Dean Hertzler, MD, Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery, with Shane, who had craniosysnostosis and craniofacial surgery

Cleft and Craniofacial Program

Explore Our Cleft and Craniofacial Services

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About Our Program

Since its inception in 2001, the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has become a leading cleft and craniofacial center in the United States. Due to the complexity of cleft and craniofacial conditions, a coordinated team of experts is crucial for your child’s successful treatment. That’s why we bring together experts from multiple specialties, including craniofacial plastic surgery; ear, nose and throat (ENT); speech-language pathology; orthodontics; dentistry; and neurosurgery as needed, to provide the most effective care plan for your child.

As the largest of the four state-designated centers in Florida, our Cleft and Craniofacial Center sees a high volume of children with cleft and craniofacial conditions. Families trust our highly experienced, multidisciplinary team because our long-term pediatric cleft and craniofacial repair outcomes are well above the national average. In addition, we uphold the rigorous standards of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and are fully accredited by the State of Florida Department of Health.

Why Choose Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center

Streamlined, sub-specialty care

Our uniquely comprehensive care team, made up of doctors and healthcare professionals who represent more than a dozen subspecialties, sets us apart from other health centers across the country. These specialists work together to develop the best possible treatment plan for your child. Our center offers easy access to every specialist, including scheduling, communication and follow-up treatments, guided by our patient care coordinators.

Dedicated, expert craniofacial team

The single best predictor of long-term success for your child is choosing an experienced, dedicated craniofacial team for their treatment. We are one of only four State of Florida-designated craniofacial centers. Achieving this designation requires ongoing review for outcomes and the overall quality of our program.

Leading-edge treatment options

We offer treatments and procedures not available at other centers in our region, including minimally invasive surgery and advanced computer modeling. We stay current on the latest technologies and breakthroughs for treating craniofacial conditions. Our commitment to training means we can offer the newest, research-backed treatments for your child.

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Referrals as the highest compliment

As one of the largest craniofacial center in Florida, we are proud that many of our past patients and families refer new patients to our care. Referrals are a testament to the quality of our program and trust in our outcomes and results.

For Referring Providers

If you believe that your patient could benefit from our services, please contact us at 954-276-1551 to begin the referral process.

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