Craniofacial Center

Welcome to the UI Health Craniofacial Center

Our comprehensive multi-disciplinary team works to achieve functional, cosmetic and psychosocial normalcy for each patient for an improved quality of life. The Center is part of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Surgery at UI Health. The Craniofacial Center is certified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Division of Specialized Care Children at UIC.

The mission of the UI Health Craniofacial Center is to provide state-of-the-art cleft and craniofacial patient care; to lead the way in research to provide improved care; and to educate students, resident, and other caregivers in cleft and craniofacial care. We are one of the oldest and largest facilities in the world dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions. We also provide rehabilitation for those with head and neck cancer or who have suffered craniofacial trauma.

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Recognizing the multiple and complex needs of our patients, our center fosters the team approach for cleft and craniofacial care, with medical and dental specialists and allied health professionals working together to provide comprehensive care in a single location. Our entire team cooperates to help patients achieve functional, cosmetic, and psychosocial normalcy. Our goal is to provide an improved quality of life for each of our patients.

Since its founding in 1949, our center has fostered the team approach to care. Patients' first visit will include a comprehensive evaluation by our team of medical and dental specialists and allied health professionals. This visit may include a physical examination and 2- and 3-dimensional digital X-rays and photographs, among other tests. The team then meets in conference to develop both a short- and long-term care plan. These treatment plans are then presented to the patient and their family.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the UI Health Craniofacial Center, our comprehensive multi-disciplinary team, and the many services we provide.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 312.996.7546.