapy Program to Further Improve Treatment of Patient at the Craniofacial Center
Research has found that patients make progress with the telepractice delivery model. Children seem to respond well and are motivated when using technology. Technology facilitates access to service; therefore telepractice is an excellent addition to our patient care model at University of Illinois Hospital/Craniofacial Center.  Read more >>

Virtual Surgical Planning

Three-dimensional (3D) medical Images such as CT and MRI have been available for decades. Their application, however, had been limited to the diagnosis and evaluation of disease. More recently, these digital technologies have emerged as a means of planning complex surgical procedures. This virtual surgical planning (VSP) technology has been integrated with other digital advances such as computer assisted design /computer assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology, and rapid prototyping (RP) technology. Read more >>

Advances in Hearing

Many people are surprised to learn that we can hear in two ways. We all know that we hear with our ears. Sound travels through the air into the ear canal, vibrates the middle ear, and then stimulates the inner ear/hearing nerve...this is called air conduction hearing. Well, we can also hear through bone conduction. This means that sound vibrates bone to stimulate the inner ear.  Read more >>

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